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Old 08-15-2016, 01:30 AM   #31
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I spent a couple of months getting the storage location ready. Finally got a new driveway poured that extends to the side of the house. We had been putting this off for years because it is 1,000 sq. ft of cement which is expensive, but getting a trailer that would actually fit on the side of the house pushed us to get it done. Moved a shed, cut down a large tree and a bunch of small ones and installed pavers on the side of the house. Built a gate large enough to fit (8' 2").



Now we are planning our "pick up the trailer" trip and finalizing options. Still a long wait though!
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:02 AM   #32
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Hi: skyfree... Looks like a nice space for a welcome home party too!!! Alf
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:03 AM   #33
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Ron,
That pad looks really nice, a couple of observations though. what is the height of your garage overhang? Will the trailer miss it and the downspout? Also your opening only allows maybe 6-7" clearance on each side, mighty small to gauge while sitting in your tug 20 feet away. Perhaps if you mounted the house side gate directly to the house or better yet make a one piece gate swinging from the fence side, you might be able to gain another 12" which would give you more room.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:49 AM   #34
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skyfree, that is one beautiful job!
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:42 AM   #35
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We went with an eighteen foot wide door on the shed we built as my back in skills are marginal. If you can get lined up square on your space, I believe you'll be ok.
When I worked in the packing house we used to describe incremental progress towards our nightly goal as "steady by jerks". Take your time and listen to your spotter and you'll be ok. That goes for dragging it back out too.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:50 AM   #36
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Ron,
That pad looks really nice, a couple of observations though. what is the height of your garage overhang? Will the trailer miss it and the downspout? Also your opening only allows maybe 6-7" clearance on each side, mighty small to gauge while sitting in your tug 20 feet away. Perhaps if you mounted the house side gate directly to the house or better yet make a one piece gate swinging from the fence side, you might be able to gain another 12" which would give you more room.
Garage overhang is at 8' high, but the gutter is not really necessary there so it may go, along with the downspout. I do plan on relocating the downspout which is easy enough if I can keep the gutter. I'll just put the spout on the front of the garage and turn the whole thing 90-degrees.

You might remember some time back I was trying to get exact height measurements for a 2017 19' which we had on order. We switched to a 17B which was what we had originally wanted to get but the 49" bed width was a deal breaker. When the 2017 specs came out with a wider 52" bed we switched. I don't think a 19' would have fit there based on the measurements I got because it is also 4" wider.

You can't see it because it's behind the gate, but there is a gas meter on the side of the house, which is why the gate is mounted away from the house a bit. That is absolutely the maximum space I could get there. I mounted the hinges so the doors swing outboard of the posts.

I know backing it is going to be really difficult or impossible. I may need to get one of these: https://parkit360.ca/collections/par...y-base-version

So this seems like a lot of trouble just to have a parking spot on the side of the house, but our city (Fremont, CA) does not allow RV parking in your driveway. It's OK if it is on the side of the house behind a 6' fence even if the top is visible. RV storage is several miles away and costs $70 / month, and they have timer locks that prevent access after 8:45PM which was a real pain for me. I'm looking forward to this situation a lot more.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:55 AM   #37
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Just take it very slow and pull forward to straighten out the trailer and tow if you find yourself going off line.
I don't do it often, but when I back into my yard, I've got a cedar on one side and a shed on the other with little clearance. If in doubt, get out and look.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:59 AM   #38
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Garage overhang is at 8' high, but the gutter is not really necessary there so it may go, along with the downspout. I do plan on relocating the downspout which is easy enough if I can keep the gutter. I'll just put the spout on the front of the garage and turn the whole thing 90-degrees.

You might remember some time back I was trying to get exact height measurements for a 2017 19' which we had on order. We switched to a 17B which was what we had originally wanted to get but the 49" bed width was a deal breaker. When the 2017 specs came out with a wider 52" bed we switched. I don't think a 19' would have fit there based on the measurements I got because it is also 4" wider.

You can't see it because it's behind the gate, but there is a gas meter on the side of the house, which is why the gate is mounted away from the house a bit. That is absolutely the maximum space I could get there. I mounted the hinges so the doors swing outboard of the posts.

I know backing it is going to be really difficult or impossible. I may need to get one of these: https://parkit360.ca/collections/par...y-base-version

So this seems like a lot of trouble just to have a parking spot on the side of the house, but our city (Fremont, CA) does not allow RV parking in your driveway. It's OK if it is on the side of the house behind a 6' fence even if the top is visible. RV storage is several miles away and costs $70 / month, and they have timer locks that prevent access after 8:45PM which was a real pain for me. I'm looking forward to this situation a lot more.
Oh, I agree with you 100%, if I could not keep my Escape at my house I would not have one. It is so convenient to be able to visit it when you want, keep it under watch and use occasionally while it sits, waiting to be taken out again.
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:13 AM   #39
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These trailers are so popular, I can't find a used one to buy!
We have a 2001 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe we're planning to sell if you're interested.
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I obsessed and immersed myself in fabric, Formica, and floor choices until I couldn't look at them anymore. Then I ignored them for awhile. And I'm spending as much time camping in my 12 year old Aliner as possible.
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