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Old 05-30-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

We have rented a covered storage unit with a friend and had hoped to store both Escape trailers in it. The problem we are having is that it is about impossible to push the trailer across the gravel even with the dolly. Since we need to put one at the back left side of the unit and the other one toward the front right side we need the ability to maneuver the trailers. Do you think plywood would work, does anyone have any ideas? The surface is flat, but the gravel is fairly course.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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We ... had hoped to store both Escape trailers in it. ... Do you think plywood would work, does anyone have any ideas? The surface is flat, but the gravel is fairly course.
Cement works great but plywood is cheaper. I have used 3/4 plywood under the hitch wheel of various trailers to get the tounge jack wheel onto the cement slab of my workshop/garage.

Which Escape trailers do you have?

Single axle trailers are easier to manuever with the hitch wheel on a hard surface. Coarse gravel is pretty difficult.

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Old 05-30-2011, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Thanks, we have a 17 and our friends have a 15. We pick ours up on the 3rd, our friends have had theirs for about a month. The storage unit has pretty course gravel. We are going to see if they will add some gravel and pack it down.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:31 AM   #4
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Buy a ATV 12volt winch, mount it in the front of your storage unit, and pull the trailers in with it while you steer the trailer.

Used to use this system to get the airplane in to a hanger, when I had one, should work with a trailer.

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

Thanks, I hate to be dense, but how do we get them out since they will have to go out the other direction. We can't even push the trailers on this gravel. I'm thinking we will have to go with the plywood. The storage unit owner is going to add gravel and pack it down which should help if we wind up using plywood.

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Old 06-02-2011, 10:54 AM   #6
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

A little bit pricy but this idea also works great. We store our trailer under the sundeck and use one of these to manoeuvre it into place. Check out their demo videos.

http://www.parkit360.com/

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:17 PM   #7
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

You can pick up a cheap trailer dolly that should work.. it just needs to support the tongue weight.. Probably pick it up for $50..
http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-d...lly-37510.html



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Old 06-02-2011, 05:17 PM   #8
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

You reverse the whole process, using your tow vehicle as an anchor.

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Old 06-22-2011, 05:51 PM   #9
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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

We are the other couple in this covered storage area with a gravel floor who own the 15B. The solution we are coming up with is to lay 3/4 inch OSB subflooring on top of the gravel. Once challenge has been pushing the trailer with the dolly slightly uphill. However, this is a good example of how, as you get older, you forget those lessons you learned in college physics. In this case, force vectors. It turns out that it is really hard, using just the dolly, to push the trailer up a very slight incline into the storage area. However, by getting another person to lean against the upper part of the trailer, the trailer moves smoothly. We think the problem is solved but tomorrow, we attach the sheets of OSB and stick both units in. We shall see.
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We think the problem is solved but tomorrow, we attach the sheets of OSB and stick both units in. We shall see.
Post pics

Better yet, youtube it.

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