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Is This the Easiest Way To Move Trailers Around?

Parkit360’s Force ISC 10k Trailer Dolly

If trucks or off-road vehicles are your passion, then there's a high likelihood that there's a trailer or two in your life. Speaking from personal experience, I have been towing trailers my entire adult life. If your hobbies involve project trucks, hardcore wheelers, or UTVs, then you likely have a flatbed utility trailer. And if camping and motorcycle riding are more your jam, it's probably a toy hauler or travel trailer that's clogging up your side yard. And we won't even start those money-burning folks we call boat owners

No matter the situation, all of us who have towed trailers can agree that backing them into their parking spots can be a frustrating exercise. And at some point or another, we've all contemplated finding an easier way. Well, when the folks at Parkit360 came to us and asked if we'd like to test out one of the company's powered trailer movers, we quickly said yes. After a quick line of questioning from the company's sales team, it was determined that the Force ISC 10k would be the best mover for our situation.

Our Force ISC 10k test unit came equipped with the company's B3 package, which includes larger 6.5-inch-wide tires for rolling over terrain such as gravel or grass; a battery kit with a 6-inch connection cable; a smart brake controller; a built-in battery charger; both 2-inch and 2 5/16-inch trailer balls; and a 20-inch-tall ball mount adapter. The Force ISC 10k is rated to handle trailers that weigh up to 10,000 pounds and have a tongue weight of 900 pounds. This top-of-the-line model comes in at $2,150; however, the most basic Force ISC 10k can be had for just $1,700. For smaller trailers, the company offers a 5,000-pound-rated Force ISC 5k, which starts at $1,300. And for larger trailers, including fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers, the Transformer ISC 15k can handle trailers up to 15,000 pounds with 3,000 pounds on the tongue. The biggest Transformer ISC 15k will set you back more than $4,000, though.

Our small trailer fleet consists of a heavy-duty 18-foot flatbed utility trailer and a 22-foot toy-hauler trailer. Getting the trailers into our parking spot entails making a 90-degree turn, climbing a curb, and pushing up a slight grassy grade before slipping into a slot with just inches to spare on each side. This made us a prime candidate for testing out the Force ISC 10k.

So with our flatbed utility trailer loaded with a John Deere Gator XUV (the combination weighing about 5,500 pounds), we hitched up the Force ISC 10k and gave it a whirl. We first attempted to move the trailer from a parking spot on the street, turn 90 degrees, and then go into the trailer's parking area. We quickly noticed that making the turn was going to be difficult. Giving ourselves a wide arc to work with, we were able to get the trailer from the street, turned, and up into its spot. During this maneuver we realized that we'd definitely need ramps to get the trailer up the curb (which we suspected going into it but tried without anyway). We also found that to get up the grass, we needed to adjust our load so that the trailer put more tongue weight on the mover to gain the needed traction (unloaded wouldn't have been an issue, but the UTV was set back slightly, directly over the axles).

While using the Force ISC 10k trailer dolly, we enjoyed the Intelligent Speed Control feature, which provides both a high and low speed setting. And the smart braking came in handy, as well, while moving up and down our very slight incline. The wide 6.5-inch-wide tires came in handy on the aforementioned grass, but we feel that if we had the standard 4-inch-wide tires, turning likely would have been far easier. The battery lasted a surprisingly long time, and when it was time, it charged quickly thanks to the onboard charger. And we especially loved the digital voltage gauge, which gave us great insight into just how much power was left to work with.

We used the trailer dolly many more times to pull the trailer out of storage and put it back in before the time came to pack the unit up and ship it back to its home. What we decided after all that use is that a trailer dolly is a fantastic tool for the right person and situation. In our particular case, the hard 90-degree turn on pavement was difficult for the dolly to perform. By the end, we were using a truck to place the trailer in line with its parking location before switching to the dolly. With the level of trailer backing experience we have, it was often easier to use a spotter and finish backing the trailer in with the truck than it was to unhitch and bring out the dolly. The same goes for pulling the trailer out of storage. Although the dolly made pulling the trailer out very easy, the need to unhook from the dolly and bring in the truck before making the 90-degree turn meant that we were better off using the truck.

So what situations are better for the dolly? Starting with the obvious, the dolly would be best for moving a trailer in situations where a sharp 90-degree turn on pavement isn't required. If the surface had been looser, say gravel or dirt, the turn would have happened much easier. Small maneuvers are best for the trailer dolly. Folks with limited trailer backing practice or who just aren't confident getting a trailer into a tight spot will benefit from using a trailer dolly. However, the dolly isn't for those lacking muscle, as it takes a bit of doing to adjust the direction of the dolly, should a turn or correction be needed. It also takes a fair bit of muscle to get the dolly hitched properly. If you need to move a trailer into a tight spot, where it's impractical (or impossible) to fit a truck, a dolly is the perfect solution.

We're going to miss having the Parkit360 Force ISC 10k around. For as much as we ended up not using it in our particular case, it was definitely a handy tool to have on hand. We used the dolly several times for short moves and readjustments, where bringing the truck in would be more work. Like any good enthusiast will tell you, it doesn't hurt to have more tools in the toolbox. So if you own a trailer and can swing the cost, having a trailer dolly around is ultimately a good thing in any situation.

The Parkit360 Force ISC 10k trailer dolly is rated to move trailers up to 10,000 pounds gross weight with tongue weight of up to 900 pounds. The dolly can move trailers on inclines of up to 6 percent, and with its wide tires it can cross grass, gravel, dirt, and more.

The dolly ships to customers in a single large box that's sure to irritate your FedEx driver. Despite its power, these dollies weigh only about 70 pounds and are easy to move around. Assembly is quick, as well, taking just minutes once unpacked.

The Force ISC 10k has the option to ship with a preinstalled (and charged) U1 battery kit. In fact, the only dolly that doesn't ship with a battery is the most basic kit.

Included with the battery kit is a short 6-inch battery cable, which is just long enough to connect the battery to the dolly. On kits without a battery, the dolly will ship with cables long enough to reach your trailer's onboard battery.

One of our favorite features of the dolly is the built-in voltage gauge. This gauge allows users to quickly and easily know how much charge the unit has prior to use.

One of the neat features of the Force ISC 10k is its ability to use the trailer's electronic brakes to slow the unit. Using this feature is as simple as plugging in the trailer's seven-pin connector.

A pair of circuit breakers (left) protect the unit from overloading. They're on the rear of the dolly for easy resetting should the need arise. The charging cord plug (right) is also on the rear of dollies that ship with a battery.

On the side of the motor is the knob that is used to switch from engaged to freewheel. Freewheel is used to move the unit around unloaded; engaged is used while powered and loaded.

Two sizes of tires are offered on the Force ISC 10k: a 5-inch-wide tire and a 6.5-inch-wide tire. The 6.5-inch-wide tires seen here are best for situations where you need to traverse grass, gravel, dirt, or other rough surfaces.

Looking at the dolly's underbelly, we can see the chain drive, axle, and powerful 1.5-hp Bosch electric motor. All Parkit360 units are assembled in Canada.

The unit ships with a 20-inch ball mount and both 2-inch and 2 5/16-inch balls. It's important to keep the whole setup well-greased and to fully read and understand the instructions prior to use. There are a few adjustments that need to be made prior to use to keep the operation safe, but we'll leave reading the manual for the end users.

The ISC part of Force ISC 10k refers to the units Intelligent Speed Control. This system not only allows the user the choose between low and high speed but also controls how the speed is applied (slower at first) for a more controlled experience.

Once the trailer dolly is fully set up, operating it is as simple as pressing a toggle switch. Forward moves the trailer forward, and back engages reverse. It's that simple.

Here it is in all its glory. Attached to our utility trailer and ready to use, the Parkit360 Force ISC 10k attracted quite a bit of interest from folks around the neighborhood, with many coming over to see just how it worked.

As it sits, this trailer dolly has a retail price of $2,150 as of press time. Although that's a tough pill to swallow at first, for the right customer this machine is an absolute lifesaver.

Despite its weight, which is about 70 pounds, the Force ISC 10k is actually quite easy to store. The handle comes off with one screw, and the whole thing can easily fit inside most RV storage units or in the back of almost any SUV (even the small subcompacts) for easy transport.

Source:
Parkit360
www.parkit360.ca