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Old 02-15-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Ways of moving trailer without a tow vehicle?

Hello all, my first post here - I don't own an airstream yet but am actively looking (see my ad in the classifieds!)

Short background, I want to add a bedroom to my place by putting an AS in the yard - no need for building permits, less likely to leak/rot than an SOB, and it will most likely retain much of its value should my situation change and I find myself wanting to sell it.

The issue at hand here is that the best location for the trailer in the space I have to work with won't allow me to simply pull or back the trailer into place with a tow vehicle. I need to get it into a corner with the street side of the trailer along a large metal fence and the front end facing into said corner.

There's an 8'x8' planter in the corner with a utility pole in it, so the trailer can't/won't be shoved all the way in, which also means there will be some room to work with it on the front end.

I'm interested in hearing your ideas and experience with moving trailers around over small distances without a TV. Is it insanely impossible to maneuver one around by hand? I could imagine getting a bunch of friends to push on the rear bumper while levering up on the front end of the hitch tongue to help steer it. Another idea I had was pulling it into place with a winch set up either in the planter or on the outside of the fence (I can easily put a hole in the fence and patch it up afterwards)

A friend's father got a 29' Ambassador up a muddy hill into his backyard by pushing it around with a bobcat, but he had one on-site as there was major landscaping going on, plus he had plenty of room to move around.

By the way, the area it needs to be placed is pretty much unpaved but more or less level. The size range I am looking at is 23'-27'

Many Thanks!
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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There are electric self propelled hand held tow motors use to maneuver units in tight places.This is one there are more just do a search on electric trailer movers.

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:14 PM   #3
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There are options, such as motorized trailer tugs ... go here:
Trailer Tug Pro: The Gas Powered Trailer Mover – Trailer Tugs
and I've used one to move my trailer at the site where it's stored ... the guy who owns the place uses his all the time to move lighter trailers. But they're pretty pricey ... I'd do some serious calling around to see if you can rent one. And I have NO idea how they'd work on a non-paved area or any sort of incline.

Absent that, you could probably build some sort of dolly that several football linemen could use to push/pull the trailer into place.

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:16 PM   #4
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Welcome Aaron,

You sure have you work cut out for you. Tha being said there are members that report sucess using a powermover for short moves in tight spaces. Not sure how well it would perform on an unpaved surface. Here's a link to a recent thread that may help you.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...eam-56893.html

If it were me I'd avoid the friends on the bumper idea as Airstream frames are not known for their strength. Not sure about the winch idea either but I have used skid-steer loader and our office forklift to shuttle our 31 footer around with ease.

Many members use tractors with great sucess as well. Which ever way you proceed make sure you have someone spotting you during the move to avoid running into things.

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:28 PM   #5
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The question I have with this type is what keeps it from flipping the handle and out of control up if you lift the handle too high. Looks like they are relying on that flat plate just below the ball as a limit and the keeper of your hitch. I would want to pin that keeper.

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:34 PM   #6
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I have a 6" wheel that my front jack fits onto. It can be used to roll the Safari around on level ground by myself. Rough surfaces might be hard to maneuver on, but still do-able. Any little bump, and you will need those linemen to help push.

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:03 PM   #7
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How 'bout inviting over 8-10 of your strongest friends? Most can carry the A-frame while some can push from behind. Just make sure they know to push from the bumper. Hate to see you get a bunch of fresh dents in your new AS TT.

Beer & pizza makes for a wonderful payment when move is done. Have your own strong man contest party.

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:08 PM   #8
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I.ve seen a picture of an Airstream in England lifted out of the street and over the fence with a crane. It was to be used as an office. Susan
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:21 PM   #9
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I have put a wheel under the front jack and been able to push it around with our atv. On asphalt not gravel or dirt. It's a larger Arctic Cat 650 that is rated to tow 1100 lbs. but I had no weight on the atv just the hitch over the ball on the atv and pushing it. our pulling it. IF not that the tractor like Susan.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:14 PM   #10
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A low tech system:

If you can find a sturdy pole a bit longer then the hitch ball height, place this at about a 35-45 degree angle between the ground and the trailer coupler. Then lower the trailer jack and the pole will push the trailer coupler in the direction it is leaning.

This can be effective to move the trailer a few inches at a time. Slow, but it can be done by one person working alone.
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My 19 International served as a pool cabana/guest house and I did the same same thing with the powrhitch. Works great!

I love it because there is NO gas motor. it is powered by the trailer's batteries. and as long as you don't have to contend with inclines and un paved surfaces, the powerhitch is also light enough to throw in the bed of the truck to take along. PM me if you want more information about the powerhitch and Camp Bambi.
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I built a very narrow driveway from brick pavers and landscaped heavily... You don't notice it's there.
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I have a 6" wheel that my front jack fits onto. It can be used to roll the Safari around on level ground by myself. Rough surfaces might be hard to maneuver on, but still do-able. Any little bump, and you will need those linemen to help push.

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In the FACTORY they put a wheel that the front jack fits into. I've seen two people move a 28 ft classic. But that's on level paved surface. A football team with some ropes through the a-frame and some serious drum beats from the movie the Ten Commandments, and you could have it moving.

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