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Old 07-19-2015, 05:52 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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Old 07-19-2015, 06:55 PM   #2
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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, 07:17 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.
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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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