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Old 01-02-2019, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hi community, I am renovating a 76 land yacht. I need to turn it around on my property. There is not enough space to do it with a pickup truck and because of the steepness of my driveway it's not really an option to drive the trailer to the road and make a turn there. I will have to make a zero turn. People have recommended a skid steer or a crane. But none of these seem to be clear-cut options. I am wondering if anyone on this forum has any experience with his and/or ideas/advice about what to do?
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More information on the space available would helpful.
There is a method where you turn the trailer part way, then unhitch the truck, drive it to the other side of the tongue, then hitch it again and complete the turn.
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There are motorized trailer dollies out there. They have been covered in previous threads. Maybe you can find one with a forums search.
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Hi community, I am renovating a 76 land yacht. I need to turn it around on my property. There is not enough space to do it with a pickup truck and because of the steepness of my driveway it's not really an option to drive the trailer to the road and make a turn there. I will have to make a zero turn. People have recommended a skid steer or a crane. But none of these seem to be clear-cut options. I am wondering if anyone on this forum has any experience with his and/or ideas/advice about what to do?
A skid steer will take some sawing back and forth, plus if not on cement or black top will tear up grass. I move my AS with skid steer freq. it will make ruts & as stated any sharp turns will tear grass. IMO take to road w/skid steer, turn there to prevent damage to yard, crane would not be option as would take a bigger crane to handle weight of AS. I have had cranes do some work for me, expensive and need room to move [swing] and deploy stabilizers.
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If its a hard level surface you could use wheel dollies.
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A single axle trailer would be the easiest to zero turn, take one tire off from each side, get a tongue wheel, scrap plywood to roll on, some helpful neighbors and push. 🥴
Worth a try. 👍
Done it with our boat trailer on the pad.

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A skid steer, tractor, fork lift, etc that has a front loader capable of lifting the tongue is def the way to go. Skid steer makes sense because they are so short and can zero turn themselves they are good to maneuver.

Pro tip - whatever you get look for a front fork attachment with a hole in the forks. You can bolt a trailer ball on the forks thru that hole and it will be much more secure than trying to chain anything up.
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A single axle trailer would be the easiest to zero turn, take one tire off from each side, get a tongue wheel, scrap plywood to roll on, some helpful neighbors and push. 🥴
Worth a try. 👍
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Good idea, that would work in a really tight area.
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A single axle trailer would be the easiest to zero turn, take one tire off from each side, get a tongue wheel, scrap plywood to roll on, some helpful neighbors and push. 🥴
Worth a try. 👍
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I was thinking similar, get it to one axle/two wheels, pull on to pre built dollies, chock it down, spin her around. Dollies would have to be substantial for the weight involved, and sitting on a solid surface to improve potential to turn it around.
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If it's under 6,000lbs then you could do it with these, if on a hard surface.

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I was thinking similar, get it to one axle/two wheels, pull on to pre built dollies, chock it down, spin her around. Dollies would have to be substantial for the weight involved, and sitting on a solid surface to improve potential to turn it around.
Yep...a rope on the tongue and a lawn tractor or ATV would also supply the muscle. 🇺🇸

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Hi community, I am renovating a 76 land yacht. I need to turn it around on my property. There is not enough space to do it with a pickup truck and because of the steepness of my driveway it's not really an option to drive the trailer to the road and make a turn there. I will have to make a zero turn. People have recommended a skid steer or a crane. But none of these seem to be clear-cut options. I am wondering if anyone on this forum has any experience with his and/or ideas/advice about what to do?
First of all -- welcome to the forum!

You have not really supplied enough details for anyone to give meaningful feedback IMO, such as these location etc. issues:

-- slope of parking and nearby areas
..... [define "steepness" pitch and locations -- may rule out dollies entirely IMO]
-- clearance to fixed objects like barns/garages/fences/etc
-- Airstream is 31' long and status [why not drive to road?]
-- side yards etc. clearance to maneuver tow vehicle
-- do the trailer brakes work incl. 12v electric feed
-- etc.

Have you considered having a machinery rigger or house-moving firm come look at the job? They will usually give a free estimate, if you are not too far away.

Good luck,

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I have use a power caster 3 for years to move my trailers around.
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