Best Way to move Camper in grass without vehicle.

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  1. Jesse Ramos

    Jesse Ramos New Member

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    So i have another rookie issue. Im trying to setup the camper in the backyard. problem is i cant fit my truck back there. i tried moving it by hand, but it is too heavy, i doesnt help i tried moving it after a rainfall earlier in the day and the grass was soft. but is there anything i can buy or do to help move it by hand?
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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  3. Jesse Ramos

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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    You should do a search on this. You want the fattest tires you can get for the grass. Some posters have made or modified a trailer dolly. For the last 15 years I have used my lawn tractor.
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    My buddy bought one a few weeks ago. He is 80 years old and moves his trailers with it.
     
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    Matt Benoit Well-Known Member

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    I also have the Harbor freight trailer dolly. It's worth its weight in gold.
     
  7. Popiworks

    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    I know this is a really OLD thread, but I decided to build this "fat tire" wheel jockey for my Aliner.

    Started with what I had on my Tongue Jack:

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    Here are materials I purchased
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    First, disassemble the original wheel from the Tongue Jack.

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    Push the 10” Hex Bolt through the original wheel frame and one of the Tees. I inserted one of the washers between the wheel and the wheel frame.

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    I discovered that the 10” Hex Bolt was about an inch too long and both DIY stores (Lowes and Home Depot) did not stock a 9” bolt, so I used 2 nylon spacers on each side.

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    Here is the final product! I used a rubber bungee to hold the handle up for photo purposes, since Vanna White was too busy to model for me.

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    A close-up of the Fat Tire Wheel Jockey!

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    It works great, even on my soft, sandy Florida soil. Total cost around $50 and a LOT sturdier that the flimsy Chinese trailer dolly from Harbor Freight.

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  8. LjohnSaw

    LjohnSaw So many fish, so little time...

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    I second the (lack of) quality on a HF dolly. I had to weld the T handle back on after it twisted off.

    Popiworks, VERY NICE build! I would have put the spacers on the outside to keep the wheels closer to the bracket. That would lessen the bending strain on the bolt. My trailer's tongue weight is around 345# so at the caster wheel, it is pretty heavy!
     
  9. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have and old riding mower that has no deck, I put a ball on it and use it to pull trailers etc. around the farm, works really good for me anyway.
     
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    I use my old 1982 Sears Craftsman LT-1000 Lawn mower... Works great...

    Kinda like shown in this GOOGLE Photo
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    My neighbor moves one of his utility trailers around with his mower as well. He welded a trailer hitch on the front of his mower and makes it a lot easier to spot the trailer where he needs it....

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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I have used my ATV.
     
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    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    LJohnSaw: The credit goes to MrBill12Member33. All I did is repost it because for some reason I couldn't copy the link.

    Mine isn't very heavy but I have yet to test it as the summer rains have left the pup in a swamp of a yard. Will try it after the ground is a little firmer.
     
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    I have the Harbor Freight dolly and am sorry to report that it is not so helpful in the grass. My pup's weight is around 1800 lbs. I tried to move the pup to the side of the yard a few weeks ago with my 32 year old son's help and quickly decided to hook the pup up to the truck to finish the move. The left axle on the dolly also bent slightly because we tried to use it on the grass.

    It works great for the driveway with both my boat and pup, but not on grass.
     
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    i bought the one from harbor freight. As bike and fish said. doesnt help much in the grass. it helped enough for me to get it where i wanted. but i thought it would help alot more than it did.
     
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    I have a Trailer Valet that I use with my Jay Sport that weighs around 2100 lbs. It was considerably more than a dolly but my driveway is slightly sloped and my garage entry is bigger than my camper by about 5-6 inches. So a hand-pull dolly didn't seem like the best option. Despite the cost, I've been very happy with the Trailer Valet. According to etrailer (https://www.etrailer.com/question-48816.html) the Trailer Valet works okay on grass but I'd do some more research before buying.

    Below are some shots using the trailer valet to get my camper into the garage.

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    I'm asking Santa for a trailer valet!
     
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    I use a Harbor Freight dolly too and it is not super well made, but it gets the job done. I was thinking of buying a 12v winch and attaching it to the front of my trailer and just using the winch to pull the trailer in place.
     
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    So what would be a safe hack if my trailer hitch doesn't have that vertical post that sits in your new-fangled dolly? I just have the horizontal hitch bar, that's it. 500 lb camper (Nimrod), but so hard to maneuver on the grass and uneven yard. TIA.
     
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    Do you not have a front jack?
     

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