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MOVING A TRAILER SIDEWAYS


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wakesettin_05

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Hello. I'm trying to find out if it is possible to move a tandem axle trailer with boat sideways without a moving it forward/backwards. Basically, I've got it moved into a friend side yard, but I'd like to get it closer to the wall. Unfortanetly, I don't have the option of moving it there with my truck because the opening is blocked with a gate (PLEASE COPY & PASTE LINK BELOW FOR A DIAGRAM OF THE LOCATION). I've heard of different types of jacks with rollers, but I don't too much. Please let me know if any practical, safe, and (hopefully) inexpensive methods or tools. Thanks alot

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Edited by wakesettin_05, January 17, 2008 - 02:49 AM.


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I would NOT move the trailer sideways like that with out putting a trolley under the wheels first. The wheels and axles were not meant for forces in that direction. They sell (or you can make) trolleys where you jack up the trailer and lower it on to them.

Like this:

http://www2.northern...t/200349393.htm

or this

http://www2.northern...duct/212131.htm

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Is the boat on concrete or grass? If it is on concrete, there are jacks that you can use under the wheels as you mentioned in your post. However, they won't work very well on grass. If you have the room, you could try one of the electric trailer dollies (Powermover make one). Most run off of 110v AC which requires an available outlet or they do have some battery powered models. I don't know if this would help you since you would have to walk the trailer back and forth some to creep it sideways, but it would use less room that a truck.

Hope this helps.

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sunscapeJeff

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I'm confused ... You can't open the gate?

I'm definitely not the best guy to advise someone not to spend unnecessary money, but in this case I don't quite understand why you'd go through the trouble and expense of buying or renting some type of rolling jacks just to move the trailer once.

Maybe I'm missing something?

EDIT: Oh ... Now I get it. Finally figured out which link I was supposed to cut and paste.

Sounds like a lot of trouble to me. Not sure how often you take the boat out, but that would be a major pain in the rear to do that every time you take the boat out or bring it back. I'm not sure what storage runs in your area, but I'd consider that.

What's the possibility of getting your friend to take down the wall? Half-joking, of course.

Edited by sunscapeJeff, January 17, 2008 - 08:17 AM.


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I'm confused ... You can't open the gate?

I'm definitely not the best guy to advise someone not to spend unnecessary money, but in this case I don't quite understand why you'd go through the trouble and expense of buying or renting some type of rolling jacks just to move the trailer once.

Maybe I'm missing something?

EDIT: Oh ... Now I get it. Finally figured out which link I was supposed to cut and paste.

Sounds like a lot of trouble to me. Not sure how often you take the boat out, but that would be a major pain in the rear to do that every time you take the boat out or bring it back. I'm not sure what storage runs in your area, but I'd consider that.

What's the possibility of getting your friend to take down the wall? Half-joking, of course.



My guess is it was just there for winter storrage and he wants to move it into the corner more to get it out of the way for his friend?

If the trailer is on a hard surface (blacktop, concrete..etc) then you've gota get something under thoes wheels so they will go sideways. 2" schedule 40 steel pipes and some 2x6 planks might work also..

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If it is just once, you could put it on a couple floor jacks, and get it to move over.. wouldn't be the best process, but would work, and wouldn't require purchasing stuff

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Could you drill a few holes in the rear of the trailer frame and buy a couple of cheap jacks with casters like are on the front of you're trailer....Pin them in for when you move it and then just take them off?????I don't have my trailer here to look at it

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I know you're in California..... but.... wait for a very cold night. Jack the trailer up. Support it. Flood the area under the wheels with water. Let the water freeze. Drop the wheels down on the ice. Slide it over.

Can you tell I'm from Canada eh???

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I know you're in California..... but.... wait for a very cold night. Jack the trailer up. Support it. Flood the area under the wheels with water. Let the water freeze. Drop the wheels down on the ice. Slide it over.

Can you tell I'm from Canada eh???



Now that is awesome! LOL! Posted Image

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I know you're in California..... but.... wait for a very cold night. Jack the trailer up. Support it. Flood the area under the wheels with water. Let the water freeze. Drop the wheels down on the ice. Slide it over.

Can you tell I'm from Canada eh???


Awesome!
So one question. Once you put the trailer back down on the ice, how do you keep it from sliding away? Or worse, sliding into the house?

Anchor it? ;)

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I use a pair of HFT Wheel Lifts, they are similar to Go-Jacks to make it easier to swing the trailer tongue over in my garage. They are hydraulic and work really sweet. They were under $200 for the pair at Harbor Freight Tools.

HFT has plain steel 4 caster wheel dollies and you could use a floor jack to get the tires on them.

Four floor jacks, if used very carefully, would work also.

Edited by Sunsetter95, January 17, 2008 - 03:30 PM.


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Put a bar of soap under each tire, it will then slide sideways. Thats how they steal cars parked in a row around here. Slide it out on soap, then hook up the tow truck.

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I know you're in California..... but.... wait for a very cold night. Jack the trailer up. Support it. Flood the area under the wheels with water. Let the water freeze. Drop the wheels down on the ice. Slide it over.

Can you tell I'm from Canada eh???


Awesome!
So one question. Once you put the trailer back down on the ice, how do you keep it from sliding away? Or worse, sliding into the house?

Anchor it? ;)

Nahhhh, put a little sand around the tires and then just let the air out!

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I use a pair of HFT Wheel Lifts, they are similar to Go-Jacks to make it easier to swing the trailer tongue over in my garage. They are hydraulic and work really sweet. They were under $200 for the pair at Harbor Freight Tools.

HFT has plain steel 4 caster wheel dollies and you could use a floor jack to get the tires on them.

Four floor jacks, if used very carefully, would work also.

Posted Image I stoped at Harborfreight and picked up four of the cheep moving dollies $20.00 ea. put one under each corner of my poontoo and move it all around the drive and into garage any direction.
If its not on pavement try a piece of plywood under the wheels.

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I've never tried this and it does sound a little odd, but I have heard that you can put a cookie sheet under each wheel and you can slide it around.

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I've never tried this and it does sound a little odd, but I have heard that you can put a cookie sheet under each wheel and you can slide it around.



The hardest part is finding a spatula large enough to get the boat back off the cookie sheet..... Posted Image

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I've never tried this and it does sound a little odd, but I have heard that you can put a cookie sheet under each wheel and you can slide it around.



The hardest part is finding a spatula large enough to get the boat back off the cookie sheet..... Posted Image

Yeah, and if you leave them on the pan too long, the tires will taste like rubber.

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Just make sure to use PAM or they end up sticking... :)

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I've never tried this and it does sound a little odd, but I have heard that you can put a cookie sheet under each wheel and you can slide it around.



The hardest part is finding a spatula large enough to get the boat back off the cookie sheet..... Posted Image

Yeah, and if you leave them on the pan too long, the tires will taste like rubber.


You to know what a tire tastes like???????

Edited by kiley, January 18, 2008 - 08:16 AM.


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Just make sure to use PAM or they end up sticking... :)

PAM who? Posted Image

I tried the $20 dollies from HFT. The casters/dollies are made in China so the quality isn't the best. With the weight of my Sunsetter on it, when I tried turn the trailer in the garage, some of the caster wheels would rub on the caster swivel joint stopping the wheel from rolling. Of the eight wheels on the two dollies, at least two on each would rub at one point or another when I pushed the trailer.

The hydraulic ones can be pumped by hand so you can slide under the trailer to lift the side of trailer at the wall, then be able to remove it for the rest of the winter.




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