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KLPDEPAEPE 06-05-2013 4:20 PM

Electric Trailer Dolly, anyone ever use one?
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Just wondering if any one has used a electric trailer dolly? I have a heck of a time getting the boat into the storage unit due to other vehicles in the yard. I was thinking one would make it way easier to get the boat in and out of there.... Here is a pic for an idea of what I am talking about.

steveo142 06-05-2013 4:25 PM

how much $$$ do those things run? Ive thought about getting one but have never really looked in to it..

SkySki 06-05-2013 4:29 PM

I use my power mover every time I move the boat. I am so glad I bought it. I got it used off Craigslist for $900 (power mover AC8).

KLPDEPAEPE 06-05-2013 6:26 PM

Yeah, new ones can be $1200-$1600.... Looked for a used one but could not find any local at this time. I just ordered blueprints off ebay to build the one in the pic, said it can be done for around $500. Hoping to save some money by using some steal I have laying around, some old wheels and tires from a buddy, a battery that is coming out of the nautique, an old hitch and ball thats in the garage, etc. Follow the prints, but adjust to use what I have... I will post pics as I go.... give me some time...

Hey Cole- are you dealing with any inclines with that model? I have a very little incline, but a small bump at the entrance ot the shed. Might need to build some small "ramps" to help with the transition....

KLPDEPAEPE 06-05-2013 6:33 PM

wait a minute.... what about this thing? anyone seen this kind before?


scottb7 06-05-2013 6:51 PM

That gadget looks pretty good! But if I am spending $400 i guess i would get the boat heater instead.

phatboypimp 06-05-2013 6:53 PM

That thing is cool.

KLPDEPAEPE 06-05-2013 6:57 PM

Well boys.... just ordered one! I need something now, don't want to waste summer time in the garage building one, and for $434 to my house, screw it, I am in! I will let ya know when it shows up....

SkySki 06-05-2013 7:13 PM

I do have a decent incline on the driveway. I also have the rounded curbs. I tried once to drive up the curb but the power mover just spins the tires. If I made a ramp, it would be no problem. I usually just put the boat on the driveway and go from there with the power mover. I would think twice about the one in the picture. The problem with those is there is not enough weight over the ball and the wheels on that mover will spin easily. The power mover brand uses a mount for the trailer and then you connect to it with the power mover. It is more stable this way. With the one you have in the picture, it will turn over on itself if you make a hard turn or at a minimum the tires will spin. The one thing I wish I had was a brake. The newer models have a disk brake operated by a handle, like a bike. Trust me, I researched all the forums and the power mover brand had the best reviews. I also highly recommend it. I have been using it for more than a year with my boat.

If you do go ahead with the one pictured, use an AC motor. Less complicated and you don't have to charge the battery all the time. Also, try and get one with more wheels. You will want the most traction you can afford. I was going to buy the AC6 from power mover (3 wheel model), but found this AC8 on Craigslist cheaper (4 wheels).

SkySki 06-05-2013 7:18 PM

Ryan - I looked into that hand crank one. Your arm will be very tired if you have to move any distance. Also your knuckles will be bruised from hitting it on the trailer. You can get the power mover AC5 for $899. I would think about it.

KLPDEPAEPE 06-05-2013 7:29 PM

Cole- yeah, I might be getting a little bit of a workout with the manual one, but what the heck. It only needs to come out like 22 ft and turn 90 degrees and pull it another 10 ft. Then I can get the truck on it... Thanks!

pprior 06-06-2013 5:17 PM

I've got one - our driveway has nowhere near enough room to turn boat. Ours is AC and was not cheap, but no other option really. Make sure you get wider unit if possible (more surface contact) and if you're pulling on anything other than concrete or asphalt I'd pass.

Pad1Tai 06-06-2013 6:52 PM

I have a powercaster.. Grips the trailer tongue instead of the ball.. the wheel base does not have to be super wide to be stable..http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps45c60910.jpg

SkySki 06-11-2013 2:15 PM

I just found this local to me if anyone is interested ($550) - http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/rvs/3858939504.html

skiboarder 06-11-2013 2:23 PM

I have the exact one in the picture above and I will sell it for $200. I don't use it. I'm in Houston.

priszkid 06-11-2013 5:03 PM

I bought one just like Charlie's 5 years ago for my boat and loved it. I have a pretty steep driveway and it had no issues of moving my boat up or down. I'd recommend them.

KLPDEPAEPE 06-26-2013 10:53 AM

So, my trailer valet showed up this week. After I ordered it, they contacted me and asked if I wanted to wait 10 days for the new model to come out. They solved a problem that involved raising and lowering from what I understand. I said sure. About 7 days later, my order showed up. Sweet! Here is how it was packed and what it looks like. Seems super stout and looks like quality. Better than I expected. I was worried what the bracket would look like on the trailer(I will remove the trailer valet once it is out of the garage leaving just the bracket) but it looks real nice and has chrome bolts. Cool. I will install tomorrow if I get my boat back from a neat little place in Lodi... More pics to follow once it's on the trailer.




Steven 10-20-2013 1:18 AM


Originally Posted by skiboarder (Post 1827323)
I have the exact one in the picture above and I will sell it for $200. I don't use it. I'm in Houston.

I sent you a PM re: your mover..

skiboarder 10-21-2013 7:23 AM

I traded my mover for a couple of beers. An electric dolly really requires special conditions. I would be very interested in how people are using theirs. Mine space had a slight incline and I have a tandem trailer. It could move my boat on flat ground and only straight. If I had to turn (at all) or I met any incline (at all), I just did not have the tongue-weight/traction.

I could push it by hand much better so that is what I do.

SkySki 10-21-2013 9:53 PM

I have an electric power mover and a decent slope to my driveway. I would have to ask you how you had your mounted? You need as much weight on the mover as possible. If you were trying to use the tongue, that could be your problem. My mount is as far back on the trailer as I could put it and still be able to turn the mover. I have a four wheel mover, a 2012 MB Sports F21 with a tandem axle trailer and have to turn my boat as is push it into the garage. If yours had less wheels or a huge incline, I could see that being a problem.

SkySki 10-21-2013 9:54 PM

Can you also tell us if your mover was slipping or didn't have enough power?

PARTSPHIL 10-22-2013 2:08 PM

Not sure how much effort it takes to rotate the hand powered mover, but you might could rig a heavy duty electric drill to turn it instead of the hand crank.

Newbie 12-14-2013 3:01 PM


Originally Posted by skiboarder (Post 1827323)
I have the exact one in the picture above and I will sell it for $200. I don't use it. I'm in Houston.

Skiboarder, still have the dolly? I'm new to this stuff but want to buy and try. If still around, any ideas of best way to get mover from Houston to CA?

jangell 01-02-2014 12:53 PM

I have a Powerdolly AC available...Sold our boat and no longer need it.

PM me if you are interested. We are in Seattle, WA...Happy to ship to you if you are not local.

Cabledog 01-02-2014 2:31 PM

Trailer Valet looks cool. I could see using my Dewalt cordless instead of the crank handle.

jangell 01-04-2014 1:33 PM

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Originally Posted by jangell (Post 1857646)
I have a Powerdolly AC available...Sold our boat and no longer need it.

PM me if you are interested. We are in Seattle, WA...Happy to ship to you if you are not local.

Heere are some photos

bushtree 01-04-2014 10:32 PM

Jeff, how much? Send me a pm, I'm interested. What is the model number? So I can look up the specs. Thanks!

srock 01-06-2014 12:08 PM

Can any of these go across a flat lawn? Or maybe just with the trailer.

wnelson757 01-09-2014 6:52 PM

Jeff - I am also interested. How much? and what is model number. Thanks

SkySki 01-09-2014 9:53 PM

Have you had any problems with the 2 wheel model falling over while turning the trailer? My 4 wheel one can get tipped a little if I am not watching what I am doing and turning tight.

As for the lawn - it should have no problem. The more wheels the better - it will spin the tires a little if it has bad traction.

jagermeister 03-20-2014 1:56 PM

Selling my Power Caster 2 Electric tow dolly..

Works great....

500 lb. tongue capacity.
5,000 lb. laden weight capacity
1/4 horsepower electric motor
400 in.-lbs. of torque @ 30 RPM
(120 volts, 3.9 amps)
Weight 58 lbs. (boxed shipping
weight approx. 79 lbs.)

There $1,125 new..





kinger 03-25-2014 10:00 AM

Yes i have the trailer valet, I had one of the first models, didn't really like it. The tires would always go flat, and hard to fill w/air. They replaced but the new ones weren't much better. It was kind of a hassle to take on and off, but you can't leave it on it takes to much space. Depenmding how high you have to raise up the tongue it becomes very unstable. All and all I sold my trailer valet becuase it just wasn't that useful for me, it seems like it was made for a lighter boats.

doubleup16 03-26-2014 9:43 AM

Anyone thought about using a winch mounted to the back of the garage. I have a really flat driveway but I have to turn the boat once in the garage and I was thinking a winch might be the ticket. I also have to have the tongue dropped as much as possible so I think the dolly is out.

My thought is use the winch for the main work then I just have to maneuver, doing both is a 2 person job for sure.

dbquarters02 04-01-2014 3:40 PM

Boat dolly

Originally Posted by klpdepaepe (Post 1825883)
well boys.... Just ordered one! I need something now, don't want to waste summer time in the garage building one, and for $434 to my house, screw it, i am in! I will let ya know when it shows up....

ryan i am interested in the website for the boat dolly you purchased for 400 plus dollars please respond barry in calif

16igordon 04-01-2014 5:04 PM

We use something similar for this to put our plane back in the hanger. You can actually make one pretty simple. It really does come in handy moving trailers, etc. around though.

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