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Old 09-14-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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powered trailer dolly

trying to make a cheap powered trailer dolly, any ideas?
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:49 AM   #2
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Many years ago, I rigged a 1-7/8 ball on the front of my lawn tractor so that I could "push" my utility trailer up an incline and maneuver it into a cut between several trees where I stored it. Definitely easier than backing it in and didn't have adequate space to maneuver a tow vehicle. I could move it manually, but with much effort. No problem with the lawn tractor. But, the tongue weight was low. Not sure the back wheels of the tractor would have stayed on the ground if the tongue weight had exceeded my weight.


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Old 09-15-2014, 07:12 AM   #3
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I needed a power dolly, I use one 40' RV stall for both my trailers parked nose to tail. If I want to take the back trailer it involved a series of hook-up/pull out/disconnect/hook-up/pull out...... basically a real pain.

My design uses the Pricess Auto ATV winch, the tires I use are small 8" with 5x4 1/2" bolt pattern that I install on my Boler when I need to fit it into my garage, (thought multipurposing those would work). Power comes through the trailer wiring harness but I also have built adapters so I can use the vehicle battery along with a 10/3 extension cord. I installed a momentary rocker switch that does apply the trailer brakes but the winch provides excellent braking and I have not needed to use it (yet). I used an quick release ball that allows changing between a 1 7/8" and 2" ball

The frame is built from some scrap 3″x4″x 3/8″ thick aluminum angle and some 1.5″x3″x1/8″ aluminum channel and simply bolted together.

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Power direct from trailer plug or adapters to run from TV battery


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Old 09-15-2014, 08:19 AM   #4
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I have a Power Caster for sale. I listed it weeks ago, then forgot about it. Just reduced the price.
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:06 AM   #5
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Ian, great job, and it looks to be a more stable design than the store bought.

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Old 09-15-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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Re : power caster

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I have a Power Caster for sale. I listed it weeks ago, then forgot about it. Just reduced the price.
do you have a picture and how much are you asking?
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It's listed in the marketplace part of the forum under misc. for sale. PM me if you are interested
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Link to Jack's "For Sale" post
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