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nickaroux 10-23-2021 09:07 PM

AS to be parked 'hitch first', parking pad
Hello Forum-

We need to park our 23' AS on a new concrete parking pad we are having constructed. The trailer door, otherwise, would be too close to the property line (a fence) denying access. To complicate matters, our street is quite sloped, and the space where the concrete pad will be is also sloped, so the concrete pad, off the street, will be elevated in relation to the surrounding earth. If I can maneuver the trailer close to the mouth of the parking pad, I think a 'trailer valet' or something similar could be used to manipulate the trailer into position. I assume the posterior aspect of parking pad must be at least 24 or 25' from the mouth of the driveway, otherwise I'll run out of room with the trailer valet. I have never used a trailer valet and we are new to AS'ing. We have no other place to park the AS. A 24' concrete pad is already pushing it in terms of the space it will usurp. Any thoughts on how much 'wiggle room' in front one needs with a trailer valet? The concrete pad will be about 18' feet wide. Thank you in advance!


cloud camper 10-23-2021 09:24 PM

I had a similar dilemma on a sloped driveway. As food for thought I can tell you I had some success with 4 dollies I bought to allow movement of the trailer sideways during winter storage in my garage, and ideally to completely turn it sideways allowing total freedom or even turn it around hitch first (I have a large triple garage and a 45 foot bay on one side). We thought about the motorized nose wheel for the trailer but the slope and the 5800 lbs was a scary combination for us without a man at each axle with chocks at all times during moves. Probably smart to rig up a 7 pin brake controller switch in the bargain. I used to park it hitch first to the garage door and pull the truck inside and sideways to get it out again just for extra security. Not sure if you have the room to do that.

nickaroux 10-23-2021 11:46 PM

Hi and thank you cloud camper--
I like your solution. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to get my truck in front of the AS for movement later. It all has to be done from the street and I see no way around it unless I completely usurp the parking pad for the trailer, and skip using it for a car as well – – it will be about 18 feet wide. If I were to do that, I could back the trailer in and we would then have access on the door side of the trailer and wouldn’t be squeezed up against the property line and fence. That may be what we do. Appreciate your experience.

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