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Posted: 07/26/19 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CA Traveler wrote:

With the 5er low point height and distance to the wheels, clearance is a easy calculation with online trig calculators.

Otherwise I'd block the TV rear wheels if necessary.


I googled trig calculator. I have no idea what any of that means [emoticon]. I am good with numbers, but apparently not trig numbers and calculations.

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From the pic it looks like your transitions are not a problem. But you better watch your length close. Back in stop with back of trailer near the dock high bumpers. To unhook, you will need to lift front more than normal. As you lift the front, back up high, will move back...

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Every trailer is different but mine is pretty low in the back (and the nose is a few inches high). My biggest challenge would be keeping the rear bumper and jacks from dragging. From the pictures and what I can envision using online slope calculators it looks like most trailers would be okay. A 3 degree slope is pretty minor (some may be thinking of 3%).

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I hope you have a drain inlet in there somewhere.

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pending on your set up, does not look too bad in the photos. but i would build up leveling blocks for the rv's tires. and be ready to drop the nose very low.
but if all works, then you will have a better secure place to park.
just also build in a set of fixed rear tire blocks to keep your rig from hitting the dock.


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Looking at the picture I have gone over many driveway lip much steeper than that. Your biggest issue is the transit from flat to slope and I don’t see that being that steep.
As mention measure your 5er hitched height and the door height.


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i would agree, the main issue is stopping at eh end and of course the transition from level to slope. it looks a lot less than alot of goofy areas we have been in with our 33 foot. just keep a close eye on it and looks like it will work out. Do you have a friend with one that can help do a dry run before you go and buy one

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