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Message posted by glynnis5108/12/2009 at 9:33am
Outfit:  Pennine Folding Camper & Comanche      Location:  west midlands
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I've just had a motor mover fitted to my Pennine Pullman. Can't believe how easy it was to put in the garage. Wish I'd done it years ago would have saved all the hassle of pushing and pulling and lots of arguments LOL!!! 

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Message posted by LobeyDosser08/12/2009 at 9:44am
Outfit:  1997 Bailey Ranger 470 4     Location:  Argyll Scotland
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Our small caravan (see my gallery) came with a motor mover fitted.

Like many really useful items, you do not realise just how much effort and potential injury we put up with until you try using a motor mover.

The amount of tight spaces and awkward pitches that we can now manouver the unit into on campsites is just amazing.

Sloping sites that used to be a nightmare, are now a doddle and levelling the van up wedges could not be easier.

Then ofcourse the hitching up. No more bent bumpers and cursing the OH because of misunderstood hand signals!!!

Aye motor movers should be compulsory! 17



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Message posted by superscout08/12/2009 at 9:52am
Outfit:  Trigano TT     Location:  Cheshire
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maybe i can have one for my TT (only joking)

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Message posted by bfurphy08/12/2009 at 1:28pm
Outfit:  Dandy Destiny & Kia Soul     Location:  Scottish Borders
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Hmmmmmmmm! Just upgraded form adandy Designer to a Destiny

maybe I should start saving.



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Message posted by Jan P08/12/2009 at 5:10pm
Outfit:  pennine pathfinder 2003     Location:  Herefordshire
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John didn't think we needed  one now he is besotted with it and all talk of emergencies only forgotten.

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Message posted by LobeyDosser08/12/2009 at 7:29pm
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Quote: Originally posted by superscout on 08/12/2009
maybe i can have one for my TT (only joking)
Many moons ago we had a Raclet TT. I have no idea how heavy it ended up but when we had it I had a chest fridge, running water and a loo in it. I am fairly sure it was pretty well on the limit for an unbraked trailer and had motor movers been around back then, I would certainly have thought about getting one.

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Message posted by paddypearce21/3/2010 at 8:58pm
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which motor mover did you have fitted ? cost?

Message posted by billiepeamaye49521/3/2010 at 10:18pm
Outfit:  Pennine Fiesta     Location:  Nottingham
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we have just bought a jockey wheel type motor mover for our Pennine Fiesta,as our drive is on a downhill slope,and although me and the other half managed to get it down ok,it was getting it back up,huffing and puffing and jeffing at each other,we still managed .

untill i had a accident with an ageing VW camper that broke my leg and knee i dare not risk ruptering my knee,

so we bought a 2nd hand one of e-bay ,have a look there are loads to choose from.


Message posted by vickynewby22/3/2010 at 10:58am
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Does anyone have experience of fitting a mover to a Conway Crusader? Our drive is also a downhill slope and it is no fun trying to get it down the hill, we have only just bought it and getting it on the drive involved 4 adults, 2 of which were neighbours helping us out and I had visions of us all being crushed by the camper!! I don't want to rely on the neighbours every time we want it in and out and there is no space on our small double parked road for maneuvering it down the drive with the car. I have done some research and like the idea of the Rhyno, I just rang them and they confirmed it will fit, but they can't come out and fit it for several weeks So am thinking can we fit this ourselves?? It's also expensive and money is tight, so have been researching some on eBay, but don't know the restrictions for the Crusader. Help anyone??? It's literally just something to get it down the drive, in a controlled manner!

Message posted by Rob and Tina22/3/2010 at 12:42pm
Outfit:   Swift Major 4SB     Location:  Royal Forest of Dean Gloucestershire
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Vicky, if your drive is fairly straight you might be able to use a winch which you could bolt to the drive and pull the trailer up, one of you winding while the other one guides the trailer safely, and you could also let the trailer roll down the drive in a controlled way braked by the winch. This would cost a fraction of the price of the motor mover allowing you to get away more often.

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Message posted by vickynewby22/3/2010 at 12:49pm
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My husband mentioned a winch, but I can't figure out in my head how it would work. I think he mentioned one that would attach to the tow bar, so assuming we could get the trailer and the car aligned, this would allow us to winch it down/up the drive??

Message posted by Rob and Tina22/3/2010 at 2:45pm
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You could use something like this which you could hook on to a shackle at the end of the drive:

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/redirect.asp?redir=http://www.towsure.com/product/1046-Walk_Along_Winch

or you could fix one like this to the ground and hook it on to the trailer;

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/redirect.asp?redir=http://www.towsure.com/product/1045-Hand_Winch_with_Strap_-_1500kg_Breaking_Capacity

Obviously you would have to make sure that you bought  the right winch according to the weight of the trailer, I've just used these as examples of how it could be done.

 

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Message posted by vickynewby22/3/2010 at 3:00pm
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I still can't work out, how we would winch down, as the driveway is downwards sloping and this is our main problem. I think we can just about get it out, using the car, but getting it down the drive when returning is our main problem. The only way I can think is to use the car and a towbar winch, but even then the car and camper will have to be aligned, which would not be that easy given the size of our road. Sorry if I'm being thick but I can't see an easy solution using the above winches

Message posted by Rob and Tina22/3/2010 at 3:14pm
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Vicky, I'm supposing that your drive slopes uphill from the road. Attach the winch cable to a shackle at the top of the slope then use the walk along winch to wind the trailer up from the road to its resting place. When going downhill to the road just let the winch unwind gently using the weight of the trailer, this will prevent the trailer from running away with you and causing any damage.

My garden slopes up to the road (no driveway, just grass and flower beds) so I had nowhere to fix a winch or winching point. The first time I brought the trailer home it sank in to the ground and I had an awful job to lift it up and get some planks underneath it so I could move it.  Tarmac or concrete would have been so much easier! As the average age of my neighbours is about 75 the option of getting help from the neighbours doesn't exist.

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No, as mentioned above, my drive slopes down away from the road and our problem is controlling it going down the hill when coming home. It took 4 adults last time. Thank goodness we have concrete though, sounds like you had fun with it on the grass! So, how do you control yours going down??

Message posted by Rob and Tina22/3/2010 at 3:33pm
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Just put the winch or winching point as near the top of the slope as you can so you only need to manhandle the trailer as little as possible until you can hitch it to the car. The walk along winch would be better in this situation.

I controlled mine by sliding along on the wet grass until my feet gripped and hoping that I didn't damage anything on the way! I also put bricks down to act as chocks every few feet so if I lost control the trailer would stop fairly quickly. It was this sort of handling problem that made me sell up in the end. If I could have filmed this operation I could have made a fortune on You've Been Framed!

Rob



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