Instead, the contractor recommended widening the end of the driveway into a triangle that would allow enough space to turn the trailer around in. He measured it out knowing the approximate length of my trailer, and somehow when I first saw it I thought it was plausible that I could just make a tight turn and end up facing the other way. Not even close. Turning the trailer around for the first time required a series of maneuvers that ultimately ended in a successful 18-point turn. Now that I'm used to it, it only requires a 3-point turn, sometimes 5.
These are the only circumstances under which I would recommend what I have:
- Your barn is small and mostly private.
- You have a 2-horse bumper pull trailer (dressing room is okay).
- You trust in the competence of anyone driving a trailer into your barn area, including yourself.
- You don't need to receive deliveries on massive trucks (my hay fortunately will come on a pickup with a 9' flatbed).
- You can allow enough room for the farrier to set up his rig.
- You can coordinate all of the in and out activities so that two trailers or large trucks are never there at the same time.
- Worst-case scenario, a skilled driver could back all the way out of the driveway safely.
That said, it is an efficient little setup!