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If you are like me, sometimes I just don’t cut it when reversing a caravan into tight spots – my garage for instance. My driveway has a reasonable slope to it and has rock walls on each side over a metre high. Very daunting. So the answer is to drive forwards up the driveway and then use one of the many caravan movers on the market to spin the caravan through 360 degrees and then reverse it into the garage using the mover.
As I stated, there are many models of mover in the market place ranging from manual ratchet type movers that take the place of the jockey wheel (been there, done that), then there are motorised devices that also take the place in one form or another of the jockey wheel, and then there are the motorised type that actually drive the main wheels of the caravan using a friction roller and clamp actuator.
The ones above from left to right are: a simple ratchet jockey wheel type mover (hard work sometimes); hydraulic castor trolleys to lift the caravan’s main wheels so that you can push it around wherever you want; and another jockey wheel substitute that has a dual function winding handle – it can raise and lower the wheel or can be switched into mover mode so that winding the handle actually drives the jockey wheel.
Of the motorised models shown below, again from left to right: the first example drives the caravan’s main wheels via an actuator clamp and DC motors (permanent fixture). The middle example sits under the tow-ball attachment, has an on-board battery, and steering is achieved with a ‘rudder’ handle. Finally, the one on the right engages with a small clamp bolted to the draw-bar, has an on-board battery and two motors that also control steering. The latter two are portable in that they are not permanently fixed to the caravan.
The choice you make demands some due consideration:
- The amount of effort you want to put into moving your caravan will determine whether you go for a manual mover or choose a remote controlled motorised system.
- The depth of your pockets will also play a part in a similar choice. Motorised movers can be expensive. The manual models shown are in the range of A$300 to A$1000. The motorised range from A$2000 to A$3500.
- Will the mover be permanently installed or do you want a more portable solution whereby it can be connected or attached when needed? With a permanent installation there may be a susceptibility to water or stone damage when travelling.
- How much work is involved in the installation and will your chassis have to be modified to fit the unit. I considered a permanent installation but when I appreciated the amount of work and chassis modifications to make it fit I decided on a portable model – in fact I own Trevor the Camper Trolley which is the right hand model in the illustrations above.
In summary, caravan movers take the hard work out of moving into tight spaces. They are efficient and easy to operate (most have wireless remotes). Most of them cope with various terrain, but of course all of this comes at a price. For more information on towing and reversing a caravan or trailer see these blog posts.
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