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Old 03-05-2017, 05:21 PM   #15
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Even if I put a receiver on the front of the truck, it still wouldn't work because the back end of the truck would not fit on the road. I would jackknife the truck and trailer going either way.
Your aren't visualising how it actually works. I installed a CURT front hitch for $150 and move around in a smaller area than you have. You would simply need to pull past your driveway, unhitch and turn the TV around rehitch and push it back in around the corner.

Look at this video to give you a better idea. LINK
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Old 03-05-2017, 06:17 PM   #16
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If your trailer is light weight, a trailer dolly like this one will work well.
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Accessories/MaxxTow/MT70225.html
I used one of these to manoeuvre my boler trailer in the driveway. As long as there are no steep slopes it's easy! You may need a second person to help push the trailer wheels over a low curb, but otherwise it's a one man job.
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:26 PM   #17
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Your aren't visualising how it actually works. I installed a CURT front hitch for $150 and move around in a smaller area than you have. You would simply need to pull past your driveway, unhitch and turn the TV around rehitch and push it back in around the corner.

Look at this video to give you a better idea. LINK
Don't think I've ever seen a front hitch offset.....great idea.
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:48 PM   #18
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A neighbor used a dolly to move his trailer from alley

It was actually quite similar to the cul-de-sac you face. He sold his trailer, but I think he still has the electric dolly. Different brand. Email ts001@hotmail.com if interested. Tom in Denver, CO.
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Old 03-06-2017, 01:03 AM   #19
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Flatten Out the Curve?

Can you fill in some of the grass with additional cement in the mow strip and along the driveway to allow for a flatter (not as sharp of a turn) transition from the road to the driveway? HOA allow it?

Re-position the mailbox (?) in the picture and add more surface on the inside of the turn. Probably have to jump the curb but you would be on cement and not on the grass.

In any case, good luck.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:44 AM   #20
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Looked at the Valet site and personally didn't like a few things about it.
1- worked of a portable drill..
salution (before others say it) get a long extention cord and use reg. drill

2 -wheels were too small
3 - stearing handle too short

We had a more industrial model at the campground I worked at. Same idea but had 9 inch wheels and a 4 foot handle and it was even at that a beast to manage a 20 foot trailer on dirt.
Prehaps on your drive it would work just fine but that short handle worries me.
The biggest problem with the one we had the front of trailer needed spotters to act as stableizers while moving trailer and "For Godsake do not let go of handle" as the weight of trailer would scoot the valet wheels out from under the hitch, down on the tounge and that handle would take your arm off if it hit it.
Don't like it.
Get a used 4 wheeler or a lawn tractor. cheap.
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Old 03-06-2017, 06:57 AM   #21
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We bought an XL model last year. Works well, but it is a a slow powerful tool, It is very safe. We store our Scmp 13 is a leanto that is 9.5' wide. It takes me about 10 minutes to hook it up and back it it. The positive is that I have not scraped any thing using it.

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Old 03-06-2017, 07:28 AM   #22
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Your aren't visualising how it actually works. I installed a CURT front hitch for $150 and move around in a smaller area than you have. You would simply need to pull past your driveway, unhitch and turn the TV around rehitch and push it back in around the corner.

Look at this video to give you a better idea. LINK
Wow! I never knew about a front hitch. I will look up CURT in a few minutes.

Thanks for the information. That is what I love about these forums, someone always has a good suggestion for a problem!
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:19 AM   #23
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Can you fill in some of the grass with additional cement in the mow strip and along the driveway to allow for a flatter (not as sharp of a turn) transition from the road to the driveway? HOA allow it?

Re-position the mailbox (?) in the picture and add more surface on the inside of the turn. Probably have to jump the curb but you would be on cement and not on the grass.

In any case, good luck.
Good suggestion, but the HOA probably won't allow it.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:24 AM   #24
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If your trailer is light weight, a trailer dolly like this one will work well.
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Acces...w/MT70225.html
I used one of these to manoeuvre my boler trailer in the driveway. As long as there are no steep slopes it's easy! You may need a second person to help push the trailer wheels over a low curb, but otherwise it's a one man job.
Probably wouldn't work for me. I'm 5' 2" tall and 62 years old. I don't have the strength that I use to have and probably couldn't muscle a 2,400 lb trailer around.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:06 AM   #25
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No, I don't have a garden tractor, although that would probably work well. A garden tractor would cost just as much as the Trailer Valet.

Even if I put a receiver on the front of the truck, it still wouldn't work because the back end of the truck would not fit on the road. I would jackknife the truck and trailer going either way.
I think I'd go the garden tractor / riding mower route. Around here (northeastern NC), you can get one with a decent transmission and engine but no mower deck for $200 or less. Check with a local small engine repair shop and let them know what you're looking for.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:33 AM   #26
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I move our 13 foot Uhaul around the yard with an old 14 horsepower John Deere lawn tractor
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:01 AM   #27
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Your aren't visualising how it actually works. I installed a CURT front hitch for $150 and move around in a smaller area than you have. You would simply need to pull past your driveway, unhitch and turn the TV around rehitch and push it back in around the corner.

Look at this video to give you a better idea. LINK
Randy - I just ordered a CURT front hitch for my Ford Ranger. The price has gone up a bit; $229, but I'm going to give it a try.

I notice NH in your user name, I use to live in Henniker NH.
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I don't have a front hitch, but if I did, this is what I would be looking at. Note that there are iron gate posts behind the trailer, either side, that you can't see.
Using my rear hitch and my mirrors, I can see down both sides of the trailer and I can back into my carport.
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