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Old 05-15-2021, 06:51 PM   #1
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Will a normal trailer dolly work on grass?

I am hoping to move my 13' Scamp to my backyard when not in use, and wondering if a normal trailer dolly would work to move it on grass.

From what I've seen online, a power dolly would definitely work, but they are expensive. Does anyone have experience with moving them with a manual dolly?
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Old 05-15-2021, 07:45 PM   #2
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I move mine on gravel, so it should work on grass, provided there's little or no slope and it's not too soft. My driveway does have a slight grade, and I can't quite get it up by myself. Lack of traction under my feet is part of the problem. With one more person pushing on the back it's a piece of cake.

Very handy tool, that dolly.
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Old 05-16-2021, 11:07 AM   #4
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I think that it is a common problem and it depends on the size & weight of the trailer as well as your health condition. I would suggest not unless you can get enough help if you get stuck. If the trailer is parked in one spot too long, the wheels may settle, make sure that you have a dolly and good chain so that you can use your tow vehicle in emergency. I found that I only park it on pavement and even there, the wheels settle in summer. Just my experience with a T4500.
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Old 05-17-2021, 10:34 PM   #5
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On my 2010 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe, it was a struggle just to move the trailer across level asphalt by myself. With a "standard" wheel, I believe it will, at best, be a struggle (if at all possible). If you gan get a larger, "fatter" wheel to replace the OEM part, you'll have a better chance at the wheel rolling across said grass.
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Old 05-18-2021, 06:30 AM   #6
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Just to be clear, this is the tool I understood the OP to be talking about, a “standard” (ie, manual) trailer dolly…
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The trailer we’re talking about is a 13’ Scamp. For that it works great.

Also to be clear, I am 60, running slightly to stomach, active but far from “buff”… If you can move a loaded wheelbarrow, you can move a small trailer on a flat, firm surface. If it’s bumpy or there’s a slight incline, you might need a helper. You may also need a helper if you’re pushing it backward in close quarters, because you can’t see what you’re about to hit.

Make sure the tires are inflated to maximum pressure.

If it’s going to sit for an extended time I follow Scamp’s recommendation and raise it on jack stands. On soft surfaces use pads under all points of contact. That solves the problem of the tires sinking in and being hard to move later.

I’d also caution about parking on grass for an extended time. Excessive moisture can accelerate rust on the frame, and you may have more trouble with mice looking for a way in. A packed gravel pad with good drainage is better for long-term storage.
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Old 05-19-2021, 06:54 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone! Going to get one
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Just to be clear, this is the tool I understood the OP to be talking about, a “standard” (ie, manual) trailer dolly…
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The trailer we’re talking about is a 13’ Scamp. For that it works great.

Also to be clear, I am 60, running slightly to stomach, active but far from “buff”… If you can move a loaded wheelbarrow, you can move a small trailer on a flat, firm surface. If it’s bumpy or there’s a slight incline, you might need a helper. You may also need a helper if you’re pushing it backward in close quarters, because you can’t see what you’re about to hit.

Make sure the tires are inflated to maximum pressure.

If it’s going to sit for an extended time I follow Scamp’s recommendation and raise it on jack stands. On soft surfaces use pads under all points of contact. That solves the problem of the tires sinking in and being hard to move later.

I’d also caution about parking on grass for an extended time. Excessive moisture can accelerate rust on the frame, and you may have more trouble with mice looking for a way in. A packed gravel pad with good drainage is better for long-term storage.
Hahah cool, I should be fine then. I have some old wood planks - what do you think about me laying them on top of the grass, and then leaving the Scamp on top of the wood?
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Princess Auto has an interesting variation on this dolly on sale this week:
https://www.princessauto.com/en/600-...t/PA0008922379

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Old 05-22-2021, 12:05 PM   #10
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I got mine a couple of years ago at Harbor Freight (on sale, of course!) I don’t use it often, but when I do, moving my 13’ Burro is a lot easier!
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Just read a Costco ad that says they'll have an online only sale of tracked trailer dollies on sale next month. a 3k and 5k pound model. Don't know the price but probably spendy. Have remote controls.
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Garden tractor should work fine, also.
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Even a lawn tractor could be adapted!
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Old 05-23-2021, 12:21 PM   #14
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I had my local shop weld a two inch receiver hitch to the Back of my John Deere lawn tractor to move my trillium 4500 and my cargo trailers. Works well on grass and gravel and on mild slopes.
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