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Old 07-07-2019, 12:17 PM
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Default Go kart as a trailer mover?

Iíve got 3 go karts and 1 minibike, when they run they are fun but my old trailmaster buggy has just been a money pit. Iím not impressed with the GY6 so far. I posted it for sale and at the same time realized I might be able to use it for something else I need, a trailer mover. My backyard is small so pulling a 16 or 18í car hauler trailer in can be done, turning it around canít with a full-size truck.

My thought was, the buggy already has rubber filled tires, mount a receiver hitch. Replace gy6 setup with a predator engine with a reverse gearbox, probably use a torque converter unless a clutch is mandatory, gear way down and use it to move an empty trailer around the yard.

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Old 07-07-2019, 12:47 PM
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Should be fine, bur make sure to brace the frame where you mount the hitch.
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Sell it and get a four wheeler. With that stress, it will only get worse. I use a hand pulled trailer dolly.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:22 PM
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I don’t know but I think a predator will solve 90% of my frustrations. Throw a new master cylinder on it, receiver hitch will be cake and motor/gearbox will be simple just $200 plus sprockets,chain and the little pieces. I’ve seen 2 trucks on YouTube that are setup with a predator 212 driving the factory transmission. If I can gear it down enough I’d like to use a 212 so I won’t need a battery.
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Sell it and get a four wheeler. With that stress, it will only get worse. I use a hand pulled trailer dolly.
Good call. Utility style 4-wheelers; they're beasts.

But a trailer dolly, like this?

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Good call. Utility style 4-wheelers; they're beasts.

But a trailer dolly, like this?

But Hellion,
That's just too hard!
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How easy is it to move a 18’ car hauler on grass? I may try one
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But Hellion,
That's just too hard!
Eat your Wheaties, tadpole. You're lookin' kinda wormy.
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I'd be concerned that even the empty tongue weight on an 18' car hauler would be more than your average go kart axle and suspension will take.

I use my garden tractor. It's plenty beefy.
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How easy is it to move a 18í car hauler on grass? I may try one
I've used it on several boats up to 22 foot, plus empty trailers of various sizes. Even uphill. Not easy peasy, but not really hard either. Certainly not if it had a car on it. Plenty hefty enough if the trailer is correctly balanced.
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Gear it low and go!
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Okay, so noone moves trailers in tight areas , screw the go cart idea. 2 options IMO front hitch on truck...serious money maker, next choice would be a small tractor
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Okay, so noone moves trailers in tight areas , screw the go cart idea. 2 options IMO front hitch on truck...serious money maker, next choice would be a small tractor
I have before and we just used a full size truck and old fashion muscle if we needed to move it further over. We did try using a lawn tractor to move a boat trailer, however, we did not take into account the tongue weight too much and the tractor lifted the front tires off the ground. Needed about 150lbs of counter weight for it. I'm not a big guy (maybe 160lbs soaking weight) and I've had to heft a loaded boat trailer over a bit to get the truck lined up with it. Not an easy task, but doable. Only reason I had to was because the jack wheel would dig into the ground (grass and gravel).
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I do. Back it through the gate and grab the dolly. Most boat yards around here use a 4 wheeler. Again, depends on the tongue weight. For most empty trailers that's under 50 pounds if correctly balanced.
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If you search on diy electric trailer dolly, youll get a ton of links...

Off hand here is one, buddy used a atv winch to motorize his tug...

https://www.proud-canadian.com/diy-power-trailer-dolly/
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A lawn tractor has tight steering especially newer ones thats your best bet but a low geared 212 can do almost anything
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:15 PM
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Well, if I can find someone to buy the buggy I’ll try one of those dollies.
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Sound like you need a chair

beefy hydro garden tractor axle (tuff torq k65), easy foot drive

cast iron front axle (from IH cub)

rack and pinion steering (from cub PRO Z commercial )

extremely short wheelbase , tight turning radius

covers all the bases, throw a ball on the front and back, call it a day.

All for the cost of welding wire , oil, and a v belt
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:59 PM
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I like it but I also like that cub cadet in the back
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I like that electric dolly
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