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Old 07-04-2016, 01:40 PM   #1
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Tight Parking Spot for the 17B

We are getting excited to pick-up our new to us trailer in the next few weeks. I am posting this because want to get feedback from owners on their parking situations and whether they think our parking spot will be feasible. We haven't owned an RV before but have backed up vehicles towing trailers in the past.

We live in a fairly compact urban area and hope to store the trailer on our property for cost savings and convenience. Access to the back of our yard is quite tight but I feel confident I can get the trailer in there. We have a 17'-0" wide lane allowance and a 24'-0"x20'-0" parking area that is setback 5'-0" off the lane. I have attached a quick sketch of the layout for reference - keep in mind that the area marked as "future" parking area might just be a dream!

I have previously backed a 12' aluminum boat on a 17' trailer into this same spot with no issues. The difference with this trailer being that when I get it wrong I can just pick it up and move it to the right spot!
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Old 07-04-2016, 01:49 PM   #2
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Is this open space and are there any poles on the corners? If no poles and open you should have no issues here. My space is 12' wide with a 11' gate and I manage to get my 21' Escape in there. As long as you can swing the unit in with out any obstructions then you are fine. Another option is putting an extra tow bar on your vehicle front, you then have a lot more flexibility in maneuvering.
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Old 07-04-2016, 01:50 PM   #3
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Tight Parking Spot for the 17B

Our 17 goes into a shed tighter than that, but we can back straight in. We use an inexpensive trailer dolly once we get it onto the flat concrete floor and it is easy for the 2 of us to push it and maneuver. But if you area isn't paved the dolly would be much tougher to use.

With your lane being that wide I think you will be able to make it in.


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Old 07-04-2016, 02:02 PM   #4
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Is this open space and are there any poles on the corners? If no poles and open you should have no issues here. My space is 12' wide with a 11' gate and I manage to get my 21' Escape in there. As long as you can swing the unit in with out any obstructions then you are fine. Another option is putting an extra tow bar on your vehicle front, you then have a lot more flexibility in maneuvering.
I should have provided a bit more info... this is not open space but is built up with fences and retaining walls all around. There is a fence and retaining wall along the uphill side of the property and the properties along the opposite side of the lane have fences as well. The lane also slopes at almost 10% along our property.

The idea of a receiver hitch on the front of the tow vehicle is awesome... I will have to investigate that!
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:06 PM   #5
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Our 17 goes into a shed tighter than that, but we can back straight in. We use an inexpensive trailer dolly once we get it onto the flat concrete floor and it is easy for the 2 of us to push it and maneuver. But if you area isn't paved the dolly would be much tougher to use.

With your lane being that wide I think you will be able to make it in.
Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately we can't back straight in to this area and will need to approach with the 90 degree turn. Also there is a 10% slope down the lane which eliminates the option to use a trailer dolly which would solve the problem!
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I just measured my alley width from my fence to opposite side, 28' and I'm using a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and had a 21' trailer, you presently have 22' width and a 4' smaller trailer, so depending on your tug you should be able. Check that front receiver option, it would make it easier. I assume you are putting it in the wider space, thus allowing more turning radius?
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:36 PM   #7
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I just measured my alley width from my fence to opposite side, 28' and I'm using a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and had a 21' trailer, you presently have 22' width and a 4' smaller trailer, so depending on your tug you should be able. Check that front receiver option, it would make it easier. I assume you are putting it in the wider space, thus allowing more turning radius?
Tug is 5th Gen 4Runner which is quite short (15'-8") overall . We will put it in the wider space (24') to start but are hoping to build a garage there this fall. I might have to change the size of the garage footprint to allow more space along the side for parking maneuvering.
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Depending on your model there are front receivers available- see here https://www.realtruck.com/warn-front...rn+Front+Hitch
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:51 PM   #9
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Another option is putting an extra tow bar on your vehicle front, you then have a lot more flexibility in maneuvering.
Trouble that Jim is that you lose the use of your mirrors.
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I think your best bet is a trailer dolly. You can turn a trailer on a dime with those, and should have no issue with a 90 degree turn, or even tighter.
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