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KSmith
12-22-2011, 06:41 PM
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Trailer_Valet_Jack/Dolly&i=97906&merchID=1015&r=view

Kind of curious if these are any good.

bergermaister
12-22-2011, 07:13 PM
Looks pretty slick - did you watch the vid on their web page near the bottom? Seems like that would be a nice addition for tucking your boat into a tight garage space. Little spendy but worth it if you use it a lot.

KSmith
12-22-2011, 07:40 PM
Yeah I watched the video. Seems fairly impressive. I live on a hill, my driveway is about 150 feet of wicked steep incline that levels sort of on top to a parking pad. My garage is side entry, meaning it is 90 degrees off the parking pad, the parking pad is right on the property line and my truck can't make a turn like that even without backing the boat so I have to man handle it to try and get it into the garage. The parking pad also slopes away from the garage and has a pronounced lip at the garage floor. This boat is way too much for me to be able to get into man handled into the garage by myself... this may be the answer. I have been looking at some 12V or 115V trailer dollys but they are wicked expensive... cool but expensive

dru1974
12-22-2011, 10:51 PM
That thing is sweet

viking
12-22-2011, 11:15 PM
looks beefy.......bet it adds some tongue weight :)

Jet
12-23-2011, 11:46 AM
That sure would help me squeeze mine in. I have a 45 degree angle, uphill and then have to unhook it and push it in by hand. Not easy when Its a 110 degrees outside. Jet

Jet
12-23-2011, 12:03 PM
Oops, forgot the pic. 12995

rjenkins
12-28-2011, 10:07 AM
I looked at these too last summer b/c of how tight my garage is and the 90 degree turn I have to make to get the boat in. I had to take the guide poles off the trailer to fit mine in the garage and have about 2 inches to spare on each side. I talked to a lot of different manufacturers of these and finally ended up getting an old used 4 wheeler instead. I mounted (welded) a 2" receiver hitch to the front frame of the 4 wheeler. Now I back the boat down the driveway with the truck, make the 90 degree turn and unhook it and drive the 4 wheeler up and push it straight into the garage. I can also use the 4 wheeler to put the jetski in a few doors down too. So all in all it made for a more versatile tool to have a 4 wheeler instead. Also use it a lot around the yard and to take out stress in the winter months when I can't be on the lake :)

bret
12-28-2011, 12:45 PM
This seems like a perfect fit for us - we don't have a vehicle big enough to tow our boat. It seems probably that we could use this instead to just move the boat in and outside the garage for us to do some light work on it? Plus our current tongue wheel mechanism appears to be shot. (Won't lower or raise)

parrothd
12-28-2011, 06:53 PM
I'm building this one, closer to $600 for everything, needed a winter project.. :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRAILER-MOVER-PLANS-EMAIL-Heavy-Duty-Standard-/230718023654?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b7dda7e6#ht_4207wt_1179

viking
12-28-2011, 07:08 PM
I'm building this one, closer to $600 for everything, needed a winter project.. :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRAILER-MOVER-PLANS-EMAIL-Heavy-Duty-Standard-/230718023654?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b7dda7e6#ht_4207wt_1179

GREAT! Let us know how it turns out!!

KSmith
12-29-2011, 09:44 AM
I'm building this one, closer to $600 for everything, needed a winter project.. :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRAILER-MOVER-PLANS-EMAIL-Heavy-Duty-Standard-/230718023654?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b7dda7e6#ht_4207wt_1179

Now we're talking! As Viking said, keep us updated on the build, where you get parts, etc.

mmandley
12-29-2011, 09:52 AM
I think the proper fix for all of you and your boats to garage and driveway issues is a lawn tractor. My gramps had an old John deer and he striped the cuttng deck off it mounted a 2 inch ball to the back and moved his boat all over the place. Much easier then using the truck.

Plus you can find used tractors all day for 300 to 500 5 to 10 HP and then when summer is over you can sup it up and have lawn tractor racing yeee haw!!

JERRY
12-30-2011, 12:31 AM
Hello,just orderd one I'll let you know I'm setting my up so it can be removed, don't need it at the lake. Thanks

KSmith
12-30-2011, 09:19 AM
Hey Jerry! Welcome to the forum and I am looking forward to your review!!

JERRY
12-30-2011, 01:40 PM
Hey Jerry! Welcome to the forum and I am looking forward to your review!!

oh yeah by the way,thelakeshop.com $318.00 vs overton's $400.00

millerda68
01-02-2012, 09:26 PM
Dang, that looks pretty sweet. would definitely help jockeying the boat into the garage. During the summer months we keep it stored outside (covered) so we can leave tower up and just load and go on a whim. But those times of getting it into the garage are a bear!

deerfield
01-03-2012, 12:12 AM
millerda68 - Congratulations on your Ducks defeating Wisconsin this evening to win the Rose Bowl! We enjoyed watching the game. - Deerfield

parrothd
01-08-2012, 11:18 PM
Thought I'd post up some pics...Almost done...

parrothd
01-08-2012, 11:25 PM
Saw this one on ebay today...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5500-lb-TRAILER-ELECTRIC-POWER-DOLLY-RV-MOVER-BOAT-4-WHEELS-BATTERY-OPERATED-12V-/120837600221?pt=Motors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Acc essories&vxp=mtr&hash=item1c227b73dd#ht_5401wt_952

wolfeman131
01-08-2012, 11:40 PM
is that $199 for shipping right?!?! that would make the total $900 with the Buy It Now price.

Your build is looking sweet to me!

KSmith
01-09-2012, 11:26 AM
Yup, 199 for shipping. I looked at that one too. It comes with two batteries and must be fairly heavy to ship. Not a budget choise LOL

parrothd
02-04-2012, 07:55 PM
Finally got everything setup, still need to break it down and paint/battery. I was able to tear up the lawn trying to move my double jetski trailer.... :) Just made a simple video of it moving in the garage..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2skM1YDDFa8

zabooda
02-04-2012, 09:51 PM
Pretty nice...I think. You could also use it locate IEDs in your yard. What kind of motor did you use? Good job.

viking
02-04-2012, 10:38 PM
I just had a thought. Somebody should take one of those Segways and weld up a hitch and ball and Walla!!
I guess if you got money to burn that is :)

Golf anybody!!

http://compare.ebay.com/like/180806553088?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

bergermaister
02-05-2012, 12:18 PM
Wondering how well that would work with a tandem trailer. Definitely could not make as tight of turns...

parrothd
02-05-2012, 03:28 PM
Pretty nice...I think. You could also use it locate IEDs in your yard. What kind of motor did you use? Good job.

Thought about adding a small snow plow to the front, but we haven't had any snow(knock on wood). It has a 12v 3000LB atv winch motor. Has plenty of power, traction seems to be the issue on wet grass.. :(

KSmith
02-06-2012, 12:16 PM
Keep us posted and post some video of it in action hooked to the trailer. So how much have you invested in the project so far?

parrothd
02-06-2012, 01:03 PM
I've got about $700-800, more than I planned, but it's been fun project..

bergermaister
04-12-2013, 03:22 PM
Old thread revival... Anyone know what the tongue weight is on a typical LSV with tandem trailer?

Considering doing something similar to this, my parking area is mostly flat with a small bump from grass to concrete. Wondering how heavy duty of a motor and setup I would really need. I could actually go with a 120v motor with a plug-in nearby.

parrothd
04-12-2013, 04:44 PM
Like my trailer mover?

I don't have any issues with power/torque of the motors, but I do with traction.

I have a single axle so the tongue weight is heavier. I get stuck easily when trying to move around on dirt/grass or inclines more than 1-2 inches. The wheels on the mover spin. So either I need more weight on the mover or larger tires. Usually end up tearing up the grass and digging a hole...

I use them mover all the time to get the boat from the alley into the garage and lined up, so I can then push it out the rear garage door into the yard. I put the mover in neutral and push the boat by hand as fast as I can. This give me some momentum(yes, it's terrifying) to get onto the grass. Then I use my truck to back it up further if needed....

Boonejeepin
04-12-2013, 06:23 PM
I have found that I can manually move the boat trailer by rolling the tire of the trailer by hand. It moves really easily on a flat surface. Moving in varying directions is not as easy with the dual axle.

I can't really move it forward or backward by pushing from the front or back. Hand rolling the tire is no sweat. Just have some wheel chocks ready to stop the rolling...

bergermaister
04-12-2013, 07:40 PM
My front jack will be going through the grass, then into the gravel though - doesn't really want to cooperate and I do need to make a turn to fit into my parking spot. Need something with a little power for that. Toying with a hidden front hitch on the truck. But what a pain...

Trailer_Tyler
09-11-2013, 06:18 PM
Forgive me for reviving an old thread, but I've just joined the forum. I'm here as a Trailer Valet rep and would be more than happy to answer any and all questions on how to operate our product and its capabilities.
Thanks!
Tyler