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Old 04-06-2016, 09:45 AM   #1
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Has anyone used a riding lawnmower to position/park their TT? What can I expect? How big (hp) is required for a 6200 max gross TT?
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:46 AM   #2
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I would expect your rear tires to go flat and your front end to jump off the ground.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:50 AM   #3
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I used a riding lawnmower to move my pop-up around, but only on a level, paved surface, and I had most of the tongue weight supported by a wheel on the tongue jack.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:51 AM   #4
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I have used my 31 HP John Deere tractor to manuver my brothers pop up camper but we are talking very little weight. I wouldn't attempt to move anything bigger with it.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:02 AM   #5
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Has anyone used a riding lawnmower to position/park their TT? What can I expect? How big (hp) is required for a 6200 max gross TT?
What can you expect? Probably not much movement of the TT, and an expensive repair bill. You might tear up your transaxle since they are not designed to pull much drag.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:03 AM   #6
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Has anyone used a riding lawnmower to position/park their TT? What can I expect? How big (hp) is required for a 6200 max gross TT?
Good for you! At least you are thinking!
The tongue weight alone would likely be too much for a riding mower, but even worse are the brakes. With any kind of slope at all, that mower won't have a prayer to stop a camper of any mass.
There are hand operated devices for moving campers around, but they are pretty pricey. The most common solution is to install a hitch receiver on the front of your truck. This makes maneuvering in tight quarters much easier.
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Hope you have a very large riding lawn mower
more on the line of a small farm tractor
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:09 AM   #8
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The issue is not can it move it, but is the frame designed to handle the hitch weight. Most mowers have cast trans and axle cases which might be destroyed. I use a Powermover. Not inexpensive, but much less than doctor bill to repair a bad back. I can move my 7000lb TT with one hand to within 2" of the garage. The biggest issue in moving RV's around is stopping them if they start to roll. If you are going to try anything, be sure to have someone holding the breakaway cable and a good battery in case it gets away.
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Keeping the trailer tongue jack down would carry most if not all of the weight, but this would only work on a very smooth surface. If you happen to hit any type of interference, it could snap the jack right off the trailer and that sudden impact would not be healthy for the lawn tractor.


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Old 04-06-2016, 12:11 PM   #10
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As I said in my original post - Has anyone used a riding lawnmower to position/park their TT? What can I expect? How big (hp) is required for a 6200 max gross TT?


I had all of my own suspicions and I am in the process of getting a Powermover. I wanted to hear from someone that ACTUALLY did it and what they discovered ....


Forums are full of opinions which to me if not based on first hand experience and fact are totally as bad as politics.


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