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Old 07-22-2006, 10:23 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Lawn Tractor For Parking?

Does anyone have experience using a lawn tractor to repark a 27' or longer Airstream? I have some turning radius problems trying to get my trailer squared away at home when using my long wheel-base TV to manuver the trailer just where I want it.

The hitch bracket on the lawn tractors I've looked at seem rather lightweight.

Any experiences would be appreciated.

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Old 07-22-2006, 10:31 PM   #2
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I've seen lawn tracktors with hitches at both ends, on different RV lots.
If your tractor can support a 3-point htich it shold be fine on the back.
If your tractor can support a front end loader it should be able to carry the tounge weight on it's front axle. It is up to you and your welder to add the proper size ballmount. I'm thinking of a mid sized kubota in a mostly flat yard.
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:44 PM   #3
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When I think of a lawn tractor I see something way too light to move a trailer - can you give any more info on what you are going to use?

When I park my trailer I also have some tight maneuvers, with little side clearance. I ended up with a Power Caster (there are other similar devices, I just happened to pick this brand) and it took all the concern away. I could turn the trailer in a circle if needed to, it moves fast enough to get the job done but not so fast that I worry about getting too close too fast, and with a spotter it is pretty easy to get the trailer where it needs to go.

It was one of those purchases where I didn't really want to spend the money up front, but after getting it I have never had a regret, it makes putting the trailer away so easy.
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Old 07-23-2006, 12:29 AM   #4
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We use a lawn tractor to move our GT into it's space, but i don't think it could handle a 27-footer. We did modify the rear and add a ball-type hitch. The issues you have to consider are the tongue weight & power. Our tongue weight is less than 450 lbs and we bought a front bumper to stack 3 bags of tube sand on (180lbs) to get it front doing a wheelie. Our lawn tractor is 16hp and is fine on a level ground, but to get into the parking space, we have a slight grade which we need to get a running start at. Our GT weighs in at 3500 lbs...I'm certain a 27-footer weighs much more so you would need more power & weight IMO. Our situation is temporary (new house) we will be pouring a new slab on more level ground this fall, which should make it easier.

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Old 07-23-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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I saw a tread earlier where some folks have put a receiver on the FRONT of their pickups, which they use for bike racks, etc., and to backup and maneuver their trailers.

Check "search" - it was interesting.
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Kubota BX1850

Timely question. I just took these yesterday! I use a Kubota BX1850 to move my 3,000 lb 17' Bigfoot and an aluminum utility trailer around, but the 3pt max weight is around 400 lbs. It's about the largest "lawn tractor" and is slightly smaller than the Case IH DXxxE series, the John Deere 2305, and the Massey Furguson 2300. The Kubota BX2350 is in their size class.

I wouldn't consider even trying to move my Airstream with my Kubota. I don't think any of those would work for your Overlander either. They're too lightweight and so are their hydraulics. I think you're probably looking at a 30hp minimum tractor for enough weight and 3pt capacity. If you check with your local dealers, they all give specs for the lifting capacity of the 3pt hitches.

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rog you gotta bring that combo to davenport this year!

it might take ya 3 days to get there! ha ha!

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I may have to leave early, but I'll get three hours out of a gallon of diesel. How's THAT for fuel economy!

Think I ought to change my avatar?

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If your yard is paved, then a small fork lift will do very nicely. I use one to park my Overlander inside the warehouse, and it works very well. It won't be an option if you are moving your trailer on gravel or dirt.
I bought my fork lift used, it was less than a new powercaster. Besides i needed one anyways for business.
It is a nice tool for axle installs etc as well. Put a pallet on it,and have a great elevated work platform.
I know it's not for everybody, but it happens to work very well for me.
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Old 07-23-2006, 09:51 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input. I'll check with local dealers and get accurate spec's before deciding. Looks like it would take a pretty hefty tractor to move the trailer around safely. Not sure I want to invest that much.

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Old 07-24-2006, 01:27 PM   #11
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Have you considered a vintage real tractor? My family has a 1949 Super C that's plenty big enough to move around a trailer, but they're cheap and parts are still available and reasonable enough for them. I'm pretty sure it's going to outlast ME.

Farmers have a unique viewpoint about old work tractors. Threw a rod? Fix the rod and weld up the hole in the crankcase. (That was done to this one about thirty years ago, and it's still chugging.)

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Does anyone have experience using a lawn tractor to repark a 27' or longer Airstream? I have some turning radius problems trying to get my trailer squared away at home when using my long wheel-base TV to manuver the trailer just where I want it.

The hitch bracket on the lawn tractors I've looked at seem rather lightweight.

Any experiences would be appreciated.

Gig 'em.

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Go Here http://www.powermoverinc.net/

This is what I use, best customer service I have ever had. I can put my trailer through an opening with one inch on each side.

Good Luck

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Old 07-24-2006, 05:38 PM   #13
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Vintage tractor is an interesting idea. There is a very active vintage tractor group in this area. In fact they have a museum here in Temple, Texas. I'll check it out and see where it leads.

I'm aware of the Powermover option, but hoped to get double duty from the mover (aka - lawn mower). Scratching my head, now.

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Old 07-24-2006, 05:51 PM   #14
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Pick up an old Ford N tractor. You can get one for under $2000 for one that needs a little TLC, and they can be used as lawn tractors, snowplows, bucket loaders, trailer parkers, heck, they can even be used as tractors.
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