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Old 02-17-2016, 01:11 PM   #11
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Does anyone have experience using this on gravel?
I own a Trailer Valet XL... and it works very well, on flat or almost flat cement / pavement. I like it a lot. Works great for our application.

I dont think it would work on gravel... as the wheels are somewhat loaded lightly (under the tongue) and it's wheels would spin.
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:50 PM   #12
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Hi,
I've been using my Power Mover AC6 with my Escape 21 since I brought the trailer home in June 2014. I use it to pull into my driveway "head first" after un-hitching from my tow vehicle. The AC6 has worked flawlessly for me. I have a slight incline where the driveway meets the gutter and I've had no issues whatsoever. That said, I only use it on smooth concrete and asphalt and again, only a slight incline. I posted several pictures in the "Anyone use a power dolly ..." thread mentioned earlier and I'm happy to answer any questions too. Cheers!
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:08 PM   #13
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I saw those photos, Fletch. I just wish someone was using one of these types of dollys on gravel and could say "yep, this is exactly what you want". But that'd be too easy, huh?

I doubt the city will let us concrete over the gravel as they're throwing a fit over what we did already. We've got an engineering company trying to help us get it all squared away with the city. Loads of fun there, to put it mildly.

I'm wondering if putting some pavers in the gravel will help.

What to do, what to do.
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:21 PM   #14
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cool idea, cool video.
They start at around $1500.00 and go up from there.
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:37 PM   #15
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cool idea, cool video.
They start at around $1500.00 and go up from there.
Yeah, this one looks like it might be a winner! Ding, ding, ding!

These guys did not pop up when I did a google search last night for RV dollys. I've written to them double checking it'll work on gravel.

Thanks for the link, Kirkman. And they have a dealer in Chilliwack even! I'll have to see if they'll install it as I know Dirk won't want to crawl under the trailer (although he might, depending on what installation costs are).
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:56 PM   #16
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I had looked these over a while back.

If there was something like this that could be easily removed when not in use, I think they would be great. Otherwise they are always exposed to the elements and road grime, plus they don't look so nice either.

I believe they were quite pricey too, for a couple motors and traction rollers. All this kinda stuff seems expensive though.

One thing to remember with these, that while there would be no issue driving the wheels on gravel, you would need a big fat hitch wheel so it didn't dig in.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:32 PM   #17
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I bought a ParkIt360 for my 19, and have used it once. Fortunately, so far, I've been successful in getting the trailer exactly where I want it when I back it into the driveway. I know there will come a time when I need the ParkIt, however, and am glad to have it.

It does not work particularly well on grass, so I imagine it will not do well on gravel. The tires are narrow and sink into the lawn with the combined weight of the unit and tongue weight. I used a thin sheet of 1/4" plywood under the ParkIt on the grass.

Keep in mind also that your trailer tires are going to be in gravel, and there will be much more resistance there.

I bought the model that just plugs into the trailer battery bank. The cord they give you is JUST long enough to reach into the front storage box of the 19 to connect. Eventually I will put an external jack on the storage box.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:11 PM   #18
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If you are a DIY this is the version I made. As designed it works very well in all condition on my Boler. I have used it with my Casita, but with larger trailers it would need the battery connected directly to maintain the amperage, and not drawing power through the trailer battery.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:52 PM   #19
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The Purple Line product is one - maybe the only - example of a 'European style of "mover"' as I mentioned earlier:
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For more traction-challenged situations, the European style of "mover" would be much better, but they're expensive and they involve modification to the trailer (they mount adjacent to the trailer's wheels).
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Yeah, this one looks like it might be a winner! Ding, ding, ding!

These guys did not pop up when I did a google search last night for RV dollys. I've written to them double checking it'll work on gravel.
They wouldn't, because this system is not a dolly. Gravel should be no problem at all, because these are motors which turn the trailer's own tires: that means there is no issue with little wheels trying to roll over stones, and since it isn't working with just the load on the tongue there is no lack of traction.

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I believe they were quite pricey too, for a couple motors and traction rollers. All this kinda stuff seems expensive though.
I agree - specialty stuff is expensive. I think the power dollies are wildly expensive given that they are trivial compared to the European style movers, and given that an equivalent can built at home (albeit by an unusually talented fabricator) from a list of materials and components in which by far the most expensive bit is a $125 winch.

Low-volume production is just expensive.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:59 PM   #20
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I have used it with my Casita, but with larger trailers it would need the battery connected directly to maintain the amperage, and not drawing power through the trailer battery.
I'm sure the trailer battery would still be fine, but I agree that it would benefit from a more direct wiring connection than the trailer umbilical, especially if that is not wired for high capacity. A trolling motor outlet on the trailer, wired direct to the battery (with a fuse at the battery end) would be suitable.
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