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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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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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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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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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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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Re: Maneuvering trailer on gravel with dolly

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

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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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