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Old 07-18-2015, 06:25 PM   #1
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Parking TT with a winch?

Bay Area newbie here. I'm having some difficulty parking my TT at home with the towing vehicle, the extension to my driveway is a bit too narrow to do this comfortably. I'm considering uncoupling the trailer near its final parking spot and then pulling it the rest of the way (backwards 30 ft.) with an electric winch while maneuvering it into place by guiding the tongue caster wheel with a towbar. Good, Bad, or Ugly idea?

Would appreciate comments/tips from others that have experience doing this. The trailer is small, 14', weighs 2600 lb. dry, 260 lb. tongue weight. The winch would be rated at 2000 lb. Tongue lift and caster wheel rated at 2000 lb.

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Old 07-18-2015, 06:34 PM   #2
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Don't see a problem as long as you pull from the center of the trailer and have a remote control on the winch.

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Old 07-18-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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Just be careful where you connect the winch to the trailer. Later RJD
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You could take a look at this. Pricy but looks like it could work for you...
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:07 PM   #5
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Not an inexpensive solution, but I park my TT next to my garage ( within 4" with ease. They also have a connector to the trailer brake just in case.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:08 PM   #6
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At first I though you were referring to a (Woman)! It sounds like a BAD idea to me,if (Something goes wrong) all hell could happen and NO WAY to STOP it! This is why they have (Safety chains and Brakes) PLUS they are Hooked up to a TV! Youroo!!
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #7
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Don't pull from bumper. Tie off to center of axle or use a "Y" configuration and attach at two points. Just not the bumper.
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Just keep the breakaway cable in a handy place, just incase.

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Old 07-19-2015, 09:50 PM   #10
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Just keep the breakaway cable in a handy place, just incase.

I use a Horror Freight 1100 LB 120 volt winch (about $120 with a coupon discount) to pull my hardside popup up a grade and into my garage. Works well. The first time I tried using a manual winch - Uggh!

I pull it about 18 inches at a time, then reset the wheel chocks. I tie a small rope to the break away line and keep minimum slack as a back up.

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