Moving the Trailer around when unhitched

Submitted: Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 19:48
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Hi good folks,

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a way of moving our camper trailer around when unhitched. Has to be moved down the side of the house from the driveway on 90 degrees on grass. Owned a Oztent for years and never had this problem......chuckle, we have moved up in the world.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 20:31

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 20:31
I'll be the first. I don't use them - no trailer or van - sold it.

12V Motorised Jockey Wheel Electric Mini Mover For Caravan Boat Trailer Camper

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 14:19

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 14:19
G'day fellas

I've had something similar to this for about 4 years it moved my 17 foot tandem caravan (now sold) around with ease and now moves my CUB Drover camper around like its a tissue.

Mine looks almost the same as the one shown ie wiring, handle etc but mine can also be remote controlled so you can get the camper into the tightest spots.


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Follow Up By: Phil 23 - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 06:44

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 06:44
Just curious about Motorised Jockey Wheels.

Wondering what their power requirements are.

I've got a 50 amp Andersen plug on my jump starter pack.
It contains 2 x 19Ah SLA batteries.

Would that be a reasonable power source to move a few things about?

20 foot van, 20 foot ski boat & 8x5 tandem trailer.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at 21:41

Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at 21:41
This looks to be the go. Many thanks for the link.
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Reply By: Slow one - Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 20:59

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 20:59
You can do a lot with a hand operated winch, pulleys and turning blocks. Knowing what if you yard is flat would help.

If you have a few dollars you can buy some pretty good 240v or 12 volt winches that will do the job, some are even remote controlled. Try thinking outside the box when moving gear, often you can rig pulleys that in conjunction with winches can move the world, well maybe.

Research powered van movers but be careful they will work on grass or in soft conditions.
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Reply By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 22:41

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 22:41
having a large rubber tyre (air filled not solid) made a huge difference to moving our trailer around...
no easy solution, have figure out what works for you...
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 23:41

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 at 23:41
I have a very tight spot to access to park the van when at home, and use a ''power mover'' jockey wheel (which is actually not powered, but a manual ratchet system). In effect it is a second jockey wheel to attach to your drawbar - very easy to use and push or pull the van around on any reasonably firm surface. Cost about $400 from memory.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 08:40

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 08:40
I previously owned both a soft floor and a hard floor camper trailer and used a manually driven Maco Mule dual-wheeled mover with good results, allbeit a bit slow due to the restricted arm movement.

Then I updated to a Goldstream camper van which is just too heavy for the Maco to be practical, so I invested in aCamper-Trolley which has and will continue to prolong my life expectancy for many years:-)
Yes, they are expensive, but boy are they worth the money.
I don't take it on trips, but use it at home after unhitching, to move my van in and out of the carport onto the front lawn when setting up for the next trip, or to perform maintenance, etc.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at 21:46

Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at 21:46
Prolonging the life expectancy is a good thing. My goodness the trailer is heavy. I think it will be worth the money though. Currently looking for a 12volt mover so trolley.
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Reply By: Iza B - Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 15:12

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 15:12
I bought one off those "P" handle trolleys on special ($18) and replaced the hard rubber jockey wheel with the pneumatic tyres from the trolley. Made pushing the trailer around much easier. Mate went one step further and put a couple of quick release mounts for a hand crank boat winch in a couple of places to help moving his van into storage position. Having a couple of pulleys in the right places to change direction of pull helps. Have seen a small elec boat winch ($99 or so) used to assist moving a disconnected van around. Dead easy to put a couple of Dyna bolts in the slab to mount the winch.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 16:18

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 16:18
you'd be surprise what you can move with a rie on mower
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Follow Up By: Steve D1 - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 10:25

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 10:25
Yep. Ride on is the way to go, if you also have an alternate use for it.
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