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Old 05-18-2020, 06:13 PM
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I used to be way better at planning out the path my truck was going to take getting the trailer into the driveway so I didn't end up having to go up the curb with the truck. I generally place the truck in either the middle of the road or on the left side of the road and I back in so the trailer is turning towards the drivers side of the truck. Anyways, I almost had it, but needed about 1.5ft more room with the truck to stay out of the neighbors flowerbeds.

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Old 05-18-2020, 06:30 PM
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Sometimes there's just not enough room. Maybe try putting something right at the trailers pivot point so it gives u something to aim for.
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Ask the neighbors if they would mind moving what's left of their flowerbed 3' and paving that corner of their property ?


Or add a few feet of pavement to your corner of the drive.
Or install a front trailer hitch to your truck.
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Get about half way in then pull up to get a better cut on the trailer. Also what about coming in from the from the other side?

I use a tractor to get mine in the back yard. No way to get it in or out unless i had a rav 4. The fence in too close to my turn leaving about 6 or 8 feet from the front of the tongue to the fence.
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How about that super sturdy trailer dolly I have recently seen ads for. This sounds like a perfect application for it.
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Not sure how your truck is laid out but my f350 had a steel aftermarket bumper. I welded a ball on it. Some already have the receiver hitch built in. Backing in was doable but a real close one for me. Even worse at night. With the truck pushing the boat it was a breeze. Way more maneuverable and perfect visibilty.
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I use a front mounted hitch to snake my boat into the back yard.
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Originally Posted by ole_blue View Post
Get about half way in then pull up to get a better cut on the trailer. Also what about coming in from the from the other side?

I use a tractor to get mine in the back yard. No way to get it in or out unless i had a rav 4. The fence in too close to my turn leaving about 6 or 8 feet from the front of the tongue to the fence.
That was the point where I ran out of room. I like to pull up to straighten the trailer out, but I couldn't cause the neighbors flower bed was in the way. I guess I could have went from the other direction. Maybe I'll try it again another time. Maybe then I'll just be pulling into someone's driveway.
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The only thing I can think of is go more of a 45 degree angle and get the boat on the driveway more then start lining it up with the driveway. It's a 24 foot boat so it's just a tight squeeze.
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Used to go through the same issue in my neighborhood when I was on a boat my dad was selling and had it here. This was smaller 17ft boat though, I had to sacrifice part of my yard by cutting it early to get the space I needed. And the boat was light enough I could straighten it out by hand when it was unhitched.
I'd be interested in that trailer dolly setup posted above if I get into a bigger boat before I move again.
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If it looks like it is going to be close, speed is your friend .
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Originally Posted by R Days View Post
If it looks like it is going to be close, speed is your friend .
Don't mind me, look away real quick while I run over your brick flower bed border. 😁
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Ummm. And this from the guy who hates folks with boat lifts? No wonder.
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
Don't mind me, look away real quick while I run over your brick flower bed border. 😁
Without video it didn't happen.
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Is there room to put plywood down on your corner of the drive so you can cut the corner there and spread the load on your lawn?
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Remove the curb
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if it can possibly fit then it is you who need to practice and find the best path. ihad the same problem. painted two white strips to get it straight as i had only an inch on either side of the door.
but found my starting marks and when to turn my steering wheel to get my angle right and soon it was easy.

the key is finding the starting position and turning and following your clues.
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Front mount hitch. Awesome. But if not that how about an extension for your hitch to give you more room to angle the trailer?
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