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O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 18, 2022 04:07AM

Anybody have any experience with this neat tool?

I want one...there are much better prices elsewhere.


[trailervalet.com]

[www.amazon.com]

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: November 18, 2022 04:33AM

I haven't used it but reading Amazon reviews I see a few concerns to consider if I was to purchase. I have some uneven ground but more importantly, the surface is compacted 1/4 minus rock in most of my vehice storge area where I would need most. One person mentions traction as an issue so that gives me caution. I also have tandem axles and even in a mild turn it takes a whole lot of side pressure on the tongue while moving to get two of the four ties to slip and allow the turn. A gravel surface makes it easier to slip the tires but harder for that device (or my feet) to get enough traction to force the trailer tongue to the side during the turn. If I'm moving straight in and out, I can just use a simple Harbor Freight trailer dolley and push and pull by hand but as I get older I need to work smarter, not harder so these things do look interesting. I do like that it can be manually cranked or use an electric drill.

Also note that some people say this needs to mount on the right side of the trailer for best success even though I see photos of it mounted on either side. That is mentioned in another user comment.

Dave W. / Gilbert Arizona
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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 18, 2022 05:29AM

Yes, this qualifies as a don't get old tool.

I would prefer it on the non-traffic side.

But...that makes it a lefthanded crank.

5X has solid tires 2V had pneumatic.

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 18, 2022 05:37AM

Last year when I was out with our Motor Home a guy pulled up with a bike trailer with several Harleys. He unhooked then used a remote to back it where he wanted it. There was a servo motor drive that contacted a tire on each side when activated. It worked pretty good. Thought I had pics, but can't find them.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 18, 2022 05:49AM

This is the top-of-the-line Trailer Valet dolly...$4K!!

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: dryenko ()
Date: November 18, 2022 05:50AM

Something else to bang your leg on ??
I use my smaller SUV to move mine around.
If on pavement or concrete, a wheel is available that fits on the jack post will work.
JMO

Bob C aka Dryenko
Dobson, NC 27017

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 18, 2022 05:58AM

Also cool at $865 but no brakes.

[www.amazon.com]

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: Richard ()
Date: November 18, 2022 08:27AM

You could always build your own. Uses old wheel chair motors.
[www.youtube.com]

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: November 18, 2022 08:42AM

Good idea Richard and I've got the wheels and steering handle from an old poop wagon that leaked.

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 18, 2022 04:51PM

Phil,
You have a Fabrication Shop!
Get a little creative!
I remember seeing an article when I was a kid about this very thing.
I think it was in Mechcanix Illustrated.
A guy made a Trailer Dolly using an old garden roto-tiller, and an old Starter Motor (with the Solenoid/Bendix winking smiley removed.)
It used gears and a chain.
Brakes?
Nah!
That's what reverse is for. grinning smiley

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 20, 2022 05:38AM

If the trailer has electric brakes it would be simple to have a plug on the dolly that would activate them with a battery when you need to stop. Of course trailer brakes only work when moving forward. I was thinking an old snow blower might be a good starting point but I don’t know if the drive system could handle the load.

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Re: O/T-Trailer Valet 5X Opinions Wanted
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 20, 2022 05:53AM

VairKing Wrote:
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> If the trailer has electric brakes it would be simple to have a plug on the dolly that would activate them with a battery when you need to stop. Of course trailer brakes only work when moving forward.


The stuff I have with electric brakes on a Dexter axel stop in both directions. The hydraulic surge locks out when in reverse.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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