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Old 06-23-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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moving trailer sideways

I need to store my trailer in my barn. As you can see I have space on the opposite side (see crude drawing attachment) of the barn after I back it in but not enough room to maneuver it with a TV. I was wondering if those car dollies would help to move it sideways. It weighs about 6600 pounds. My thought is move it in jack up on dollies under all wheels and tongue push side ways with a few people do opposite when I need it out. I donít want to use up the space in front of the door as I have other items that need access to the barn.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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it can be done that way but from experience moving cars with this technique, getting it in is 1 thing but you need to be able to get it out too. I had to use the lawn tractor lashed to the car on dollies to get that extra nudge to get enough room to push from the far side. that was only 3,000 lbs and a lot of grunting. Your going to need some big old boys to help move 6k lbs.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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Winch bolted to a wall?

Then a block and cable to pull it in. Direct connection to pull it out?

Sounds like way too much work even if the procedure is valid.

Might be a LOT easier to add a bay to the side of the barn.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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you have to be careful with the block & tackle as you can pull your wall down surprisingly easy if you attach to the wrong spot. Don't ask how I know that....
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:42 PM   #5
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Sorry...Have to ask....

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you have to be careful with the block & tackle as you can pull your wall down surprisingly easy if you attach to the wrong spot. Don't ask how I know that....

How do you know that?
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:42 PM   #6
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Why not just add another door?
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:25 PM   #7
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Car dollies are made to work on a concrete floor. Can't tell from your drawing what kind of floor you have. Also can't tell how level your floor is, as most barns don't have a level floor. Be careful pulling on sideways, may collapse a dolly. Build a door, by an rv cover, build a lean-to on the the side of the barn, you may other options you haven't thought of yet. Besides 4 car dollies won't be cheap, plus a wheel for the tongue jack.

Also check the weight rating and overall size of car dollies. May not be able to fit two of them on the tandem axles.
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:34 PM   #8
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floor is concrete and level
the loft area has several supports going to the ground and is lower than trailer height so other door option is out without major overhual of barn.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:46 PM   #9
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the standard STEEL car dollies are made to pull sideways and are rated for that kind of load. these will do you....

Auto Dolly Heavy-Duty Steel Automotive Dollies — 16in.L x 12in.W, 2500-Lb. Capacity, 2-Pk. | Wheel Dollies | Northern Tool + Equipment

You might be able to shop around but be careful about anything much cheaper. Bigger wheels will help a lot also as the 3" wheels tend to bind up on little more than dust.
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You might find that it becomes too big of a hastle to park the trailer and will eventually inhibit those spur of the moment get out of town kind of trips, if it were me I would look at a different option for parking the trailer... that's my 2 cents
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