Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: General RVing Issues: Steep Driveway
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Steep Driveway

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next
NRALIFR

Truck Camping Out West

Senior Member

Joined: 11/27/2005

View Profile



Posted: 05/05/20 05:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At least consider a different RV type. Perhaps a B or C would be better able to negotiate your driveway than a towable.

[emoticon][emoticon]


2001 Lance 1121 on a 2016 F450


schlep1967

Harrisburg, PA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/08/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 05/05/20 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My suggestion would be some long 2 X 12's. You'll have to figure out how long on each end. But I'm picturing a lead in 8' to the top of a 4" or 6" block and another off the back end. Attach a piece of angle iron to the bottom of the 2 X 12's and cut a slot in the block for it to sit in. And you may need to support the 2 bys in the middle depending on length needed.
Being straight in you should be able to stay on the boards. After you get the location figured for the boards mark the driveway so you know where to put them every time.


2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel
2009 Open Range 385RLS
Pull-Rite Super Glide

kfp673

PA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/12/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 06:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the ideas all!

Regarding the drop hitch, when the camper levels off at the bottom the truck is still on the hill. If the hitch is too low it will grind into the driveway. So it fixes the back end but causes a problem on the front. My last travel trailer did exactly this. It sat a few inches lower than this one and would drag the hitch at the bottom and top of the hill. It was 5' shorter then this newer camper though so it did not have the rear end issue. This newer camper sits higher but the length being roughly 37' is what causes the back end problems.

Thanks again for the ideas. I will think on these to see if any will work.

souraider

Rogue Valley, OR

Senior Member

Joined: 01/16/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would have to agree with flipping the axles.


'17 F350 STX 6.7
'15 Stealth WA2313
'20 Can Am Maverick Sport 1000R

Y-Guy

Tri-Cities, WA

Moderator

Joined: 03/04/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 07:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Growing up our neighbors had a similar issue. For him he installed a hitch on the front of his truck, he also laid out a couple of 2x10s but he carved out some 4x4's to provide support under the boards.

Today I think the first thing I'd consider is flipping the axles, if that's an option that would be a good choice. Then just need to address adding another step to your entry.

I'd echo Lynnmor's comment about the casters, those things are just asking for problems for your rig down the road (or sooner).


2007 Winnebago Sightseer 35J
2011 Jeep Wrangler

Boomerweps

Hills of PA

Senior Member

Joined: 04/30/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 08:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I have what most would consider a short trailer 21' tip to stern, I had similar concerns with my driveway onto the highway from the crown of the road and driveway and the gutter dip. Better clearance pulling in than out. I recently had my axle underslung on the springs from over. Just that gained me 5&1/4" clearance (best I can measure). But before that I did not install my WDH spring bars until after leaving my driveway to keep the TV to TT better able to pivot at that dip. Do you back in with the WDH spring bars connected?


2019 Wolf Pup 16 BHS Limited
2019 F150 SCrew STX SB 5.0 factory tow package

kfp673

PA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/12/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Boomerweps wrote:

While I have what most would consider a short trailer 21' tip to stern, I had similar concerns with my driveway onto the highway from the crown of the road and driveway and the gutter dip. Better clearance pulling in than out. I recently had my axle underslung on the springs from over. Just that gained me 5&1/4" clearance (best I can measure). But before that I did not install my WDH spring bars until after leaving my driveway to keep the TV to TT better able to pivot at that dip. Do you back in with the WDH spring bars connected?


Might be worth a try. I use the BlueOx sway pro and typically do not disconnect for backing in so maybe I will try this first as this would be the easiest option if it works.

Regarding the casters, after reading about this in earlier post I noticed E-Trailer actually sells something specifically for this https://www.etrailer.com/Skid-Wheels/Ultra-Fab-Products/UF48-979013.html but it sounds like a few of you have concerns with this due to potential frame twist.

Great stuff all! Thanks again!

BobsYourUncle

Calgary Alberta Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/12/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 02:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lynnmor wrote:

Don’t do the caster wheels on the rear, loading all that trailer weight on a corner is a good way to twist the frame. Trailer frames are not what they used to be.


IMO, your fears are unfounded.
All our rigs, even our tow vehicles twist and bend while going down the road. This is part of the design.

Lifting the back end while going up or down a driveway will have absolutely no harmful effect whatsoever on the TT. None. OP is talking a small amount of lift. And it is done at a very slow speed, and it is only for a few seconds.

Traveling down the road hitting heaves and dips in the road puts so much more flexing on the frame and unit as a whole than a minor temporary back end slight lift ever would.

Try it some time with a stabilizer jack. Crank one down and then try opening the door. The door will rack if the frame lifts on one corner. This is normal and nothing to fear.

Take any pickup truck and run one wheel up on a knoll or something, then get out and have a look. The truck will be visually twisted. Again, it's all built into the design and absolutely nothing to worry about.

Caster wheels are a perfect solution and will work fine with no ill effects. And it will work anywhere where there is a steep entrance to a gas station or other places. Yes, the frame can twist, flex and bend. It is designed to do this.


2007 GMC 3500 dually ext. cab 4X4 LBZ
Dmax/Allison

1997 Triple E Topaz 27' Bunkhouse TT

I do
Precision Guesswork
based on
Vague Assumptions
&
Unreliable Data of Dubious Accuracy
provided by persons of
Questionable Intellectual Capacity

Now, What would you like done?


Lwiddis

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I added casters for the occasional gas station driveway...not for everytime I back in to my driveway.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watts solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL pole for flags. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560)


bpounds

Sophmore Brain...

Senior Member

Joined: 12/12/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/05/20 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Might not even need casters. Just drag brackets on the bumper corners. The advantage over casters is that they won't need to be more than an inch or two tall, where casters are at least 3" if not 4".

I wouldn't worry too much about frame twist, but that's without knowing just how much rubbing you have. Wheels lifted off the ground? Definitely a problem. Only drag by a couple of inches? Probably NOT a problem.

Some lumber piled up in the gutter can sometimes help a lot too.


2006 F250 Diesel
2011 Keystone Cougar 278RKSWE Fiver


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Steep Driveway
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.