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« on: March 21, 2010, 05:57:01 AM »

Hello again everyone.  My first post landed me in the world of the Coleman roof topic...ouch!  After searching based on a response I got....boy are there a lot of posts on that topic....

So, does anyone have a handy, dandy way of moving your pop up around (in/out of garage) other than the crank wheel on the front?  I have a bit of a slope once outside the garage so I am wondering if their is an easier way outside the crank wheel or hooking up my truck every time I want to wheel it outside for some work.

Yes, I am a "newbie" so bare with me as I get used to owning and working on a pop up.

Thanks for your help.

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 05:59:16 AM »

I will suggest looking into a trailer dolly, two wheeled contraption that has a ball on it and a long handle.  Harbor Frieght has them.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 06:14:16 AM »

I wouldn't roll it out of the garage onto an incline without some way of stopping it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 06:33:34 AM »

I use my riding mower.  Gives you an excuse to go buy a rider to mow your lawn! Cool
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2010, 08:04:48 AM »

I will suggest looking into a trailer dolly, two wheeled contraption that has a ball on it and a long handle.  Harbor Frieght has them.

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Here is a picture of the trailer dolly that Night Stalker referred to.

Hope this helps

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2010, 08:10:07 AM »

I also use the "trailer dolly" to move my trailer around in the garage in my apt building. The garage floor has a slight slope (for drainage) and the trailer can get away from me. I always have the trailer brakes "break-away" cable in my hand when I move the trailer. If the trailer gets away from me, I just pull the cable and the trailer stops immediately.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2010, 09:00:38 AM »

How big is your pup?

I have a trailer dolly and it's good for my little Sunkamper; the Fleetwood (Utah) is just way too big, if there is any incline at all. Momentem works--I have first hand working knowledge and it wasn't intentional.

I've moved both trailers on a level dirt driveway and it's not bad to pull the dolly. Pushing it backwards is a different story.

Good call Wavery--Never thought of that option with the breakaway cable.
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2010, 09:17:20 AM »



Good call Wavery--Never thought of that option with the breakaway cable.
I can't risk the trailer getting away because it could do a lot of damage to other people's property.

I move my trailer around inside of a crowded parking garage with many cars that are very new and very expensive. I also manage the building so it would be really ugly if my trailer smashed into someone's $70K Mercedes.......
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2010, 09:29:39 AM »

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Since I you have a truck, I would recommend a front trailer hitch. As other posters above noted the dolly works best for campers with lighter tongue weights.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2010, 09:57:23 AM »

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Since I you have a truck, I would recommend a front trailer hitch. As other posters above noted the dolly works best for campers with lighter tongue weights.
Actually, it's the GVW and the brute force that it takes to push and pull the entire trailer that makes the difference. Tongue weight has little to do with it. In fact, my TW is 500# and the dolly is rated at 700#. Tongue weight just simply isn't an issue with the appropriate rated dolly.
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2010, 10:24:43 AM »

On smooth surfaces it is easy enough to move even a large trailer. At the dealers when I was picking up my Utah, on that very smooth floor of the garage where they do the PDI and service work, my trailer moved with almost no effort. At home on the paved drive, much harder to move. On the grass, with the little wheel on the tongue jack, not a chance.

My question is would a trailer dolly work on grass so I could more precisely position my Utah without all the back and forth that is needed right now as a thread it between the house and the hedge and around the corner?
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2010, 10:30:19 AM »

My question is would a trailer dolly work on grass so I could more precisely position my Utah without all the back and forth that is needed right now as a thread it between the house and the hedge and around the corner?
The trailer dolly would make it much easier to move than with the regular tongue jack wheel. You may still find it hard to push around on grass though. Get someone to push, while you pull.

The small tongue wheel will just sink in the grass and dirt. The trailer dolly will stay on top (if the dirt isn't too soft).

You can get power driven dollies too. They will manuever the trailer better than your TV.
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2010, 10:50:34 AM »

Thanks for all of the ideas everyone. 

Skroesen, I never thought about using my riding lawn mower.  Great Idea!!!  That would be a breeze.

I really like the dolly idea as well but since we just spent some hard cash on the pop up the wife will want me to go with the cheaper version....already in stock lawn mower. Big Smile

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2010, 12:31:08 PM »



Here is a picture of the trailer dolly that Night Stalker referred to.

Hope this helps

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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2010, 12:39:51 PM »

My question is would a trailer dolly work on grass so I could more precisely position my Utah without all the back and forth that is needed right now as a thread it between the house and the hedge and around the corner?
The trailer dolly would make it much easier to move than with the regular tongue jack wheel. You may still find it hard to push around on grass though. Get someone to push, while you pull.

The small tongue wheel will just sink in the grass and dirt. The trailer dolly will stay on top (if the dirt isn't too soft).

You can get power driven dollies too. They will manuever the trailer better than your TV.

I no longer have a wheel. With switching to a center mount tongue jack at the current height of the trailer there is no room for a wheel while still allowing me to hitch up the trailer and still get the wheel off without digging a hole under it.

I figured the dolly would not sink, those big air filled tires would solve that. So it can be done

A powered one would be nice, but the price difference is excessive. I would rather pay $59 and expend some energy that several hundred. If I saw a powered one on sale that might change my views. I do have the plans to make my own and I guess I could try to modify them to add power, for now I thing I might just order a manual one.
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