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Old 08-03-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Parking 17 on a steep driveway

Picking up a 17 in early Nov and trying to figure out where to keep it. The only logical place without putting it into storage is our driveway... Problem is that it is steep - like really steep. Picture doesn't do it much justice, but it is in the 15 - 16 degree range. Would that pitch worry anyone as dangerous for the trailer or the tow vehicle?

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Old 08-03-2017, 11:56 AM   #2
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I wonder what the limits are of chocks. If you are comfortable with their hold ability, an additional issue is to not stress the transmission by shoving it into park and expect it to hold the trailer. I would suggest placing the chocks while the tug is engaged and the foot brakes are holding the trailer, then let the trailer sag back into the chocks, and finally shift into park.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:13 PM   #3
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My driveway is nowhere near that steep and I have to extend the tongue jack all the way to get the trailer level to pre-cool the fridge prior to a trip.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:16 PM   #4
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One problem you may encounter is that the truck and trailer are not on the same plane. My driveway is not that steep (and is long enough to be able to park both tug and tow) but they are also not on the same plane. Sometimes I have a heck of a time hitching the trailer as the clearance between the ball and coupler is minuscule. I've almost been reduced to tears at times trying to get the coupler to drop over the ball so that the lever can be engaged. It's challenging.

Edited: And what Glenn said except I've added blocks under the jack to help with this issue.
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You may have to park it parallel to the road in your driveway to operate the refer on propane, otherwise it is too steep.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:45 PM   #6
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Yowza! Karen addressed exactly what I was thinking might be the case, but she has real life experience with a similar situation. I would stack mattresses all across the garage entry and raise the door before I tried it.
What's out the back wall of the garage?
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Dave,
We park our 17A by our driveway, that's sloped 1:8 down toward the street. The slope is not a problem as long as you don't run the frig.
When we need to pre-cool the frig., I jack up the tongue, in stages, using a jack stand and a bunch of blocks, to level it.
In your case, it won't be possible unless the trailer wheels were parked on some substantial blocks. Probably the best course is, pre-trip, park on the street the day before, level it, then run the frig. to pre-cool.
After looking at your photo, I think I'd at least store it parked on a set of 2x10 ramps/blocks with very substantial chocks at the back., something like these ramps in the photo but with much more substantial chocks. They are 2x10's about 2 ft. long with a gentle 30° cut at the end, so the wheels roll up instead of shove the ramps along the ground. The orange and black is a rubber chock from harbor freight.
((I park the trailer with the one side on these ramps, so it's level side-to-side, for running the frig.. There's a black stripe on the concrete, so I can position the ramp correctly. when I back up , I can aim for the ramp, and avoid hitting other stuff around the garage.))
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Picking up a 17 in early Nov and trying to figure out where to keep it. The only logical place without putting it into storage is our driveway... Problem is that it is steep - like really steep. Picture doesn't do it much justice, but it is in the 15 - 16 degree range. Would that pitch worry anyone as dangerous for the trailer or the tow vehicle?



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I think I'd be a little worried about the house. From your photo it looks like street level is almost at top of garage door. Is that right or an optical illusion?


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Old 08-03-2017, 02:17 PM   #9
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I think I'd be a little worried about the house. From your photo it looks like street level is almost at top of garage door. Is that right or an optical illusion?


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You are absolutely correct... that is solid 10 foot drop over a short driveway. I might have to find a better spot for it, was just hoping not to put in right in front of the house. That is actually an option, just not a very attractive one.

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Old 08-03-2017, 02:18 PM   #10
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Dave,
We park our 17A by our driveway, that's sloped 1:8 down toward the street. The slope is not a problem as long as you don't run the frig.
When we need to pre-cool the frig., I jack up the tongue, in stages, using a jack stand and a bunch of blocks, to level it.
In your case, it won't be possible unless the trailer wheels were parked on some substantial blocks. Probably the best course is, pre-trip, park on the street the day before, level it, then run the frig. to pre-cool.
After looking at your photo, I think I'd at least store it parked on a set of 2x10 ramps/blocks with very substantial chocks at the back., something like these ramps in the photo but with much more substantial chocks. They are 2x10's about 2 ft. long with a gentle 30° cut at the end, so the wheels roll up instead of shove the ramps along the ground. The orange and black is a rubber chock from harbor freight.
((I park the trailer with the one side on these ramps, so it's level side-to-side, for running the frig.. There's a black stripe on the concrete, so I can position the ramp correctly. when I back up , I can aim for the ramp, and avoid hitting other stuff around the garage.))
Really interesting Don and thanks for sending- I might have to do something REALLY custom to make this driveway a safe spot.
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