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tgruninger

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Hi all. Looking for a bit of some advice here from RV parking experts. We are looking to purchase a 26ft travel trailer and would like to park it on our parking pad next to the house that was made for a Class B or C motor home. We have done some scale models to test and it seems like a tight squeeze to the pad between the shed and the side of the garage. We will have access to a motorized dolly (AC6). The dealer will not let us borrow the trailer to test it out...does anyone have any thoughts based on the pictures attached or ideas on how we could help ourselves be more confident on whether or not this is doable? It seems like it will fit but not sure...any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B2QU6_o0tCPvPFSn8MJ5o8mTPXoE_pDJ/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B4r37q8WxPtLDZTu-OcTJZ6mLixB9fRx/view?usp=sharing

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Try this for pictures...

http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=3


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tgruninger wrote:

Hi all. Looking for a bit of some advice here from RV parking experts. We are looking to purchase a 26ft travel trailer and would like to park it on our parking pad next to the house that was made for a Class B or C motor home. We have done some scale models to test and it seems like a tight squeeze to the pad between the shed and the side of the garage. We will have access to a motorized dolly (AC6). The dealer will not let us borrow the trailer to test it out...does anyone have any thoughts based on the pictures attached or ideas on how we could help ourselves be more confident on whether or not this is doable? It seems like it will fit but not sure...any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B2QU6_o........CPvPFSn8MJ5o8mTPXoE_pDJ/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B4r37q8........PtLDZTu-OcTJZ6mLixB9fRx/view?usp=sharing

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Hard to know for sure but that looks really tight. Maybe post on a local Facebook or Nextdoor site to see if someone is willing to bring their similar sized trailer by to check? Or rent a flatbed that you can stick pipes off of to mock it up the full size? It would need a similar tongue to axle length to be accurate.

With a motorized dolly, you can consider pulling it in tongue first if your driveway is flat enough. The would allow for the tongue to head toward the grass edge long enough to get the tail to clear the shed before cutting back toward the house.

If it must back in, how about a set of 4 of these (wheel dolly) for the trailer tires? You can back in kind of sharp like your paper model shows, then push the rear closer to the house as you continue back.

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Did you calculate the TT at eight feet wide? With awning, spouts etc it could be 8’4 or 8’5”.

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Looks like your nice PVC pipe sample is kinda bent at the corner of the Garage on the left..

It looks like it might fit in that space, if you just went back at like a 45* angle?? and then don't worry about swinging the tongue to the 'barn' building?

Even with a tongue dolly, you will still need spotters on both sides... In a truck with nice mirrors, you can at least see both sides just by turning your head.. Driving a dolly, you can't see anything..

I'd just back it in with the truck.. I have a tight space too on the side of my house, but I only have to zig-zag it as it goes up and finally jack it on the drivers side to make it parallel to the house..

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Looks like you have enough room. It will take some practice but once you figure out the markers on where to line it up and when to cut it you'll be parking that in 5 mins in no time. If I was visiting I could get my 34' TT in there.

I wouldn't go in tongue first, that's going to make it really tough to get out of there with the dolly. Back it in, get yourself a good set of mirrors on the truck (like you should have anyway) and have a spotter help with blind spots.


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Looks like you have enough room. It will take some practice but once you figure out the markers on where to line it up and when to cut it you'll be parking that in 5 mins in no time. If I was visiting I could get my 34' TT in there.

I wouldn't go in tongue first, that's going to make it really tough to get out of there with the dolly. Back it in, get yourself a good set of mirrors on the truck (like you should have anyway) and have a spotter help with blind spots.

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Our original parking space beside the garage was easy backing for a 22 footer but now takes 15 minutes with 30 footer and my wife's eyes..... doable but no room for error.

Take your time and stay calm.

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I would move the shed to another location. That would be a lot easier than repairing the side of the trailer and or the corner of the garage.


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I wouldn't go in tongue first, that's going to make it really tough to get out of there with the dolly. Back it in, get yourself a good set of mirrors on the truck (like you should have anyway) and have a spotter help with blind spots.

The difference with tongue first is you can continue back much further along a diagonal approach before having to turn back toward parallel to the house. If continue too far diagonally when backing, your axles will end up really far from the house. I'm not sure you can correct enough once the corner of the trailer clears the shed. Backing in may work but it depends upon how close to parallel you can start backing and how far back you need to go before cutting the tongue over.

To get out from pulling in forward, back until the rear is near the shed, then send the tongue directly toward the grass until the tail will clear the shed, then continue straight back.

This all depends upon whether the trailer needs to go all the way back, or just far enough to clear the driveway to the garage.

I agree that backing in with a truck would be the preferred method but having other options after purchase would be nice if that doesn't work out. [emoticon]

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