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Old 03-05-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Moving a twin axle around a 90 turn

Hi All,
Tips or advice needed please,
I have a 73 overlander Twin Axle, my question is,
I keep the A/s at home on my drive, to get it in postion i have to un-hitch from my TV, move with a hitch drive type mover and then slew around a 90 degree turn, my mover can do this just !!, but i am worried that i am either damaging the axles (original) or the tyres when the front axle drags rather than turns, taking the A/S out is a reverse of this, people say to lift the hitch so 1 axle is off the ground making it easier, but on an 27ft airstream you would need to lift the hitch up about 5ft which would then make it impossibe to use the hitch drive.

does anyone have a similial problem ? and if so what do you do ?

My thoughts are to slip something under front wheels, like machinary skates or similar or has anyone any other ideas.

Many thanks

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Old 03-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Slip and slide plastic or exterior grass carpet with grass side down, they do it with furniture movers.

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Old 03-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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Don't laugh - two big pieces of teflon, you cut it in sheets, have used it on F/A-18 main mounts...
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:51 PM   #4
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two sheets of Masonite with the smooth side together will work.
sand or soapy water will help in a pinch. be careful if you will need the same areas for traction for the mover to go or stop.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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It might be a bit too much work. But you could take the tires off one of the axles. Then reinstall when in position.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:23 PM   #6
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I don't do 90s but to move our 31' to change the angle in the drive way I lower the tongue jack as much as possible (on top of a sizable
piece of cardboard), then it is a doable move using a 2x4 as a lever under the a frame to push it a couple of feet. I think the combination of this method to reduce the weight on the rear axle along with some of the aforementioned ideas would be good. Just got to find some big sheets of Teflon. Harbor freight sells car dolly things that place the cars wheels on rollers to move it around the garage. Maybe that would be something. Or remove two wheels (one from each side of course) and you have a much more manageable single axle trailer. Cheers bill b.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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Seems to me like you're looking for trouble where there is none. If you move the trailer in a 90 degree circle, the tires will slip before the axles etc are damaged. Just keep doing what you've been doing.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Jammer View Post
Seems to me like you're looking for trouble where there is none. If you move the trailer in a 90 degree circle, the tires will slip before the axles etc are damaged. Just keep doing what you've been doing.

Water or sand put down may make it easier on the mower though.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #9
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Every time I park, I back my triple axle thru a 90 degree that is so tight the truck bumper almost hits the trailer...Actually, one time I DID hit the trailer with the bumper and I have a Hensley that adds extra distance!

Watching the tires is wild...the rear is rolled under, the front is poked out, the street has skidmarks...

After 5 years of doing this at least once a month, nothing has broken, no weird wear...

I gotta video it one of these days

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