Trailer Valet XL Trailer Dolly with Chain Drive Review

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Review of the Trailer Valet XL Trailer Dolly with Chain Drive


AJ: What's up everybody It's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be checking out the Trailer Valet XL. What this is going to do, it's going to hook up to your ball mount on our A-frame trailer, and it's going to help us move our trailer without the need of a truck or anything like that. We don't have to push it. We can easily just operate it here. Pull up on the handbrake, put the handle in the side and move it along.There's two different ways we can move our trailer around: use the hand crank, or we have a drill attachment, and I'll show you both of them right here.

The hand crank, there's two different gears for both of them. We got ours in the lower gear, we found it's easier to use this one to hand crank because it moves per turn. Now I'm going to disengage the handbrake up at the top. With that up, you see it snaps into place, now you're ready to turn. As I turn it this way, you can see, easily pulling the trailer out, I'm not struggling to turn the crank.It just feels like, let me put the parking brake on, with this bottom one, each turn is a movement of the trailer.

We're using the hand crank on the top, which is a higher gear, see, I got to turn way more and way quicker to get the thing to move, so it might move a little faster, but I'm going to get worn out doing it that way. That's where the drill attachment comes into play. Take out the hand crank, and give you this attachment, and they'll go in your drill, slides over the top high gear. I'll disengage the handbrake again. See how much quicker that works, because that drill's spinning It's that easy.You probably want to know if this works with your trailer or not before I show you anything else.

It can handle a tongue rating of 1,000 pounds and that's down on here, on the tongue, and then a gross trailer pull rating of 10,000 pounds, so that helps you figure out if it's going to work with your trailer or not. Today, we're using a two-inch five-sixteenths ball, but you can get an alternate one that's just two inch, that way, if you have multiple trailers or you just need that size for your trailer.Also, there's a trailer valet that mounts to the side of your A-frame trailer, if you want to permanently mount it to your one trailer. We don't have much room on ours today and we're going to use it on a couple of different trailers, so we're just going to go ahead and stick with this one. The other thing we're using today is, in combination with the trailer valet, we have the trailer valet also makes wheel dollies, and these are going to go up under our wheels with our dual axle here, that way it lifts up this one axle, and we're only using this back one to move the trailer.That means when we go to turn in tight spots, it's not going to skip or fight us on anything, it's going to be way easier to maneuver this around with just one axle. I want to point out a little more about what I call the handbrake.

It's not just a handbrake, it's actually the handle that helps you steer. You can see it easily pivots, that way you can get the angle when you're backing up your trailer or pulling it towards you, moving it just where you need it. The other thing I like is, when I let go of it and it brakes like that, it engages the brake, so this isn't going anywhere.Let's say you're maneuvering your trailer. You hit a bump or something let go, or you slip on the hand crank or drop the drill, whatever happens, and you let it go, you don't have to worry about the trailer rolling away from you. Once the handle gets to here, it's disengaged, the brake is locked in. It's not going anywhere. The whole thing is made out of zinc-nickel plated steel with a black powder coat finish on top of it, so you know it's going to handle those elements just fine. If you leave it out, it's not going to rust or corrode. It's heavy-duty.The other thing I like is that all the gears are stuff are all covered up. It's all sealed in here, so you don't have to worry about the gears itself being exposed to elements, rusting out, or having to re-grease it or anything like that. It's going to stay all contained in here and protected. I also want to point out the two tires. They have a lot of grip on there, so it's really going to grab the road as you're moving your trailer. They didn't slip or anything and cause any problems. I will say they don't work the best on uneven ground, but they worked better than I expected it to.If you look down, this is what a parking lot looks like. It's not perfect. You can see there's definitely a bunch of cracks and some holes here, all across. I pulled this thing all across our parking lot back here, and it really didn't get stuck at all. It went in those grooves, came back out just fine. I didn't have to worry about it, and I also felt confident about the tires because they're full-on rubber. They're not inflatable tires, so you don't have to worry about hitting a nail and blowing out one of these. They're solid rubber, so you won't damage them.Going to give you a couple of measurements: from the ground, the top of the ball mount is about 20-and- a-quarter inches, from the ground to the top of the ball mount, again. Now, we'll do the measurements from the ground to the handle, so you know how far you have to bend over, whatever, while you're holding the handle and moving your trailer. Looks to be, the top of the handle, 27-and-a-quarter. That's just to keep in mind while you're operating it and using it, that's how far you're going to be, kind of like this, while you're moving your trailer.Another thing I want to show you has to do with the brake. You see how easily it moves with the brake on Or while the brake's disengaged When I go down, see, I can't move it. We go backwards a little bit. Nope. See That easy. Pull the handle up, you're back in motion. I'd also like to point out, when you go to turn it and pivot, it automatically locks this wheel into place, that way, only one wheel turns so you can get it in those tight spaces and maneuver your trailer.Now I'm going to show you how to put it together and attach it to your trailer. The ball mount is separate. It slips in here via pin on the valet itself, but what we're going to do is we're going to install it on our trailer and then bring our valet to the ball. Just push it up in there, lock it in place. See how we've got a little bit of movement We're going to go ahead and tighten it up with included tool, and it's going to push this plate up and keep it nice and tight, and get rid of that movement. I'm going to go hand-tight and you spin this outside part, make sure the plate stays towards the valet.You can tell it's already tightened up there, less movement, and that's just by hand. The nice thing is, because with this extra tool that clips in one of these holes, there's an indention that it'll grab into, that way you can get a couple more turns out of it and get it nice and tight. Now, no movement whatsoever, and the ball, and the wheel, and the valet up, you can see these holes in the bottom here, we want to line those up with the holes here on our valet. Get them as close as possible. We're going to lower our trailer down into here. With it lined up, we'll put our included pin through there, now it keeps it in place.Overall, it was pretty easy to get installed and use, so I'm happy with that. I think it's a great solution if you don't have that much room at your house and you want to park, let's say, this end closer on the side of your house, and you don't want to hook up the truck to try and get it to go around those turns in combination with the wheel dollies on the wheels, we're going to be able to pivot this and move it and make even sharper turns and getting into those tight spaces, it's going to be way easier than trying to fight it without it and having it skip, and just resist you while you're trying to put it away. I think that does it for our look at the Trailer Valet XL. I hope this helped.


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