Increasingly the mods inflicted on our old Burro
are dictated by age, infirmity, and senility. The goal is to make Burro-camping doable and delay the takeover by our son as long as possible.
The latest, but one of the more significant changes involves the job of getting the thing backed up and into our back yard at the end of each camping session. It goes back on our neighbor's driveway and involves two sections of slopes. I have used a PowerCaster for years, but with <10% of the weight
on the tongue the wheel slips. Our neighbors to the rescue as we push and push and finally get it up there, but it is a bit embarrassing. If the pavement is wet, forget it. There is no practical way to use the car to back it up.The worst part of camping occurs as we get home, not very pleasant.
I just installed a Purpleline EM4445 power trailer mover, which has a motor behind each wheel driving a retractable roller. The whole thing is powered by the trailer's batteries and reduces my work to pushing buttons on a remote control. Equally embarrassing but very effective, what with the motive power now given to the wheels which carry the real weight
. We just finished a trial camping run and the thing works very well, with a very fine level of control.
We have discovered several benefits to this: my wife no longer has to direct my backing up into camp sites, and hitching up involves using the device to move the trailer into position, not the car. It seems that my wife is even more relieved at the lack of drama than I am. Next experiment is to find a campsite, unhitch and then use the remote to pivot the trailer around on its own center by pushing two buttons at the same time. That should get the trailer oriented for the best view out the windows
at the same time as making fellow campers wonder how we got the thing into that position in the first place.
Too much money, of course, but the benefits are significant. I made only minor modifications to two of the mounting plates, but it was a piece of cake, and the hit to road clearance is not a problem. The tongue wheel is the one thing which can cause difficulties on soft ground, but I installed one with an 8" wheel and so far so good.
Contact me if this has you interested, or go on line at purplelineusa.com to get the details. This device is pretty much the same as the Enduro brand, so it should be easy to find. (I won't profit, don't worry).
At the end of our camping trip I was not drenched in sweat from pushing, so I count that as progress.