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snyderaaron
01-26-2013, 09:57 PM
First off I got the wife to let me get the stuff I wanted this winter. Got the ibs and bow filler cushion coming. I want a spot closer to my place to keep my boat during the summer, but if all else fails I might have to park it in my driveway sometimes. Any advice my driveway is pretty steep but I know the trailer has that lock thing that breaks the tire.

mmandley
01-27-2013, 12:03 AM
Backing it up wont be an issues, chock the wheels and you should be able to unhook it. The problem you will have is when your backing up, it compresses the tongue for the brakes, and when you try to unhook it the tongue wants to go forward to its nuetral position. Also depending on how steep the driveway it will make the ball angle very drastic and a bit harder to unhook and rehook.

At my older home i had to unhook in the driveway a few times and it was steep. It just takes more work.

http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu114/mmandley/4-7-09weekendontheboat043.jpg
http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu114/mmandley/Picture027.jpg

Ian Brantford
01-27-2013, 01:19 AM
Backing it up wont be an issues, chock the wheels and you should be able to unhook it. The problem you will have is when your backing up, it compresses the tongue for the brakes, and when you try to unhook it the tongue wants to go forward to its nuetral position.

Those are very handy photos!

The problem of the tongue decompressing, or just any small downhill trailer movement, can be avoided by chocking the wheels and then putting the truck into neutral and letting it drift downhill a few inches. Then drop the trailer's front wheel and raise the tongue. This is also a safety test, as it confirms that the chocks are going to stop the boat as you intend.

At my home with essentially level driveway where the boat parks, but a few slight valleys in the surface, I put the truck in neutral and let the truck/trailer drift where they want before using chocks. This minimises any trailer drift and tension at the ball when unhooking.

ian ashton
01-27-2013, 07:28 AM
My driveway is super steep (although my neighbors is worse) - my concern is with the prop guard gouging the asphalt when backing it in - bought in December, so I haven't tried to back a boat in yet;

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/27/7ejamabe.jpg

wolfeman131
01-27-2013, 09:18 AM
Great looking new place there, Ian. My last home had a driveway at least as steep as Mikes and probably twice as long and I never had an issue. I think I remember that the trailer has some little rollers back there in the underside of the prop guard that should help you avoid the gouging you're concerned about.


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sandm
01-27-2013, 09:50 AM
I've seen those rollers, but they are not standard on all trailers.

mmandley
01-27-2013, 10:34 AM
My pictures are a little misleading to the steepness, when i would pull down or back up i only had 1/2 inch clearence.

You can get the wheels added by almost any dealer, its a good investment if you need them. The have very small steel rollers they can weld in place and larger wheels demending on your need.

I have seen them on Supra trailers so i expect if you wanted to DIY contact Boatmate

Same time as the other picture just a rear view.

http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu114/mmandley/Picture023.jpg

snyderaaron
01-27-2013, 07:17 PM
16754

Heres a picture of my driveway. I'm thinking wheel chocks will work. Also heard about some RV ones that lock the tires?

Boonejeepin
01-27-2013, 09:00 PM
16754

Heres a picture of my driveway. I'm thinking wheel chocks will work. Also heard about some RV ones that lock the tires?

I am sure beefy chock will work.

The RV design that spreads between the two tires might work pretty well.

bergermaister
01-27-2013, 09:47 PM
These won't slide on gravel, sand, etc on the concrete. Dad has them for his 36ft 5th wheel that sits on a bit of a downhill slope.

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-jacks/tire-chocks-wheel-lock.gif

snyderaaron
01-28-2013, 10:10 PM
These won't slide on gravel, sand, etc on the concrete. Dad has them for his 36ft 5th wheel that sits on a bit of a downhill slope.

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-jacks/tire-chocks-wheel-lock.gif

I guess that won't work for me, I have a single axle.