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Old 05-20-2015, 05:50 AM   #1
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Steep Driveway

My wife and I have recently bought a lake property to put our 5th wheel on. The front of a long driveway has an incline that is too high for our 5th wheel to make it over without scraping. We've used boards to drive over and it works but is a pain. We're now looking at two options, both are expected to cost $3-5K. One is tearing out the concrete nd re-laying the concrete with a more gradual incline. The second is a steel plate that improves the incline. A new option has come up; Trailer Hitch Bar Skid Wheels. It's a roller that supports up to 17.000 and attaches to the rear of the RV allowing the RV to roll up the incline without scraping. Anyone have any experience with these? Any other suggestions?
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Bogie Wheels

Just saw a post that some people have successfully used bogie wheels or castors on the rear of the RV. Nice option, but I suspect it would only be safe for short distances of a few inches or a foot. My incline is steep enough it could put castors in use for up to 10 feet or longer for a 43 ft, 18000 5th wheel. Anyone with bogie wheel experience that can comment?
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Bogie Wheels

Just saw a post that some people have successfully used bogie wheels or castors on the rear of the RV. Nice option, but I suspect it would only be safe for short distances of a few inches or a foot. My incline is steep enough it could put castors in use for up to 10 feet or longer for a 43 ft, 18000 5th wheel. Anyone with bogie wheel experience that can comment?
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I would think hard towards changing the approach angle of the drive--have a problem with maybe putting too much leverage on the frame between the hitch and the roller.
From your description, you might actually end up with the trailer wheels off the pavement for a short interval, with all the weight of the trailer on the hitch and the roller.
Maybe you could measure the most extreme lift between the drive and the street with a line and see how much the trailer wheels would drop at that point.
Also, with a 43' unit, and having the roller/casters hanging down, it might restrict getting backed into some camping sites that have a concrete stop at the rear--we routinely have to back our 38' Suites over those type stops to fit in some state/forest campgrounds.
Sounds like a nice unit, hope you can get it worked out.
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