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Old 08-17-2008, 08:21 PM   #15
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Hello Terry, Yes thats the area. From the pictures you can almost tell where the scaping has occured. It doesnt take alot of contact to make those big marks in the driveway so i stopped right away so i wouldnt hurt the trailer. Im thinking i will try a drop hitch and switch in the street and then take in on up with boards.. $$ cheapest solution. I really like the little Kubota tractor idea but not sure i could see around the trailer to back it up and the jeep keeps popping into mind as i already have it. Im going to hitch it up just to see. Im a mechanic by trade and know that it will fully collapse my rear coil springs on the jeep but dont think it will do major damage just to lower and see. What a difference a few makes.. my 22 foot trailer went right up it.. Did someone say something about axles? are there others available that would raise her up a bit?

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Old 08-17-2008, 08:43 PM   #16
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I haven't had much to say about the tractor idea, but when we camped in an RV park that required they park our coach, and they used a 20 hp Ford garden tractor, it wasn't pretty. They had to add weights to the front to keep it from performing wheelstands, and that wasn't enough, they had to have someone ride on the hood of the tractor besides. It didn't instill any confidence in using a garden tractor as a tug.
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Vinnie - not to hijack your thread but - where did you get your cover for your AS - it look great!
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Did someone say something about axles? are there others available that would raise her up a bit?
inlandrv andy can help you with higher rated axles.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:00 PM   #19
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Hi Terry, I can understand the tractor thing.. I just hooked up the jeep a few minutes ago. It kept dropping until the tires were stuffed up inside the wheel wells. There is NO WAY i can use this without some kind of wheel to offset the weight!

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Ask for Greg. He handles all the internet sales. $2300 with shipping. It was a special.

I bet the axles are expensive. The coach hardly has any miles on it as it has been sitting since 2003 and its an 01'. I guess time can affect them as well.

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Hi Terry, I can understand the tractor thing.. I just hooked up the jeep a few minutes ago. It kept dropping until the tires were stuffed up inside the wheel wells. There is NO WAY i can use this without some kind of wheel to offset the weight!

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Ask for Greg. He handles all the internet sales. $2300 with shipping. It was a special.

I bet the axles are expensive. The coach hardly has any miles on it as it has been sitting since 2003 and its an 01'. I guess time can affect them as well.

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A parked anything that uses torsion axles, can ruin them, simply because it sat.

Rubber must be exercised in order to stay alive.

The following article, will teach you how to check out you axles in 15 to 20 seconds, without taking anything apart.

Dura Torque Axle

We have provided replacement axles for 2005 trailers, that were just "parked."

If your axles are finished, new axles with a different starting angle, can raise your trailer sometimes as much as 3 to 4 inches. It depends on how bad they may be now.

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Thanks Andy, I have a featherlite car trailer that uses a similar axle setup but more or less am unfamiliar with how they work. Its a bunch of weight for them to hold up everyday much less bounce down the road. I will read the article so i understand..
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One last thought. What about welding one of these casters Swivel-EAZ™ Wheels to the bottom of the ball that mounts into the reciever in the hitch. This way you would have to power and manueverability of the jeep, the drop down effect till the wheel hits the driveway, the raising effect of the rear of the trailer so it doesnt scrap and it swivels so you can turn without tearing up the cement? Anyone ever done this?

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Old 08-26-2008, 10:56 PM   #23
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Well, Heres my solution.

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The solution for too much tongue weight..

The problem I have is getting my 2001 30' S/O into the backyard. It takes a bit of jockying around to get her in the shelter. The truck is just too big and I find myself pinned up against the house with the front fender. The tongue weight on this unit is 1200lbs or somewhere in that area. Using the jeep is the only solution but the tires were stuffed up in the wheel wells. So to fix the problem i went to Hamilton Caster co. from Wisonsin and bought a 1700lb swivel split wheel caster. I had an extenstion welded onto the hitch and mounted the caster in that way. With no load on the hitch the caster is about 2 inches above the pavement. Once the airstream is lowered i have the majority of the tongue weight on the caster and not the jeep. I found that i was able to easily manuever the trailer right into the shelter and not worry about breaking my jeep. The caster was a bit expensive and with the welding it took me back about $180.00 bucks. Still alot cheaper than a rear axle..
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MY problem!

Good solution to your problem, Vinnie. Just be thankfull you don't go through what I do. I have to unhook our trailer in the street and re hook it up to my Jeep truck. This is because we have 125' of gravel driveway at up to 8% grade. I take the trailer down to the bottom of the driveway, do a 3 point turn and go halfway back up the driveway to back the trailer into the RV pad. I wish the solution to my problem was as simple as a tongue jack wheel. I do have a CJ7 that I'm thinking of putting a hitch on the front.
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This is about what I was going to suggest. I have seen dolly's like this only with 2 pneumatic tires. I think someone made a receiver dolly for fifth wheels and even smaller cars,so the dolly takes the tongue weight. But I'll be dinged if I can remember where I saw them. Age ya know?
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You Guys have all the fun, I just have a flat asphalt circular driveway that I drive around then back the trailer effortlessly in beside the garage with enough room to to it with a semitrailer.

Like I said; " you guys get all the fun."
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The one suggestion I would make. Unless you can complete the parking with the Jeep in less than 2 mins. I would strongly suggest you install a fan driven transmission cooler. 2 mins. of load on the trans at almost stall speed, backing up a hill, will put the temperature up in the do damage range.

I have a temperature gauge and cooler on my truck and have seen temperatures reach 275 degrees during a hard parking. I normally run 165 degrees.
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