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Old 12-06-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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Question Hand Dollies -- Anyone Use One

I need to manuever my 22 Safari around into a tight space and wondering if anyone has used a hand dolly to move a trailer around. The electric driven ones seem expensive for the amount of times I'd use it. So needing feedback on how difficult they are to use on say a paved, flat driveway. I need to move the trailer about 180 degrees. Any tips? Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:26 AM   #2
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I need to manuever my 22 Safari around into a tight space and wondering if anyone has used a hand dolly to move a trailer around. The electric driven ones seem expensive for the amount of times I'd use it. So needing feedback on how difficult they are to use on say a paved, flat driveway. I need to move the trailer about 180 degrees. Any tips? Thanks!
I use them on my Classic car, on Cement, work great tho. 3000# capacity...
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:49 AM   #3
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Bill in New Paltz-
Funny, we have a '05 22 foot Safari and I have been thinking the exact same thing. I have been looking at one of those electric trollies to navigate my AS around with and with another one soon to join the flock it will become mandatory to have one. I still haven't put up the $700 for one wondering how good is it. I will tell you one thing Bill, the price doesn't scare as much as a dent in my AS skin!
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I think Jim Clark uses one. Try PM'ing him and ask about his experience.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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Do you mean a car dolly? I am referring to a dolly with a ball hitch that has a long handle and two wheels. Used for tight areas but wondering if my trailer would be too heavy for such a task ('76, 22ft Safari).
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:29 PM   #6
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J. Rick:

There's a used on on ebay -- search under Power Caster. Even used, that's more than what I'd like to spend. Some people have suggested hitching up to a lawn tractor -- any thoughts about that?
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:56 PM   #7
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I too have been looking cause I have a long driveway and tight turn needed to get into the drive.

This one is about the best I have seen yet, but still out of my price range for the use it would see......

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/12v-A...53750068QQrdZ1
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:59 PM   #8
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Some people have suggested hitching up to a lawn tractor -- any thoughts about that?
I don't see why not as long as it's big enough to handle your tongue weight. We used to use them all the time for moving equipment around in the '70s - that's where I learned to back a trailer. They usually turn sharp so you can maneuver easily.
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I think Jim's is electric. I understand what you are asking about your trailer being too heavy for the manual ones...I think my question would be: "is my trailer too heavy for me to use a manual one to move it?"
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:16 PM   #10
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I have used one for years. It is the only way I can park the trailer in its spot. It is impossible to manerver a trailer with a vehicle. I currently use a powercaster II for my 25 foot safari. I had to upgrade to the II from a I because of the hitch weight. On the drive way it is not a problem moving as desired. There is not enough traction in gravel or grass. I also like having the breakaway switch wired to allow stoping the trailer if it starts to get away. It will work on moderate grades also.

By the way I still have the PC 1 if anyone is interested.

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There's a used on on ebay -- search under Power Caster. Even used, that's more than what I'd like to spend. Some people have suggested hitching up to a lawn tractor -- any thoughts about that?
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If your lawn tractor hand handle 500#'s to tow your AS around I want one of those! No I wouldn't suggest hooking up to a lawn tractor. At JC they use big John Deeres to move the AS's around.
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:05 PM   #12
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I literally have a hand dolly. The kind you push by hand. I use it to move the trailer around in the shop so I can tuck it in nice and close to the back corner wall and when I need to move the trailer around outside my wife helps with the motorvation and for us it works fine. If I had to do much more with it I'd be buying a power one for sure, but I wouldn't be without one around our place. I also use it to move my car hauler trailer around so it gets double duty. They work well, even the manual ones.

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Old 12-06-2006, 04:56 PM   #13
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Barry:

Which brand hand dolly and size do you use? Your trailer is about the size of mine and am only moving it a short distance, more like turning it a more advantageous position. I'm tempted to by one and see how it works but would like to know which one you're using or a description.

Many thanks!
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:58 PM   #14
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How much for the Powercaster 1?

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