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Old 07-20-2015, 12:05 AM   #11
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Do remember the pull rating of a winch can be substantially different at 30' vs. what its advertised rating is which is generally set with a fairly short pull.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:27 PM   #12
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The Drum diameter with cable( wound/spooled) is Lower Torque than when you start with a Empty Spool! Thus the More Cable on the Spool the (Less Power)! Youroo!!
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:20 AM   #13
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Googling "trailer tugs" brings up any number of commercial solutions, both battery and 120v, to moving a trailer.

Creating a personal solution is more fun. Keep safety in mind however.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:28 AM   #14
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That's exactly the technique I use as well. Short string to the breakaway cable in one hand, winch controller in the other. I also verify the battery charge just in case I have to pull the panic chord! It works better than I had expected.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:39 AM   #15
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Thanks for the good advice!
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:19 PM   #16
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^^^THIS.

I use a Horror Freight 1100 LB 120 volt winch (about $120 with a coupon discount) to pull my hardside popup up a grade and into my garage. Works well. The first time I tried using a manual winch - Uggh!

I pull it about 18 inches at a time, then reset the wheel chocks. I tie a small rope to the break away line and keep minimum slack as a back up.
In general, not a good idea. But looking at this plan, it doesn't seem so bad. Taking baby steps with the chocks limits the amount of speed the unit could build if the cable breaks. And with a longer cord attached the breakaway, if the chocks didn't stop it, it would slow it down enough for you to get clear, and still yank the breakaway.

Still not a great idea.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:43 PM   #17
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You could take a look at this. Pricy but looks like it could work for you...

Trailer Dolly, Trailer Mover, Tow Dollies | Trailer Valet
I use the trailer valet to back my Aframe camper into my garage. I have about 2" or so on each side of the camper to get it through the garage doors and it works great. I see now where they have a drill adapter you can order so that you don't have to turn the manual crank.

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Old 09-10-2015, 10:21 PM   #18
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I agree, a longer cord to the breakaway would be a good idea! THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION!
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My neighbor uses a front mounted receiver hitch to put his boat in the back yard. I don't know if this would work for you. Still won't see very well but easier to turn or back TT straight in tight places.
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At first I had been pulling from the bumper but after I read this I realized this was not a good idea. Now I'm doing it by tying off the axle using a "Y" configuration as suggested. This provides some redundancy in case one side of the chains breaks. Also, it allows me to balance the load on the chains as the winch is not along the center line of the trailer but off to one side. The chains are wrapped around the axle and the spring so it doesn't slide off position.
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