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Old 07-19-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Moving Trailer with Front Hitch

Hey everybody! So getting our trailer backed into the pad next to our house is extremely tricky and tight. I was curious if anyone has used a front hitch to push your trailer into place. I have read that you don't have the benefit of the mirrors seeing around the trailer but at this point, I am willing to sacrifice that.

We have a 32 foot Kodiak 291RESL and our truck is a F150 Crew Cab with the 5.4L.

Any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated!
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You might want to consider a power trailer dolly. I have never actually used one but the look like they can do the trick. There is Parkit 360 and Power Caster.
Also might want to consider a remote trailer mover check out Purple Line.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:17 PM   #3
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I actually spoke to the folks at Parkit 360 and PowerMovers and they both said we wouldn't be able to use their dolly's. We have a 6" decline at the mouth of our driveway that happens in 2 feet. The Purple Line movers looks interesting and I will give Power Caster a call as we have not spoke to them yet.

Thanks for the info!
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A lot of RV repair shops have a ball on the front bumper of their shop trucks. It's easier for them to push the trailer into the shop unless they just have to back it in.
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That's what we heard from a friend so I thought I'd see if anyone one here had any experience doing it that way. Thx!
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A lot of RV repair shops have a ball on the front bumper of their shop trucks.
I would bet that it is far more than a ball on the front bumper. Perhaps on flat parking lots it may work.

I have a homemade winch mount on the front of my truck.

Although I used it as a winch a couple of time and it worked fine. The one time I tried to push a trailer up a steep and curved hill I had problems.

The up, down and sideways stress was more than I had anticipated and the mount started tearing at the front frame member. I have re-built since then it and although it winches fine. I have never tried pushing a trailer at extreme angles again.
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Totally agreed! I found a few places online that sell a receiver hitch that bolts to the frame of the truck and I would swap my ball to the front when we get her home and push her in. I'm gonna call some places tomorrow and see what kind of weight these receiver's can carry.
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I would bet that it is far more than a ball on the front bumper. Perhaps on flat parking lots it may work.

I have a homemade winch mount on the front of my truck.

Although I used it as a winch a couple of time and it worked fine. The one time I tried to push a trailer up a steep and curved hill I had problems.

The up, down and sideways stress was more than I had anticipated and the mount started tearing at the front frame member. I have re-built since then it and although it winches fine. I have never tried pushing a trailer at extreme angles again.
My comment is based on my visual experience, nothing more. Nothing is impossible, just takes some ingenuity and imagination.
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My comment is based on my visual experience, nothing more. Nothing is impossible, just takes some ingenuity and imagination.
And a cold beer when you're done!
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You might try and bridge the drop off to lessen the angle of approach. I've seen a lot of 2x4s sitting curbside where fifth wheels had been backed into the yard.
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You might try and bridge the drop off to lessen the angle of approach. I've seen a lot of 2x4s sitting curbside where fifth wheels had been backed into the yard.
That's not a bad idea.. The drop off is over 24" so I could almost build some sort of ramp to spread that out even more.
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Did it for years with a variety of trailers, don't need the mirrors, just a good set of reference points or a competent spotter. Now I use my John Deere 2020.

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Did it for years with a variety of trailers, don't need the mirrors, just a good set of reference points or a competent spotter. Now I use my John Deere 2020.

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That's great to hear! Did you bolt up a receiver hitch on the front of your truck?
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I had a 9' gate to put my 8' RV into at the last place we lived. I had to back it in from my blind side. I got very good at backing up. It was 33' long. Had a curb that was just under 12" to go over. I built metal rams to get up on the sidewalk and then onto my grass.
To me backing skills are something you need if RVing. This past week on vacation I got into a spot the owner didn't think my rig would fit into. Took a little doing but I made it.
The more you back up the better you will get. You never know when the skill might come in handy.
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I had a 9' gate to put my 8' RV into at the last place we lived. I had to back it in from my blind side. I got very good at backing up. It was 33' long. Had a curb that was just under 12" to go over. I built metal rams to get up on the sidewalk and then onto my grass.
To me backing skills are something you need if RVing. This past week on vacation I got into a spot the owner didn't think my rig would fit into. Took a little doing but I made it.
The more you back up the better you will get. You never know when the skill might come in handy.
While we've only had our trailer for one year, I have gotten much better then I was in the beginning at backing up. As you can see in the picture, there's kind of S curve in our driveway to get the trailer onto the pad and the street in front of our house is narrow so I don't have much room for the truck to swing.

I was thinking with the front hitch I would not have the problems with the front of the truck swinging wide. I am also lobbying the wife to extend the pad which would make it much easier.
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That's great to hear! Did you bolt up a receiver hitch on the front of your truck?
They make a short receiver for that purpose. The truck I had it on was a 1978 Ford F250 Camper Special. I don't recall if it was bolted or welded on.

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After seeing your picture I agree just extend that pad straight out to your driveway.
The way I fixed mine was to move to a home on 5 acres. Now I can pull thru to my spot. Added a sewer dump, water & 30 amp power also. Oh & then bought a 40" toyhauler.
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They make a short receiver for that purpose. The truck I had it on was a 1978 Ford F250 Camper Special. I don't recall if it was bolted or welded on.

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Cool… Thx!
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After seeing your picture I agree just extend that pad straight out to your driveway.
The way I fixed mine was to move to a home on 5 acres. Now I can pull thru to my spot. Added a sewer dump, water & 30 amp power also. Oh & then bought a 40" toyhauler.
Agreed, it would be much easier! And I only wish we had 5 acres to have a pull through, sewer dump, water and a 30 amp hook-up!!
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After seeing your picture I agree just extend that pad straight out to your driveway.
The way I fixed mine was to move to a home on 5 acres. Now I can pull thru to my spot. Added a sewer dump, water & 30 amp power also. Oh & then bought a 40" toyhauler.


I got 40 acres and I am working on a pull through pole barn.

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