Choosing the Right Trailer Dolly: The Ultimate Guide

Trailer dollies are incredibly useful tools no matter what kind of trailer you have, but you want to make sure that you choose the right trailer dolly for your needs. Hand trailer dollies to remote-control dollies are fantastic for maneuvering your trailer or moving short distances without all the hassle of rigging the trailer up to your truck. To help you select the best option for your trailer, here’s the ultimate guide to choosing the right trailer dolly.

Choosing The Right Trailer Dolly:

Types of Trailer Dollies

As we mentioned, there are two different types of trailer dollies for you to choose from, depending on your needs, wants, and budget.

Hand Trailer Dolly

Hand trailer dollies are the simplest and typically need to be constructed after they’ve been delivered to your home and include a steel frame, wheels, a handle, and a hitch ball for towing. Hand trailer dollies can only handle a fraction of the weight that their motorized counterparts can, and it’s important you don’t surpass the indicated weight capacity on your chosen dolly. As such, hand trailer dollies are typically best suited for lighter, smaller loads. This type of trailer dolly comes in two- and three-wheel configurations, with the three-wheel being considered more user-friendly for its greater stability.

Electric Trailer Dolly

Battery-powered electric trailer dollies remove all the need for physical labor and are ideal for handling large trailers that would be too heavy to move by hand. These dollies are also incredibly convenient for precision maneuvering or moving short distances because you don’t have to hook the trailer up to your truck or try to finesse the trailer and truck into position. Electric dollies are simple to use and typically controlled via remote control.

Factors To Consider

Materials

A trailer dolly needs to be a sturdy and reliable piece of equipment, which is why you’ll often find all-steel dollies to be the most durable and readily available. To make the dollies more resistant to issues like corrosion and rust, a protective coating of powder is added to prevent processes like oxidization from occurring. Keep this in mind when picking out your trailer, as you’ll want to be certain the dolly has this protective coating before you buy it.

Adjustability

Because trailers are big, bulky, and encumbering, your trailer dolly should be able to adjust its height and maintain enough flexibility to ensure it can effectively move your trailer. A good feature to look for in a dolly is the ability to adjust the hitch’s height without fully depressing the handle. This feature allows the hitch to be readjusted with only a minimum amount of force, which is especially advantageous when moving your trailer over uneven ground.

Weight Capacity

Before buying your dolly, consider how much weight you need to move. If the weight of your trailer exceeds the weight capacity of your selected dolly, you’ll soon find the trailer dolly breaking down from stress and strain. Your dolly also needs the correct tongue weight to effectively move your trailer.

Handle

If you choose a hand trailer dolly, make sure the handle is long and sturdy. This is fundamental because it will provide you with the leverage you need to move a trailer hundreds of pounds heavier than you. The longer the handle, the more leverage you’ll have, and the simpler it’ll be to move your trailer. Furthermore, a quality trailer dolly will have a good rubber grip to ensure your hands stay firmly planted on the handle.

Ball and Wheels

The quality and characteristics of a trailer’s ball and wheels vary between brands and models. For instance, one trailer may have inflatable tires while another uses flat-free tires. You’ll also need to make sure the dolly is compatible with your trailer, as some may only accept couplers two inches or bigger while others have more specific hitch ball sizes, like 1 7/8 inches, to join with a coupler of the same or larger size.

Benefits of Trailer Dollies

If the ultimate guide to choosing the right trailer dolly still hasn’t quite won you over, allow us to also share with you some of the benefits you’ll gain by making this investment.

Improved Maneuverability

As mentioned, trailer dollies are fantastic for fine maneuvering, allowing you to position a trailer exactly where you want it without the hassle or guesswork of doing it with a truck. Steering a trailer in a tight spot is especially difficult, and a trailer dolly will save you a lot of stress and worry that you may damage your trailer or another person’s vehicle.

Save Time

Because you don’t have to hitch your trailer to your truck every time it needs to be moved or adjusted, a trailer dolly will save you a lot of time by being quickly attached and moved in a matter of minutes. Simply wheel the dolly to the trailer, lift it up, and move the trailer instantly and with greater precision.

Protect Your Health

Choosing the wrong trailer dolly doesn’t just make it more difficult to move your trailer; it also increases the likelihood that you will over-exert yourself. With a proper trailer dolly, you’ll prevent yourself from harming your back by trying to move a great deal of weight. If you’re older, an electric dolly will also completely remove the stress and strain of moving a dolly by hand.

Affordability

Lastly, consider that trailer dollies are quite affordable. Dollies have simple designs, and the parts are cheap and easy to manufacture. As such, you won’t be making a massive investment, and the cost will quickly pay for itself with how much time and effort you save after the first few uses of your new dolly.

Trax Power Dolly Systems is the preeminent supplier of electric dollies, and we highly encourage you to get in touch with us today if you’re in the market for your own trailer dolly. Our experts will be happy to help you learn more about how a trailer dolly can benefit you, and we will aid you in selecting the right one for your trailer.

Choosing the Right Trailer Dolly: The Ultimate Guide

Brice Jaggars
Received my Trax X2 Power Dolly and it has completely blown away my expectations. I ...
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Brice Jaggars
Received my Trax X2 Power Dolly and it has completely blown away my expectations. I bought it to move my ATC 2015 Travel Trailer. What i love about it. 1. The quality of the dolly is second to none. The engineering that went into manufacturing it was exceptional. 2. Being able to move my Travel Trailer while walking around it to avoid obstructions is a game changer. 3. The speed of the unit is refreshing. I watched several videos on competing products and the slow pace of them would have driven me nuts. 4. The power of the unit is noticeable. It is rated for 15,000 lbs and my Travel Trailer only weighs 5K and you can tell it can move much more. And more importantly, the terrain is no challenge for it. I moved my unit in the grass and had to push it up about 4 inches on a concrete slab and it had no problems. 5. The customer service is outstanding. Jeff treats you like you are his only customer. I did a LOT of research on products on the market and this one stood out to me the most and after seeing it first hand, I couldn't be happier with my decision.
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Brice Jaggars
Captain Brian Vaughn
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Captain Brian Vaughn
Do yourself a favor a get a Trax Power Dolly! This Dolly has made my life so much easier moving my flats boat in and out of my side yard for my fishing company Off The Hook Fishing Charters. In just a few minutes, my boat is ready to go to work and catch some fish!
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Captain Brian Vaughn
Jerry Heikkila
Jeff is amazing to work with, before-during and after the sale. I have...
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Jerry Heikkila
Jeff is amazing to work with, before-during and after the sale. I have owned the TX 6000 since 2021 and couldn’t be more satisfied with the unit. I have an incredibly small spot to store my trailer, but handle it with ease with my dolly. I tell all my friends about the Trax dolly, and recently a friend of mine purchased a GT8000 model. Keep up the fantastic customer service/support and top tier product quality.
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Jerry Heikkila
Aaron H
This company has been great to work with. The innovative and powerful product design, build, ...
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Aaron H
This company has been great to work with. The innovative and powerful product design, build, and manufacturing quality is everything I hoped for. That alone is enough to earn my business. I smile every time I break out my X2 power dolly to precisely move around my travel trailer in rediculously tight spaces ... it is both amazingly useful and insanely cool. But it gets better. They really have a customer-centric focus: they do a great job at understanding and thoroughly answering your concerns BOTH before and after the sale. My highest recommendation for this group of amazing people, and the products they produce. Do yourself a favor ... if you are in need for product like this. Contact them today. Thank you Jeff and GO TEAM TRAX!
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Aaron H
Michael Svoboda
I bought a TRAX GT8000 so that I could move my Outdoors RV trailer Model...
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Michael Svoboda
I bought a TRAX GT8000 so that I could move my Outdoors RV trailer Model 21 RBS into and out of my shop. The dolly is solid as a rock! I can see getting many years of reliable service out of this unit. I value excellence in customer service, manufacturing and truth in advertising. You get it all with a TRAX dolly. Jeff and team are knowledgeable, honest and treat customers they way they would expect to be treated, that’s as good as it gets! If you’re looking for all around excellence, in product and support you’ll find it with a TRAX product. I’ll post again in a month or so when I move my Lund boat around as well!
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Dave C
Jeff and the team at TRAX are top shelf. Buying process was uncomplicated and they ...
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Dave C
Jeff and the team at TRAX are top shelf. Buying process was uncomplicated and they were very helpful. The machine does exactly as they say. It pulls my 8000 pound toy hauler around with without any effort. Definitely recommend these guys
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Dave C
Eric Helfgott
I recieved this unit used but still within good warranty time. This company honored the ...
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Eric Helfgott
I recieved this unit used but still within good warranty time. This company honored the warranty even tho the previous owner had just about destroyed this unit due to over weight application. You don't see this customer satisfaction anymore. Trax has gone above and beyond to make sure I'm satisfied with their product Thankyou Trax
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Eric Helfgott
Chris Kidd
i have dealt withTrax for a few years and could not be happier with their ...
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Chris Kidd
i have dealt withTrax for a few years and could not be happier with their help during and mostly, after the sale. Jeff was extremely patient in looking for solutions to my application. If you need aTrax tow system, you should use these guys as you will be very pleased. I do not give very many reviews because I am picky and Trax meets my standards by far. The machine is solid and easy to use
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Chris Kidd
Bill Wood
I bought a TX6000 Power Dolly from them May 12,2022 and have been very happy with ...
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Bill Wood
I bought a TX6000 Power Dolly from them May 12,2022 and have been very happy with it the workmanship is superb. Had a slight problem with reverse on it December 11,2023 I emailed them to purchase the part. I recieved a phone call and was told there would be no charge for the part. Great Customer Service!!!
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Bill Wood
Tom Senger
WONDERFUL! Received my X2 remote control power dolly about October of 2022. A real WORK HORSE. ...
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Tom Senger
WONDERFUL! Received my X2 remote control power dolly about October of 2022. A real WORK HORSE. I use it to move a variety of both large (over 30 feet long and over 14,000 pounds gross weight) and small boat and camper RVs on gravel surfaces. X2 is small enough to maneuver into and within tight spots--much easier than using tractors/skid steers. Service/sales has been very prompt in getting new and replacement parts & accessories to me (in Wisconsin). My unit is used in spring and fall for seasonal storage : about 30 working (moving) hours over its first 7 months. Yes, I would buy it again! -- Tom from Wisconsin
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Tom Senger
Jamrock Jerk
The second most valuable piece of equipment in our fleet, the first is our...
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Jamrock Jerk
The second most valuable piece of equipment in our fleet, the first is our food trucks! We’ve been a loyal customer since 2018 and the continued support over the years along with their progressive innovation has been exceptional. Ask for Jeff, he knows his equipment and he’ll get you what you need to move your trailers, he might also throw in a nice enlightening conversation as a bonus too!
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Jason Day
"I've been using the TRAX X2 powered trailer dolly to move my 5th wheel trailer ...
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"I've been using the TRAX X2 powered trailer dolly to move my 5th wheel trailer around in tight camping locations, and it has been a total lifesaver! In the past, I used to struggle to navigate my trailer through narrow spaces and tight corners, but with the TRAX X2, I can easily and precisely maneuver my trailer exactly where I need it. The joystick control is incredibly responsive and allows me to make small adjustments, even in tight spaces, easily. Overall, I'm thrilled with how much easier and more efficient the TRAX X2 has made my camping trips, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in a similar situation." Jason Day - Portland OR
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Sergei Boutenko
The dolly arrived yesterday and all I can say is WOWZA! When the Fedex truck...
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Sergei Boutenko
The dolly arrived yesterday and all I can say is WOWZA! When the Fedex truck showed up, I instantly dropped what I was doing and started assembling the TX6000. Then I grabbed my camera and started shooting. 🙂 My first video just went live: https://youtu.be/qUF10nUPbIY a few minutes ago. Here is another one with me moving a tiny home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXHHLZq51XQ
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James Willis - Pasadena CA
Sorry for the delay in writing my customer testimonial Jeff, we just got back from ...
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James Willis - Pasadena CA
Sorry for the delay in writing my customer testimonial Jeff, we just got back from a long-needed vacation. Ok, my thoughts on your trailer mover.. It's Fantastic!! When I talked to you over the phone and told you the gross weight of my trailer was 2000 pounds over your limit and that I might be using it on grass and gravel. You were confident the TX6000 would move it nicely. I am very happy to say it did the job perfectly! Thank you for your time spent talking with me during the weekend. It still surprises me that you were available to talk so late at night. Best wishes to you and your company James.
James Willis - Pasadena CA
James Willis - Pasadena CA
Kerry Stark - Shamokin Dam, PA
Hey guys I received my Trax power dolly this week. I am very impressed with ...
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Kerry Stark - Shamokin Dam, PA
Hey guys I received my Trax power dolly this week. I am very impressed with its overall construction and nice detail. You can tell it's a quality built item. I'm sure it will serve me well. In this day and age it's nice to buy quality from people who take pride in their work. Thanks again for going the extra mile and doing it right. I will glad to recommend your product to others. I already posted on Facebook on one of my RV sites showing pics of the Trax. Thanks again!
Kerry Stark - Shamokin Dam, PA
Kerry Stark - Shamokin Dam, PA
Richard Sharpe - Camarillo, CA
Thanks for your great customer service. It is nice to know that when something goes ...
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Richard Sharpe - Camarillo, CA
Thanks for your great customer service. It is nice to know that when something goes wrong, your people stand behind your products and fix the issue. well done.
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Richard Sharpe - Camarillo, CA
Jeff Pulikowski - Sioux Falls SD
All I can say is that this is AWESOME. It far exceeds any expectation...
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Jeff Pulikowski - Sioux Falls SD
All I can say is that this is AWESOME. It far exceeds any expectation I had when I purchased it. Not to mention the fact that it is whisper quiet. I can’t thank you enough for producing such a superior product at a more than fair price.
Jeff Pulikowski - Sioux Falls SD
Jeff Pulikowski - Sioux Falls SD
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Edward Derosier
I have owned a few power dolly solutions to move my bass boat into my tight garage but none of them could get my trailer's tires over the curbing. They simply didn't have enough speed to drive the tires over the quick rise and simply caused the other powered dolly solutions to lose traction and spin on the spot. The TX6000 had a huge amount of power and speed. I was able to hop over the curb as if it never was there in the first place and the ability to switch between high and low speeds at a flick of a switch was what I've always wanted. It took me only a few seconds to get used to the thumb speed control for super smooth pushing and pulling my boat trailer. I was very impressed with how easy it was to connect, operate and move my boat trailer in and out of my Garage. Thank you Jeff Sawlor for driving up to Brampton and giving me a demo of how to use this amazing power dolly. I'm SOLD! It's the Easiest to use power trailer dolly on the market. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgIcS8N8dmo&feature=youtu.be[/embed]
Better build dolly indeed!
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