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Trailer Dolly

I made a dolly that connects to the front of a trailer to make moving a trailer around a club easier.  You could make one like mine that is fairly cheap and strong enough to handle a multiple laser trailer or you could buy one from SEITECH for $165.  To see the materials list and the instructions keep scrolling down.  Below is a specs. sheet that will be very useful if you decide to try and make one like mine.

Trailer Dolly Specifications

Materials Used:

  1. 70 inches of 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 wood.
  2. 4 or 6 6-8 inch diameter lawn mower type wheels.
  3. axle for above wheels
  4. 3/4 or 1 inch diameter pipe
  5. 1 and 7/8 size trailer ball with at least a 3 in. stem.
  6. nails
  7. screws

This dolly basically takes the weight off of you when you try to maneuver the trailer.  It also brings the handle up higher and makes it easier on your back.  I used 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 wood instead of 2 by 4 because it may be stronger but it is not worth the weight.  You could use it if you like.

 

Trailer Dolly SpecificationsThis is a specs. sheet.  It has pictures and measurements.  Even if you don't follow mine exactly you can at least see what worked for me.  Click on the image to see the full image.  The image is in color and 8 in. x 10 in.  It did print good enough for me on an old dot  matrix printer.


Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of wood about 40-45 inches long.  This will serve as the long part of which the handle is attached to one end and wheels to the other.
  2. Cut two pieces about 10 inches long.   They will hold the weight of the trailer over the wheels.
  3. At a 45 or less angle, nail the two ten inch pieces on both sides of one end of the 45" piece.  Where they meet the wheels will be and at the top of the 10" pieces will be where the trailer connects.
  4. Cut a piece of wood that fits over both 10" pieces.  There should be space in the middle for the trailer ball nut.
  5. Drill a hole in the center of the wood you just cut and put the trailer ball on it.  Make sure that the stem on the trailer ball is long enough to fit all the way through the piece of wood and that the nut is small enough to fit between the two 10" pieces.
  6. Screw the piece of wood across the two ten inch pieces.  (nails will pull right out)
  7. Drill a hole for the axle where the 45" and two 10" pieces meet.
  8. Install the axle and wheels.  I would recommend 8 inch diameter wheels because they will roll smother over ruff ground.  I would also recommend using 6 (3 on each side) 2 inch wide wheels.  These will also ride better over grass etc.
  9. Drill a hole and install the handle.

If you have any questions contact Jon Deutsch at things4alaser@yahoo.com

 

 

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