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Old 01-07-2020, 07:27 AM   #1
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Moving a Behemoth

In a moment of insanity, I purchased a 25' Fireball travel trailer, double axel, to use as a tiny house/airbnb rental. It's beautifully renovated, and guests love it. It is currently sitting in my driveway - I'd like to move it into the yard, where I can have a sewer hook-up and access to water and a 20 amp outlet. The problem is that I have to fit it through a narrow driveway to get it into the yard, then move it under the power line to my house, around a curve and over some flat grass to it's final home in the back of the yard.

Anyone have any ideas? I don't want to get anyone killed, and my friends are in their 50's and 60's so there isn't much brute strength I can rally. Could we use a Bobcat or some sort of trailer dolly? thanks.
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Old 01-07-2020, 07:43 AM   #2
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Old 01-07-2020, 09:22 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums!

There is at least one thread on these forums discussing this topic. You might try searching using terms like "trailer dolly, winch, bobcat," and see what comes up.

Short answer is that yes, there are a couple of different trailer dollies that could do the job for you, but they cost around $1000 dollars and are unlikely to be rentable. Perhaps you can find another trailer owner in your geography with one who would be willing to rent/loan theirs to you for the job.

A bobcat certainly ought to be able to do the job, especially with the variety of terrain you describe, and they ought to be more rentable. Getting one rigged with a hitch might require some ingenuity.

If you have something to anchor to, a simple electric winch might do what you need.

good luck!
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I am afraid that you are not supplying enough information for us to help you. Instead of pictures of the trailer's interior, we need to see pictures of the trailer where it sits in the driveway. We also need to see what the back yard looks like with measurements of the area.

If you have the clearance, all you need is a pick-up truck and someone who is skilled in the towing and moving of trailers. Depending on how the area is laid out, the truck may also need to have a front receiver for a hitch ball.

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contact a house moving company. They would have the experience and BONDED AND INSURED. You would be liable if anyone of your friends gets injured on a do it yourself job.
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A forklift or bobcat with a hitch ball on the front could easily do that if the ground isn't too soft.

Or a manual Dolly and 4-6 strong people to push.

No free options unfortunately.
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I once watched a guy back two halves of a new manufactured home through a tricky three-turn route using just his mirrors and in just a few minutes for each half. Impressive! Iíd call the local manufactured home folks and get them on the case. They do stuff like this every day and you know what they say about practice.
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contact a house moving company. They would have the experience and BONDED AND INSURED. You would be liable if anyone of your friends gets injured on a do it yourself job.
Thatís a great idea.

This would be a quick and easy job for them.
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Here's more pics of the trailer. NO pics of the yard, but it's about 3,000 sq. feet so I'm limited to a trailer dolly or a bobcat.
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I once watched a guy back two halves of a new manufactured home through a tricky three-turn route using just his mirrors and in just a few minutes for each half. Impressive! Iíd call the local manufactured home folks and get them on the case. They do stuff like this every day and you know what they say about practice.
Impressive!
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Holy crap! That's amazing.
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I hate to be the Debbie Downer but are you sure there are no restrictions on short term rentals in your town? I’d hate to see you go through all of that just to be shut down.
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I hate to be the Debbie Downer but are you sure there are no restrictions on short term rentals in your town? Iíd hate to see you go through all of that just to be shut down.
I've been renting the camper since July of last year.
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I've been renting the camper since July of last year.
Iím glad itís working for you and hope it continues to but that doesnít mean itís legal. My town has ordinances against Airbnb. My neighbors have been renting there home through Airbnb for several years successfully until the town found out now they are facing all kinds of violations.
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Iím glad itís working for you and hope it continues to but that doesnít mean itís legal. My town has ordinances against Airbnb. My neighbors have been renting there home through Airbnb for several years successfully until the town found out now they are facing all kinds of violations.
Understood - San Jose currently does not have ordinances against Airbnb.
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Check Zoning in your town....

Iíve Been air bnbing my 72 23ft airstream Safari land yacht for the last 2 years until this past October. I didnít know that in my town that you couldnít use a trailer or boat on your property as living quarters. So my get around to this issue was to switch from air bnb to outdoorsy.com. (Trailer/rv rental co. ) In my town a person can bring a trailer to your house and stay up to 7 days before he/she has to move along. So I tell my previous air bnb guests to just leave the airstream on my property when they rent it from me through air bnb. Not sure if these zoning laws apply to you. Iíd check with zoning in your area to see if it is legal to use a trailer for living quarters.
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