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Old 05-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #29
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Thanks guys for the feedback!

Neil- Wow. I know you talked about your parking situation but the pictures really bring it to life. Seems like you have the right equipment to do the job. I can see why the convertible needs to sit this one out!

Mikethefixit- I thought about the pneumatic tires but I was worried about the tongue weight. The little swivel wheel is neat when it changes direction.. it swivels around and each little wheel turns opposed to each other to make the swivel easier and reduce the wear on the wheel.

Purman- We are just jealous. A semi truck would wedge itself into my fence and house within 10 feet of backing lol.

HowieE- The jeep is a manual transmission. I put the transfer case in 4low and wet down the driveway and inch it along. Havent seen any problem with the temp. If it all goes well the whole think can happen in 5 minutes.

I was thinking about the front hitch attachment but then i think im too close to the front of the trailer and i cant see around it? I will play with this setup for awhile and maybe consider that type of hitch.

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Old 05-16-2009, 01:38 PM   #30
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We have a similar problem when we have driveway visitors...I took 2"x10" boards, and put them together in a pyramid shape with deck screws, then inverted the pyramids to fill the gap...it has worked quite well...you might have to have help in lining them up, but it can be done alone, if yer patient...

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Old 05-16-2009, 01:49 PM   #31
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My wife thought I was crazy -I told her to get out the video camera just in case I "purchased my ticket" she might be able to sell it to America's Stupidest Videos...

Long story short, similar situation... I have a long and narrow drive, with a parking corral that is about 25 feet deep, the drive it self is about 10 feet wide, so there is NO WAY my TV (Escalade ESV) and my 23 foot '73 Safari are making any turns.

To add to the fun, I live on a very busy street -although my house is setback about 60 feet from the road- where there is no street parking, and a very impatient traffic flow for backing the trailer in.

In the past I have pulled straight in my driveway when returning from a trip, only to have to back out later in the night when the traffic lighter, turn the trailer around, and back her in... a real PITA.

Somehow the stroke of genius (I hoped) overcame me, I would use the '69 Cub Cadet!

I checked the weight of some of the PTO driven attachments (some over 300lbs) and figured I'd give it a try... I put a ball on the back of the tractor.. slowly lowered the trailer onto it... the tires on the cub took the weight.... and voila! I backed the trailer right into a snug spot in the corral at the very end of the driveway! The cub has a 10HP Kohler (and a cast iron rear end-dont try this with the new ones) and it handled it fine, nary a puff of smoke.

There was no other way to achieve this .. this tractor also does lawn duty so I'm thrilled, but I would gladly pay the price of a beater early model Cub Cadet to tug the Airstream in my yard.. so worth the headache!!

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Hi WilliamD.

Great story. I dont think the Cub Cadet would have the overall power to climb my steep driveway although seems like its a great solution for you. I have four times the tongue weight as you and that will killin my jeep. Crazy parking situations still beat storage as long as we dont scuff our trailers on the fence or parking structure ugh..

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Old 05-16-2009, 03:12 PM   #33
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He is talkin about the old Internation Cub Cadet ,I have one. It has a cast iron rearend housing. There are not many that can do this, the old Case is another with a cast iron Rear axle housing. Todays Garden tractors or Lawn tractors have a cast alumimum rear axle housing that is not designed to carry weight.They are only designed for yard wagons and yard equipment.
With the weight of the operator they only have a useful load of about a hundered pounds tongue weight.
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He is talkin about the old Internation Cub Cadet ,I have one. It has a cast iron rearend housing. There are not many that can do this, the old Case is another with a cast iron Rear axle housing. Todays Garden tractors or Lawn tractors have a cast alumimum rear axle housing that is not designed to carry weight.They are only designed for yard wagons and yard equipment.
With the weight of the operator they only have a useful load of about a hundered pounds tongue weight.

Ah, Got it. I think my airstream would require a D2 Cat. Its a beast.

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I wouldn't put that lawn tractor on any type of grade. The attorneys would have a field day with any accident that might occur with such a rig.

What I did for difficult backing situations is put a front hitch on my F250 tow vehicle. I did this after blowing a few quarts of transmission fluid trying to back into especially tight and difficult campground spots.

The front hitch I bought has a tongue weight rating too light for my trailer. So, I use the little wheel that came with the trailer. It bolts onto the bottom of the front jack and is intended for pushing the trailer around. Although, because it is a steel wheel, it would sink in gravel or dirt, it does quite well on hard surfaces. If I had to use it for soft surfaces, I'd look for some type of pneumatic wheel to take its place.

By using the support wheel on the tongue jack, almost all of the weight is placed on the wheel versus the front hitch. The amount of weight on the jack vs hitch can be finessed by using the jack.

Has noone else used this approach to backing in tight situations?

Admittedly, the vision thing is a problem. I do need a spotter, at least on my right side when pushing from the front. I have a hand-held mirror I can use holding out the left side to see where things are going.

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I wouldn't put that lawn tractor on any type of grade. The attorneys would have a field day with any accident that might occur with such a rig.

What I did for difficult backing situations is put a front hitch on my F250 tow vehicle. I did this after blowing a few quarts of transmission fluid trying to back into especially tight and difficult campground spots.

The front hitch I bought has a tongue weight rating too light for my trailer. So, I use the little wheel that came with the trailer. It bolts onto the bottom of the front jack and is intended for pushing the trailer around. Although, because it is a steel wheel, it would sink in gravel or dirt, it does quite well on hard surfaces. If I had to use it for soft surfaces, I'd look for some type of pneumatic wheel to take its place.

By using the support wheel on the tongue jack, almost all of the weight is placed on the wheel versus the front hitch. The amount of weight on the jack vs hitch can be finessed by using the jack.

Has noone else used this approach to backing in tight situations?

Admittedly, the vision thing is a problem. I do need a spotter, at least on my right side when pushing from the front. I have a hand-held mirror I can use holding out the left side to see where things are going.

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Hi Airstreamer67,

I too thought about the tongue wheel but i have pavers and thought that the wheel might get caught on one of them and bend the jack. With the swivel wheel all the stress in on the hitch and the trailer knows nothing about it

I do like the hand held mirror idea though..

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I think that I posted in #25 that I was thinking of setting up my CJ7 (304cid V8)to jockey our trailer with. I realized afterward that one time I lost the trailer brakes while manuvering it on our gravel driveway the trailer took over and began dragging my 3/4 ton Jeep truck (455 Buick engine) backwards down the driveway! I set the emergency brake AND stood on the brakes. Although that action slowed my travel towards the cliff, an old gold mine, I continued to slide. Desperate I placed the tranny into a forward gear and the 455 powered me out of a big problemo. So I don't think I will use the CJ7.
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I think that I posted in #25 that I was thinking of setting up my CJ7 (304cid V8)to jockey our trailer with. I realized afterward that one time I lost the trailer brakes while manuvering it on our gravel driveway the trailer took over and began dragging my 3/4 ton Jeep truck (455 Buick engine) backwards down the driveway! I set the emergency brake AND stood on the brakes. Although that action slowed my travel towards the cliff, an old gold mine, I continued to slide. Desperate I placed the tranny into a forward gear and the 455 powered me out of a big problemo. So I don't think I will use the CJ7.
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Neil,

As scary as that sounds.. man it makes for a great campfire story..
I might ask you to bring that up next time.

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I think the Government originally granted the Bantam contract for thier rendition of the jeep because it could take that angle.. what the heck?
You would have to drive a hummer huh?
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YIKES! If those driveways are in a northern state a winter time commute start will get your day agoing....fast.
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