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Old 02-29-2016, 08:12 AM   #1
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I have a steep driveway. I have a Coachman Freelander 29QB. If I try and pull up the driveway I started to drag in the road before going up my driveway. If I back up I start to drag part way up the driveway. Either way I can't get the RV up the driveway. If I install skid wheels will that help my problem?

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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All depends on if too extreme for skid wheels, which cant be told from info at hand. I know folks who have used them with success.

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:40 AM   #3
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Maybe. How long a scrape mark does your TT leave on the driveway?

I had an Aerolite TT that I had to back up our steep drive way. It had skid wheels on the rear of the TT and they worked for a while, but eventually they bent. The problem you have is the wheels reduce clearance by about 4-5 inches. For me, what was a slight scrape, became much more pronounced with the skid wheels. I finally removed them and just let the TT scrape on the drive. I think it put less stress on the trailer anyway. The scrape was about a foot long.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:24 AM   #4
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Can you approach and exit the driveway at an angle which might reduce the dragging? Or temporarily place lumber in the low area while you drive across it? Just a couple ideas.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:11 PM   #5
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"Rshank2530".....I had the same issue with a Class A gas and with both of my DP's that I've owned.

On the gasser, I added rear airbags that come with or without an optional compressor. I bought the compressor and mounted the controls on my dash. When I arrived home, I could inflate the airbags to 100 psi and get enough lift to clear my driveway. Under normal driving, I used the airbags to level my coach from side to side. There was an unexpected side affect of installing the airbags. They made the coach handle much better than stock.

Be careful with skid wheels, if they're too tall, you can cause the chassis to lift and loose traction on your drive wheels and get stuck.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:19 PM   #6
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i too say nay to skid wheels....

look into building a set of permanent ramps with channels in them that the city would approve...

I did that on a particularly bad 'valley' at one house I had just for the cars since it was worse than a speed bump it was so bad !

do a google search :
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:40 PM   #7
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Cheap trick is adding either air bags or air shocks.

Old school air shocks are standard shocks with an air bag that can add spring or lift.

They also sold a dash control to remotely add and subtract.

We had a local drive in that was about 2 inches shorter than where we liked the ride on the pick up in high school.

Dump the air while paying for ticket and attendant gives the deer in headlights look...

Not sure what you have available but there are options.

Check with low rider shops too.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:41 PM   #8
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Back in at an angle, once the first wheel is on the apron, adjust. Worked for me with my last MH. I do use a skid wheel with my new MH, mainly for pulling into gas stations, (I have a 6" drop for my toad).
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The big question is, as stated above, how bad a scrape and how long is it?

A friend solved his issue by just getting a chunk of heavy rubber conveyor belting from a local gravel pit. He cut it into runners wide enough to cover the footprint of the tires and 3 layers thick. Rope loops through holes in the end make them easy to move. He just lays them in front of the tires just before the back starts to touch the ground. Wood likes to scoot out of the way of the tire, rubber is gripped by the pavement and goes under the wheel easily.

It doesn't take much usually to do the trick.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:15 AM   #10
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We could get our 5th wheel in the driveway...can't do it with the MH. Actually we did make it once, it was a PITA and we never tried it again. Too much risk of damage to add skid wheels, this thing is heavy. Now I do the maintenance and loading in the storage building.
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I had a 3 or 4 foot long 12" roller - saved making gouges in asphalt and fully supported the rear of the coach - a 2000 - 30 foot Bigfoot.
My 2003 Triple E Commander had large skids (easy to make) and I used them once on a steep exit from a gas station.

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