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Old 09-16-2009, 02:31 PM   #15
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I'm trying to visualize this. Can you park your trailer at an angle? That will reduce the length to the sidewalk, but will also eliminate a lot of driveway to park anything else.

If the trailer is lower on one side because of the incline, you will have to level it by getting the downhill wheels onto something to raise it if you want to run the fridge before you travel. If the incline is too much it will be difficult to walk inside when packing. Pushing wheels on one side up a ramp or other object will be very hard.

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Old 09-16-2009, 03:03 PM   #16
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2,000 lb winch from H.F., go-cart live axle, and hubs, golf cart tires, 12 teeth on winch sprocket, 66 teeth on axle sprocket
You're my hero.

Any chance you can post a bunch of additional photos, sketches, detailed plans, shopping list, etc, so I can make one of those for myself?
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:24 PM   #17
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I'll try to get some more pics later this week.
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Thanks all.. I'm still pondering this whole enchilada.. I doubt we'll be getting an airstream anytime soon -- too many other $$ to pay first.. (ugg!). Anyway, I do realize that parking it parallel to the street on the incline will not allow the fridge to work (at all likely) and it will be difficult to walk around in due to the incline.. I'm willing to live with those deficiencies if I can get one short enuf to fit the driveway -- a mere 23' -- I measured.. It's not as wide as I was hoping. Anyway, more stuff to think about as I do more research,etc. My wife would really like a RV instead of a trailer -- however most of the Airstream RV's are too large to do anything like this with -meaning it would reside in a storage lot somewhere..
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:57 AM   #19
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just another thought. how often are you going to be actually taking the trailer out and then parking it again. seems like alot of hassle, unless you plan on leaving it there over the winter. how well do you get along with the neighbour, maybe it's ok to just use their space for 5 min. while you park the trailer ( problem solved)? one more thing. why not store it in your garage?
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:03 AM   #20
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Since you are thinking of a shorter trailer, do some research on the Forum about the 22's and frame problems.

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Thanks for the suggestions.. As for parking it in the garage, that's out of the question.. Our garage is barely 20' long and I can't even fit my p/u truck in it let alone a trailer.. I don't mind annoying the neighbors a little as this is just what is done in the city I live in (if you've got a driveway that supports an RV or trailer, that's what people do) -- if you park it on the street I guarantee you'll have a ticket in < 1 hour (been there done that).. You're required to get permits for each occasion to park on the street with a 3 day max.. My big concern with parking in a unmonitored storage facility is regarding vandalism.. My current trailer has a broken roof vent because someone climbed up on the roof and tried to pry the vent open -- not that they could get in.. Anyway, thats the big issue and of course spending $300/quarter...

I'll checkout the frame issues with the smaller trailers.. Thanks for the headsup!
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:34 AM   #22
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I've used a car floor jack to move the 22' Safari on level ground. Working on an incline on the other hand is unsafe,even with two people.A stationary mounted wench would work.
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Old 09-28-2009, 06:54 PM   #23
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Tug photos

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Old 09-28-2009, 09:03 PM   #24
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Trailer Tug Pro: The Gas Powered Trailer Mover make several gasoline engine-powered tugs for trailers. The fellow who owns the storage facility where I store my trailer has one of their tugs - he has a bunch of heavy-duty flatbed trailers himself, plus a camper trailer. It works great for unloaded flatbed trailers and for camper trailers on FLAT ground ... but my 23' Safari nearly got away from him one day on slight incline (probably not 1/4" per foot). Never again. And they cost $2.5k-$3k ... but if you've got a fat wallet and your eventual parking place is pretty flat, you might want to consider something like this.
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Just posted about our new Powermover. It moved our 25' Airstream without a problem.
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Sorry about the delay.

Great pictures. Thanks for posting them.
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Built this (@ $200 parts) to maneuver 31' Sovereign around some trees in the back yard to the monte site. The end of the driveway has @ 1' of rise at @ 15' of run, pushed and pulled with no problem. I should be done with the crushed concrete camper driveway soon. I will then know how the dolly handles in looser ground.
Nice looking unit. Hope it works well for you on the crushed concrete.
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