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Old 02-03-2015, 06:04 PM   #15
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Very nice tug Ian - I am looking at building something similar but do not have the skills and equipment to modify the winch spool - is there someone that does this and sells them already done? Whole winch with gear would be nice... I think I can figure out how to mount the winch and I guess I can get a large gear and drill holes to match up with the bolt holes in the rim and mount it to the drive wheel that way.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:14 PM   #16
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Maybe check if the local high school or college has a machine shop or similar classes. Teachers are often looking for projects their students can work on.
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:55 AM   #17
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I built a shed for the scamp and having a hardtime backing it in. I can do it, with 6" clearance on each side it's a pain. I'm wondering if the trailer dolly has enough power to push the 13' Scamp up the steel ramps? Left side has a 6" rise and right side has a 10" rise.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:04 AM   #18
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I may be able to mount a wench in the rear of the shed. Hook it to the rear bumper and pull it in from the rear guiding it with a trailer dolly. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:39 AM   #19
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Maybe lower the shed rear and use gravity to push in and a winch to pull out?
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:20 AM   #20
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In my experience I would say mine would have no problem, with 3 changes
1) mount a battery directly on the dolly, this would minimize any voltage drops and allow full current to the winch moter

2) you may have to play with gearing or tire size, slower speed but increased torque.

3) Traction, making sure the surface the dolly is on allows the tires to grip and not slip on
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:41 PM   #21
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So is this one still working?
Did you have to revise it at all ?

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It's alive! I got to test my powered dolly today and I have to say it did much better than I thought it would.

The negatives that made me think it might not work.

The winch motor drum only has bushings, not bearings. A lot of friction under load.

The axle is so wimpy, small diameter and unsupported, even unpowered it's marginal.

It's one wheel drive only and the wheels are far apart.

The area where the trailer is stored over the winter is rough, with exposed tree roots and a slope. It's been tough for my wife and I to haul the trailer out to the driveway. We've used a small manual winch to help.

So I hooked up the dolly, took a deep breath, and pushed the button and off went the trailer without us pushing The one wheel drive, with the tongue weight on it, kept its' traction even on the moss. The off center drive does want to rotate the dolly but the long handle has more than enough leverage to provide steering.

I was originally just going to test the motor for power and gearing and then make a two wheel, more beefy version. But this one works so well it's going to be used "as is".

Color me one happy camper
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