Homemade portable trailer dolly

Discussion in 'My Favorite Mods, Tips, Tricks (and Blunders!)' started by mattyj, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. mattyj

    mattyj New Member

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    This is an idea I've been toying with for awhile, it's coming together now. I have a couple more modifications for it.
    tell me what you think.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/mattyjdi/HitchWheel
     
  2. grcooperjr

    grcooperjr Lunatic

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    That Cool...
    Looks like it is easy to make.....
    Good Job
     
  3. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Nice work mattyj!
     
  4. Dusty82

    Dusty82 New Member

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    Slick!

    So let me see if I got this straight. You wound up removing the center wheel from the jack and the T fitting went in its place, right? Then when you need the dolly, you'll just screw the handle into that T fitting and tug away, right?

    I just finished painting the trailer frame I'm working on (typing with semi-gloss black fingers today - no more primer!) and this would be a great mod to add to it while I have it upside-down and partially disassembled anyway.
     
  5. recycled55

    recycled55 New Member

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    I am doing a lot of rehab right now but this is definitely on my list of "need to do"
    If you make changes keep us updated please. Unique idea you had there.
    recycled55
     
  6. Wrenchgear

    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    Looks good. That will make it much easier to push and pull over lawn/gravel at CG's and at home.
     
  7. bruceac1

    bruceac1 New Member

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    Question? Does it turn with the pin engaged? Are the tires left attached during transport to cg? I have an older pup that the po lost the original tongue wheel and replaced it with a wheel that is too big for the jack shaft, so it does not turn when being moved.
     
  8. apachejeep

    apachejeep New Member

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    Nice mod.
     
  9. johnlely14hw

    johnlely14hw New Member

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    Very nice mod, where do you put the electric motor to move the pu? [;)]
     
  10. mattyj

    mattyj New Member

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    That is how it works!

    My caster wheel does turn with the pin in, it just turns a little rough do to the axle not being directly under the pivot point. I pull the pin and remove the wheels during transport.
     
  11. Dusty82

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    Thanks! Got my parts list made - now on to the hardware store... [:D]
     
  12. dillpups

    dillpups New Member

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    Very nice. I went and got the wheels, now just need the pipe setup. I was wondering how much stress this might put on the wheel jack when you are pulling it. My pup is not real light, it weighs over 3000 lbs. I would hate to bend or break it.
     
  13. h0ng0s

    h0ng0s New Member

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    That was my thinking as well. A sproket on the axle, a platform to mount an electric winch, some gearing and a chain, switch forward and backwards... No effort moving! [:D]
     
  14. mattyj

    mattyj New Member

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    I lower my wheel jack all the way down when I move my camper, my tongue weight is about 300lbs.
     
  15. dillpups

    dillpups New Member

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    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  16. turborich

    turborich Active Member

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    You can buy a trailer dolly from Harbor Freight tools for around $40-$50 bucks. I have one & it works great! It's easier than making your own and for the price you can't beat it.
     
  17. mattyj

    mattyj New Member

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    My purpose was portability, "T" handle lays in bed of truck, caster wheels sit just inside camper door.
     
  18. kurtes

    kurtes Reno, NV

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    That's pretty cool. I have a dolly also, got it with the pup, but it's a bit bulky so it doesn't get brought along camping. Good job!
     
  19. Dusty82

    Dusty82 New Member

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    I've read a few posts here on The Portal from folks who have tried the HF trailer dollies. Some love them, some hated them. From what I've read, they have a hard time on just about anything other than concrete, asphalt, or very smooth grass. We have a gravel driveway, so something like that wouldn't work for us. This mod looks like it'll work a treat.
     
  20. turborich

    turborich Active Member

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    I use mine for going through concrete, grass & gravel. It is the best $40 i ever spent. My pup has around 350 lbs tongue weight & it works awesome. The handle will also unbolt if you need it to. I don't take it with me though as I only need it for maneuvering the pup into my back yard.

    I do see how yours could be easily stored as the wheels are close together, kinda like the power caster.
     

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