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Old 01-10-2017, 05:59 PM
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Default Need advise - moving the TM into the yard

I bought my 2009 2720sl about 2 months ago, and when I backed it up for the first time on my side yard I had no problem. After returning from our first trip it had rained a lot, and when I tried to back it up to park on my side yard I got about half way up. Then the rear wheels on my tow vehicle (2010 Ford F150) started spinning and created a mud mess on my yard. We wound up getting it all the way in by putting plywood panels under the rear wheels of the F150 and slowly moving the panels a little at a time until we finally parked it. As you can see in the picture, I have to drive up a grass area that has about a 6 degree pitch to park my Trailmanor. After that happened I spread about 25 bags of sand, hoping that would help with the traction and to help grow my grass back. After returning from our second trip last week, the same thing happened again. This time I used the plywood panels right away so I would not damage the grass any more. I live in South Florida where it can rain at any time, so this will be an ongoing problem that I have to deal with. Today I spread another 15 bags of sand in the area, and I'm thinking of adding some weight to the bed of the truck with some cinder blocks or sandbags for better traction. I live in a community so I cannot pour rocks in that area and I'm too close to the property line to pour a concrete driveway. If you guys have any ideas or advise I would love to hear from you. Thanks for your help.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:09 PM
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You might consider large pavers but suspect a lot of your issue is the backing with a pickup (light rear end and backing unloads it).

My driveway is pretty steep and I pull onto the grass to go around the house (can pul forward into the back yard and then back the trailer onto the pad. Pulling out is forward also.

Additionally my Jeep is RWD only (never needed a 4x4) but is near 50/50 weight distribution and has traction control.

Suspect Orlando gets as much rain as you do.

ps TM is in the photo just my HOA says must not be visible from street.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:23 PM
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maybe these type of pavers

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/165366617544253700/
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:04 PM
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Pavers are good idea but the homeowners association won't allow them, I need a different solution..Thanks
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:17 PM
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... I'm thinking of adding some weight to the bed of the truck with some cinder blocks or sandbags for better traction.
Since you can't do anything permanent, such as pavers of any kind, I like the idea of a roll-up traction mat. Just roll it out and drive onto it, then roll it back up when your trailer is in place. In New England, folks use a length of snow fence.

OK, now somebody explain to this Florida boy what a "snow fence" is. Here is a picture of some.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pro...ft-h-x-50-ft-l
Plastic might be better, since the traditional wood pickets would tend to break under the weight of the vehicle.

'Nuther idea. How about installing a hitch (or hitch receiver) on the front of your tow vehicle? With it, the weight of the engine works for you, at least if you have 4WD. Makes maneuvering a lot easier, too.

Do you have 4WD?

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Old 01-11-2017, 06:54 AM
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Maybe something I did would help.

I have a removable mount for a 120 VAC winch that allows me to hook to the TM axle and pull it (backwards) into the garage. I use a Trailer Valet to steer it into the corner. I imagine the Valet wouldn't work as well on the soil but you could maybe substitute a trailer dollie.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:08 AM
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"any ideas or advise "

Move. Get a 4-wheel drive tow vehicle. Oh, you wanted viable ideas or advice.

The snow fence, or even a similar picket garden fence (about 1' tall) seems like the simplest option, given the HOA constraints.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:24 PM
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Thanks for your input guys...I never heard of a snow fence before today, it looks like that could work for me. Also I like the front hitch idea since I'm still learning how to back up a trailer I could probably drive it all the way in without stopping, I just don't know how using a front hitch to push the trailer would affect the traction to the rear wheels...
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:49 PM
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I had the same issue with wet grass at my IL's barn when I stored my camper in it. I did not let it dig in that deep, but it would have dropped down to the frame. I ended up getting a set of chains for when it was wet.

Or as others have said: pavers, gravel, or pave it.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:06 PM
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I put pavers down years ago to get my bass boat out of the back yard. Over the years, grass has grown over them so they are barely visible.

I was wondering if you could put pavers down and sod over them so they weren't visible, but still would provide support.
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