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Old 09-07-2011, 09:22 PM   #15
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Just curious, do you have a wheel on your tongue jack, or a metal disk/foot? The wheel might keep the tongue jack from scraping. Plus, maybe you could somehow mount some dolly wheels on your bumper; although, the bumper isn't very useful, except as decoration.

We have a 19-foot Bambi, too, and have been through some big dips and humps. That must be some driveway. Is there any chance of repouring the concrete where your trailer scrapes, to level it out a little? The cost might not be prohibitive, if you are thinking about buying a tractor.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:12 PM   #16
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Have come across some folding aluminum ramps that may do the trick. As truck ramps capacity is 5000 lbs and 78" length. Even have a line on a pair of new/unused ones. Will update all in a couple of weeks as they are coming from out if town.... Please cross your fingers and toes for me..
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:30 PM   #17
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Did you get your ramps?

Hello "Kim"
How did you make out with the truck ramps?
We just brought our new-to-us 2007 23' Safari home today and experienced a similar problem with our driveway.
Our slope is not as extreme as yours, but our bumper began to scrape at the bottom as in your illustration. We were able to use two 6 ft long 2x8 boards as ramps, bracing them under the "dip" with about 18" long pieces of 2x8 to keep them from cracking under the weight of the trailer. It worked well, with lots of assistance from 3 helpful guys - my husband, our son and a friend who's more knowledgeable about RVs than we are (an easy feat since we are super newbies) to position the ramps and guide me as I backed up the trailer. Once we used the improvised ramps to get past the dip and slope at the end of the driveway, we were OK.
After reading your last post, we were wondering if you were able to get the ramps. If so, did they solve your problem? Would you post a picture so we can see how they work?
Thanks and happy traveling...
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:32 PM   #18
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We figured the metal ramps were just too narrow to work 0 we really need a wider surface area. So we have opted to build our own ramps using 2 ft lengths of 2x6 attached with rubber from bike tubes - kinda like a futon frame. The ramps are 2 boards high except for the 1st & last one and are 7 boards together so about 3 feet long. We originally had them 6 feet long but was too heavy & broke the rubber. Plus I am usually alone when we are doing this. We are not finished building yet but will have to test this weekend - we'll see - fingers crossed
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:02 PM   #19
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Hello, I just picked up my 19' Bambi last week and, surprise, ran into the same problem. I understand your frustrations and concerns.
My street is somewhat busy and a ramp solution may not be practical.
Phoenix suggested a tongue jack wheel and dolly wheels on or near the bumper. Someone else mentioned skid plates.
Has anyone ever tried that? What would the repercussions be on the frame?
At an angle the only thing that scrapes is the bottom corners of the back box now that I have switched to a 3/4 rise hitch.
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Luc, I'd have to believe both your Bambi & kimd8888's Bambi already have skid protectors welded under the frame on each side just in front of the bumper. They make a racket to alert the driver but I've experienced that they will bend. Some have added wheels to their skid protectors -- don't do this.

Can we level by jacking on the frame away from the axles? No. Likewise the frame at the rear is not strong enough to bear the weight of the trailer. The rear frame-shell junction is fragile enough as it is. Some other strategy needs to be adopted to avoid putting the weight of the Bambi on the rear of the frame.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:23 PM   #21
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Still thinking here...

Looking at kimd8888's graphic and recalling my past experiences with the tail protectors dragging -- the problem is aggravated by the depth of the gutter in relation to the street and the driveway slope.

Any chance of building a couple 4-5' long ramps to bridge across the gutter. Could lessening the dip into the gutter solve the whole problem for you? And how much less gutter depth? 4-5"? You'd need to build the ramps a bit longer the more you want to lift the trailer across the gutter gap.

This may take some woodworking or tools some are not prepared take on. I'd probably make each ramp about 2-3' wide to allow some allowance that not every backup yields the same results.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:27 PM   #22
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It's pretty easy to scribe the gutter contours. See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...pes-29321.html

I'd probably build the ramp with a minimum of 3/4" ply and think of 3 or so longitudinal stringers under each ramp -- along with a few crosswise braces to keep the ply from sagging in between.

[okay, that's 3 posts in a row. I'd think the mods should do something about people inflating their post numbers! ]
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:54 PM   #23
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Thanks. You may be right. A short ramp over the gutter might work.
It is hard to drive and see the position of the trailer at the same time.
Perhaps a friend might back the trailer up while I try to figure out how much is needed.
I am pretty handy with wood and have all the tool. I was just trying to find a solution that would not involve moving and storing 2 heavy ramps everytime.
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I'm trying to imagine this, sounds like a lift of the Bambi a few inches would solve it. Harbor Freight carries some car dollies that might do the trick. It would require you to jack up the bambi to get them in, but you would have the ability to slide it around once it is on them. Maybe pick up a winch to bolt to the back wall of the garage and winch it up sans truck. I would do a test run with my neighbors Babmi first.......
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Bridjit Curb Ramps - The No Jar To Your Car Curb Solution
Depending on the slope of the driveway and the gutter style these may help you to get up the driveway without scraping. You don't have to bring them with you or bolt them down. Check it out.
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Bridjit Curb Ramps - The No Jar To Your Car Curb Solution
Depending on the slope of the driveway and the gutter style these may help you to get up the driveway without scraping. You don't have to bring them with you or bolt them down. Check it out.
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Interesting. I'm not sure that one would need to go through the bolt together "2-man, 15 minute installation" -- just lay a section down for each track when moving the Bambi in our out. This should allow some compensation for the trailer taking one path and the tow vehicle being on a different one as you back up. A homebuilt version should be easy enough. It remains to be seen if a solution like this would work for kimd8888's 1:10 slope. Would be good to hear about how different solutions work out!
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:19 PM   #27
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From the looks of the diagram in the initial post it appears that eliminating the dip at the bottom of the driveway would eliminate most of the problem. I've often thought of a hitch design with a built-in jack so you could raise or lower the front of your trailer as you were backing in. Any takers?

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