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Old 05-30-2012, 12:27 PM   #15
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Christopher,

Although not cheap here is another solution All Wheel Drive AC Powered Trailer Dolly Although not the exact situation I have a F-350 Crew Cab and the area I needed to park the trailer could not handle both the TV and TT so I purchased the AC-12 and it works like a charm.

Also a video Streaming Video

Good Luck with it !

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:33 PM   #16
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I installed a front receiver on our TV to park our AS in a similar situation, but without the cul-de-sac to deal with...

In your instance, if using a front receiver to 'back' your AS down that long street, I'd mount a wireless camera on the rear of the trailer to be your 'eyes' as you drive your TV 'forward'...

The one disadvantage using a front receiver is that you don't have mirrors to guide you - a WiFi cam would be a great help here...A pair of walk i-talkies might also be a good idea to warn you of impending 'backing' disasters...

I have a portable WiFi cam/screen that I use to hitch, maneuver, and run the wheels up on blocks when my 'helper' isn't nearby...! Works great... Swift Hitch - Portable Color Back-up Camera System
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:38 PM   #17
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I back down our street with a very tight turn around at the end. About 100 yards. Usually there are no cars parked on the street. But you can not back in unless the road you are coming from has light enough traffic for you to close it down when you are making the initial back into the side street. Can not do it out of a highway. My wife hates it and always has "better" suggestions. But we come in in the daylight at times when there is little traffic. I back right down the middle and then make the cut in. If you have a really long street that will take a while. Hardest thing for me is to back straight because when it is dead straight you can not see anything useful on our 25' trailer. I think the 31 is easier to back. but I am getting better. I have a friend who has a front mounted receiver to put his trailer up a hill and into a barn. He says it works fine. But I can back in quicker and easier now than I could unhitch and rehitch.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:42 PM   #18
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Backing down the long street could be done, and I think I could pull it off even with cars parked on the street and maybe a few random kids on bikes. I'd just rather not do it if at all possible.

Same thing with a front mount hitch or power dolly. At my current home I just back in off a normal street with little traffic and do sort of an S-curve to get along side my house. To have to unhitch in the street and re-rig something every time I get home, that would stink.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #19
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Nicely done thread by the OP!!

Backing is my answer (but, just mine). I'd work out arrangements with the neighbors as did my Dad on the question of blind-side backing from an alleyway for a 90-degree cut to park his 28' Silver Streak in the years he pulled it with a Cadillac. An arrangement that suited all (yours truly the teenaged son got some extra mower and trimmer duty along the neighbors alleyway frontage . . which he was happy to do [and some surreptitious fertilizer spreading as well] since it was to a higher order than the neighbors lawn service. Sand, loam and some occasional repairs to that tough Texas Bermuda grass.

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Old 06-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #20
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Have you thought about installing a front reciever on your truck. This way you would not have to back down the street, you could just drive forward down the street with the Airstream in front of you.

I also agree with barbara- backing the trailer a long distance is really not that hard. Just have some help and take your time.

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The front receiver hitch makes life so much easier when parking / negotiating ...
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:23 AM   #21
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The front receiver hitch makes life so much easier when parking / negotiating ...
I'm trying to visualize how that works. Is it because the steering wheels are close to the hitch? Or because you are looking forward instead of backward into mirrors?

Does a front receiver have to be rated as high as a rear one? What is it attached to? Seems like the front of trucks is all plastic now.

Do they turn quickly or slowly with a front receiver? Can you do 90˚ turns easily (without crushing something on the truck or trailer)?

Do you always unhitch when you have to back into a space and turn the truck around and use the front receiver, or do you just use it for really hard back-ins?

This interests me because while I have lots of acres now, we want to move and may not be able to find a house with easy parking. This seems a lot better and cheaper than buying a dolly.

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Old 06-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #22
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Before committing to use someone elses driveway, check to see if it or any of the neighbors driveways have cracks or settlement, even tho you will only be driving a few feet occasionally, it will be the biggest thing they have seen in the driveway since their moving truck.
If you don't back into your driveway you won't be able to leave without other driveway being clear.
If you don't back it as far as the side of the house you will be obstructing view of neighbor, not as bad as sunshading of skyscrapers but does cause hard feeling getting the view blocked and having to look at reflective shiny tt that they don't own.
Right now no mailboxes or flowerbeds, no hoa so no written rules, sometimes it is better to have hoa with rules that specificly state your rights.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #23
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I'm trying to visualize how that works. Is it because the steering wheels are close to the hitch? Or because you are looking forward instead of backward into mirrors? Yes to both of those good questions

Does a front receiver have to be rated as high as a rear one? What is it attached to? Seems like the front of trucks is all plastic now. We use a very short wheel base vehicle - a jeep wrangler and we have had both the front receiver hitch (Curt brand - bolted to the frame and, because of the higher tongue weight, also to the front ARB bumper) and the suspension upgraded. I would not want to "push" the AS any long distance; so, we only use the front hitch on the jeep for negotiating the AS from the street and into our driveway. We live on a hill and the rear set up on our crew cab truck with a topper takes me several attempts (much blood sweating) due to limited access (and see-sawing) to park the AS in our driveway. It would be unsafe to leave it on the street for extended periods. Although front receiver kits are available for the truck right now, we will wait until we get a HD bumper for the truck ... then will have the front receiver hitch added .

Do they turn quickly or slowly with a front receiver? Can you do 90˚ turns easily (without crushing something on the truck or trailer)? It allows for easier / quicker turning because the ball is nearer to the turning wheels ... but most importantly, it allows for planning / tracking the turn as you can see exactly just where the trailer and its wheels are moving. I stay away from full 90 degree turns to avoid kinking the stinger or the AS frame.

Do you always unhitch when you have to back into a space and turn the truck around and use the front receiver, or do you just use it for really hard back-ins? So far just for hard back-ins utilizing the wrangler; if I had the front receiver installed on the truck, I'd use it every time just for piece of mind. I had the front receiver on the last truck / RV and life was much easier.

This interests me because while I have lots of acres now, we want to move and may not be able to find a house with easy parking. This seems a lot better and cheaper than buying a dolly. Super easy and likely less $$. Any welding shop can install or fabricate / beef up front receiver mounts for TV ... realizing that it will be used for just short distances with little suspension involvement, the rating does not necessarily have to be as high as for long distance towing. IIRC the last on was just under $300 installed.

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