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majorgator

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Posted: 09/22/14 04:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go the Home Depot and buy a "no parking" sign, drive it into the ground next to your neighbor's gold car ;-)

Run over the grass and sidewalk. No harm in that.
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colliehauler:

That's exactly how I come home. Pull into the alley and back 'er in. No problems doing that. I just would like to pull OUT going south without having to deal with the guy across the street.


majorgator:

A no parking sign is the best idea out there! I have a close friend who is a patrol officer in the same city. Maybe I can get some of those 'by order of police' signs too!

I have no problem running over the grass or sidewalk. My concern was the off track of the trailer. If it cuts too close to the inside, I worry about the curb side tires running down the 18" grade and the overhang of the trailer scraping the lawn.

If the wheels of the trailer track close (within a foot or so of the TV), the turn is fine with the gold car in place.

I found this neat calculator but it is designed for big trucks/5th wheels.

http://www.itd.idaho.gov/dmv/poe/offtrack.htm



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If I had these neighbors I would send them a hand written letter, oozing with niceties, explaining the problem asking them if I could call them to move the car when needed to avoid any damage to their car. If this doesn't work, I would wiggle it in or out and if I hit the car, just inform them and not worry about their fussin. You may have to file an insurance claim, but I bet it would only take one

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That's funny! His car is his nicest possession. I've lived across from him for 22 years now. When we moved in 22 years ago his roof was in bad shape. Now 22 years later it is in really bad shape, so much that it is collapsing between the rafters.

But that's another story. I'm just thinking off tracking and turning radius!

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If my neighbors see me moving my trailer they scramble to move their cars out of the street.

Them: "Need me to move my car?"
Me: "No"
Them: "You sure?"
Me: "Yes"
Them: "Hang on, give me one minute"
They run into their house to get their keys
5 seconds later they run out and move their car 100 yards down the street or into their empty driveway.
Me: "Thanks"

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Posted: 09/22/14 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can buy a powered dolly to move it. Otherwise just go over the grass.

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Looking at the pictures, I don't think this turn is that much tighter than any campground I've been in


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Yeah I agree that it isn't all that tight but my concern was the slight drop off from yard level to street level. If the trailer tracks outside of the TV, the right side will go down the grade. It may be of no concern, just didn't want the back of the trailer to drag on the yard when the wheels go down the grade.

Will have to measure that.

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Can you put blocks down to help with the drop off?


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This all sound like the OP is trying hard to make this turn in one motion. I say stay to north edge of the driveway (beware of trailer back end swing, though), pull out a farther than you think the TV will make the turn to the south and clear the car across the street. Then stop, cut a hard left and back up a few feet, jack-knifing the trailer a bit. Cut back full right and finish pulling out to the south, most likely without cutting up the grass.

And be glad it's a quiet street. I've got the full width of a 2 lane, 30 MPH, road to get backed in off of, but jokers around here fly like it's the highway. I cringe a little every time I go to jockey the camper back in the driveway waiting for some fool doing 70 mph to plow into me.

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