Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
markb5900's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Missouri
Posts: 649
how steep a drive way

Hi
We recently purchased a new house and it has two driveways.
One drive is approximately 150 feet long and is maybe 15 or 20 degree angle going down, then levels out.
My mind tells me I will be ok going down it with the 5er, my devil/angel on my shoulder keeps reminding me there is not enough room to turn around before the bottom, so once I start it I am committed. It is the leveling out at the bottom I am concerned about that I will drag.

Wondered which one most of you follow, your methodical mind or your devil/angel telling you BEWARE you are about to screw yourself.

Why I want to go down it is, eventually, I want to make a winter parking spot for the 5er there. Go straight down it, then back over to the winter parking spot.

Your thoughts?
(32 foot Rockwood ultra light, 3/4 ton chevy TV with a reese revolution pin box)

Thanks
__________________

__________________
Mark B
2015 32 Foot Rockwood 8289WS 5th Wheel
2017 GMC 3/4 Ton TV
markb5900 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 06:27 PM   #2
Gold Miner At Heart
 
Papa-t's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: N.C. Blue Ridge Mtns.
Posts: 293
If you have 4 wheel drive just put it in low 4x4. This will force you to take it nice and slow. Second suggestion is to back in; then you won't have to worry about turning around.
__________________

__________________
“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the Hell they please!” —John Wayne
Papa-t is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 06:34 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
markb5900's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Missouri
Posts: 649
OH I plan to go slow. If it was just the bumper dragging I wouldn't care.
But I have electric stabilizers on the rear, if they drag.
It is going to be costly.
__________________
Mark B
2015 32 Foot Rockwood 8289WS 5th Wheel
2017 GMC 3/4 Ton TV
markb5900 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:04 PM   #4
Left Coast
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: vancouver,washington
Posts: 15,649
Send a message via Yahoo to bob caldwell
Just have some planks handy, if needed
__________________
bob caldwell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:26 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
silver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 739
While not a fifth wheel my driveway is like yours and my 39 foot Berkshire drags if I do not make the approach correctly. I had the same problem with my Travel trailer. I found if I go up at an angle it allows me to just clear the frame and not drag. The other thing I have don't is mount a wireless camera on the frame so I can watch how close I get when backing in. I use to have a dedicated monitor for the camera. Now I use the video input of my GPS.
__________________
silver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:29 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
markb5900's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Missouri
Posts: 649
Quote:
Originally Posted by silver View Post
While not a fifth wheel my driveway is like yours and my 39 foot Berkshire drags if I do not make the approach correctly. I had the same problem with my Travel trailer. I found if I go up at an angle it allows me to just clear the frame and not drag. The other thing I have don't is mount a wireless camera on the frame so I can watch how close I get when backing in. I use to have a dedicated monitor for the camera. Now I use the video input of my GPS.
Thanks
Just may mount a camera.
I LOVE my DW to the ends of the earth, but when helping me with this type of thing, we tend to "clash" on what she is trying to communicate to me and what I am understanding. LOL
__________________
Mark B
2015 32 Foot Rockwood 8289WS 5th Wheel
2017 GMC 3/4 Ton TV
markb5900 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:33 PM   #7
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
If it didn't drag on the way up the drive, why would it drag on the way out? How did you get it up there and turned around?
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:35 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
markb5900's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Missouri
Posts: 649
It has NEVER been on that drive way.
__________________
Mark B
2015 32 Foot Rockwood 8289WS 5th Wheel
2017 GMC 3/4 Ton TV
markb5900 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:41 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
flymhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mile Hi City
Posts: 611
Frame casters in the back?
__________________
2015 Denali Duramax 2500
2017 Coachmen 229TBS
2010 Shamrock 21SS - sold!
flymhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 07:42 PM   #10
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by markb5900 View Post
It has NEVER been on that drive way.
I would hook up and start and stop or have someone watch closely on the way in or you can back it in and leave it on the level spot.
__________________

__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:01 PM.