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Old 10-18-2016, 08:05 PM   #41
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A 10% grade is very steep for a highway, but probably not unusual for a driveway.

Grade-climbing ability can be limited by traction or by power.
  • The Camper Trolley should have the best traction of any dolly design (because it takes a high load by locating back from the coupler, and because all of that load is used for traction).
  • If the limiting factor is power, then I'll note that the stated grade will be with the heaviest allowed trailer, and it will be able to drive a lighter trailer up a steeper slope. For instance, the CT2500RS and CT4500 have the same drive hardware (motors, etc), but the CT4500 is rated for an 8% grade with a 9,021 pound trailer, while the CT2500RS is rated for a 10% grade with a 5,512 pound trailer. Take another half-ton off, and I'm sure it can go steeper.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:56 PM   #42
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Again, JUST THINKING OUT LOUD (so to speak).
If the winch was mounted to the rear bumper of the trailer, and a 'movers' dolly was placed under the front hitch, couldn't the trailer be towed and steered into place, providing of course, an anchor point is available for the hook end. The process would have to be reversed to bring the trailer back to the starting point.
In my brothers case, if it the trailer is brought in back end first, he would just use the tow vehicle to do it, as his alley is wide enough. The problem is that they would like to not have the door against the fence, thus are considering a dolly or something to move it in.

The folks from Trailer Valet say a 3% slope, and Parkit360 say 6% slope. My brothers would be just under 6%, which does not seem like much.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:21 PM   #43
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If grade-climbing is a big issue, you can't beat the traction of the euro-style caravan mover which drives the trailer's tires. From the Purple Line specs for their Enduro Mover EM 4445:
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5000 lbs (2 motors) – up to 1.5 tonnes on a 25% incline
6800 lbs (4 motors) – up to 2.5 tonnes on a 20% incline
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:22 PM   #44
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Wow. I'd just get a Parkit360 10K and be done with it. You'd save about 2 grand.
I know! Wouldn't that be nice, but they won't work on gravel, according to the mfgrs that I contacted some time ago.

And we don't have any plans on paving over the driveway and/or parking areas.
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I know! Wouldn't that be nice, but they won't work on gravel, according to the mfgrs that I contacted some time ago.

And we don't have any plans on paving over the driveway and/or parking areas.
I've seen them work on gravel, provided it's not too coarse or deep of course. I think your biggest obstacle is the slope.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:54 PM   #46
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I purchased the Trailer Valet XL a couple months back. It is well engineered and works as intended. The coupler on my 21' is not flat across the bottom and presents some issues with getting the ball tightened up against the coupler. The supplied plate helps but the unit wants to pivot back and forth as you go forward and reverse. I am working on a work around and I will see how it goes next time I use it.
I have a call into ETI - I may pay the $ to re-open our build sheet to have an ATWOOD coupler used instead of the stock RAM coupler.

As our long and very narrow driveway means I really want to use our Trailer Valet XL with our forthcoming 21'

Thanks so much Carl for reporting your issue here - much appreciated!!

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Old 10-29-2016, 12:38 AM   #47
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I have a call into ETI - I may pay the $ to re-open our build sheet to have an ATWOOD coupler used instead of the stock RAM coupler.

As our long and very narrow driveway means I really want to use our Trailer Valet XL with our forthcoming 21'

Thanks so much Carl for reporting your issue here - much appreciated!!

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I bought a Trailer Valet XL and attempted to use it to move our 17' Casita on a gravel surface with a slight incline to the storage building. It couldn't get enough traction - on pavement it would have been fine. But if you have more than a very short distance to move it, I'd look for another solution. And you'll be bent over to operate it.

And the bottom of the trailer coupler has to be FLAT to allow getting the Valet securely attached.

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Old 10-29-2016, 02:57 AM   #48
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Couldn't you just use the Trailer Valet 5X? I've been looking at that one and it looks like it would work and is cheaper. It has a receiver that mounts on the frame instead of using an actual hitch ball. The device detaches when you don't need it.
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Old 10-29-2016, 11:49 AM   #49
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all interesting devices but isn't having a long inclined driveway and a new trailer , a perfect opportunity to also justify the purchase of a new tractor to anyone that needs an explanation....
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