trailer dolly vs tandem axle

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  1. Dingit

    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    I'm considering a hybrid at some future point.

    To park it I would have to use a trailer dolly. Is a tandem axle going to cooperate with my dolly? Make it easier? Harder? Or not matter? I'm looking at both single and tandem axle trailers and parkability is a huge concern.


    (I have a geared 5000lb/500lb tw dolly because the Harbor Freight dolly absolutely refused to deal with 3500 lbs of popup on an incline. It's pretty good for small adjustments.)

    Thanks!
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    No idea, i just know i wouldn't want to do it. Good luck.
     
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    I tried a trailer dolly and even on a small trailer, it was easier to suffer through using the tow vehicle to get the camper in place.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Haha! Do you think the tandem axle would make it more difficult though? Some of these trailers weigh the about the same as my popup which is dollyable. They're just a bit wider and a lot taller...
     
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    Sharp turns with dolly on a tandem axle trailer will probably be difficult.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    So....has anyone actually used a dolly with a tandem axle?

    I do recognize that it'll make sharp turns trickier.
     
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    We use to use one on a tandem axle car but they did not have near the tongue weight of a camper. I cant imagine it would be any fun.
     
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    I have several tandem axle trailers - no TT though. I frequently move them around with my tractor and a special attachment I made on my forks. The tractor has no difficulty moving the trailer, of course, but with a tandem axle trailer, anything other than a very gradual one ends up actually dragging at least one of the tires. My guess is that dolly will have difficulty overcoming the friction created by that dragging tire.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I'm anticipating a lot of itty bitty maneuvers rather than big directional adjustments but...yeah...

    Maybe it'll be time to put a hitch on the front of the TV. [XX(]
     
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    LjohnSaw So many fish, so little time...

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    I made a dolly out of an old cast iron rototiller frame, two wheelbarrow tires and a small electric motor. I have a 18' boat trailer with tandem axles and a bit of tongue weight. I had to do a lot of maneuvering to get it in my garage. The tandem wheels sure did put up a fight. You could make it easier if you had the hitch either really high or low on the dolly to shift more weight to one axle.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Interesting idea, John!
     
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    If there was a front hitch available for my TV, it would have been on there a long time ago.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    It does seem like there'd be multiple uses for it. And it would cost less than replacing 45 feet of roof gutter (my personal parking challenge). :)
     
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    If the tandem gives you trouble, couldn't you remove a tire on each side? You are only moving slowly and a short distance to get it into your parking spot. That might be a lot of tire mounting/removing but some folks do that routinely as a theft deterrent.

    Don
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Another interesting idea. Obviously I have no idea. :)

    Was it the Aristocrat trailers that used to come with a set of tiny metal wheels so you could fit the thing into the garage? There used to be so much creativity in the RV industry.
     
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    I bought the Trailer Valet I think it's called. Very expensive. I have a tandem axle popup (HW296). Overcoming the tandem axle is very difficult even with the dolly. Here's a tip: I put a large piece of cardboard under both sets of tires as I moved it into the garage. Once it was unhooked from my vehicle, my wife and I were able to shove the camper from side to side because it would slide on the cardboard. I quit using the dolly and would like to sell it now. It was over $600 and I believe they cost even more now. The dolly would move the camper under normal circumstances, but if you're trying to wedge it into place or make short sharp turns, its not much help.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, MI camper. That is the exact info I need. That's the dolly I have and it's pretty good for getting my fat single axle around.
     
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    Are we talking about parking it on a concrete pad, in a garage, in a yard, or at a campsite? Surface type will affect answers.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Paved, very narrow sideyard where inches make a difference. I can't do it with my TV. I just don't have the skills. You probably do. I don't. :)

    I know that the dolly is capable of putting a single axle trailer in the spot, probably because it's slow.
     

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