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Old 03-03-2012, 11:56 AM   #43
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"Seems like it will take some force to get the thing in motion, so how do you avoid damaging panels in the pushing? Pushing on the ribs, considering the weight and inertia, seems like it might damage the ribs?"

Iv'e found when moving our Ford it's easiest to push directly on the wheels.
Have also used a come-a-long to move the front end over when in the garage.

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Thanks, Bob: should have thought of that myself! I was thinking of getting the maximum push power from a standing position vs. kneeling to push on tires. Those go-jacks are amazing, they make the whole moving process simple. Is there enough room between tires for three of them per side of the 34'?

It's very good to know those things are out there just-in-case...

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Old 03-03-2012, 12:56 PM   #44
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Viv,

Here is a close-up of the ones I have in action, can't say for sure but it does look like there would be enough clearance.

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #45
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Wheel jacks..

As a young kid,, ( many years ago) I worked at a car shop.. It had room for 6 cars at one time but by using a pair of floor jacks with wheels we could scoot cars sideways to the walls and most days could pack 10 or 12 cars into that shop.. No room to work,, but made the customers feel there car was getting worked on I guess.

Main key is a good floor,, and keep the steel wheels oils well.

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Old 03-04-2012, 06:12 AM   #46
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it worked for me

I moved a 60' house trailer sideways over a basement foundation some years ago. Two inch water pipe sandwiched between two 2X12's makes a great roller system. If it were me I would drill four 1/2" holes in the concrete for expansion eyebolts, two on each outside wall so they aren't in the way, and use snatch straps or come-a-longs attached to the axels to pull in any direction needed. If and when you move to another shop, axe off the eye bolts with a torch and fill in the holes with concrete patch.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:45 AM   #47
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Im really trying to talk Tim into a shorter trailer, Even a 30' trailer would allow us to park two trailers end to end and two side by side. We only have about one month of storage season and then the Big Girl will come out and go to the Minnesota Airstream Park. Then my 22' trailer can go indoors and there will still be plenty of room. If we can come up with a plan that we know will work I can let go of my outside storage spot next winter.
Brad, Now that we have seen that you are a skilled metal worker you shouldn't have any problem cutting 5-6' out of Tim's trailer and shortening it up a little Problem solved!
The pipe between 2x12's or a couple 4x8 sheats of plywood I think would work well and is simple. We can use even a 1/2" pipe under 1000lb equipment at work and move it very easily. Or just borrow a bobcat from the neighbor and just push on the side(very gently though) make sure Tim is not there to watch!
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:39 AM   #48
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Brad, just borrow a bobcat from the neighbor and just push on the side(very gently though) make sure Tim is not there to watch!
Thats what I would do at work!

I have moved some large objects in the past and it always seems to work out. The most important part of this task is making sure that Tim is comfortable with what will be happening to his trailer. I asked the question here because I know that this group, Airstreamers, have a very diverse background and almost limitless knowledge. The responses I have received have been awesome. Thank you everyone.

When Tim returns to town Ill make sure that he is aware of this thread. I understand his passion for his trailer and his need to feel comfortable with what will happen. To often I just charge forward , throw caution to the wind, embrace lady luck and hope for the best. It usually works out but that approach doesnt always work for everyone.

Im liking the idea of rollers and some sort of platform but its not my trailer so I need to be reasonable and present options. If nothing else I have enjoyed asking the question and reading the replies.
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Pour a new concrete pad on the opposite side and just move the building over and leave the 34 in place
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Pour a new concrete pad on the opposite side and just move the building over and leave the 34 in place
You just earned yourself a drink when we meet! I like the way you think!!!!!!!
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I am back in town, and ready to weigh in on the discussion. I still like the idea of wheel dollies the best, but the challenge is this is a 10,000# trailer. Most wheel dollies are rated 1,500# per dolly, with 1 1/2" wheels. I think I might have just found industrial truck dollies, and they are rated at 3,000# per dolly. I would put 4 dollies under the front and rear wheels, and leave the middle wheels flying in the breeze. These dollies are on 3" wheels, and I think they might be what the cat ordered. Only issue is they are a bit spendy ($700).
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I moved a 60' house trailer sideways over a basement foundation some years ago. Two inch water pipe sandwiched between two 2X12's makes a great roller system..
My buddy did the same thing with a 30 x 24 shop...2" water pipe...jack up the trailer...3 x 2 by 12's, one under each axle...sections of water pipe below and...1, 2, 3,...roll...

I would add a chock to the 2x12 on each side of the tire...and a rope to stop the big-o-trailer before it adds a new exit...
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I would add a chock to the 2x12 on each side of the tire...and a rope to stop the big-o-trailer before it adds a new exit...
Umm, not happening on Big Girl. I have cold sweats just thinking about this.....
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OK - I'm not giving any advice,you are getting plenty of that here, but I do have one request. When this move happens you have someone film it for the record. We all want to see this happen.
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It is a fascinating thread! Maybe you all need to invent a great machine for moving huge trailers sideways-- you can make your next million on it!
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I am back in town, and ready to weigh in on the discussion. I still like the idea of wheel dollies the best, but the challenge is this is a 10,000# trailer. Most wheel dollies are rated 1,500# per dolly, with 1 1/2" wheels. I think I might have just found industrial truck dollies, and they are rated at 3,000# per dolly. I would put 4 dollies under the front and rear wheels, and leave the middle wheels flying in the breeze. These dollies are on 3" wheels, and I think they might be what the cat ordered. Only issue is they are a bit spendy ($700).
One clarification. The dollies that I am speaking of are on 6" casters. This is s a good thing. Cost is $645 plus shipping. I am having them quote the shipping cost so that I have the complete answer.
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