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Old 15 May 2014, 17:04   #1
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Anyone Tried these on their Trailer?

MOTORISED JOCKEY WHEEL - Solid Wheel 12v Electric Caravan Trailer Mover 12 Volt | eBay

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MR SHIFTA 2 CARAVAN/BOAT/TRAILER MOVER | eBay

My new boat storage is on hard compacted gravel on a slight slope. Me n the misses just cannot move it by hand, and it usually take 3 blokes to get it into its space. Its too tight to reverse the trailer in on the car.
I was wondering if anyone has use such a device?
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Old 15 May 2014, 17:35   #2
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Often been tempted to get a mrshifta as mine is in a bad spot to move around but I would want a demo 1 st to make sure it could cope
I use the Defenders winch at the mo to move it
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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!
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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!

That's cool I want one or a ride on lawn mower to convert
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Old 15 May 2014, 18:16   #5
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This one is clever and surprisingly effective!


I would like to know where he got the gearbox.
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Front experience I can tell you that you will not be able to push your boat with either of those units uphill on gravel. The tires will spin.

Do you have power in the storage facility? If so an electric winch might be a viable solution. Many come with wireless remotes, and those that don't can be easily rigged up. If the winch is 12volts you could easily rig up a battery charger. The winch just needs to be bolted to the floor, or securely mounted somehow. We bolted a winch onto the floor of my friends garage, since it would have been impossible to back it into his garage using his truck. Made it so one person could put the boat away.
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I use one of these - Marksman 2 Ton Hand Winch Puller Boat Trailer or Car 66102C | eBay.

The boat lives in a container and this easily moves her across the mud track and up into the box.
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Can you fit a towball to the front of your tow vehicle? These are great for getting into awkward spots and for general slipway visibility. It needn't be as robust as your rear towbar
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Can you fit a towball to the front of your tow vehicle? These are great for getting into awkward spots and for general slipway visibility. It needn't be as robust as your rear towbar
Thats exactly what I have done and its the best 150 quid ive spent boating wise. I have in the past put my boat in the water and gone back and helped a couple of others having difficulties and still seen people trying to launch from before me starting my efforts. Definitely an option worth considering. Regards Jim
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That's cool I want one or a ride on lawn mower to convert
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
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