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Posted: 11/08/19 04:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Texas? Can you barrow some pipes? Lay down plywood, lay pipes across, then block or stack of blocks under the low part of frame. Crank up legs to put weight on blocks, and pull. Remember the pictures of the slaves building the pyramids? Any force to slide the legs has a lot of leverage to bend things. Better to hold low...

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The sand complicates things. Is rotating it a viable option, or must it be pulled back?
I would second the jacks fully retracted while moving. I’m thinking jacks on 2x6’s on pipes as rollers on plywood.


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Could the OP contact say the Army of local or nearest Army base to see if their air unit could use some practice w/ heavy lift by using a helicopter and move it for him?? I'm only asking/suggesting as it seems we've all gave pretty much same ideas 'cept this one. Know it's far fetched, but what the heck.


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It's way past photo time. One pic would clear up the whole idea of how to move or just abandon In place.

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Unless that 5th wheel is a lot lighter than most, I do not see how the Legs can be fully retracted. I guarantee that if I raise my legs with out the truck under it, it will fall as fast as gravity will permit. Maybe your trailer is very light on the front over hang? I like the idea of auto rollers under the legs on strong ply wood but it still is a goat rope. Good luck with what ever you do.
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Fisher Bill wrote:

OP original post;
So I have a 35 ft 5th Wheel, that was put into a spot (barley) with a fence right on front of it. We had to improvise to get it unhooked but managed. Problem is now, the space between the fence and the hitch is not enough for any RV movers to even attempt to move this since they can't get their truck in there easily and we don't have any other option. Is there any way to pull this thing backwards 10 feet or so to make space for a truck to hook up? I was thinking come-a-longs to the back axle but I'm not sure of balance issues. If I bring the Jack's all the way up will the 5th wheel just fall forward if not hooked up to anything?

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Why?? Back under and move it!


What was used to put it in there then?? Use the same thing to get it out. Unless the fence came after he put it or had it put where it is.


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two floor jacks, the kind with wheels on them, on plywood sheets. Transfer the weight to them and slowly pull it backwards.
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B.O. Plenty wrote:

two floor jacks, the kind with wheels on them, on plywood sheets. Transfer the weight to them and slowly pull it backwards.
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I think a better idea would be block on 2-4 of the dollies we use to move cars around in the shop. We found a floor jack works if, and only if, you pull the jack. Push the car, car slides off jack or jack turns over.

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Really don't understand why OP won't post at least one pic so we can get an understanding of exactly what the deal is.

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In TX, I can't believe that there isn't a neighbor with a tractor and 4-5k capacity front loader that wouldn't do this for a case of Lone Star and bragging rights. [emoticon]

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