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Posted: 09/02/20 04:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you do a hitch on the rear, make sure it's attached to something solid. Not the typical paper thin rear bumper you find on most trailers.

Also, you might consider something like a pintal hitch as you are going to have a fairly large negative hitch weight (probably in excess of 1000lb on a 7000lb trailer). I wouldn't want to be pushing from the rear and have it pop off a ball.


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Did you say that a motorized trailer dolly rolling on plywood can't put it in place.

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Motorized dolly? $1500-2000 to move a trailer basically once? Lol

Stop overthinking it. Unless it's up a hill, run the trailer jack on plywood and have a couple helpers push it into place, or use a neighbors 4 wheeler (same guy that would help push for a cold beer or 2).

I can push a 5-7klb vehicle or trailer on flat pavement by myself. Surely a few people can push it into it's final resting place.


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valhalla360 wrote:

If you do a hitch on the rear, make sure it's attached to something solid. Not the typical paper thin rear bumper you find on most trailers.

Also, you might consider something like a pintal hitch as you are going to have a fairly large negative hitch weight (probably in excess of 1000lb on a 7000lb trailer). I wouldn't want to be pushing from the rear and have it pop off a ball.


There is little concern about the bumper thickness, since this is just a device for short moves in his yard. And there won't be any negative or positive hitch weight, since a tow bar is hinged at the trailer attachment points. Weight will still be on the front trailer jack as usual. The tow bar acts as a steering and pushing device, not much else.


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bpounds wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

If you do a hitch on the rear, make sure it's attached to something solid. Not the typical paper thin rear bumper you find on most trailers.

Also, you might consider something like a pintal hitch as you are going to have a fairly large negative hitch weight (probably in excess of 1000lb on a 7000lb trailer). I wouldn't want to be pushing from the rear and have it pop off a ball.


There is little concern about the bumper thickness, since this is just a device for short moves in his yard. And there won't be any negative or positive hitch weight, since a tow bar is hinged at the trailer attachment points. Weight will still be on the front trailer jack as usual. The tow bar acts as a steering and pushing device, not much else.


If the OP is still going to buy a dolly, that is partially true (it would eliminate the hitch weight being negative).

I still wouldn't trust the typical rear bumper not to cave in.

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Since you have access to a dolly I’d go the plywood route. Rip a sheet of 3/4 and lap the ends.

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A1ARealtorRick wrote:

afidel wrote:

My concern would be local and/or state ordinances about occupation of a trailer as a residence. I know where I'm at that's a complete non-starter and I assume California is even more strict as far as regulation. Before you sink a bunch of time and energy into this you'd be smart to look into the legalities of what you're thinking of doing.


^^^ What he said

I can think of about a dozen reasons why this sounds like a bad idea to me, but he isn't asking, so why are you guys offering?


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Posted: 09/03/20 08:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It seems to me that if you towed it it - the door would be on the wrong side.

And I have stayed in an Airstream AirB&B - it was plenty cool. Don't knock it till you have tried it.


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Compact tractor. Mine is only 5’ wide and would move the trailer just fine.


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if turning is the problem cant you just back it in


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