I got a Trailer Valet 5x a couple of months ago and it works great. What’s a Trailer Valet? It’s a specialized dolly that lets you precisely maneuver a trailer into spots where the margin of error is too narrow for moving with a tow vehicle. The Trailer Valet 5x attaches to your trailer via a mounting bracket. Once the bracket is installed – it mounts easily using 4 bolts – you can attach and remove the dolly as needed. The dolly has a hand crank that powers a drive train to turn the wheels. The crank can be moved between two gear positions: one for faster speed and another for more power.
My garage is perpendicular to my driveway and my camper is about 5 inches narrower than my garage opening, giving me only a couple of inches on either side. There’s just no way to safely get the camper into the garage when hitched up. Using the Trailer Valet, along with a couple of crude wood ramps, I was able to move my Jayco 12UD camper trailer (around 2100lbs with nothing in it) into my garage.
The photo below shows one of my garage doors open. The opening is 8 feet. Note the ramps at the threshold of the garage. The ramps, which I made using a hand plane and some 1″ x 10″ board, are used to level (approximately) the garage entrance and the driveway. Without them the Trailer Valet doesn’t have enough traction to pull the trailer tires over the lip of the garage.
Here’s a closer look at one of the ramps.
Here’s my camper in the driveway the morning after a trip. You can see the Trailer Valet mounted toward the rear of the tongue just beside the propane tank. Mounting toward the rear of the tongue puts a bit more weight on the dolly which improves traction.
Using the Trailer Valet, I get the camper lined up with the opening of the garage.
Here’s a closer look at the Trailer Valet on the left side of the tongue.
Once the camper is lined up with the garage I slowly start moving it into the opening.
Going slowly, I use the awning as a guide to make sure I have side clearance.
There’s a good bit of space on the right side of the camper.
And finally, the camper is entirely in the garage! Thanks, Trailer Valet!