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Old 06-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

My husband and I have purchased our 3rd Airstream, . Super excited and proud! Our only problem (well 1st anyways) is getting it out of the driveway it's been in for over 25 years. They backed it in and never moved it again. It got there via a very steep driveway in an narrow alley, which means it can't come straight out. Also the angle isn't even, it slopes right to left. Hubby has asked me to post for suggestions and feedback.

We are wondering if any of you more experienced Streamers out there have any objections to our plan. Or better ideas, please pretty please. ( my husband, who knows all the lingo, is not here so bear with my explanation)

Potential Plan:
1. Install the new tires (once they arrive, they shipped today)
2. Build a very sturdy wood ramp to soften the slope and angle
3. Attach a hoist? pully? (I can't remember what hubby called it) from the back bumper/giant rod that goes down the trailer (I'm sorry! Hubby isn't texting me back about what all of this is called!) of the trailer to the house and slowly guide and lower it down the hill, inches at a time. Putting blocks in front of the tires for each movement.
4. Attach trailer to truck once at the bottom of the driveway and drive out

Is this insane or perfectly logical?

Any better suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
Many many thanks in advance!

Also, it's a single axle (if that makes a difference)
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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You could probably hook it to the truck and pull it out if you had one of those adjustable height hitches. You probably want the hitch almost on the ground so the tail won't drag. I have a trailer hitch mounted on the 3 point hitch attachment on my tractor. I can move the tongue up and down with just a lever. As long as you have some sort of skid at the back to keep it from dragging the concrete you should be ok.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Although far from an ideal hitching situation, as I view the picture, you should be able to do without any ramps, etc. I'd say first just back up your tow vehicle and see how the ball aligns with the coupler. If you can lower the coupler onto the ball, then do it and take off (slowly)!

After trying that and you think it's impossible, then start thinking about ramps, etc. I think a ramp, hoist or pulley will complicate your situation.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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Thank you for your replies!

Perry, we did discuss the adjustable hitch however hubby says this hill is far to steep to use in this situation.

Mike, I agree, the ramp will likely complicate the issue and we'd love to come up with a different solution. Unfortunately, we can't come in straight since the alley is so narrow. I wouldn't mind trying it out to see what happens. As you say, slowly! Although looking at it, the 2 guys don't think it will work.

The PO, whose driveway it is still in, says they backed it in in 2 'segments'. They backed in as far as they could, unhitched, realigned, then rehitched and finished the job. That was going UPHILL though, which my husband thinks was much easier and doesn't think will work in the opposite.
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In looking at these pictures, I can see it is difficult to express really how steep this incline is. It's much worse in real life. Even difficult to walk down.
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You may want to call an auto towing firm. With the different configurations they have on their trucks, they may be able to figure out something.
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Might be able to use a flat bed wrecker. Get someone experienced to look at it. Jim
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Zig has the best idea, and probably the cheapest.

The flat moveable deck will be level with the trailer for loading and then can unload on the street. Probably cost to more than $50.00 and its done.

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Zig has the best idea, and probably the cheapest.

The flat moveable deck will be level with the trailer for loading and then can unload on the street. Probably cost to more than $50.00 and its done.

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So how would that work. I am not familiar with that type of tow truck.

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Looks familiar

Our regular parking spot, next to our garage is ten feet higher than street level. That height is reached in thirty feet of distance from the curb. Our little globetrotter would drag it's back end if we were to come of this hill straight. So my advice would be.... ASAP(when the wheel well clears the corner of the garage) start turning the trailer to the right, to get it running diagonally across the slope. Take it slow( I have to use low range), and have people watching all corners. If someone backed it in there you should be able to pull it out.
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Look at the video for best idea of how it works.
1996 International 4700 T444E rollback, wheel lift tow truck - YouTube

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So how would that work. I am not familiar with that type of tow truck.

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You guys are fantastic! Thank you! Please keep the suggestions coming and hubby and I will review them when he gets home. And document whatever we decide!
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1996 International 4700 T444E rollback, wheel lift tow truck - YouTube

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OK now I see. But I wonder could you get this type of truck in position in the narrow alley as described. I agree with Globestream, if someone backed it in there you should be able to pull it out. I can't wait to how this turns out.

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Having been a tow truck driver in my past life, we can do what you would consider "the impossible".

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OK now I see. But I wonder could you get this type of truck in position in the narrow alley as described. I agree with Globestream, if someone backed it in there you should be able to pull it out. I can't wait to how this turns out.

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