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Old 07-14-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Hi - I would like to get folks recommendations regarding trailer dolly's. I have a 13' Burro. Our driveway is off an alley so basically I am parallel parking the trailer. From the alley I have to go up a slight incline to get the wheels both on the cement pad. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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Old 07-14-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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This'll do it very well....Harbor Freight has'em
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:04 PM   #3
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Thats exactly what we used today on our 1700 boler in our gravel parking lot. It always amazes us what we can do with that thing.
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I have one of the dollys shown from Harbor Frieght.

I like it, however, pushing up an incline is a function of the steepness of the incline and the weight of the trailer. It is much better than the small wheel on my tongue jack.

I keep my trailer next to my garage and there is a slight incline to get into the space. However, the gravel seems to be more of a hinderence than the incline. Of course, the incline is very slight. My wife helps sometimes, and one more person really helps.

I may install an anchor at the end of the space. Maybe a 5 gal bucket filled with cement and an anchor eye. Then I could use a rope and pulley or block and tackle.
If you have something already, you may be able to do the same.

The only problem I have is when the dolly is turned so that the wheel is under the frame, the wheel rubs and jams. Placing a spacer under the ball may help.
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I bought one of those at Harbor Freight.
I use it for my Jon boat and utility trailer.
Area is pretty rough so doubt I could pull
my TT with it.
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I have one of the dollys shown from Harbor Frieght.

I like it, however, pushing up an incline is a function of the steepness of the incline and the weight of the trailer. It is much better than the small wheel on my tongue jack.

I keep my trailer next to my garage and there is a slight incline to get into the space. However, the gravel seems to be more of a hinderence than the incline. Of course, the incline is very slight. My wife helps sometimes, and one more person really helps.

I may install an anchor at the end of the space. Maybe a 5 gal bucket filled with cement and an anchor eye. Then I could use a rope and pulley or block and tackle.
If you have something already, you may be able to do the same.

The only problem I have is when the dolly is turned so that the wheel is under the frame, the wheel rubs and jams. Placing a spacer under the ball may help.
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I live on a bit of a hill, and I wanted the brakes on the trailer to come on, should I slip and fall, while moving the trailer. This works on the Harbor Frieght type dolly:
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:08 AM   #8
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You might consider mounting a trailer ball in front of your car/truck. This makes difficult manuvering much easier. As is running a small winch off your trailer battery guided under your trailer to an anchor in your parking spot. Hook up the trailer guide by hand and operate the winch to pull it back in. Small winches have gotten cheap some people hook them up onto a manual trailer dolly. This is no big issue if you have the power available in your parking space to recharge your trailer battery.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #9
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This'll do it very well....Harbor Freight has'em
Thanks a bunch everyone for the advice.

Does the dolly from Harbor Freight come with the Ball? Or do you buy that separately so you get the correct size for the tongue.

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It comes with a ball but not with a 2" one, but really, the ball size is not important for this usage. Their site says it's a 1-7/8" ball.

On the other hand, how fast were you planning on pushing this dolly?
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It comes with a ball but not with a 2" one, but really, the ball size is not important for this usage. Their site says it's a 1-7/8" ball.

On the other hand, how fast were you planning on pushing this dolly?
Ok - smarty pants!!
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Ok - smarty pants!!
And be sure to hook up the safety chains and lights.
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My dolly didn't come with safety chains and lights.
Where can I get them?

Can I use the ones on my trailer?
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My dolly didn't come with safety chains and lights.
Where can I get them?

Can I use the ones on my trailer?
Sure.
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