Garage Storage, Dolly Wheels, What to do?? Surfside. - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-11-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Garage Storage, Dolly Wheels, What to do?? Surfside.

Any one know of the best way to get my surf into the garage? I will need to lower it.

I have seen dolly wheels that are tiny wheels that you exchange with the regular wheels, and I have seen board devices with wheels... any one been successfull in getting your rigs into regular garages???

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Old 09-16-2011, 05:32 AM   #2
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Do you know by how much you need to lower the trailer so that you have clearance into the garage? I get 1" of clearance by switchingfrom the 13" to 8" wheels and tires. Have you searched the archives? Thear was a thread about this a couple of years ago discussing different doll type construction.

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Old 09-21-2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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I snapped some pictures of the system I rigged up for the Trillium 1300 that I am restoring. I purchased some car dollys on sale at Harbor Freight that I use under the frame just behind the axle. I had to place wood on the dollys and drill a couple of holes in the wood to clear bolts on the frame. This distributed the weight and kept the frame from sliding on the dolly (you can see 2 pieces of wood that are screwed together). I just used a simple appliance dolly under the tongue such that the frame is level. I tried to minimize stresses on the frame.

It is important to note that using this type of a dolly setup makes it so you cannot easily pick up the tongue (it doesn't rotate like the trailer normally does while on the wheels). Trying to lift the tonque would put a lot of stress in the frame, so I've always worked to keep it level.

This setup keeps the bottom of the axle bracket about 1/2" off the ground and lets me push the trailer in any direction. I push it out of the garage to work on it, rotate it around in the driveway so I can always work in the shade, then push it back in the garage when I'm done.

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Old 09-29-2011, 12:15 AM   #4
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That was very helpful Isaac, thanks very much!

Check out my photos of our rebuild! it was fun!


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Old 09-29-2011, 02:52 AM   #5
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Here is what I did some years ago.

13 ' Trillium in 83" garage door

See post #10 for photos.

I haven't had it in the garage since that first year. We have taken it to Arizona both winters since then!
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:37 PM   #6
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I had the same problem a while ago.
Can I set my hubs/drums on wheel dollies?

My solution is below and an adjustable hitch so I can drop the front end down also and level it off.


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