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Old 02-17-2016, 01:06 AM   #1
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Trailer Dolly

(I wasn't really sure which category to put this under, so if a moderator feels it needs to go elsewhere, that's fine by me. Thanks)

I need to start researching them, but I was hoping some on this forum have used them before and could give me some real life feedback on them.

Situation: The Trailer will be parked with the hitch facing away from the street for various reasons. I can pull up parallel to the flat gravel area we have for it, but I can't pull forward in to it. Leaving the hitch facing the street is not an option for us.

So, we're gonna get one of those trailer dollys to move the trailer in to place. But which one? Here's the links for two that advertise in Trailer Life, but there might be more (like I said, still need to do some research on them).

This one is electric - Power Caster:
Power Caster,electric trailer mover dolly, boat dolly, toy hauler

The ParkIt360 is battery powered:
https://parkit360.ca/

Has anyone used these? Or others? Thoughts, feedback, etc?

Thanks much!
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:45 AM   #2
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There are more - and you can even build your own - but the ParkIt360 and Power Caster have both been discussed in this forum before, as well as the Trailer Valet. Just do (or follow these links for) a search for ParkIt360 in EscapeForum.org or a search for "Power Caster" in EscapeForum.org.
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:53 AM   #3
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I don't think I would want to trail a power cord around for a 120V AC powered dolly (ever cut a lawn with a corded electric mower?), but I think it would be even worse to maintain yet another set of batteries, so if I had a decently large battery setup in the trailer I would prefer to plug the dolly into the trailer. Perhaps, if the wire gauge is sufficient, the cable which normally plugs into the tow vehicle while towing could be used.

Whatever the power source, I hope there is not too much slope, and that the path is paved. 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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Old 02-17-2016, 02:23 AM   #4
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There are more - and you can even build your own - but the ParkIt360 and Power Caster have both been discussed in this forum before, as well as the Trailer Valet. Just do (or follow these links for) a search for ParkIt360 in EscapeForum.org or a search for "Power Caster" in EscapeForum.org.
I did look at those already, but none of them really addressed using something on gravel for a 21'. The 19' was mentioned on gravel, but that was it, from what I was reading.

I have written to the companies about using their product on gravel, but of course it'll take time to get back to me.
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:04 AM   #5
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Here's the link to the thread I started in 11/2014 about the same thing.

Anyone use a trailer dolly?

If you call Power Mover the owner will ask you a whole bunch of questions about trailer weight, type of surface you'll be moving the trailer, etc. A lot of questions but he doesn't want to overlook anything. His number is (760)231-9048

As it turned out I didn't buy a dolly; with a lot of patients and slow moving I was able to get “Escaping Reality” where I wanted.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:10 AM   #6
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I do not think these tow motors work well on gravel, you may want to cement in the pad and then you should have no issue. My pad looks like a patchwork due to the additions over the years due to the trailers. Concrete is relatively cheap and you already have the gravel base, just install some wooden forms and have it delivered.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:04 AM   #7
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As I have mentioned, we are looking for our next house, and patiently waiting for that right one to come along. A must is a parking spot for our 5.0. For some reason it seems that the majority of places we looked at, simply backing the trailer in to the spot would land it backwards for our liking, with the door facing the wrong way.

So, I researched a lot on various movers. I do not want to rely on 120V, or onboard batteries either. I have pretty much settled on the Trailer Valet XL. I like that it is manual, and will work for any reason I don't have power, yet can use a cordless drill (of which I have about 10 up to 28V). 2 speeds will be nice too.

This unit has been discussed on here too, easy to find in the archives.

It would be easy to make an adapter to work with the 5.0, just make an appropriate length extension with diagonal braces back to the front corners of the trailer, by or to the landing gear.

Plus, it costs a lot less that most of the others, and it weighs a lot less too, something to consider should you have a need to transport it.
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So, I researched a lot on various movers. I do not want to rely on 120V, or onboard batteries either. I have pretty much settled on the Trailer Valet XL. I like that it is manual, and will work for any reason I don't have power, yet can use a cordless drill (of which I have about 10 up to 28V). 2 speeds will be nice too.

This unit has been discussed on here too, easy to find in the archives.

It would be easy to make an adapter to work with the 5.0, just make an appropriate length extension with diagonal braces back to the front corners of the trailer, by or to the landing gear.

Plus, it costs a lot less that most of the others, and it weighs a lot less too, something to consider should you have a need to transport it.
Does anyone have experience using this on gravel?
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Does anyone have experience using this on gravel?
I am not aware of anyone here using one. As long as the gravel is packed, with minimal loose stones, I would be most of them would work. I think the issue comes with surfaces with lots of loose stone, when most small tires do not work well, especially powered ones.
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