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Old 03-31-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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27' Airstream turning Radius?

I'm looking to purchase a 27' Airstream. I have plenty of space in my back yard (40' from deck to back), but access it from a back lane. My back lane is just over 19 ft wide fence to fence. The section of yard I'm parking in is 23' wide. Is that enough space to back in at a 90 deg angle? I'm somewhat experienced with backing up trailers, just never did a tt. FWIW, my TV is a Chevy Avalanche. If I can't, this will be a deal breaker as I'm looking to renovate it, and would be a pain to have to store it across town. Thanks.

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Old 03-31-2009, 09:22 PM   #2

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Old 03-31-2009, 09:44 PM   #3
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I would say yes. It might take a little doing at 1st couple of times. I back my 29' Ambassador around a 90 degree corner into my back yard with a crewcab pick-up. I don't know the exact measurements but it is on lane up and then around the corner into a 2 lane. Avoiding the house on one side and shrubs on the other.


Thats it in the middle of the picture. I back it up the dirt driveway on the right.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:09 PM   #4
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I would guess yes (I'm used to backing a 26') provided the "fence to fence" you mention doesn't mean there is a gate across the 23' dimension. If you have like a 10' gate, then I'm not so sure. I think then you'll just have to try it and see.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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My son in Tampa has a 19' Bambi that he pills with a Ford 350 PSD, crew cab, long bed. The back of his house is on a narrow alley. Getting his AS into the yard was quite a feat until a friend recommended putting a 2" receiver on the front of his truck. He now pulls into the alley, turns around and hooks to the front of the truck. What had been a difficult maneuver is now a piece of cake.

I realize that your trailer is 8' longer, but this approach might make the difference if backing it in is to difficult.

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Old 03-31-2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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Rent a trailer?

Maybe you can find a trailer of similar dimensions that you can rent for a day. Try backing that into the spot. Get the optional insurance...
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:21 AM   #7
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I would suggest you make a scale flat model of your tow vehicle and trailer out of cardboard where 1 inch = 1 foot. Then lay out masking tape on the garage floor or a table representing your hardscape (width of lane, fence opening, whatever) and see if it is doable in two dimensions. Simple and cheap.
This worked well for me in modifying and improving how I get my 34' into its storage spot. Neighborhood covenants prevent me from parking it in the driveway or yard so it lives under my screened porch on the back of my house--house is elevated giving me 11' height but an opening only 11' wide -- making a 90 degree turn off a 30' wide driveway. A challenge, to say the least, but technique greatly improved by making a scale model and refining my entry/exit. It is worth the trouble to me to have her stored here, challenge that it is: no storage cost, keeps her out of the sun, can work on/maintain easily.
I would bet you can get that sized trailer in there without much trouble. Let us know how it works out.
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Thanks for all the tips guys. I don't have a photo because I'm at work, but here's a rough diagram, should have posted this first..


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