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Old 12-29-2015, 08:35 PM   #1
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A new home for our Trillium

After a good 3 years of planning, altering structures and dealing with SNAFU's our Trillium finally made it into it's new home ... our garage!

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Long story short, the 7' high standard door was replaced with an 8' roll up door. The wooden mezzanine over the trailer was on verge of collapsing and was replaced with warehouse racking. And today for the first time the trailer made it into the garage. It's a tight fit, backing down the driveways hill from a 4 lane major street for the first time was a little nerve wracking. I block off a lane with the rear of the trailer just starting through the door. You have to time it to the traffic lights.

Lengthwise with the current spare tire holder there is not too much spare room front to back. I'm thinking one of those electric trailer dollies may be the answer to getting it positioned just right. I'm wondering how Dave Tilston is coming along with his homemade design?

Needless to say, today I'm a happy camper! I no longer have to worry about people stealing my propane tanks in broad daylight or driver-less cars rolling into my trailer. My trailer will be away from the city grime and the elements. With the trailer out of sight, it won't be so easy to tell when we are on vacation. Yee-haw!!!
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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nice work there Roy....
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:15 AM   #3
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Good for you. I remember the propane tank incident. Oh, by the way, your lights are on Raz
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Good job. Bet you're glad to have had it protected from the snow in the last few days eh?



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Old 12-30-2015, 10:12 AM   #5
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Thanks guys.

Lights were the 4 ways still flashing.

Although Ol' man winter was late for us this year, I didn't beat him. He rolled in just as rush hour was starting and the garage was finally ready. But he was kind to us. Only 2" of snow, followed by freezing rain then rain - all overnight. By the time I had cleared out both the windrow and the driveway, the temperature rose to +6 C and the snow on the trailer had melted.

Come 2016 I can start taking out the windows to replace the wood behind them. I won't need to worry about Mother Nature or the local low life. Houston we have a plan and it's all coming together.
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Excellent!
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:37 AM   #7
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Last summer I bought a manual trailer dollie at Princess Auto for about $65 . It works great to move my 14ft Surf Side in a similar situation to yours. I am not a big guy and I have no problem using it .
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Thanks Bob.
I've got a manual one. I'll have to give it a try with the last bit of positioning. The grade is too steep for one person to do it safely. I don't think I'd even want to try with 2 people. Plus just in front of the garage door there is a depression the entire width with a grate for water drainage.

I'm not a big guy either, I was thinking the electric one might let myself or Carol Ann in TO be able to maneuver it enough to hook up or unhook it on more level ground. Princess Auto used to sell the electric ones - I can find the user manual but can't find the item. Which makes me think they stopped carrying them.

Now I'm wondering if the e-brakes work in reverse? I could MacGuyver a break away switch to apply the brakes manually.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:46 PM   #9
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Looks nice and secure. Did you have to have the brickworks modified to fit tne new garage door?
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I have been keeping my BOLER and then my Escape in the garage since I bought them. keeps them nice and dry. It may be overkill but i also run a 90 watt heater during the winter. Found a 2006 Escape that was lower than the current models and had side mounted ac. We love it, probably a good Idea to keep in mind if anyone is looking to change homes. My home came with a 8 ft door as do all the homes in my neighborhood. Can not express how easy it is too keep. I just pull it in and out with my tug. You are going to love it.
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I'm wonering how Dave Tilston is coming along with his homemade design?
David hasn't been around since 2 December. I sent him a PM a few days ago. No reply yet. Perhaps he's off on one of his adventures and we're in for a good story. Raz
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Another rather simple option is to mount a receiver hitch on the front if your truck ....


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Another rather simple option is to mount a receiver hitch on the front if your truck ....
And, then what can you see, besides an expanse of white trailer?
At least backing it in, you have the mirrors, which give you a view down each side of the trailer.
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A spotter... I mean really


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