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Old 10-16-2014, 06:38 PM   #11
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Attaching a picture of our new trailer parked in our driveway. I was initially concerned about the slope, but the combination of wedge blocks and x-chocks for the tires along with stabilizers and tongue support was solid. Probably over-engineered the tongue support structure given the front stabilizers worked so well (the tongue platform is made out of 4x6 posts and weighs about 100 lbs) but it was good to know that the tongue was not going anywhere should one of the stabilizers slip.

It took only an an extra 10 minutes to get the trailer on and off the hitch. Since my driveway is only about 2' longer than the trailer, rolling the front wheels on and off the tire wedges requires backing the trailer right up to the house such that the spare tire is actually in the garage. And raising and lowering the tongue takes a few minutes due to the need to repeatedly run around the tow vehicle to raise/lower the front stabilizers in sync.

The setup worked as planned, so I am happy with it.
I realize now that keeping the stabilizers in synch is caused by the fact you are not using the tongue jack to lower the trailer. Would a power tongue jack have a longer lift range?
You may want a little slope forward for water run off.....
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:54 PM   #12
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We have a driveway that is a challenge to park a trailer on. It is sloped down and to the side. It is also angled to the left. We wanted the trailer to be parked level. We have now used the ramps I built for 3 seasons. See attached photos. The ramps are built from 1 inch plywood and are screwed, glued and held together with threaded rod.
This morning I returned the trailer to it's birthplace (ETI) for storage till spring. The windows are closed and the roof vent is open slightly. We have not experienced any mould or mildew storing the trailer this way. The solar panel keeps the batteries charged.
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:20 PM   #13
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Quite the hefty ramps there, Brian. Very solid looking too, but I bet if you glued and fastened that blocking in, you would not need the rods. Still, can't be too strong, eh?
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:25 PM   #14
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I thought you would ask for a video of the backing up part. Notice the handy sewer clean out between the ramps.
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:41 PM   #15
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With your sloped driveways here is an app I have on my iPad which actually came in handy once. It's called Clinometer HD. You use your iPad to measure inclines. May help in ramp building.
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I thought you would ask for a video of the backing up part. Notice the handy sewer clean out between the ramps.
So, you do have a video then.

I was wondering what that was. That sure would be handy. Beats the crap outta the bucketing it method I have had to resort to.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:21 PM   #17
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Now that is nice to have at home.
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