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Kevin_M
04-09-2008, 09:36 PM
Anyone got an easy way to do this, rather than killing myself by hand? Will a sturdy john deere riding mower do the trick? How do I wire something up to disengage the surge brakes? Seems foolish to buy a motorized jack when this is all it will do, yet maneuvering this into my tight garage gets old very quickly...ideas/pics would be awesome!

03 35th Anniversary
04-09-2008, 09:40 PM
Do you have a tandom or single axle trailer???

Yes riding mowers will do the trick...

Hammer
04-09-2008, 09:44 PM
Two ways. run a wire from the mower battery to the reverse wire of the trailer. Or there may be a place on the tounge to put a locking clip to deactivate the surge brakes. I don't know were I have never looked.

jbrooks86
04-09-2008, 09:44 PM
Use car dollys under the tires. It makes it easy to move in any direction. If you have a tandem trailer you might get away with just using the dollys under 2 tires and leave the other two hanging until you have it where you want it.

Kevin_M
04-09-2008, 09:54 PM
You guys are awesome. Single axle trailer and I was thinking John Deere or the car dolly's...sounds like either will work. Was also thinking of a homemade single wire to power the backup lights...all in all I think I'm on the right track. I'll have to look for a place to disengage the lights w/o other power...thanks again

Ehukai_84
04-09-2008, 09:56 PM
To disengage the brakes all you need is a small rod (newer models) inserted through the hole located on the front of the trailer tongue.

russlars
04-10-2008, 12:04 AM
I purchased a metal clip type device from the MC dealer that disengages the surge brakes when backing up hill. I also have one of these: http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?i=23560&pdesc=Heavy_Duty_Trailer_Dolly&str=trailer%20dolly&merchID=1008&r=view.
It works really well on a single axle, requires a little more effort on my dual axle trailer.

erkoehler
04-10-2008, 12:13 AM
There should be a small hole in the side of your trailer tongue towards the front.

Insert screw driver, and brakes will not turn on.

uawaterskier
04-10-2008, 12:42 AM
yall got me interested on this hole thing...im going to go a lookin for it on the trailer next time im at the lake. This would have saved me a ton of headache last year when I had a relay go out in my truck

bigmac
04-10-2008, 07:43 AM
My buddy uses trailer wheel dollies like these (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94682)on his boat, and I have another friend that uses four of 'em on his Corvette. The floor needs to be reasonably clean, but otherwise one guy can wheel the thing all over the garage.


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/94600-94699/94682.gif

ShamrockIV
04-10-2008, 07:59 AM
To disengage the brakes all you need is a small rod (newer models) inserted through the hole located on the front of the trailer tongue.


pics please!!!!!!

Ehukai_84
04-10-2008, 09:40 AM
Photos attached
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wakeX2wake
04-10-2008, 09:59 AM
now isn't that something... i've seen that hole but never investigated what it was for

Hrkdrivr
04-10-2008, 10:21 AM
My buddy uses trailer wheel dollies like these (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94682)on his boat, and I have another friend that uses four of 'em on his Corvette. The floor needs to be reasonably clean, but otherwise one guy can wheel the thing all over the garage.


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/94600-94699/94682.gif

I got four of these for my X-45; the trailer has two axles. The boat BARELY fits inside so if I don't have everything exactly lined up it's a real PITA to get it into and out of the garage.

Even w/the weight of the X-45, I can push the boat around enough to get things lined up. Like bigmac said, the floor needs to be clean because little bits of gravel will cause the wheels to not roll smoothly. Also, w/the weight of my boat, I usually use a rubber mallet to point the dolly wheels in the direction I'm trying to move the boat; it makes it easier to push if you don't have to use up some of the pushing force to get the wheels to caster.

Check out Harbor Freight here: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94682

Hrkdrivr
04-10-2008, 10:22 AM
Duh...didn't realize bigmac included a link...

Kevin_M
04-10-2008, 10:00 PM
Again - you guys are awesome. I looked everywhere last night to find these car dolly's and couldnt, and now I have the website. I assume with these, the trailer jack wheel just stays as is, and moves around just fine? While I've got so many reviewing...anyone ever switched around the way the break away tounge works? Mine opens and then hits the spare tire - tried swapping around LY, but putting the pull-pin into the original bolt hole is REALLY tight. Probably just a little rust in there, but how the heck do you sand out the inside of a hole? Thanks again everyone - great to be a part of the MC crowd...

Kevin_M
04-10-2008, 10:06 PM
One more note, for those of you thinking about the lift dollies, there is a ton of them on ebay...just checked

Hrkdrivr
04-10-2008, 11:12 PM
The jack wheel rolls ok, but not easy. Same kinda thing, "coax" it a little w/a rubber mallet to get it pointed the right way and it'll help.

I mostly leave it hitched to the tow-ball on my truck (jack retracted) and push the rear-end of the boat around to line it up where I want it, then I don't have to put any stress on the jack.

Never have tried to change the swing of my tongue (so to speak) but mine hits the spare tire too. Fortunately it swings out of the way enough to close the garage door, so no biggie.

To sand out the hole, try a dowel w/sandpaper wrapped around it, or I bet there's some kinda wire-brush thing you could chuck into a drill/cordless driver.

rodltg2
04-11-2008, 12:09 AM
http://www.powermoverinc.net/

i use this

Chas
04-11-2008, 07:14 AM
I have used a hand dolly for years on my boat trailers and other trailers I have for my business. But I would like to mention that any trailer moving device - powered by human muscle or a motor - will easily tip and become unstable and unsafe on an incline if it is hooked only to the trailer ball.

The trailer ball is designed to allow free motion in all directions when it connects one self-supporting vehicle to another one.

So if you purchase a trailer moving device to use on anything other than flat, level pavement, be sure it connects to the trailer frame via some sort of rigid connector.

http://www.powermoverinc.net/htmls/new%20picture.jpg