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Old 12-17-2016, 08:55 PM   #1
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Parkit 360 Motorized Dolly

I have an RV bay that is very tight and I'm looking to buy a motorized dolly. The best I've found is by a company out of Canada, Parkit 360. Does anybody have one of these? They're pricey but they would make life a lot easier.

Thoughts appreciated. Here's a link to the model I'm considering:

https://parkit360.ca/collections/tra...-capacity-base
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:36 AM   #2
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Bought one for my husband, we have an L shaped driveway. He likes it a lot and it makes moving Romulus much easier. Make sure you order the correct ball size. It was a surprise and I ordered the wrong size. Ours is not as big as the one you want as our weight requirements are less. Before we were using a Fulton Jack Wheel. Ours is not as fast as some you see in videos, but we don't need it to be fast just reliable. Slow and steady. A bonus is that it works with our brake controller, Tekonsha Prodigy RF.
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! My Airstream weighs 5,500lbs empty so that 10k version seems overkill but the smallest version (maybe the one you have) is a 5k capacity. I plan on asking the company this on Monday but I'm wondering if I can get away with the smaller one. It would save a bunch of money and I have zero grade.

What do you mean it works with your brake controller?
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:49 AM   #4
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You will find that trailer dollies can help to get your rig into some very tight spaces. I was looking at the larger ParkIt 360 (15,000 lbs) as I need to have the heavier capacity for the variety of rigs that I work on, but when the trailer gets significantly heavier, their video showed it to be a much less stable platform.

I went with a pro unit from AirTug. Made in USA and stable as a rock:http://airtug.com/products/trailer-m...ric-15000-lbs/

It is an awesome unit and maneuvers large trailers (34' Airstream) with ease and are definitely worth the expense if you have a difficulty parking situation!

You will love the ParkIt.
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:12 AM   #5
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Romulus....which size/unit did you purchase. I have the same trailer as you and am currently using a Trailer Valet mover, which I do like. But, I may want to get something with a little more power rather than hand cranking.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:28 AM   #6
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I have one I purchased locally from a guy who made a couple of these himself for a few hundred bucks. Mine works well for me. It was very time consuming backing down my s curved driveway into my narrow garage and now it is a breeze. Here is a sample of DIY plans
http://www.proud-canadian.com/diy-power-trailer-dolly/.
My unit is a cross between that one in the plands and the parkit360 5000 version with the wider tires and handles my 25FB no problem.
Buying that new parkit360 is reasonable now as it is on sale with free shipping and one Canadian Dollar is only worth 75 US Cents so you can buy one starting at $1100 US.
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I have no need, nor plans for a dolly, but I enjoyed the video nonetheless. But it did leave me with some questions (some more relevant than others, ).

Do they have a power steering model? This guy looks like he's putting his back into yanking the wheels. That doesn't appeal to me. Perhaps powering the wheels individually would provide sufficient powered turning ability.

Is there a provision to tap into the trailer's batteries? The unit would seem to be more agile if it didn't have a heavy battery dedicated to a single purpose.

The place where I get my trailer serviced uses a forklift with a small post on one of the forks. They put the post up inside the hitch and lift. No fooling around with the tongue jack or tightening down on the ball. It would seem much easier to use if it had a hydraulic arm that lifts into the hitch and raises the trailer off the jack. Wouldn't that be enough for minor parking space jockeying? Or if the handle was long enough, you could get easy leverage without hydraulics.

"Small enough to fit in a Mini" HA! We, who all have trucks to tend our trailers, don't need to be concerned about carrying it around in a small car, lol.
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:05 AM   #8
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I have a similar product that works GREAT; it's made by Trailertug. I use it to move my 34' Panamerica. Check them out at: info@trailertugpro.com
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The top of the line parkit360 with remote has one motor for each wheel so it works like power steering. Mine has a single motor only. I changed the handle so it is 5 feet long to turn it easier. Like non power steering cars it is easiest if you are rolling while turning.
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I got the Power Movers' Power Dolly from a local SoCal company because it was recommended by the Airstream resto guy here in Orange (then) who uses them for his shop Area 63 Productions (now up in Lytle Creek CA north of San Bernardino).

They are all custom made for your needs & specs, so you can call Brady & tell him what you have & what you need to do with it, & he'll advise on your best option(s).

http://www.powerdolly.co/

I'm really happy with ours & it does what I needed it to do, including a short 8% grade + another area of turf to traverse - so mine was over-engineered for the basic needs on a flat driveway with out +/-3000 lb. 1960 Avion T20.

And if you have a Hensley or Pro-Pride 3P WD/AS Hitch - he also engineered it to work with our Hensley Cub's "stinger," & did a custom "locking plate" to hold the Cub's head in place while using the dolly (only needed on the Cub, because Hensley Arrows have a long nose plate with a hole where you just drop a big rod or screwdriver to lock the head, but not sure about Pro-Pride).

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Old 12-18-2016, 01:00 PM   #11
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Parkit 360

I bought one and it works great. I recommend you get the 10,000 lb one, less strain on it. My neighbour bought the smaller one and burned parts out as he was at his max on dry weight. I bought mine with the detachable battery box (don't buy theirs as you can get one cheaper lots of places) and that way it is smaller and fits under my tonneau cover of my pickup. I would also recommend you get the wider tires available if you will be using it on grass or gravel, sure glad I did ! Pricey, yes - but works great. Good luck !
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I just purchased the Parkit360 Force 10K to move our 25' Airstream up our driveway that has a mild upward slope. One thing I did not know was that the surmountable curb stops the unit as the front of the unit scrapes the curb and stops the unit from rolling up the curb.

I think I will drive the Airstream with the car to where the hitch is on the driveway, then disconnect the car and move the car out of the way. Then I can use the Parkit to move the trailer all the way up the driveway.

I will also look at some of the rubber ramps that are available to help folks with low clearance cars to drive over these curbs without scraping the bottom of their cars. They may allow the Parkit to roll over the curb.

I also intended to use the Parkit to move the Airstream into our backyard over a grass driveway. I anticipate that having to yank the Parkit handle around for turns may harm the grass too much. Hopefully I can keep it lined up straight the whole 100 feet! It will have to wait until spring as we have a foot of snow here in Minnesota and more to follow.
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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This is our second winter using the Parkit-360 putting the 5K# boat and 8K# AS in the garage and it works great. I have a narrow slot to clear the AC, but the slow speed and excellent maneuverability of the dolly, not a problem. Be sure you order the 7-way plug for the brake which is applied when you have the switch in neutral. I recommend going with the 10K# model though with no grade you might get away with the smaller unit.
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:40 PM   #14
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I bought a Power Mover (see Tom T, above) because I didn't want to maintain one more battery. Mine is an AC-10 with four tires and optional trailer brake interface. This is overkill for my 25' but I wanted to just drop the coupler on the Mover ball and go. The AC-10 is what the guy at Power Mover recommended/insisted on for this use. Power Mover offers a lot of choices. I you become interested in them review their Web site and then call to discuss your application.

My driveway is pretty level and I don't bother to hook up the brake.

I'm very happy with the Power Mover and I still prefer to deal with the cord rather than maintain a battery.
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