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Old 17 May 2014, 02:48   #11
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I made a towbar for our ride on (13hp) great on the flat concrete, but fails completely as soon as you get onto the grass & gravel, back to the drawing board
My riding mower spins on it's own without anything hooked up to it
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Old 17 May 2014, 13:56   #12
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I have a ride on mower which pulls it fine but the problem is I have to unhitch the trailer and spin it 90 degrees where the rear of the boat and the trailer coupling miss the fence by 6 inches so I cant use the mower.
Im pretty tempted by the motorised jockey wheel as it wont make the trailer any longer. Im a bit dubious as to how waterproof it would be. Dont realy want to have to remove it when towing and launching.

The gavel is very hard and compacted. It you were to swing a shovel at it, it would hardly leave a dent. So I dont think traction would be an issue.
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Old 17 May 2014, 14:50   #13
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Coincidence, I have been looking at this sort of thing for a while. Bit concerned with the small diameter driving wheel on the first link. This is a review of a similar looking model:
Quick review - Mini Mover motorised jockey wheel

Read down to the bottom to see the homebuilt version with 2 quad wheels!

So far I've got the wheels, winch, battery and some steel so might have to sneak off into the workshop one wet weekend!
Made a start today on a 12v motor mover! Maybe even 24 volt if it needs the umph.
Decided on a single 8" quad wheel for the main driving wheel and a Stanna stairlift motor and gearbox (mother in law needs more exercise anyway....).
Made a wheel hub and axle from some scrap pieces welded together and turned it to size to fit the quad rim.
Looking on eBay tonight for some chain and sprockets!
Think this is going to have two HD swivel casters at the front to stabilise and the quad wheel taking the weight under the tow hitch.
Decided against two big quad wheels as I have to do some tight turns to get the trailer out from behind the house and thought a single drive wheel would turn on it's self rather than dragging two wheels on a fixed axle.
Making this one up as I go along.....
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Old 20 May 2014, 14:03   #14
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So i bought the Mini Mover Motorised jockey wheel today from fleabay.
I thought 180 wasn't too bad seeing as the Mr Shifta tugs seem to sell for 250-350 second hand.

I will report back once it arrives from Germany.
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Old 23 May 2014, 06:34   #15
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I used to have a motor mover for my caravan which worked very well and at that time I lived on a farm with rough track to where I kept the van. No good if it is wet however as they do slip on wet ground.

Sold the van and mover and bought a caravan with built in movers on the main wheels, fantastic but not much use when the trailer wheels will be going into the water.

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