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Old 04-19-2018, 04:28 PM   #1
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Golf Cart to move Airstream.

Has anyone had any experience using a golf cart to move a Airstream in their backyard? I have a tight space I have to park Airstream Overlander (4000lbs) into. Unhitching from tow vehicle and hooking it up to a smaller vehicle like a golf cart or atv would allow me to turn it around easier.

I have a hard packed gravel/concrete driveway with slight incline. With a trailer jack at tongue with wheels and torque of electric motor thinking it might be possible. Likely only moving it 20-40 ft. Also thinking of trailer dolly but a golf cart would have more uses.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:12 PM   #2
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I have seen John Deere Gators with 1000 lbs payload.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:21 PM   #3
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Not sure a golf cart suspension can support the tongue weight.
I'd think a garden tractor with no suspension would be better. Mount a hitch ball on the front.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:24 PM   #4
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You could put a wheel on the jack to support some of the weight
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:23 PM   #5
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Did that today!!!

Just so happens that we did that today. We needed to shuffle locations of the Liner and the new frame. Our situation is a little different though. The Airstream Liner originally is about 1,800 pounds from the factory. The interior is currently stripped. Ready for the shell off portion of the renovation. My guess it sits at around 1,000 pounds today. We didnít want to put a heavy vehicle on the soft Florida sand where itís not packed down. MrRivet had to rock the movement to begin with but it finally made it. I would not recommend this with a heavier trailer but the flames on the TV seemed to help.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:31 PM   #6
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MrRivet moved the Liner back about 65í in soft sand and thick grass.

I then used the golf cart to easily tow the new frame around front yard, on our gravel road and into the side yard like no load was there.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:26 PM   #7
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How about a "Motorized Trailer Dolly"?

Here is an example of one of many motorized trailer dollies available for purchase OR it would not be that difficult to build one yourself.

These really do work great around the home or shop for moving trailers easily.

http://www.saferwholesale.com/5000lb...rs&Click=24688
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:20 AM   #8
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Get a “Ultra-Tow Trail Dolly” from Northern Tool or equivalent and modify it to hitch to a golf cart, 4-wheeler, or lawn tractor.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:21 AM   #9
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Has anyone had any experience using a golf cart to move a Airstream in their backyard? I have a tight space I have to park Airstream Overlander (4000lbs) into. Unhitching from tow vehicle and hooking it up to a smaller vehicle like a golf cart or atv would allow me to turn it around easier.

I have a hard packed gravel/concrete driveway with slight incline. With a trailer jack at tongue with wheels and torque of electric motor thinking it might be possible. Likely only moving it 20-40 ft. Also thinking of trailer dolly but a golf cart would have more uses.
Good question. I do know golf cart and/or ATV would not work for our AS. We use our mid-size Kubota tractor.
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I would be concerned about stopping that 4,000 lbs of aluminum- and you say there is a incline. Safety first! If it starts to roll in the wrong direction, how are you gonna stop it?
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I got one these:

https://parkit360.ca/

it works great......
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Golf cart no good, lawn tractor not enough power to move. As several suggestions use some kind of motorized mover. I use skid steer, better than any thing else, including 3 point hitch on tractor that I also have.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:53 PM   #13
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lawn tractor not enough power to move.
There's lawn tractors, and then there's LAWN TRACTORS!
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Farmall

my hubby uses a 1950's Farmall to move our FC around on our property - it can get the trailer into spaces that are fairly tight and you've always got a good view of the progress - LOL
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A tongue jack with wheels, rated to support a dynamic load greater than your tongue weight, adjusted to approx 1 inch higher than the ball on the golf cart or ATV should work fine, it mainly has to overcome the resting resistance so long as you know ALL the terrain you'll encounter. You can also create a hand held brake activation switch for less than $25 parts, to cover the rolling safety issue (so long as your brakes will work off trailer power)

I'm in the final stages of setting this up for 6,500lbs and ATV
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my hubby uses a 1950's Farmall to move our FC around on our property - it can get the trailer into spaces that are fairly tight and you've always got a good view of the progress - LOL
3 wheel style or front straight axle type? Have you got a picture?
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:31 AM   #17
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my hubby uses a 1950's Farmall to move our FC around on our property
I grew up on a farm, we were poor so dad went to auctions for farm equipment, and fixed what was worn out. We always had a Farmall (red) gas tractor. That thing was bulletproof. It sat in all kinds of weather, always started, and he used it to create a path in our driveway when the snow was a foot deep!
I'm sure ours wasn't this pretty!
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Oh dear, a completely undersized tow vehicle. You MUST use a metric sized reinforcement on the hitch, ideally a Propride or Hensley. A good brake controller will keep you from causing death and dismembered 3rd world children. Properly balanced tires, tpm system and external mirrors are required! Make sure the propane is off.
Seriously, if your property is really really flat, I'd give it a try. I have a 30hp tractor with a ball on the 3 point hitch and can twist a trailer into some really tight spots.
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The OP has stated that there is an incline, didn’t say how much of an incline but it’s NOT flat.
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Oh dear, a completely undersized tow vehicle. You MUST use a metric sized reinforcement on the hitch, ideally a Propride or Hensley. A good brake controller will keep you from causing death and dismembered 3rd world children. Properly balanced tires, tpm system and external mirrors are required! Make sure the propane is off.
Seriously, if your property is really really flat, I'd give it a try. I have a 30hp tractor with a ball on the 3 point hitch and can twist a trailer into some really tight spots.
Hey, not funny! We Pro Priders are very sensitive folk due to the lack of towing stress!
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