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Old 05-27-2013, 08:20 AM   #15
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Yes, the European models are attached to the frame and have friction rollers. There are two, one on each side and they can be either wired or remote controlled. With two motors they can turn the unit on a dime, so to speak. $$$$...........
Thanks. Sounds like a fun DIY project with maybe a cordless drill for power. In the meantime I'll have to stick to my Kubota.
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Another option here is to have a hitch installed on your front of your tow vehicle. Pushing a trailer is a lot easier than backing one.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:29 PM   #17
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True, I didn't consider the options. The base model is 2500 lbs dry. I'd hate to have to guess what the options will add. Plus there will be all the stuff that gets left in the trailer.
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Thanks. Sounds like a fun DIY project with maybe a cordless drill for power. In the meantime I'll have to stick to my Kubota.
Since my brother works at a place that, besides elevators, also sells wheel chairs, which they throw away, instead of selling used. I could adapt the wheel chair electronics and drive motors to use the joystick to control the trailer. Maybe gear it down some.
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Since my brother works at a place that, besides elevators, also sells wheel chairs, which they throw away, instead of selling used. I could adapt the wheel chair electronics and drive motors to use the joystick to control the trailer. Maybe gear it down some.
Perfect source of parts. You will get a lot of additional reduction via the small roller on the large tire.
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If you use the smaller wheeled type, David, I think that you got the right stuff for a mover. Those chairs are rated at like 350#s. that is more than most the weights we deal with on hitch.
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If you use the smaller wheeled type, David, I think that you got the right stuff for a mover. Those chairs are rated at like 350#s. that is more than most the weights we deal with on hitch.
It's not the weight of the hitch that matters to the motors and gearing of a trailer mover - it's the mass of the whole trailer that is being moved. The wheelchair bits would need to be geared down a lot for a trailer, but as already mentioned that's a desirable side effect of driving the big trailer tires by traction with a small roller in the Euro-style design. Imagine if you tried using an unmodified power wheelchair or mobility scooter directly as a tug: not good.

I think the design and fabrication challenge in a do-it-yourself Euro-style mover would be holding the drive units firmly against the tires.
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I think the design and fabrication challenge in a do-it-yourself Euro-style mover would be holding the drive units firmly against the tires.
I looked a few examples on line. They seem to attach to the frame and then independently slide into the tire with some kind of a screw mechanism applying the force. This enables the roller to get a good bite into the tire.
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Just wondering how the wheelchair design worked out?
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I could adapt the wheel chair electronics and drive motors to use the joystick to control the trailer. Maybe gear it down some.
We should talk Dave.

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I think the design and fabrication challenge in a do-it-yourself Euro-style mover would be holding the drive units firmly against the tires.
I found some online for those who have not seen them yet.
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I looked a few examples on line. They seem to attach to the frame and then independently slide into the tire with some kind of a screw mechanism applying the force. This enables the roller to get a good bite into the tire.
Yep and that gives me an idea.

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