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Old 07-15-2019, 05:04 PM   #15
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OK, a kind of silly question from the guy who's new to trailers in general:

This thing just barely fits in my garage, which is wonderful. Keeps my wife (and the neighbors) much happier. It fits very, very snugly, but it does fit.

BUT: we have a roughly 1 1/2" to 2" lip in the garage floor by the door, and I am not strong enough to push the trailer over that lip. My wife tried to help, and we couldn't do it together, either. We're already pushing it uphill when we get to the lip, and that extra bit is just too much.

I don't think I have a place to mount a crank winch or something, which was my first thought.

So, anyone have suggestions for some very small ramps or something to get it over the hump, so to speak? I tried some half-inch planks, but they just split in half
You can get a trailer dolly that has a ball on it and has 2 rubber tires. We have one and it makes moving our 17' Casita easy. You can steer the dolly the way you want to make the trailer go and you can keep the front end as low as you need to. Harbor Freight has them for around $50. There are other places that sell them also.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:11 PM   #16
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A lot of driveways settle after they are poured because the backfill dirt/gravel was not properly compacted. Keeping rain water out is the function of the door bottom seal.
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Maybe we could get your girlfriend “Miss No Connections, No Connections!” to give that camper a shove up over the lip?
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:31 PM   #17
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Place some larger/wider boards in front of the garage that you can back the trailer onto with the car and then push/position it from there into your garage. Store them under the trailer.
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:20 PM   #18
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If I were faced with this situation, the first thing I would do is back the camper into the garage with my tow vehicle. I started out backing four wheel trailers on the farm as a kid. Backing my Casita around the end of the house into a very tight spot in the back yard is a piece of cake.

If push came to shove, I would mount a hook on the concrete floor and use a come-a-long winch or block and tackle to pull it back in.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:44 AM   #19
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On my house, the lip is molded into the concrete. No idea why. There’s no settling, and no danger of water since everything slopes away from the garage. But there it is.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:24 PM   #20
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[QUOTE If push came to shove, I would mount a hook on the concrete floor and use a come-a-long winch or block and tackle to pull it back in.[/QUOTE]

There you go Carter, this is probably the easiest way to go. Once it's over the lip pushing it will be a piece of cake.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:48 AM   #21
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An anchor in the floor and two wedges cut tapered to make the transition easier
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:46 AM   #22
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I use rubber pavers in place of leveling blocks. They are ¾" thick and easily stackable. I got mine For $4 from Menards and cut them in half. They’re also available from Home Depot, Lowes and other big box stores. Another alternative might be the material used for stall mats.

If your garage is 1½" high you could construct a “ramp” by overlapping two (or more) of the the paver halves that would be an alternative to using plywood and shims. Then, like me, you could also use them for levelers when you go camping.
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:31 AM   #23
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Easiest fix: Neighbors!
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:35 AM   #24
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:06 AM   #25
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I have used a dolly and electric winch. A cheap harbor freight winch with a remote control mounted to a stinger that I put in the rear receiver.

I can steer the dolly while operating the winch. I connect the winch to the trailer battery.

Works great but you still may need a ramp depending on the size of the winch.
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:11 AM   #26
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Why water leaks into a garage.

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A lot of driveways settle after they are poured because the backfill dirt/gravel was not properly compacted. Keeping rain water out is the function of the door bottom seal.
Ah that this would be so... the threshold of a garage has the lip to keep driven and gravity fed rain from entering the garage. True, the garage floor should also be sloped, but the astrigal of a garage door will not seal water out. I have been in the garage door business off and on for 50 years, and never have seen rubber astrigal that keeps a seal over more than a few years.

The suggestions for pushing in with the TV or a winch honestly are the best. I was always able to back it in, with a spotter for help, but that was me...

Good luck.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:20 PM   #28
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Find a friend with a hammer drill or rent a hammer drill. Drill and install a 1/2 to 5/8 anchor in the concrete. Buy a $30.00 come along. You're done.
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