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Trailer Valet XL-Pro Trailer Dolly Review

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Review of a Trailer Valet XL-Pro Trailer Dolly


Hey guys. It's Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at the Trailer Valet XL Pro. Now this is an excellent solution for moving trailers around, especially if you do it often. Basically it gives us a connection point for a two inch or two and 5/16th inch ball. It's going to allow us super maneuverability.Now this is going to take all the features we like about the Trailer Valet XL and it upgrades it.

So no longer do we have to bend over, stick our drill in one side, release the brake with the other. All of that's handled just by a lever and it gives us a convenient handle up here. This is going to allow us to very easily change directions one way or another and get our trailer exactly where we want it. Whether we're going forward or reverse, we select that on our drill. And as we squeeze our lever, it's going to engage the drill, but also release the brake.

So we don't have to worry about doing two separate things at once. Both are controlled with just one lever. You can see at this point, that's where our break releases. And here is where the pressure is applied on the trigger to get our drill moving.Now the thing I like about this, it's pressure sensitive. So if we just want to start very easily, we can do that.

And then as we increase pressure on our lever, we increase speed.Now the Trailer Valet XL Pro will work on slight inclines. Each situation is going to be a little bit different. The key to keep in mind is that you always want the Valet XL Pro on the downhill side. So we'll want to push our trailer up the hill and then pull it down the hill.As you can see, there's really not much of a difference between this and flat ground. Everything stays nice and controllable.

Here's a really good example of the benefit we get out of the XL Pro. As you can see, we've got our trailer right over here, up against the wall. Really with the vehicle, this isn't something you're probably going to be able to do. The only time we're really able to do this is when we use our forklift with the ball mount attachment on it. That allows us a lot of maneuverability. But that's maybe 10 times the investment as what you're making with the XL Pro. So this gives us a really good solution. We have all the same adjustability and maneuverability without the huge investment.Now, whether you're using the two inch or the two and 5/16th inch ball, like what we have here, all of it's going to be stainless steel. Rust, corrosion, things like that are absolutely not going to be an issue.You're also going to have a release pin here. You see that pin, even with the weight of the trailer on it, still slides in and out nicely. And this will allow you to keep this in place and remove just the Trailer Valet if you'd like to take it to another trailer. And we can get these separately if you want to have a couple of these to have them on each of your trailers, so you don't have to worry about installing it each time. It's going to be up to you. Here's a good look. You can see separated at this point, this shaft with the pin removed slides right out. Now, as we lower it down you can see it'll slide back in there. It's just a matter of getting your pin lined back up and put in place.You can see the drill retains its original inaudible 00:03:23. So just a quick modification, we can pull this drill and use it wherever we want. You'll see here, the lever, that's for switching our gear. So we can go from first into second. And we always recommend starting in first, getting comfortable with the operation. And then if you want to increase the speed, move up to two.Now with it being the 60 volt drill, we're going to get the 60 volt battery and charger that come with it. You can see the gearing here in the center, heavy duty chain drive there. So this should last for an extremely long time. And something else I really like, we're dealing with solid rubber tires here. These are non-pneumatic tires, not going to have to worry about tubes and air all the time. These are solid, so even if it gets a screw in, it gets a rock that punctures through it, not going to have to worry about any leaks.Now the strength and maneuverability that we get out of the XL Pro really comes from all the upgrades that they've made to it over the original Trailer Valet XL. So you'll see here, now we have pillow blocks with stainless steel bearings inside. Pillow blocks are going to help stabilize everything, keep our bearing running smooth. And that stainless steel is going to last an extremely long time. There's no greasing or maintenance required at any of our bearings. They're all going to be sealed.You see, it also has a really nice texture on any of the steel components here. Kind of a textured black powder coat. Really should resist scratching and any kind of imperfections for a very long time. The grips themselves are textured. Pretty good diameter, easy to hang on to, easy to maneuver. We haven't had a lot of problems with this trailer. We've been moving around quite a bit. The lever to operate it here, also pretty seamless. Gives you pretty good response. Pretty good feedback. So you can start slow and then increase pressure to increase speed.The clip for the kickstand is going to be located right here on their main arm that comes up. Basically when not in use, we just want to put it in. It's got a little spring tension to it, it's going to hold it in place. Then when it's unhooked from the trailer, we can deploy our kickstand there and allow it to rest on the ground.As far as weight ratings, go with the XL Pro, we're going to be looking at a 12,000 pound gross trailer weight and a 1200 pound tongue weight. Now to get the XL pro connected to your trailer, we're going to bring it up close. Here we're using our two and 5/16th inch ball, but remember, they're interchangeable depending on your coupler size. You notice we don't have a battery in our drill yet. It's always best to connect these without that in place. Just going to bring it into align that ball under our coupler, and then bring our trailer down to meet it.Once we have that resting all the way down on, we're going to bring our coupler up, get it pinned into place there. And we've got our coupler attached here to the ball on the XL Pro. Now we need to lift up on the tongue. You see just like that, just to where we barely bring those trailer valet wheels off the ground. Now we're going to start turning our tightening ring here. As we do we want to position our bracket. This flat edge needs to be facing rearward. Just like that. We need to wiggle and move our XL Pro here to make sure we get all that play and all that movement out of it. Once we do finish tightening that up, using our spanner wrench. Once that's nice and secure, we'll lower our tongue back down.We're going to bring that foot plate up just above ground level. That way if we happen to have any type of failure the trailer's not going to go down very far. At that point, we're going to get our battery put in place. We'll remove any wheel chocks we have. We'll be ready to move our trailer. Now we'll get our kickstand put back up in position.Remember when we squeezed the handle, not only are we powering the drill to start moving it, but we're also releasing that break. Now the lip in the back is the preferred attachment method for our coupler. We do have the option however, some couplers are going to give you interference back there. We do have the option to rotate that forward. Just like this. If that'll keep our ball in a more level position, that's perfectly acceptable. And we can even remove this completely, but that's going to be our last option..


Hans-jurgen G.

3/6/2021

I am seriously considering one of these to keep travel trailer and boat trailer in a tight side by side area. How well does this move over 1/4 minus packed surface.

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Jon G.

3/9/2021

The Trailer Valet products are very effective at parking trailers in tight or tricky parking spots, but I've reached out to them before about their products working on pea gravel and they said it is not effective on pea gravel. I know that's a little different than 1/4 minus dirt but they are a little similar so use that information as you will. If it's packed down that might make a difference.

Hans-jurgen G.

3/10/2021

@JonG - thank you, this is useful

John M.

6/13/2020

Interested. Have a graveled alley that goes into my slightly inclined drive before my garage. Wondering how it works on a graveled alley and then the slight incline. Not sure what degree the incline is.

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Chris R.

6/17/2020

The Trailer Valet # TVXL25 can work on gravel but it's not ideal. To get the most out of the jack it really needs to be a smooth, level surface. We've had some customer feedback with less than stellar results when trying to use it on gravel inclines.

Walker E.

4/15/2020

looks good , want to upgrade. Had trailer Valet old type, manuel type . how much of a grade can you go up. do it with manuel type will this ons do it. I am 70 and on hot days is tiring to park it. 2100 lbs . what do you think?

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Chris R.

4/16/2020

The Trailer Valet XL-Pro is no longer made, but we do still have the XL model # TVXL2 (2" ball) or # TVXL25 (2-5/16" ball). These work the same way as the Pro but just don't include the powered drill, even though you can still use your own. The jack will work well on an incline of up to 10 degrees and it has a trailer capacity of 10,000 pounds (maximum 1,000 pound tongue weight).