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Old 06-23-2011, 04:00 PM   #11
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Ok, with a request to YouTube it, how could I resist:



This is a video we took last week, before we joined the sheets of OSB together. Dave forgot to put a memory card in his camera today, but all that would show is a gravel floor covered with joined sheets of OSB. The joining, thanks to Dave's building custom aluminum joining pieces, went VERY smoothly.

We now have both a 15B and a 17B in covered, locked storage that is about 33'8 inches long. By simply canting the rear trailer slightly, we have plenty of room. And of course, no longer ignoring the laws of physics helps at pushing these wonderful lightweight trailers around.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:22 PM   #12
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Hi: rajenkins& balldt...Of course you made it look so easy. Just like they do on TV. We store our 5.0 on a gravel bed in a coverall building. We put down two planks for the wheels to run on as it can be soft after the spring melt. The ends of the building are now closed in with sliding doors on one end and bi-folds on the other. It doesn't hurt that I can push in with my tug...either. Alf
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #13
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Escape Artist - we have read dozens of your posts. You have an interesting storage area. I am not sure either of our homeowner's associations would approve of such archtecture for our storage needs......

Actually, we did not make it LOOK easy: it truly IS easy. We were amazed at how easy it rolled when someone was leaning on the top half of the trailer. The next time we are at our storage area, we will have to take some better movies.

However, I would hate to move one of those 17 foot Jaycos the same way.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:10 AM   #14
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

That looked pretty easy.. now that physics is conquered, I just need help with fractions.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:54 AM   #15
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Hi: rajenkins... AAh yes... the dreaded HOA's I guess the cover-all is unsightly for some backyards!!! Escapes are all about balance too!!! Alf
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:04 AM   #16
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Not sure what I am missing here, but why not use the tow vehicle to back the trailer into the storage shed? Looks like lots of room to do it. I store mine in a narrow spot off a narrow back alley, which is either dirt and gravel.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:16 PM   #17
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Jim, Sorry I did not reply sooner, but other things to do. As to what the problem is, well, as I think the first post says, we are putting TWO Escapes (a 15B and a 17B) owned by two different couples with two different tow vehicles in the same covered storage area. So, assuming both of us are skilled sufficiently to back up a trailer into the storage area (which would be a LARGE assumption), just suppose the couple who own the 15B, which is, today, parked at a slight angle in the rear of the storage (so that both trailers will fit into the 33.5' long space) want to take it out, they would have to hitch up the 17B to their TV, pull it out, unhitch it, hitch up and pull out the 15B, tow it off to the side, rehitch the 17B and carefully back it into the rear of the storage area. Then, they have to go over and rehitch the 15B and tow it home for the next trip.

That amount of activity was simply unacceptable, so we really wanted to use a trailer dolly to do the tight manuvering. So that is why we wanted to be able to use move the trailers by hand. We realize that not everyone wants to pay for covered storage, but the hail storm we had last summer here in town, which did millions of $$ worth of damage, made folks like us stop and think about the advantage of covered storage. Also, the winters that we have in Bozeman are great for skiing but are long and hard on things stored outside.
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Old 07-04-2011, 03:48 PM   #18
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

No worries on the delay in responding, you are supposed to be busy at this time of the year.

I missed that their are two trailers in the storage. I got all confused just reading what all you had to do to maneuver them about.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:42 PM   #19
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

One of these work well albeit slowly, but works great for one person.

http://www.americanpowerpull.com/
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Check out this electric trailer mover, it will do the job (checkout the specs!!)

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ter-47202.html
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