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Old 24 June 2014, 13:58   #21
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I've just bought one of these...

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

Not tried it yet, but ill let you know the outcome and post a YouTube vid when I do.
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Old 24 June 2014, 14:09   #22
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Motorised mover for trailer

Cool, I've seen them but am a bit wary of taking them into a salt water environment - not necessarily dunking them but it'd be near to the water & probably getting splashed most of the weekend.


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You've got a winch on the front of the trailer, can you not utilise that ??
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Old 24 June 2014, 17:51   #24
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Motorised mover for trailer

I currently use the winch and bow line to hold the front of the boat on the trailer (plus two heavy duty strops on the transom) so would lose (albeit briefly on the drive) the redundancy of two securing methods at the front. However it's worth investigating.

I'd need to run the winch strap down & under the trailer (possibly chafing on the metalwork?) then need to add an anchor point at the garage end of the drive to attach it. Its a new trailer so I'd also need to investigate how long the strap is - but that's easy.


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Old 25 June 2014, 14:30   #25
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Cool, I've seen them but am a bit wary of taking them into a salt water environment - not necessarily dunking them but it'd be near to the water & probably getting splashed most of the weekend.


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Yeah me too. Its only going to be used at home to get the boat in and out of its tight parking space.
It got a key locking quick release type system so I can remove it in seconds.
Im going to leave the current jockey wheel on and drill 2 new holes to fit the motorised one on the other side to be used when launching/recovering.
Im going to test it on Friday so fingers crossed.
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Ah right, sounds a good idea. I'd be interested to hear how you get on.


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Right tested out my new motorised jockey wheel last weekend.

Its packs a punch and has loads of power, but unfortunately for me it just cant get enough grip on the hard rolled gravel i keep the boat on.
There is a slight incline and the wheel just digs a hole when trying to back the trailer up the slope.
It can move the 1.5 ton boat & trailer fine on the flat bits, just not up the slope.

I'm sure if it were concrete or tarmac it would have no problem.

I've come up with a rope and pulley system now so i'm going to offer the unit up for sale if anyone is interested.
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Put some strips of plywood down or some thick rubber matting over the gravel
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There was a thread on here recently about someone who had built a tracked trailer mover. Have a look through, it was really recent, last couple of weeks I think
Here we go, this is what I was thinking of! Sorry it's over the otherside...

Still a neat thing though, much more usable than a mr shifta

http://www.boatmad.com/forum/showpos...&postcount=112
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Seen one somewhere but can't remember where it's good idea but it's the variable nose weight you get with a boat or at least I do
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