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Old 07-29-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default Turning a trailer on its side for storage... wheels on its edge?

I have a small trailer (weighs 250-300 lbs) that I want to be able to flip onto its side and store next to my house.

I think I can do this - however I'd need some sort of heavy duty tire/wheel setup that I could bolt to one side of the frame, so that I can flip it up and drag it across my lawn. These will get the VERY occasional dunking, trailer is really only used once or twice a year.

Anyone ever done something similar?

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Why would you want this bolt on assembly to be used for moving the trailer around? Why wouldn't you just use the two tires that are already on the trailer to move it around???
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Why would you want this bolt on assembly to be used for moving the trailer around? Why wouldn't you just use the two tires that are already on the trailer to move it around???
I was thinking the same thing, then I just figured he wanted to move it while it's on its side. Why not just roll it as is to where he wants it and then flip it up on it's side.
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Ah, right, good point - I have some landscaping (mature trees and shrubs) that leave me a approx 4' wide path next to my house. Once I clear the trees, I have 8' width again and the trailer can sit on its two (three) wheels and be hidden from view.

I have a lighter weight (maybe 200-250 lbs) trailer that today I can manhandle and drag it in on a 45 degree angle and then drop back down. The new trailer I'm getting is slightly wider and heavier so I don't think I'll be able to do it alone. I CAN lift up one wheel of the trailer and set it on its edge, though, and trailers take up a lot less space on their side than they do sitting down.

I know it's not really a boat-scale problem but figured somebody else must have had to store their trailers on their side before. I was eyeing heavy duty landscaping carts and the like.
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May need to get through a side gate in the yard? Either way, flipping a 300 lb trailer on it's side, then balancing it and moving it is not going to be an easy job.....going to be a 2 person job, minimum.
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May need to get through a side gate in the yard? Either way, flipping a 300 lb trailer on it's side, then balancing it and moving it is not going to be an easy job.....going to be a 2 person job, minimum.
It is surprisingly doable today, one bunk on my shoulder and me humping the thing through on the edge of the tire - maybe I am overestimating weight but I assume the old one is about 200 lbs, it's a steel waverunner trailer with a 900 lb capacity. (and only 5' wide)

New trailer is about 30% beefier than the old one, a little bit bigger overall and seems better constructed. I don't think I'll be able to drag this one the same way but I think I can flip it on its side.

I really only need to move it once or twice a year but I don't like having to depend on someone else to do it.

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Ah, right, good point - I have some landscaping (mature trees and shrubs) that leave me a approx 4' wide path next to my house. Once I clear the trees, I have 8' width again and the trailer can sit on its two (three) wheels and be hidden from view.

I have a lighter weight (maybe 200-250 lbs) trailer that today I can manhandle and drag it in on a 45 degree angle and then drop back down. The new trailer I'm getting is slightly wider and heavier so I don't think I'll be able to do it alone. I CAN lift up one wheel of the trailer and set it on its edge, though, and trailers take up a lot less space on their side than they do sitting down.

I know it's not really a boat-scale problem but figured somebody else must have had to store their trailers on their side before. I was eyeing heavy duty landscaping carts and the like.
I see your point. But isn't the balancing point on any item irrelevant of the items weight? The difference between 200 lbs really isn't that much different than 300 lbs when it is balanced upright. I think all you would need is a little two wheel dolly (wheel barrel sized tires) so you are not trying to move the upright trailer on the side of the one wheel. ? The two wheels and axle dolly would give you stability that would make the awkward work easier.
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Just fill the tires with Helium and you can store it like a blimp in the air.
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Just fill the tires with Helium and you can store it like a blimp in the air.


Sorry no help Flot but Bulls comment was good.
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The cost of the casters might make the project unfeasible but would something like a furniture moving dolly with over sized casters work for you?
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Just fill the tires with Helium and you can store it like a blimp in the air.
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This is how I do it. Mount a winch up high on the wall. Pull your trailer next to the wall. Hook the side that if furthest away from the wall. Retract winch. I hang some fenders from the wall in all the right places.


Almost the same as this. http://youtu.be/Pyfi6QtQBfg
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How many feet does it have to travel on its side?
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Throw a couple of old fence posts down for rollers and drag it where you need it. No need to reinvent the wheel the egyptions figured it out centurys ago.
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Must not be in a deed restricted community like way too many are.
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I think for once or twice a year I'd invite some buddies over for beer and just carry the thing back where you want it. 4-5 guys and it would be no big deal.
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Can you put the trolleys wheel in the tail end and tip it "up?" Some trailer kits fold in the middle and are stored that way but I guess you don't have that version.

Good luck!
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Something like this work

Lay plywood down. Or get bigger yard wheels

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I think for once or twice a year I'd invite some buddies over for beer and just carry the thing back where you want it. 4-5 guys and it would be no big deal.
Problem is that the times I need to get to it aren't well planned and rarely the best times to find someone to help - like "a hurricane is coming" or "oh I suddenly have a free afternoon, good time to grab the trailer and do some quick maintenance."

However I like the garden cart ideas. I have been looking for a good one, maybe I build something with 300-400 lb capacity and just make it in such a way that the trailer beam will slot into it.

I guess I could piece something together with 4 of these and a 4x4 frame... http://www.harborfreight.com/10-inch...ter-38944.html

I'm going to bring the trailer home empty tonight, we'll see if it is as liftable as my previous one. You guys have a point, if it is something that two folks can do I may be overthinking.

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hobie cat beach dolly.

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