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Old 05-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Garage storage?

Looking into my garage I have to make a left turn to get into my space where the A-Frame will go. I can put it in back first if it is 17"1". If I put it in tongue first I can fit one that is 18' plus because of my built in shelving.

My question is it more difficult to push it in backwards or push it in tongue first. There is a 2" lip (up) going into garage from the concrete driveway. If I go in tongue first I should be able to get one with the storage rack in the front.

What do you think?
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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Won't you have to unhitch to put it in tongue first? If so then I would think the 2" lip would be too much of an obstacle for the tongue wheel to get up over, what with all the weight on it. Maybe with a tongue dolly? D-mo installed an electric winch to pull his A frame into the garage. He posted pics a bit over a year ago.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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Looking into my garage I have to make a left turn to get into my space where the A-Frame will go. I can put it in back first if it is 17"1". If I put it in tongue first I can fit one that is 18' plus because of my built in shelving.

My question is it more difficult to push it in backwards or push it in tongue first. There is a 2" lip (up) going into garage from the concrete driveway. If I go in tongue first I should be able to get one with the storage rack in the front.

What do you think?
Since you can either push or back it in I would look at where your entry door and other access panels that you might need to get into when it is in the garage will be located after it is in the garage.

All things being equal, I have always found it easier to pull something up a lip than push it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Since you can either push or back it in I would look at where your entry door and other access panels that you might need to get into when it is in the garage will be located after it is in the garage.

All things being equal, I have always found it easier to pull something up a lip than push it.
I was thinking that pulling on the tongue would be easier also. When I go to the dealer this coming Saturday I'll try to pick up the tongue up to see if I can lift the front wheel up over the lip. If I can't I think I could get some help.

Hopefully I will have the funds for it by the end of June.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #5
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I tried pushing mine into the garage. Doable. but mostly for a younger person.

So I bought a manual tow dolly for $99. Works great, but still it takes a bit of power to get trailer started moving because there is a slight grade up into my garage.

There are powered dollys too, in the $300 range.
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I tried pushing mine into the garage. Doable. but mostly for a younger person.

So I bought a manual tow dolly for $99. Works great, but still it takes a bit of power to get trailer started moving because there is a slight grade up into my garage.

There are powered dollys too, in the $300 range.
We also push ours into the garage using the dolly. Hubby steers and I push from the front. It takes two of us but we have only a small lip of the garage to go over.

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Old 05-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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I'd start by finding someone with a table saw that can rip a 2x4 corner to corner in a length that is a little wider than the camper tire track. See if that 2x4 'ramp' will allow you to push it in the way you like hitch first. I'd think with someone pushing and one pulling that would get up the 2" rise.

You won't be able to lift the tongue, it will be well over 300lbs with tanks and battery.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #8
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I have a basement that has a block wall at the far end where I could drill a 1/2" hole through a block and attach a thick "I" bolt through the block. Then I could attach a medium size block & tackle (which I have) to the "I" bolt and attach the other "block" to the hitch & pull the rope end under the A-Frame and attach the rope to my 4X4 ATV and pull it in with it. I think this would work just fine. I hope. Might need the angled wood for the hitch wheel though. The tires should role right up on to the "lip" into the garage.

PS: I hope I don't pull the basement wall out!!!!!!!!
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I have a basement that has a block wall at the far end where I could drill a 1/2" hole through a block and attach a thick "I" bolt through the block. Then I could attach a medium size block & tackle (which I have) to the "I" bolt and attach the other "block" to the hitch & pull the rope end under the A-Frame and attach the rope to my 4X4 ATV and pull it in with it. I think this would work just fine. I hope.
I hope so also, but it sounds like a lot of coordination and commutation is necessary as it sounds like at least a two person job from what you described.
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how about installing a folding tongue on you trailer like my boat had ? park trailer in it's spot pull the pin fold the tongue .now it fit
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