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Old 01-08-2012, 08:57 PM   #15
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Since you said you are from Pittsburg what is your definition slight grade? It has been a while but I think I remember someone having a trailer getting away from them while using a dolly and they had to pull the electric brake breakway cable to stop the trailer. Does the surge brakes on the Lil Snoozy have a breakway cable if the trailer gets away from you?
The trailer dolly works great for me on level ground but I have had trailers try to get away and I had to drop one trailer off the dolly to stop it and that was on a slight grade.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:13 AM   #16
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I use a trailer dolly as well to get my trailer onto it's parking pad next to my drive way. It's easy to move around as long as it's perfectly flat, if there's any kind of incline at all, I'd suggest having a helper. I have my son pull on a strap attached to the rear bumper while I push from the front with the dolly.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #17
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When we first got our trailer two years ago we pushed it onto its parking spot using a trailer jack wheel, but it was a back-killer. We then bought a trailer dolly from Harbor Freight which eased the problem, although it was still tough getting up the slight grade from the back lane to the trailer pad. Finally we hit on the idea of just backing the trailer onto the pad. With a few years of experience backing up this seems to be the easiest and fastest solution. We still use the dolly sometimes for adjusting the location of the trailer on the pad. The jack wheel sits in the garage unused.

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Old 01-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #18
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I will be careful as this scenario is cause of my apprehension.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:54 PM   #19
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When we first got our trailer two years ago we pushed it onto its parking spot using a trailer jack wheel, but it was a back-killer. We then bought a trailer dolly from Harbor Freight which eased the problem, although it was still tough getting up the slight grade from the back lane to the trailer pad. Finally we hit on the idea of just backing the trailer onto the pad. With a few years of experience backing up this seems to be the easiest and fastest solution. We still use the dolly sometimes for adjusting the location of the trailer on the pad. The jack wheel sits in the garage unused.

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I wish I could just back it in, but lack the space to meuneuver a 17 ft. trailer. It has to go in on an angle. I can back my 13 ft. tent trailer in with no problem (which incidently turns on a dime and is trickier than any 53 ft. trailer I ever backed up.)
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #20
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Since you said you are from Pittsburg what is your definition slight grade? It has been a while but I think I remember someone having a trailer getting away from them while using a dolly and they had to pull the electric brake breakway cable to stop the trailer. Does the surge brakes on the Lil Snoozy have a breakway cable if the trailer gets away from you?
The trailer dolly works great for me on level ground but I have had trailers try to get away and I had to drop one trailer off the dolly to stop it and that was on a slight grade.
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I can't answer the question regarding the brakes as this is a new trailer that I have not taken delivery on yet. The grade does worry me. About 5%
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #21
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If I was physically pushing a trailer up (or pulling a trailer down) on a grade using a manual trailer dolly, I'd definitely be holding the brake break-away switch cord in my hand!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:18 PM   #22
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We have a slight grade to our driveway and I"ve had trailers get a bit rambunctious on occasions while using a trailer dolly. I'm thinking of attaching a small 12 volt battery, a seven pin receptacle, and a switch on the handle so that I could plug the trailers pigtail in and use the thumb switch on the dolly to control the trailer brakes when things get exciting.

Our tent trailer has a breakaway switch but the new Scamp doesn't.

Lots of other stuff on my plate right now but I'll post back if I get around to this.

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Old 03-15-2012, 05:15 AM   #23
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yeah ....they grade thing is making me a little nervous,,,,do dollies come with brakes?

if not it would be a good invention.
it will move easy enough, just don;t let it get away on a grade or you might not stop it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:11 AM   #24
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We use a simple furniture dolly from H/F under our front jack when moving or 13' Scamp or our Compact-II. It leaves both of your hand free for pushing and checking clearances. But this is not recommended if you are not on a fairly flat and smooth surface. Here are some links:
Trailer Dolly: Trailer Dolly
Furniture Dolly: Mover's Dolly
Handle for Above: Swivel Handle for Wooden Dolly
If you search "Dolly" on the H/F site you will also find other ideas, but the wheels on their Tri-dolly are a bit puny.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:02 AM   #25
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Braking a Trailer Dolly

You can use the Harbor Freight trailer dolly in combination with the tongue jack to brake the trailer. Use the tongue jack to lower the tongue onto the ball of the trailer dolly. I found with proper adjustment of the tongue jack I can transfer the weight of the tongue from the dolly wheels back to the tongue jack to brake the trailer by moving the handle of the dolly up.

I found it is sometimes easier positioning the trailer by pinning one of the trailer wheels with chocks and pivoting the trailer sideways.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:52 AM   #26
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I have never had a trailer dolly, but I do keep a teddy bear in the trailer.
Ha Ha, love it Mike. Like you, we too don't have a trailer dolly, but have a teddy bear who travels with us.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #27
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Ha Ha, love it Mike. Like you, we too don't have a trailer dolly, but have a teddy bear who travels with us.
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ours is a giant sock monkey!

anyway,,once you get old,,,you buy an old used riding mower, pull the deck off and stick a trailer ball on the back.
pretty handy for tucking my trailers in tight spots, and also for pulling a garden wagon around to haul dirt,weeds,grass,what ever.

and we never give the grand kids a ride on the wagon...tell grandma we don't ok?
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:43 PM   #28
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Thanks for posting that Kevin, that is brilliant!

My trailer dolly will not fit under my tonneau because of the leg on the underneath used to set everything down. The hand cart does though.
I see lots of uses for a hand cart around a campsite. Firewood, water jugs, coolers etc.

For those using trailer dollies, I found that wheels used to hit the frame / battery box. I turned the wheels around (spacer to the outside) and now I swing around all the way.
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