Chris -- I have had my telescope in the living room off and on, but to be honest my LX850 is going into an observatory this August.
Then I just look out my window, see the panorama of the mountains with the dome just 30 yards away.
Mounting the OTA is pretty easy. When my son is helping, I grab the end where the ep goes, lifting by the handle, with my other hand/arm wrapped around the base of the tube. My son grabs the dove tail and tube front. We then bring it to the mount, and I just slide it on the LX850 mount and then tighten it up. Pretty easy.
Oh man, you're killing me! Observatory... mountains...
I transport my OTAs in Pacific Design cases, and am always alone during loading, unloading. The 11" Edge comes out of the bag very easily by simply pulling up on that handle. I can't see the inconvenience, but glad it is okay for you.