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Old 12-01-2021, 06:39 AM   #1
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Who has a tight parking place for the Camper?

I park my Casita in my backyard & have about 6-inches on each side. Who else has a tough spot? Pictures?
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Old 12-01-2021, 07:44 AM   #2
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For the past few years I have rented a parking spot off an old back alley. What other spot is a decent size, reversing while turning hard in is not that easy. I am quite Adept at reversing a trailer, but this site often takes a couple adjustments to get it right.

I have rented this spot due to doing major renovations on a project house and needing a place to store my trailer. We just moved to our forever home, and though there is a bunch of work to do with the house, landscaping and renovating, in decent time next summer I will have a nice spot using a wide, paved back alley to park it in my yard.

6" each side on a straight line of reversing is at least relativity easy to manoeuvre. Nice that you have a good spot like that.
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:45 AM   #3
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these things are cheap and work great!
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:57 AM   #4
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I mounted a receiver on the front of my tow vehicle (Pickup) for this purpose. It works great. So responsive to the inputs, being that the front wheels of the tow vehicle are close to the pivot axis (tongue).

Tough I don't imagine many vehicles have this option.
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Old 12-01-2021, 11:56 AM   #5
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I mounted a receiver on the front of my tow vehicle (Pickup) for this purpose. It works great. So responsive to the inputs, being that the front wheels of the tow vehicle are close to the pivot axis (tongue).

Tough I don't imagine many vehicles have this option.
After going through two trailer movers & I did the same thing you did. I had a front hitch installed. You are right it works great!
The guys next to me watched me do it for the first time. ( who have a 25-foot camper ). They said it was the most amazing thing they have ever seen.
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Old 12-01-2021, 12:23 PM   #6
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Tight over head

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I park my Casita in my backyard & have about 6-inches on each side. Who else has a tough spot? Pictures?
I park in a round top using my F150. Wheeled jacks do not work on all surfaces.I also park it tight to the street side to have room to get the awning out. I have room to spare AFTER I get it in. The new heavy duty cover has a low door so I need to back in a few feet, get out and move the top of the cover and repeat the process until I get it where I want it. I'd like to park in there any time it is not in use, but it is much easier to just leave it out side.
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Old 12-01-2021, 12:27 PM   #7
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I have a 13' Scamp with a wheelie on the tongue, so I just crank it down and roll it wherever it needs to go.

Reminds me I need a new wheel after ten years of rollies.
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Old 12-01-2021, 12:34 PM   #8
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I have a 13' Scamp with a wheelie on the tongue, so I just crank it down and roll it wherever it needs to go.
Amen to that! I did the same thing on my boler. I don't back it into the garage I store it in, I push it and I pull it out when its time to use it. I do back the trailer into my driveway but I push/pull it out to the street when hitching up. Easy! Peasy!
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Old 12-01-2021, 02:41 PM   #9
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these things are cheap and work great!
I have one and I totally agree! Well worth the money.
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Old 12-01-2021, 03:58 PM   #10
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Here's another solution...
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Old 12-01-2021, 04:02 PM   #11
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I have a 13' Scamp with a wheelie on the tongue, so I just crank it down and roll it wherever it needs to go.

Reminds me I need a new wheel after ten years of rollies.
That's what I do now, since its always on smooth concrete.
It was just too hard for me to maneuver that little wheel on grass.
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Old 12-01-2021, 04:15 PM   #12
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these things are cheap and work great!
It is possible to add a brake control to it as well:
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...rol-50954.html
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Old 12-01-2021, 04:52 PM   #13
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To get the Casita in its spot in a side yard, I have to push it from the driveway at an angle up an inclined yard (about 3' higher) and between the house and the flower patch (I do remove the gutter extension). Now that I've added the canopy, it's even more of a challenge to position exactly. My wife directs as I struggle to avoid the house (and steps, not in photo) using the Expedition mirrors.

There's no way I could push this 3,000-lb trailer up a grassy incline with a dolly.

Putting a receiver in the front of the Expy is an interesting idea. Have to look and see if there's a way to install the receiver easily. How did you guys do it? The Expy is essentially an F150 with an SUV body.

Now of course with the canopy, I can't get the awning out. Oops!
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Old 12-01-2021, 05:05 PM   #14
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2015 Silverado I mounted it myself. Not fun doing it in the street, but not terribly difficult. Each vehicle is different. It's been a while. I think I ordered my from etrailer.com I remember comparing which ones wouldn't require drilling. I did have to notch out the valance for the square end to sit between.

Something else you might want to consider first: Being mine is a 2wd, the front clearance is low to begin with. I added a ~ 1" lift to the truck front end. Not expensive but that part took more effort.


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To get the Casita in its spot in a side yard, I have to push it from the driveway at an angle up an inclined yard (about 3' higher) and between the house and the flower patch (I do remove the gutter extension). Now that I've added the canopy, it's even more of a challenge to position exactly. My wife directs as I struggle to avoid the house (and steps, not in photo) using the Expedition mirrors.

There's no way I could push this 3,000-lb trailer up a grassy incline with a dolly.

Putting a receiver in the front of the Expy is an interesting idea. Have to look and see if there's a way to install the receiver easily. How did you guys do it? The Expy is essentially an F150 with an SUV body.

Now of course with the canopy, I can't get the awning out. Oops!
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Old 12-01-2021, 05:36 PM   #15
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Front Hitch moving Casita

Moving Camper into the backyard with a front hitch.

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Old 12-01-2021, 05:38 PM   #16
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To get the Casita in its spot in a side yard, I have to push it from the driveway at an angle up an inclined yard (about 3' higher) and between the house and the flower patch (I do remove the gutter extension). Now that I've added the canopy, it's even more of a challenge to position exactly. My wife directs as I struggle to avoid the house (and steps, not in photo) using the Expedition mirrors.

There's no way I could push this 3,000-lb trailer up a grassy incline with a dolly.

Putting a receiver in the front of the Expy is an interesting idea. Have to look and see if there's a way to install the receiver easily. How did you guys do it? The Expy is essentially an F150 with an SUV body.

Now of course with the canopy, I can't get the awning out. Oops!
I had a truck repair place install the front hitch. Total cost $350.
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Old 12-01-2021, 05:40 PM   #17
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I used to use a manual dolly, and I agree they work great, but only a very small trailer and only on fairly level, fairly smooth ground. No way I could push a 17' Casita into the OP's side yard. The do make motorized trailer dollies for larger trailers, but they're pricey.

Now I have plenty of room in all directions and I can back it right in easily.
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Please help me with this. I see way more disadvantage to using a hitch on the front of a vehicle to reverse it than a the normal way.

How do you see where the trailer is going? Using mirrors you have a good view down both sides, lost only if turning to the passenger side. I have towed and reversed with lots of trailers of every size, including tractor - trailer units having a Class I license.
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This is the view from the driver seat, if I had a front hitch. Behind my trailer are two steel posts, one either side of the gate. Can't see any of that. I can back in, using my extension mirrors because I can see the side of the trailer and the post on one side ( which is enough since there is room for the trailer between the posts.
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Old 12-01-2021, 05:54 PM   #20
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Nice. The motorized trailer movers are not made for grass or gravel. I learned the hard way by buying two different models. Finally just about to buy a 3rd one when the nice lady on the phone told me they were not made for grass.
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