Parking Aids / Parking Gadgets Reviews: The Park Ranger®
Third Party Reviews
A humerous comparison from Donut.
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"This is another simple option that will solve problems for people with small or cluttered garages.
Putting this to use, you can now easily protect your car, your garage, and all the stuff that happens to be stored in there at the time.
It’s easy to install, and one of the best things about it is that you won’t be dealing with any wires and cords, since it’s not electrically powered.
Once installed, it’s maintenance free, and you’ll be surprised at its precision. You can install it by attaching it to the wall with a small nail, or using an adhesive strip.
It comes with a line that you use to measure up with, and you need to install it on the sidewall on the driver’s side. When you see the lines aligned vertically, you’ll know that you’re in the perfect parking spot.
Features and Specifications
• Works forward and backward.
• No power required.
• Made of durable resin.
What We Like
• Easy to install and use.
• Requires no power, cords or batteries.
What We Don't Like
• Might be a bit too basic for some.
• May not be very effective for newer drivers who need all the help they can get.
This is a great help for veteran drivers who just need a guide into the garage. It’s simple to use, maintenance free and seems to always be out of the way."
"Why We Like It: A different design to most other products, this guide is mounted on the sidewall, it’s easy to remove and modify to your preferences.
Editor's Rating: 4 Stars
Sensory Type: Visual
Tech Level: Very Low
Ease of Installation: Easy
This option is very simple, very affordable, and very different from your usual parking aids. It’s mounted to the sidewall rather than the back wall, yet it is a surprisingly useful aid. If you have a little more space but still want to avoid hitting the wall or jamming your garage door into the car, this is a great guide – particularly for those who like to back in."
"Using the philosophy of “simple is best”, the Park Ranger may be mounted with a nail, magnet, adhesive strip, or simply placed on a shelf. It requires two people to install (one sitting in the driver’s seat and one to actually position and mount the device), but needs no batteries or maintenance. Made of ABS resin for durability, the Park Ranger uses two lines to create a line-of-sight navigation tool. Simply drive the car in and line up the lines to park perfectly every time.
What owners love the most about this parking assistant is its simplicity. Once installed, it will give the same results every time. It’s completely non-intrusive and requires no power or maintenance, making it a great choice for busy homes. The flaws with this product tend to be unavoidable. It cannot help you center your car, and the line-of-sight assumes you will always have the same height driver and the seat in the same position. These issues are less problematic for cars with only one driver." Top 5 Garage Parking Aids for the Perfect Park Job in 2018" - Garage Tool Advisor
"This is a fantastic product. Simple, uncomplicated, and does what it needs to do. No batteries, no complicated setup, nothing to break or replace down the road. The customer service was stellar! Thank you from Canada" Sonja 🇨🇦
I was very skeptical, this approach sounded too simplistic and impressive, but worth the try for the money and the amount of effort. I didn't want to try the tennis ball or similar systems sounded like a lot of climbs up and down the latter or any battery operated stuff that was chewing through batteries. Parking mat attempt was a total disaster with the mat flying all over the place. This thing turned out to be absolutely amazing. It installs in seconds (easier with two people, but one person can there with trail and error too) and is incredibly precise. Feels like it's precise to half an inch.
If you're looking for the absolute simplest non-battery burning, non-technical, easy to understand/install/use little piece of helpful doo-daddery: This is it.
We've tried 'em all: metal washers on string hanging from the ceiling (and hitting us in the head). Bricks. Some kind of plastic 'drive over the edge and into the sweet spot' trash... and we were looking for something else when suddenly: There this was.
It's a one-piece plastic thing-a-ma-jig that you screw to the wall just outside your driver's side window. It has lines that line up (you'll need someone to move it to the right spot when you're in your car, parked in the right place) when you're right exactly where you need to be.
No lasers. No batteries. No flashing lights. No tennis balls. Nothing scooting around your garage floor and getting out of place every fifth time you hit it. Nothing hitting you in the head when the car's in the driveway and you're crossing the garage to get a tool. Nothing to break... and reasonably priced, to boot. We both love it!
So obvious and simple, but that is what is so ingenuous about this. I have been using it for a week so far, and it lets me part perfectly every time. I have tried rubber stoppers, lasers, and range sensors. Rubber stoppers are great to trip over, and all the rest require complex set up with plugs and power cables. You simply mount this on the wall in the right location, and watch it out of the driver side window as you pull in. Once the lines line up, you are parked in the right spot.
At the price, you should give it a try if you are looking for a parking assistant system in your garage.
I looked at all the possible options for a parking assist, they're all rather pricey for what they are, and they don't really do the job accurately or consistently. Tire blocks clutter up your garage floor and tend to move around over time, laser things need batteries replaced frequently, hanging tennis balls are intrusive and tacky looking. This cheap hunk of plastic with a line on it, stuck to my wall at eye level, has me parking in the EXACT same spot, to the inch, every damn time. Love it.
"Simple, genius invention. Hang it in your garage wall and forget it. My wife who is horrible at gauging distance parks perfectly now. Now there's enough clearance at the front of our vehicles that we don't have to walk all the way around the back of the cars to get around the garage. And don't work about the size. It's small and none intrusive. You won't notice it, but it'll be there each and every time you need it. Wish I would've invented this."
"Fantastic idea. Works great. No more tennis balls!!"
"So obvious and simple, but that is what is so ingenuous about this. I have been using it for a week so far, and it lets me part perfectly every time. I have tried rubber stoppers, lasers, and range sensors. Rubber stoppers are great to trip over, and all the rest require complex set up with plugs and power cables. You simply mount this on the wall in the right location, and watch it out of the driver side window as you pull in. Once the lines line up, you are parked in the right spot. At the price, you should give it a try if you are looking for a parking assistant system in your garage."
"It's just a little piece of sturdy plastic but the concept borders on genius!"
"So obvious and simple, but that is what is so ingenuous about this. I have been using it for a week so far and it lets me park perfectly every time"
"Fantastic idea. Works great. No more tennis balls!!"
"Low tech way to garage park your car -- very accurate. But, if you share your vehicle with your spouse or other drivers and they have to adjust the vehicle's seat forward or back, then you may have to purchase extra sets for the other drivers. For me, we have a 2 car garage, with these parking gauges mounted for each car. No problems! Hopes this helps with your purchasing decisions."
"These are GREAT! Both my husband and I love them. They take all the guesswork out of pulling into our garage."
"Best Parking aid purchase and even better price! Simple and easy and don’t have to get sensors to tell you if you’ve gone too far. Genius!!"
"This is really quite slick. It is easier to use than I expected."
"This simple device just works. No wires or ladders needed. Simplicity is always best! I just ordered a second one for our 2nd car."