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Old 06-09-2017, 06:03 PM   #15
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You can probably get a 24' in there but you can do a lot of damage with a fence like you have. 4 to 6 floor jacks with good wheels, a wheel on the tongue jack, 6 big friends that aren't too intoxicated who understand that the trailer touches NOTHING and a come-along with lots of feet of chain should do it. You could also take off the 2 front wheels and set the rear wheels in a pair of those car dolleys to maneuver the trailer into place. The key is to go slow which requires blocking the alley for an hour or 3. You will need some sort of shade roof over an airstream in my opinion. There is still a small dent in my front fender from a similar situation where the chain link fence was underneath some vines that I was letting the truck push aside. I hate when that happens! Beware of letting friends look out for you! I have a few dents from people who don't know what don't touch anything means! I have got my 31' in and out of some tight places to get shade.

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Old 06-09-2017, 06:26 PM   #16
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How wide are your gates and how far are they from the fence across the alley?

I recently(last week) tucked our Airsteam into its campsite and had a similar scenario, two trees 14' apart(the branches) and 13' from the far edge of our drive. I used a small tractor as you can see so better results than mine are possible rolling it by hand or winching. FYI I would not let anyone get near my trailer on a forklift.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:28 AM   #17
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Do you own the fence? If so I'd take it out to get the AS in there. It'll be *lots* easier.

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Old 06-10-2017, 10:35 AM   #18
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One time move? Get a company that sets up mobile homes, park models. They have the dollies and winches to pull together double wides, reversed parking rigs in spaces, level it and set up utilities. Or a crane, drop it in place.
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:59 AM   #19
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This may sound silly, but make a scale drawing of your backyard, fence and the building. Make a scale cut out of the trailer you want and try the whole thing on paper. It will at least show you the angles you are dealing with or even how much fence must be removed. Tandem axles can also pose a problem.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:04 AM   #20
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Check local zoning first

Before your buy and muscle an Airstream in your back yard, check your local zoning code to make sure it is permissible to have a travel trailer in your backyard to use as an office or extra room. Some cities prohibit trailers in back yards or, if they permit storage of a trailer in your back yard, might limit the length of the trailer being stored there. If you live in a part of town where none of your neighbors are anal about property appearances or values, just remember to always treat them kindly and well.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:06 AM   #21
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Love your idea. If it is a one time deal hire professionals that do trade shows, and possibly take out the fence and then replace it. There is probably a learning curve that you could bypass by hiring professionals.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:23 AM   #22
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One thing getting a quote from a pro would do: He'll tell you if he simply can't do it. If he can't do it, you can't do it....

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Old 06-10-2017, 12:14 PM   #23
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Get it done!

Pull down the fence with plans to put in sleeves for the fence to drop back into. Purchase or rent caster style, heavy duty mover dollies - one for each wheel and for the hitch. Bolt a pull point into the concrete furtherest from the street and center to the trailer. Jack the trailer up, position the dollies, hook up the cabling to the trailer and pull it into the property. Done. Re-install the fence. After prep is completed, should take less than four hours with about half and hour on the street. jd
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:30 PM   #24
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If you go the dolly route, keep in mind that you will have a ton or so on each of the ones under the wheels. Hit the wrong bump and that can go up a bit. Best to rent ones rated for a coupe of tons. That way you can focus on the move and not on the dollies.

On the same topic - pull everything you easily can out of the trailer before you start moving it. Spare tire, LP tanks, water in tanks all can go and come back later.

On the topic of local zoning. How do you plan on dumping the gray and black water tanks? Using a storm drain is *not* a good idea rules and regulations wise ....If you will be putting in a new sewer line to do it, that may take a permit. It also is a really good idea to get that done *before* the trailer is in place. You never quite know where the line will go until you hear from the experts.

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Old 06-10-2017, 12:31 PM   #25
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Old 06-10-2017, 02:49 PM   #26
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:13 PM   #27
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Get a carpenter to build you an office/spare room and go camping with the Airstream.
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:59 PM   #28
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I'm surprised at the naysayers here.
I think it can be done.
Where is your sewer clean out for your house? Macerator pump for black and grey.
Don't be discouraged, there is almost always a complex solution to the simple problems we create for ourselves.
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