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  1. #1
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    Default How Steep is too Steep?

    Looking for some advice. Living in the mountains most houses are all on hills. So the question I have, is how steep is too steep for a driveway? Will be backing the boat up the driveway to it's parking spot.

    I backed the truck up the driveway without the boat and it seemed steep, but right now I have a flat driveway, so....

    Thoughts?
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    Hard to say, I had a pretty steep driveway at my last house and the main thing was the trailer prop guard would drag if I went to fast. Also I had a tandem trailer and front axle would come off the ground.

    Options are you can get rollers added to the prop guard to allow it to roll if the driveway is to steep.
    Also as long as you don't stop when the front axle or rear axle is off the ground for very long you should be fine.

    If your a single axle then you want to make sure your axle never leaves the ground. This would cause a lot of stress on the trailer if the only points touching the ground is the prop guard and where it connects to the truck.
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    mine isn't very steep at all and my prop guard rubs. knowing some of the slc utah areas, no way Iwould be able to get a boat in some of those driveways.
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    Thanks for the feedback. I do have the tandem trailer, so that might help, but am afraid of the prop guard dragging. Great house I might have to pass on because can't get the boat up the driveway, guess I could always take it over and try it out!
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    I shot down a great house for that reason. I could have done it but I knew I would hate it every time. Not worth it. Plenty of other houses around here.
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    Here is a picture of the driveway. Nice flat area up top, but a climb!

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    What you need to be concered with is the where the road meets the driveway. Once the truck starts up the driveway it will be like being flat. A lot a factors to consider. Ball height length of truck and trailer. I would say try it. Also, it looks to me like there could be some room up by the garage to make a area to swing and try around up top. This way u drive forward both in and out. Do your homework and if it doesnt work dont force yourself into buying.

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    Default How Steep is too Steep?

    Have a picture of where the road meets the driveway? I can't see it from the pic you posted but I am only guessing here there doesn't look to be an actual curb (I could be wrong)? I have somewhat of a steep driveway with a tandem trailer and I make out fine with it, I also have a curb that the prop guard gets very close to but if I angle it then straighten it out it's okay. Do more research on that angle, check it out and try it if you can. Is that driveway dirt/gravel?
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    I have a pretty steep driveway. the problem spots are at the crest when the trailer goes in/out of the garage, the spare tire will sometimes drag. also when coming out of driveway to roadway the prop guard may occasionally drag.

    I don't think your steep driveway is a problem, possibly the transition at the road.
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    Steep driveways gets old very fast. Everything you do on it is a major PIA. At the end of the day you can collect all your sockets and parts at the end of the driveway. I have a moderately inclined driveway and the trailer doesn't drag but I have a tight parking spot where the truck is exercised pretty good moving the boat. Someday, you may want a motor home, camper or other toys on trailers and they all have a tendency to drag on the ground.
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