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Old 03-29-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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I really don't know how else to describe this, but I am sure that I have seen a device that you can hook to wheel on the tongue to help pull the trailer or maneuver it into tight spots when not hitched to the TV. Does such a thing exist or did i dream it up?

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Old 03-29-2008, 08:02 PM   #2
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Something to help you maneuver a trailer by itself is called a "Hitch Dolly". So I googled "Motorized Hitch Dolly" and found this:
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Is that what you are looking for?
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:10 PM   #3
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I have used, out of necessity, a motorized, 120v device called a Powercaster (Google is helpful here). It works well, but it has limitations: If the slope you are trying to move it on is too steep the tongue wheel may spin on the pavement. This depends on tongue weight, rain on the pavement, etc.

If conditions are poor I either ask another person to stand on the tongue or I put a large container of water on it before I try to go up a hill. That helps.

If you have a really tricky situation, or if you simply want to astonish fellow campers by having your trailer follow you around and doing fancy maneuvering tricks, Google "Truma" for the European solution. These devices make the regular trailer wheels motorized temporarily and you control the trailer completely by remote control. A really slick, and really expensive way to move a trailer around.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:46 PM   #4
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Do you mean a trailer dolly? This kind uses a bio-chemical motor.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:32 AM   #5
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Yes in all 3 cases. That is what I was talking about. I had no idea how I was going to put that to print. Based on the prices, I will look at the one that takes the bio motor . It should work out fine for what I would need it to do.

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Old 03-30-2008, 11:42 AM   #6
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I have the bio-motor version and works great even with the ancient bio-motor. In fact the female bio-motor has been able to manage it.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:45 AM   #7
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I have 3 big cemented posts in my driveway to prevent snow from being pushed down my entrance steps.

They happen to be at the end of the driveway my trailer backs to. I was kind of wondering if I could use a come along there, or an electric winch to snug it into the corner instead of doing it with the car.

Don't know about stress on the frame by pulling on the rear bumper tho.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:50 AM   #8
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Do you mean a trailer dolly? This kind uses a bio-chemical motor.
Technically this kind uses a biomechanical motor system. Its uses natural feedstocks and beer as fuel.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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I use a pusher and a puller bio-motor to get up my slightly sloped driveway.

Jack, at www.casitaforum.com built his own motorized version for those extreme DIY types.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:12 PM   #10
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Jack, at www.casitaforum.com built his own motorized version for those extreme DIY types.
Here's a direct link, but you have to be a member of CasitaForum to view it.
12 volt Power Dolly Build, 12 volt supplied by Casita battery

I had it bookmarked for when I get older and can not longer use the straight BioDolly
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:36 PM   #11
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Hi: Mine is space age tech. no motor at all!!! It's an Armstrong Model 59. Sorry they are no longer avail
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:13 PM   #12
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They happen to be at the end of the driveway my trailer backs to. I was kind of wondering if I could use a come along there, or an electric winch to snug it into the corner instead of doing it with the car.

Don't know about stress on the frame by pulling on the rear bumper tho.
I wouldn't hesitate as long as you are just pulling against wheels rolling, not sideways. I wouldn't even sweat pulling it up steps with some 2x4s to help. Come-along might be better because you can feel when you are starting to pull too hard on stuf.

Thought I might have to do exactly that to get mine into low garage, except on the drum-hubs, not wheels. But I was able to get small enough wheels that I can push it, which it does quite easily on flat concrete floor.

Thinking about it, it might be easier to lever it into position with a long 2x4, kinda like the rail yard guys move a freight car with a long crowbar.
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:12 PM   #13
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....being one of those 'rail yard guys', I can attest to the fact that I have NEVER had to resort to a hunk o 2X4 to assist me in moving a railcar (unassisted). I just get behind it and P U S H but knowing how/where to apply pressure REALLY helps.

Oh, did I mention I'm 6'3" and weigh in excess of 300lbs?? (MAYBE that has something to do with it)
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:16 PM   #14
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Gina is on the other end of the Hulk Scale!

So, Doug, will someone someday come here and ask us if you can be used as a tow vehicle? If you can move a rail car... I'd guess we'd have to class you as 2-cylinder because you have two lungs!
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