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newbiesurfer
04-25-2017, 01:41 PM
So the boat's all serviced and I'm picking it up this afternoon! Then comes the worse time of owning a boat for me!! My boat with the tower lowered barely fits through my garage door height and width wise!! It's pucker factor on 1,000,000,000% until I get it safely through!! Not to mention that my yard leading up to my back garage has a crazy uphill, off-angle approach to the door! Anyone else have this problem or is it just me??:(

Maristar210
04-25-2017, 01:43 PM
You'll get used to it. I practiced with the empty trailer a few times to get a feel for it.

LDA6339
04-25-2017, 01:47 PM
I recall a thread on here while back about a drill powered trailer dolly, perhaps that would make it easier?


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newbiesurfer
04-25-2017, 01:58 PM
I recall a thread on here while back about a drill powered trailer dolly, perhaps that would make it easier?


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If I had my way with it, there'd be a drill alright!! Throw in a saw and nails and hammers with that drill and that door would be about a foot taller and wider!!LOL

slalomjunkie
04-25-2017, 02:03 PM
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200596726_200596726

kadam75
04-25-2017, 02:04 PM
i have 2 people watching as i back into the garage as it goes in at an angle between two posts. A little tricky the first time or two, but not its pretty easy.

JagNL
04-25-2017, 02:29 PM
I'd get the Trailer Valet XL - you can power it with a cordless drill. Would make putting a boat in a tight spot a breeze:

https://www.trailervalet.com/xl/ (https://www.trailervalet.com)

MI_Corey
04-25-2017, 02:31 PM
The house we moved into last year had the "same size" overhead door as our old garage that I could clear by roughly 1" when I wedged the door up as far as it would go with a board I had cut to length. The way the door is mounted at my new place does not get me as far up so regardless of what I do short of letting air out of the tires, I can not get in my garage and have to store at my parents for the time being. :(

newbiesurfer
04-25-2017, 02:39 PM
I'd get the Trailer Valet XL - you can power it with a cordless drill. Would make putting a boat in a right spot a breeze:

https://www.trailervalet.com

Does anyone have any experience with one of these? The reviews of the northern tool site are pretty bad! Breaking after the first use and so on.

loeweb
04-25-2017, 02:42 PM
My garage has a couple feet on either side. the pucker factor for me is how tight the fit is front to back. with the swim deck off as well as the speedos, i have about an inch clearance from the garage door shutting. i usually back mine in partially and then hand load it the rest of the way.

I'd probably go this way for $60 rather than $270 and having a monstrosity permanently installed on my trailer. http://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb-heavy-duty-trailer-dolly-69898.html

mzimme
04-25-2017, 02:55 PM
At least you guys can fit your boats in your garage. I have to resort to paying someone else $100 bucks/month just to keep it covered :(.

My next house is going to have a giant 3 or 4 car garage.

newbiesurfer
04-25-2017, 03:03 PM
At least you guys can fit your boats in your garage. I have to resort to paying someone else $100 bucks/month just to keep it covered :(.

My next house is going to have a giant 3 or 4 car garage.

Until I knew mine would fit, I was worrying about this a lot! Hate you have to do that!!

My garage has a couple feet on either side. the pucker factor for me is how tight the fit is front to back. with the swim deck off as well as the speedos, i have about an inch clearance from the garage door shutting. i usually back mine in partially and then hand load it the rest of the way.

I'm good to go front to back. My garage is 35 feet long, so I have tons of room that way. I'm clearing the tower by about an inch or so and have 9 inches clearance side to side and while that may seem like plenty, it looks like -9 when you're backing up to it!

flyguy570
04-25-2017, 03:22 PM
I just told my wife last night that I actually prefer backing into our garage when her car is there, makes me think more and drive more precise.

slalomjunkie
04-25-2017, 03:35 PM
My next house is going to have a giant 3 or 4 car garage.

Make it 5 car. We own 4 cars between the 2 of us. Plus you'll need room for the ATV or golf cart. Be sure you have sufficient drive way to not run off into the grass. My drive way looked huge until I had to back the boat into the garage.... or had guests over... My width is 12 ft and I wish I had 24.

mzimme
04-25-2017, 04:01 PM
Make it 5 car. We own 4 cars between the 2 of us. Plus you'll need room for the ATV or golf cart. Be sure you have sufficient drive way to not run off into the grass. My drive way looked huge until I had to back the boat into the garage.... or had guests over... My width is 12 ft and I wish I had 24.

I just hope that whenever we end up building a house in the future, it's on a wooded lot with a few acres, and room to build a nice auxiliary shed of some sort with guest living accommodations built in. Have a "hotel" for when my parents come to town to visit, and have a hobby shop/toy garage the rest of the time.

Ahhh... to dream. SOME DAY!!

Covi
04-25-2017, 04:58 PM
I have about 1/2" - 1 1/2" on each side. That's with the guide posts removed. Now the tower is also a major PITA. I have to have a second person in the boat holding it almost folded and once cleared I can stand it back up. Talk about tight.

slalomjunkie
04-25-2017, 05:19 PM
I just hope that whenever we end up building a house in the future, it's on a wooded lot with a few acres, and room to build a nice auxiliary shed of some sort with guest living accommodations built in. Have a "hotel" for when my parents come to town to visit, and have a hobby shop/toy garage the rest of the time.

Ahhh... to dream. SOME DAY!!

Better make "the hotel" has an elevator or the 'rents n inlaws will be in the main house :D

Reedus
04-25-2017, 05:25 PM
Nearly impossible without this guy:
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/Reeduss/image.jpg (http://s269.photobucket.com/user/Reeduss/media/image.jpg.html)

Now it's a 2 minute job

pmkkdx
04-25-2017, 05:44 PM
I designed our house/garage but it was when we had our '83 S&S but I did allow for a larger boat thankfully. 14 x 30 stall for the boat, so it fits nice with walk around all except back with platform in place with 10' wide by 9' tall door (have to lay the tower down) but that only leaves about 9 inches per side if perfectly centered. My issue is the approach is 90 degrees and very short distance while using a long wheel base crew cab truck makes it a challenge to hit the first time most of the time. Big oak trees line the circle drive too so you can't even see the garage when starting to back up as a reference point. Maybe I should paint a reference arc that can be seen from the mirror of the truck. It's not an issue with the wifes 4runner with the short wheelbase and much tighter turning radius.

pmkkdx
04-25-2017, 05:47 PM
Nearly impossible without this guy:
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/Reeduss/image.jpg (http://s269.photobucket.com/user/Reeduss/media/image.jpg.html)

Now it's a 2 minute job
how do you disable the surge brakes from locking up? I tried using my Kubota RTV but the brakes kept locking up going up the incline

mzimme
04-25-2017, 05:56 PM
how do you disable the surge brakes from locking up? I tried using my Kubota RTV but the brakes kept locking up going up the incline

You should have a lockout key for the brakes.

Covi
04-25-2017, 06:20 PM
Here is my key. It works great. Has a strong magnet that holds it into place. When I'm not using it I simply stick it on the trailer. Best 14$

You should have a lockout key for the brakes.

dt37803
04-25-2017, 06:36 PM
Deal with it guys. I back it in with the f150 on a side entry garage. After 3 years it's a breeze . starboard side is blind so I just stay close on the port side

93xs2003
04-25-2017, 07:42 PM
Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver


https://www.etrailer.com/Front-Hitch/Draw-Tite/65063.html

hvlx2
04-25-2017, 08:07 PM
Deal with it guys. I back it in with the f150 on a side entry garage. After 3 years it's a breeze . starboard side is blind so I just stay close on the port side

holy coW!! I just tore my door out and widened it when I bought a dually and I think I might've had more room than that! Kudos nicely done !

newbiesurfer
04-25-2017, 08:50 PM
Deal with it guys. I back it in with the f150 on a side entry garage. After 3 years it's a breeze . starboard side is blind so I just stay close on the port side

Yours looks just like mine, clearance-wise!!! It wasn't that bad today! Had a daughter on both sides in the garage making sure I cleared and almost nailed it the first time but was just a tad bit crooked, so I pulled out and straightened it up and backed her right on in!!

whlaning
04-25-2017, 09:27 PM
Is this home made or purchased? Could really use one, my key tends to fall out if I have to jog forward.

kscrib
04-25-2017, 09:50 PM
I don't have any issues. The two 12x14 doors on the 40x70 building seems to work just fine. The 40x50 concrete pad in front of the doors makes backing almost a straight shot. I have sublet space available all summer long. :-)


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Prostar 190
04-25-2017, 09:54 PM
Nice job on wedging that thing in that door! Pull a trailer alot for work and play but wouldn't want to back in that garage all the time eventually something may happen. I built a new garage with 16' doors Super easy and always glad I did.

X7Dave
04-25-2017, 09:57 PM
Actually - sometimes coming out can be even harder when it is a tight fit. But once you know it can be done - just watch one side and try to just mist the jamb.