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Old 09-28-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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Powermover performed like a DREAM!

Just wanted to let those of you with a tight space and/or fear of backing know how well our new Powermover A/C powered dolly worked for us.

DH and I remodeled our pole barn to get us 10 more inches of door clearance (up to 9'10") and our next challenge was backing our Safari 25' into the barn and getting it positioned so that our other toys and work vehicles still had space.

After an extensive search of posts here and on the internet we opted to shell out for the Powermover dolly. We called Powermover a few times before we ordered. They were very good making sure they knew just what our needs were (any grade, weight of our Airstream, etc). We had to give them several measurements related to the mounting of the new bracket/attachement. Within two weeks I was getting our shipment.

Saturday morning we hitched Tex up to our TV and positioned him in front of the barn. We unhitched like normal and had him on his stand. Our next step was to raise Tex up and slip the Powermover into the newly installed adapter (picture below).

My first job was to have wheel chocks at the ready at all times. My second job was to shinny up a ladder to make sure we were not going to sheer off the A/C whilst backing into the barn (we knew we had enough clearance but...)

DH ran the Powermover. No slips or spinning without moving (the guy sold us one with enough power for our move). We made sure we made very gradual turns.

Finally we put the stand back down on a block of wood and removed the Powermover. Wahoo - Tex is in the barn and DH and I were still married!

Snug as a bug in a rug!


Powermover attached with the new bracket.


Seriously, DH and I experienced more angst backing Tex up to the barn door using the TV. The Powermover exceeded our expectations.

Hope this helps someone else with similar challenges. It is great to have Tex at home and protected in our barn!
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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I have one and it keeps me owning the Airstream. Chain needs to be adjusted but I could not live without it (or the Airtsream).

Happy New Year all.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:27 AM   #3
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Nice Pic's Good info Nice Barn I didnt succeed in getting MISS KITTY in the barn this yr to much STUFF left over from Summer.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing. Great story!

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Old 12-29-2009, 10:50 AM   #5
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wow.. awesome post. Its one of those that will be referred to others many times when this question comes up.. Thanks for contributing.

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Old 12-29-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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Power Movers.

CAUTION

Power movers, are a great gadget, BUT if not used properly, they can cause severe injury.

Moving the trailer forward and backwards, and in a small turn, is OK.

However, because of the tandem axle, attempting to make a larger turn, will cause the tires to twist, setting up a tremendous side force.

When that force becomes large enough, the front of the trailer will suddenly and very rapidly, move sideways, taking the mover with it.

When that happens, if your standing on the wrong side of the A-frame, when the trailer suddenly swings back, it can knock you off your feet, in a heartbeat.

Use considerable caution when using that equipment.

Single axle trailers do not cause any problem when making a turn with the mover.

By the same token, moving a tri-axle Airstream with a mover, in a turn, is far worse than the forces that are created by a tandem setup.

Be SAFE, not sorry.

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Old 12-29-2009, 06:43 PM   #7
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I am wondering why you hook up too the bracket on the A-frame and not just to the ball socket ?
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:12 PM   #8
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From the picture it looks like a very solid connection. The front ball socket would allow it to tip but the picture shows a very different story. It look like the shaft goes inside a very stable recepticle mounted squarly to the frame. Because of that design the wheel will always stay flat to the floor surface. I also think that the polished cement surface will easily allow that set of tandems to slide around provided your not doing donuts with it. There is enough tongue weight there to command the attention of the wheels. I think its really a slick setup! Common sense must always prevail though. I wouldnt use it on an incline or gravel type surface..

Thanks again for the post.

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Old 01-03-2010, 01:59 AM   #9
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We have a virtually no incline and we take it VERY slow. I stand by with wheel chocks the entire time. It is a very solid connection.

I am glad that people can use this post to help them make an informed decision about their own situation.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:10 PM   #10
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Just curious, how much do those things cost?
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Just curious, how much do those things cost?
Ours was around ~$1500 delivered. It is heavy.
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I have the slightly smaller version (but that one looks just increadibly strong!) for our 18ft powerboat... we've had it for 6 years and LOVE it! It makes it possible to park my boat next to my townhouse... impossible to do without.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:57 PM   #13
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thanks for this write up. I'm interested in this thread now, as my 19' Int will soon be housed in a warehouse space and I am limited in how to back the trailer in (both through the door but also to place it in the right spot). So, the Powermover seems like the right set up.

A few questions for the OP:
1) Do you use the brake system? Coupling cord?
1a) I read on the Powermover website that "using AC power with your trailer may void the warranty." Can you explain how you manage that?
2) Do you find it difficult to maneuver the Powermover when it's attached to the trailer? (eg., does it 'catch' on the floor or driveway) or does the motor move well enough and slowly enough to help with the turning/moving of the device itself?

I plan on calling Powermover this week but figured I'd also ask within this community.

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