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Old 07-22-2017, 06:41 PM   #57
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Let's assume your Lil Snoozy has no ground clearance issues.

Let's next assume you have a relatively level driveway.

The first time, I believe I might have two neighbors ready as spotters

Then I would consider utilizing a tow dolly like one of these:

Trailer Dollies | Trailers + Towing | Northern Tool + Equipment

You could also utilize a floor jack or two. Manned if you move trailer on them.
There shouldn't be any ground clearance issues as the lowest point of the trailer, even without the tire/wheel on it is the drum (no plumbing , steps, etc. would be in the way).

My drive slope is attached. There is definitely a slope, but it's not too much. Might be a bit too much to do it with a dolly like that, though. May just have to go extremely slow with the tow vehicle.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:21 PM   #58
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Tony; dollies should work if there are no cracks in the driveway for the wheels to catch on. Might be a good idea to not let the brake backing plates rest on the dolly. I think a rim with no tire or a smaller disc in place of the wheels would be better. Or maybe a small wheel and tire like some older pop-up campers and little utility trailers used. Lots of options at Northern Tool. Depends on how low from stock height you have to go.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:30 PM   #59
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This would work perfect. I just don't know if it would bolt on since the brake drum is obviously not going to fit into the back of the wheel........

http://wescotrailers.net/store/index...product_id=288
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This would work perfect. I just don't know if it would bolt on since the brake drum is obviously not going to fit into the back of the wheel........

http://wescotrailers.net/store/index...product_id=288
Good point Tony, about not fitting the brake drum. I believe most trailers using a 12" tire use 7" brakes so they may not work either. Wonder if you could find a 14" wheel that you could cut the center out of and have it be completely round. I haven't paid much attention to how wheels are made now, but years ago some had the center sections riveted in and we would cut off the rivets, knock out the center, turn it around and weld it back in to create a "reversed rim"
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:32 PM   #61
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Are you only running the trailer into and out of the garage once a year, e.g. for the winter? If after every trip, sounds like a lot of trouble. Might be easier to enlarge the garage door.

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Old 07-22-2017, 11:16 PM   #62
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It looks like there may be room to enlarge the doorway upward. I would not move the trailer on flat tires, the rims can cut the insides and ruin them.

Did you get any leeway on the down payment? Or did you have to hand them $10k?
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:25 AM   #63
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After seeing the pic of your garage I have to agree with Mr Lynn. Depending on the ceiling clearance, raising the door opening would be the way to go. I'd do it in a heartbeat .
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:40 AM   #64
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After seeing the pic of your garage I have to agree with Mr Lynn. Depending on the ceiling clearance, raising the door opening would be the way to go. I'd do it in a heartbeat .
In a few years raising the garage door might be an option, but I do know that is not a cheap one. I spoke with the builder of the home about it recently. It will require another door panel, rerun the track on the garage door, etc etc.

We will store the Snoozy most every time we come back from a trip, unless we know we'll be going out the next week, etc etc. So I've just been brainstorming different ideas that will be the easiest, safest, and quickest. I have air tools to zip the tires on & off. I certainly have plenty of time to figure this out Thank you everyone for the input!
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[QUOTE=Tony R;651910]In a few years raising the garage door might be an option, but I do know that is not a cheap one. I spoke with the builder of the home about it recently. It will require another door panel, rerun the track on the garage door, etc etc. QUOTE]

Have to chuckle as I've got the depression era mindset from my Dad and am a DIYer even at my age now. The extra for the door is minimal $, a longer upright track and an extra door panel as long as the ceiling is good for clearance. Your siding is wood, not stucco, piece of cake for a larger opening. Your choice, but I'd do it and $ be danged .
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:56 AM   #66
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Anyone who currently owns a Snoozy know if the Wesco Trailer uses 10" Hub & Drum assembly? Fairly sure it does......I think I can go with a 12" wheel to roll it in the garage giving it even more clearance for the garage :-)

https://www.etrailer.com/p-TTW240545SM1.html

Lifting the garage is an option down the road. Just not in the next year or so :P
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:31 PM   #67
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Congrats Tony on chosing LS. Hope you love yours as much as I love mine.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:04 PM   #68
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I wonder if you would consider another kind of trailer? I looked at several options over the years and posted this in another thread but thought it might provoke some thought for you as well. ------- If someone wants a large quality travel trailer that is not too expensive, not too prone to leaks, well built, lightweight, etc....it can be done! I have looked into several options over the years. What I thought would be a good idea would be a large cargo trailer or a horse trailer converted by one of several companies that specialize in doing just this. Making an RV from a cargo trailer or horse trailer. These are available cheap and they are good quality. They are designed for INDUSTRIAL use so you know they are good. All the work is custom and you choose what the layout is, materials, colors, etc... You want all real wood, tile floor, granite countertops, house fridge, house sink, washer/dryer, full bath with tub, real toilet, garage door with parking for a car, drop down outdoor deck, etc... it can all be had for a reasonable cost and much better than the mass produced junk being shoved down our throats.


I thought about converting a horse trailer, also. The email I got from the owner told me that their trailers are not designed for this kind of thing. Does anyone know a company that does this kind of renovation?
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If you're looking at non-fiberglass, non-traditional, camping trailers, like cargo or horse trailers, you might want to take a look at the Timberline trailers, which they call 'camps', modeled after traditional sheep-herders' camp wagons. These are stickbuilt, to be sure, but don't look like they'd leak (with the rounded aluminum tops), and look a lot sturdier than the mainstream stickies; they are all-season, and claimed to be good for off-road. You can also get wood stoves in them!

http://www.wrcamps.com/wp-content/up...2017-Final.pdf



Timberline has been taken over by a company called Western. I've no idea of the prices, but if I were in the market for a 21-27' foot stickie, I'd sure be interested in these.

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Those Timberlines are heavy!! Attractive interiors. Not sure I like the front door, seems like an invitation for leaks when driving in rain.
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