thoughts on a powered trailer dolly

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by Olde School, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Olde School

    Olde School Well-Known Member

    The parking spot for my boat requires a sharper turn than my full length truck can make.
    After almost 2 years of fighting this I am now wondering if any of you have used powered trailer dollies.
    If you have, does it work for you, where did you get it, and how much was it?

    My boat and trailer is under 5000lbs.
    I don't want to build my own trailer dolly.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MadJigga

    MadJigga Crew Member

    I don’t own one but have used one. They work great.
  3. Original

    Original Well-Known Member

    This may be more than you want. I’ve used the hand ones for light trailers with some success
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  4. casper5280

    casper5280 Well-Known Member

    What about a ball on the front of your truck, a lot cheaper and works better most of the time.

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  5. Olde School

    Olde School Well-Known Member

    A front mounted hitch will not improve my situation. The lane is simply too narrow where my turn has to be made.
    And... the lane is gravel and has a slight grade up to the final spot.
  6. AlK

    AlK Well-Known Member

    Unless you have a concrete or pavement drive way DO NOT GET the Trailer Valet.
    You want something that does not use the ball connection.
    I had a lengthy very narrow limestone drive way with approximately 2" clearance on each side and I ended up getting the Power Mover trailer dolly AC-10 to do the job. It was electric and it handled my boat and trailer (6000 lbs.) easily and the wheels did not spin. Another one that I considered was the Power Castor. Both of these units have s post affixed to them and connect to a sleeve or pipe that is mounted on the trailer-hence the dolly can not become disconnected, whereas with the ball connection this can become a problem.
    Just a heads up, for whatever you purchase- unless you get sufficient weight over the the trailer dolly the wheels on the dolly will only spin.
  7. Dr. Reelgood

    Dr. Reelgood New Member

    Met a guy one time that had converted an old snowblower into a boat dolly.
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  8. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

  9. zurk

    zurk Member

    i have one. they dont work well as they dont have enough oomph. i finally caved in and bought an ATV to push my boat on the exact spot. a 4 wheel drive arctic cat 650 ran me $8000 with front hookup for the trailer + 2 cameras added on. works great. i will be adding a snow shovel to it so i can use it for snow as well.
    I can sell you my dolly for $400 if interested.
  10. Corey_lax

    Corey_lax Crew Member

    Agree with zurk.

    A guy at work has one for his travel trailer and it struggles to get over the small bump into the driveway even though the road and driveway are damn near level. Once on level ground, its good for getting sharp turns into the correct spot.
  11. MadJigga

    MadJigga Crew Member

    Buy a cheap forklift.
  12. Devmah

    Devmah Member

    I have a used power caster my trailer and boat is about 5k, it has no problems going up a paved incline.

  13. NDT

    NDT Active Member

    X2 on a quad, my 500 cost my $1500 used and I can use it for hunting and general chores around the property
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  14. Olde School

    Olde School Well-Known Member

    A quad, great multipurpose vehicle, but storage+insurance+maintenance. Maybe a neighbor has one...

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