RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Steep Driveway

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Steep Driveway

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Sponsored By:
Mafusa

Puget Sound

New Member

Joined: 04/09/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 01:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi there, Brand new to this. Just bought a used 30' 5th wheel (Arctic Fox 295T if that makes any difference). Tow vehicle is 2008 GMC 2500HD with Duramax, 2wd. Here is the question. When the folks built this house they built a driveway down the hill to a big pad and a 30x40 shop, RV storage building. I think the guy had plans for a Class C that he would store down there.The problem is the driveway is very steep. Just measured the slope with my iPad and it is a little over 12 degrees, which equates to 20% slope. Not a long driveway but a steep one. The question is can I tow this unit (13k loaded, less without fluids) up this hill or should I plan on finding someplace sane to store it?

Thanks, Steve


If you always find the answer, try asking harder questions....

mpfireman

Cook County Il

Senior Member

Joined: 12/26/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 01:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would think that you would be OK, as you will be going less than 1 MPH, and in low gear when pulling that grade. You might have an issue with the trailers tail dragging on the ground, but again, it depends upon how everything is laid out. Question, is the driveway Concrete, Black top, Stone, Grass and stone? Loose type of materials will result in wheel slippage.


1998.5 Dodge Ram Quad Cab Cummins
1998 Sunnybrook 27RKFS Fiver

Mafusa

Puget Sound

New Member

Joined: 04/09/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 01:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

concrete. The Arctic Fox sits high and the entry to the slope seems gradual enuf that I would think it wouldn't drag. Thanks for the quick reply.

archie780

Edmonton

Full Member

Joined: 12/13/2011

View Profile



Posted: 04/09/12 02:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

.

* This post was edited 04/26/12 08:42pm by archie780 *

Mafusa

Puget Sound

New Member

Joined: 04/09/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 02:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks. Good reminders

skipnchar

Topeka or somewhere else

Senior Member

Joined: 12/17/2003

View Profile



Posted: 04/09/12 04:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The GRADE should be no problem but the transition COULD be a real pain if it's sudden. It would be pretty easy to tail drag even a full height trailer transitioning from flat to that steep quickly. could also be some clearance problems with the truck and trailer so keep that in mind the first time up the hill (and the first time down)


2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR -
2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles)
2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer

US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population


Artemus Gordon

Redding California

Senior Member

Joined: 03/04/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 07:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We built an RV pad that we don't use. It is steep and the "one time" we moved our trailer up the driveway it convinced us of two things. 1. The drama of using driveway caused, was not worth it! $80.00 per month for a secure flat "easy access" storage facility was worth it!

laknox

Arizona

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 05:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mafusa wrote:

concrete. The Arctic Fox sits high and the entry to the slope seems gradual enuf that I would think it wouldn't drag. Thanks for the quick reply.


With the driveway being concrete, if you do experience any slipping, you can always have the surface grooved to provide a bit of grip. Just might have to hose it off if it fills with dirt, in between.

Lyle


2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab 4x4
Banks Bullet Tuner and Monster Exhaust
B&W Turnover Ball with 5th Wheel Companion
2004 Komfort 25FSG Fifth Wheel
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 55 Year Member

Ed9824v

Agua Dulce, Calif. 70 mi S.E. of Los Angeles

Senior Member

Joined: 11/11/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 04:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

are you going to back in or go forward, my boys father in law had a brand new dodge and backed his trailer up his driveway very steep to put in his shop and the trans burned up 1st time out. He now has a f450 4x4 and has not had any problems.


Ed So.Calif
1950 Ford F1 street rod
1968 Baha Bug with 2.2 ecotec motor 170 hp, kingcoil
2000 National Sea Breeze 5th wheel trailer
1998.5 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins,4.10 gears,turbo,trans,injectors,oil cooler,lockers,edge EZ, 35" BFG's, air dog lift pump etc.

korbe

Northern California

Senior Member

Joined: 11/20/2009

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/12 04:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 300ft driveway at 25%. I put the truck in 4 low and take it slow. I am more concerned with kicking gravel than not having enough power.


2004 F250 SD PSD
2004 Crossroads Cruiser CF25RS


This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Steep Driveway
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 RV.Net | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS