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Old 04-13-2003, 04:53 PM   #1
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Anybody ever considered making a dolly to roll your camper in the drive-way. I don't have an RV pad, so I keep the camper in front of the garage door. Pain the rear if I need to get the boat out. I have to jack up the camper, put it on the truck, then move it over one space.

I bought some heavy duty wheels (rated at 900 lbs each) and I was thinking about making a dolly that fits under the camper (4'x8'), then slightly lifting the jacks off the ground and roll the camper over 8 to 10 feet.

What do the camper manufacturers to when they are building campers? They must have some way to move them around the factory.

Does this sound do-able or am I full of ____?

Anyone have any good ideas or have done this before?

Thanks.

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Old 04-13-2003, 04:53 PM   #2
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Anybody ever considered making a dolly to roll your camper in the drive-way. I don't have an RV pad, so I keep the camper in front of the garage door. Pain the rear if I need to get the boat out. I have to jack up the camper, put it on the truck, then move it over one space.

I bought some heavy duty wheels (rated at 900 lbs each) and I was thinking about making a dolly that fits under the camper (4'x8'), then slightly lifting the jacks off the ground and roll the camper over 8 to 10 feet.

What do the camper manufacturers to when they are building campers? They must have some way to move them around the factory.

Does this sound do-able or am I full of ____?

Anyone have any good ideas or have done this before?

Thanks.

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Old 04-13-2003, 08:20 PM   #3
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I built a dolly for a camper some years ago and it worked fine. The camper wasn't as heavy as yours however-probably half your weight. I used a 4x8 sheet of plywood laid over a frame of 2x4's and used wheels that I believe were solid rubber and about 4" in diam. I would suggest heavier capacity wheels for yours-say 1200-1500 lbs. and a beafier frame.
Another option, but more expensive is to check with your camper manufacturer. On my Lance, I think the factory sells a dolly that allows you to move the camper around. Good luck.

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Old 04-14-2003, 06:45 AM   #4
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I'd use 6 of those 900lb wheels to roll it around on, built on a 2x6 framework.

Hope your driveway is level, otherwise you'll have fun chasing that camper when it rolls out into the street!

I've got the same problem you have, but my driveway is pitched so much I can't roll the camper around when off the truck.

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Old 04-14-2003, 08:11 AM   #6
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Yep, its do-able. I just had my camper on a dolly last week when I replaced the jack brackets in my shop. The tables we use are for skids of sheet metal, up to 4700 lbs. We use heavy duty casters rated for 1000 - 1500 lbs each and make a welded table from 3"x2"x3/16" HSS tubing, c/w the appropriate gussets, etc. Camper is actually fairly easy to move around in this fashion. It's best to have two people do it though. Roadranger's sloped driveway caution is a point well taken. I wouldn't want my camper on a dolly on any sloped surface.
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Old 04-14-2003, 05:06 PM   #7
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Louis,

If you have any slope to your driveway at all, you are flirting with the possibility of a runaway camper. If it gets away from you it is extremely doubtful that you will be able to control it.

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Old 04-17-2003, 06:57 AM   #8
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I have a friend who puts his camper on a dolly made out of metal. He then uses the winch on his Jeep in the garage to pull it up his driveway! He pulls it up front first so it won't flip over on its nose. He drilled wholes in the wheels and runs a cable lock to be sure it does not take a trip in the middle of the night.

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Old 04-22-2003, 06:42 PM   #9
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I bought, actually was given, an airport baggage cart. Called around some baggage operations facilities at the airports and aquired a retired baggage cart. I had to cut the top off but, it's rated for 5000lbs and it seems to work pretty well for me.
Couldn't hurt to make a few phone calls.

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Old 04-23-2003, 03:58 AM   #10
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I also use a baggage cart.I work for an airline and picked it up free (surplus).Cart came with tongue for towing and also a tongue brake to stop it.The carts are made heavy duty and have fully pivoting front wheel casters for great mobility.I think you would be hard pressed to come up with a better solution.These carts are built like a tank,highly mobile, have a braking system and are free.Baggage carts are frequently replaced and if anyone lives near the Philadelphia,PA airport and is interested please let me know.
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I just finished making my camper dolly; instructions at:

http://duedall.fit.edu/yellow/dolly_construction.htm

Here is the finished product:

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