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Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 28, 2020 11:19PM
I have about 6" total of space between the garage door and the wall of the garage for my vehicle. Just enough room to walk around in front of it. Parking is a pain with it being so tight. Any suggestions besides the tennis ball from the ceiling? I was thinking about getting a wheel chock and anchoring it to the floor as a stop. I have plenty of tapcons.



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 28, 2020 11:33PM
Camera mounted on the car. All new cars are mandated to have a rear view camera.



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 28, 2020 11:52PM
Lots of new vehicles have 360-degree surround-view "panoramic" camera systems. It's a lot easier to squeeze in and out of tight spaces with these systems.

Mercedes, BMW, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Volvo, Chevy, GM, Acura, Toyota, Mazda... I think Tesla does, too.

I've tested several of them. Toyota's is my favorite. BMW is pretty good. Chevy and GM suck.



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 29, 2020 12:50AM
Newer cars have sensors that work, but older cars need help. Wondering whether there are any distance sensors. Maybe this? [www.tadibrothers.com]



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: davester
Date: November 29, 2020 02:20AM
Smaller car?



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: November 29, 2020 06:52AM
This parking stop mat works for me. FYI, a Tesla can park itself, you just set the distance limits you will accept. Mine will do it, I just don’t trust it yet.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: November 29, 2020 08:24AM
Two marks on wall which
Line up with headlight beams to make left to right positioning perfect.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: November 29, 2020 08:56AM
C(-)ris,

Anything you do (chock or tennis ball) will work for this car only.

My brother has success with the tennis ball, one for each stall.

I use a 3' piece of 2x4 on the floor. I locate the correct spot and spray paint a white or red line on the floor. That works. I don't want it permanently installed for cleaning, laying out tarps and other large items.



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I think I will just put an OUT OF ORDER
sticker on my head and call it a day.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: November 29, 2020 09:37AM
Use a snow pole in a block of wood that keeps the pole away from the wall where you want to stop.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 29, 2020 09:40AM
We are a tennis ball from the ceiling family, have been for decades.
Well, I have the tennis ball for my husband, I don't really need one. grinning smiley





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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: November 29, 2020 09:44AM
2 x 4 on the floor.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 29, 2020 09:46AM
I have a motion activated laser on the ceiling - no, really - they’re fairly cheap, very inconspicuous, you can figure out exactly where the beam should hit the dash to perfectly position your car.

Chocks on the floor are forever slipping around.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 29, 2020 01:02PM
I'm thinking about adding a rearview camera eventually. That will go along with replacing the factory radio and adding XM. Going to be a $1k minimum so that is waiting for a little bit.

That stop mat might work, I just realized that will commit me to always parking facing the same way though. Sometimes I back in sometimes I pull in forward. Depends on what I think I am going to do next or the weather.



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Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 29, 2020 02:14PM
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pdq
Chocks on the floor are forever slipping around.

3M Double stick tape?



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 29, 2020 04:09PM
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pdq
Chocks on the floor are forever slipping around.

3M Double stick tape?

I'd just use tapcons and anchor it to the floor. Can always remove and fill the holes with concrete patch. My garage floor isn't epoxied or finished so no big deal.



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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: Michael
Date: November 29, 2020 05:12PM
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pdq
I have a motion activated laser on the ceiling - no, really - they’re fairly cheap, very inconspicuous, you can figure out exactly where the beam should hit the dash to perfectly position your car.

Chocks on the floor are forever slipping around.

I got the lasers as part of some garage door openers many years ago. They're still up there and adjusted so that when the red dot is at the front of the dashboard it's time to stop. They work fine.
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 29, 2020 09:11PM
Hire a parking valet........ eye rolling smiley
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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 29, 2020 09:38PM
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testcase
Hire a parking valet........ eye rolling smiley





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Re: Any good ideas for parking aides in tight spaces?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 30, 2020 11:53AM
.......no....tightie.....whities......???



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