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Old 08-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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need a "dolly" for the front of my trailer.

I've got a 20' trailer for my car and my motorcycle. The trailer, when empty, is too heavy to Lift the tongue to move it a little. I'm looking for a "Dolly" that I can attach to the trailer's hitch so I can move it around when it's empty and not connected to the coach. Any thoughts?

here's a picture of the trailer.

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Old 08-20-2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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Have someone stand on the rear of the tlr while u move it.

Have seen "dollys" at places like tractor supply or harbor freight, maybe sears?

They are more of a hand truck with a tlr ball on them.

Your tlr looks like it may be too hard to move by hand. Do u have a riding lawnmower maybe.

Just tossing ideas out there
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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Tractor Supply, Harbor Freight or Northern Tool.

trailer dolly from Northern Tool + Equipment

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look for a stelh dealer in your area i tow a 2007 chevy 4 door truck on my dolly
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I wouldn't plan on moving that trailer unassisted, empty or loaded, with or without a dolly. My brother and I, both pretty good sized guys, could barely move his empty car trailer that was on level pavement. Your trailer appears to be larger.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:27 AM   #6
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What you need is a tongue jack rather than a dolly.

Southwest Wheel Company - 2k-5k Tubular Swivel Jacks

I have a 4 wheel trailer similar to yours and the only place I would try to move it by hand wold be on level pavement, and then only when it's empty. It doesn't take much to get it moving, but it takes a lot to get it stopped. I use mine to carry either a small tractor or an end loader. There's no way 1 or even 2 people could get the loaded trailer to move on anything but flat pavement.

You can get tongue jacks with either a flat shoe on the bottom or a wheel. Unless you chock the wheels every time you unhook the trailer I would suggest one with a shoe. The last thing you want to see is the trailer and the car rolling off into the sunset when you flip the release lever on the coupler
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Can you install a hitch on your car? Then you can unload the car, attach the trailer and safely move the trailer.
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Can you install a hitch on your car? Then you can unload the car, attach the trailer and safely move the trailer.
This is what i do. Makes it so much easier. That way i don't have to unload the bike unless i am going to use it.
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actually we are planning on a hitch for the car, just to move the unloaded trailer around for maintenance and storage etc... I'm pretty good at backing up exactly correct to connect the trailer, but god help us if there is ever a place where I need to wiggle it a couple feet or even a few inches to line of the hitch.... that's where a dolly might come in handy, but I guess having the car hitch would work, since we could just pull it out of where ever and move it to a place the RV can get into. I'm actually taking myself into just the car hitch...

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I got one at either Big Lots or more likely Harbor Freight.. Hold on and I'll check FOUND IT:
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look for a stelh dealer in your area i tow a 2007 chevy 4 door truck on my dolly
You need to go back and read the OP's original question and look at the picture.
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How about some variation of this?

There are many variations of the POWERED trailer dolly.
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I'm thinking this would be more like it:

1500 Lb. Capacity Dual Wheel Swing-Back Boat Trailer Jack
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I have a 20ft car hauler with a front swivel wheel. The tongue weight is a little over 350 pounds. On a perfectly level concrete or asphalt pad you may move it a fraction of an inch by hand. If you ever get it moving down hill-look out, hopefully it will hit a tree and stop. The trailer dolly might work but unless you are on a hard (concrete, asphalt) surface the dolly wheels will bury in the ground. I use the front end loader on my 40HP Kabota tractor to move mine but I guess that wouldn't be very practical for you.

Sounds like the trailer hitch for the car is the best solution.
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