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Old     (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       11-05-2010, 11:24 AM Reply   
I wanted to give an update on the thread i started a month or so back.

I actually had to go to 2 harbor freights to get all 4 jacks (2 at one store and 2 at the other) one of them gave me an aditional 20% off due to the fact that they said they had all 4 when i called and when i got there they somehow couldn't find them. Total for all 4 came out to just under $240 including tax.

We moved into our new house about a month ago and we finally had things in a state to where we could attempt to put the boat in the garage. As stated in the other thread, the plan is to put the boat in the garage for the winter and come spring time we plan to have the side yard paved and get a gate installed so we can put the boat on the side of the house.
If it isn't obvious, we want the boat to go where the single garage opening is , unfortunately the garage door is too small thus the reason for the jacks and hav
ing to slide the boat over once in the garage.

The trailer for our 89 Sunsetter had been modified with a removable tongue by the original owner. however they never put on the brake disconnect. Luckily the original trailer manufacturer (VM trailers) is in Fresno so i was able to drop the boat off and 2 days later they were done. I think it came out pretty nice and i like the fact that they welded brackets on both sides instead of coming directly off the master cylinder.

I got the boat home and started putting the jacks together, everything assembled rather smoothly and they seemed to be really well built. I backed the trailer into the 2 car opening in the garage disconnected the hitch removed the toungue and started to jack up the wheels. Again i was pleasantly surprised at how easily the jacks lifted up the tires. These jacks are mechanical unlike the hydraulic ones that others have talked about and they were super easy to use. Getting the boat moving was the tough part, more like trying to get all the casters headed in the right direction. but once they were moving it was relatively easy to slide the boat over to where we wanted it. The casters even rolled easily over the expansion joint in the concrete floor.

wish i had pictures of the boat actually up on the dollies, I would have to say that i would definately recommnd the HF dollies to someone else attempting the same type of project. just be aware of the weight limit. these were set at 1250 lbs per dolly so up to 5000lbs for a tandem axel trailer. I estimate that my boat and trailer are somewhere around 3500 lbs however if i had a single axle i would be over the limit of just the 2 jacks.

my wife also blogged about it here
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Last edited by ldr; 11-05-2010 at 11:27 AM.
Old     (talltigeguy)      Join Date: Sep 2003       11-05-2010, 5:57 PM Reply   
I have a good buddy who has this exact problem. But his boat is a Malibu 247 with tandem axles. The estimated weight on each tire would be about 1500 pounds I would guestimate.

Did they feel like they groaned under the weight of your boat and trailer? Would you imagine trying to do that with a much bigger boat like a 247?
Old     (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       11-05-2010, 10:15 PM Reply   
It didn't groan at all, plus when you think about it the swing jack on the front is taking some weight as well. i don't know if there is any real difference but the jacks on ebay are rated for 1500lbs a piece so he could always try those. again it's a bit tough when trying to change direction but once you have it going where you want it moves pretty easily.
Old     (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       11-08-2010, 6:34 AM Reply   
How much weight do these handles. I have a single axel and the harbor freight hydrolick 1500lbs did not work. Would not get my tires off the ground. Glad it worked out for you. You might be able to get better casters for them that swing easier.
Old     (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       11-08-2010, 7:40 AM Reply   
Any reason not to use these?

Seems like a simpler solution and easier to store.
Old     (olmoomba)      Join Date: Apr 2010       11-08-2010, 8:43 AM Reply   
Adam - I think in his previous thread, someone mentioned that that style of dolly bent and didn't make it through the first round. Plus you lose the ease of being able to set the dolly and jack it up. This dolly would require jacking each wheel/axle to set those types of dollies.

Here is the original link to Matt's dolly -

These would be ideal for me to get in a tight space if they had an all terrian version. haha.
Old     (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       11-08-2010, 1:22 PM Reply   
How do you get the trailer on these without jacking both sides up and putting them on there. The others are so much simpler. If I could try a pair of the

Originally Posted by wakecumberland View Post
Any reason not to use these?

Seems like a simpler solution and easier to store.
Old     (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       11-10-2010, 9:29 AM Reply   
How hard is it to jack up a trailer? I mean if you already own a jack why not just use the dollys? I wouldnt want those big things taking up valuable space in my garage. I've used the dollys before when I was restoring an old boat and they worked great.


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