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Subject Topic: Pennine Fiesta motor mover question
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Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 10/3/2020 at 6:48pm
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Hi

We have a 2006 Pennine Fiesta and are thinking of putting a motor mover on it as I can no longer push it around due to health problems. My question is that we live on a really steep bank and have to unhook the camper from the car on the bank and swing it around to get it in the drive. We then usually push it up the drive to the garage. Will a motor mover cope with this? I'm concerned about the steepness of the bank and the camper getting away from us! Any advice much appreciated.

Also which mover would you recommend?

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Message posted by navver10/3/2020 at 7:59pm
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I'm sure a mover will cope. It's amazing how they push a caravan round many of which will weigh double your fiesta.

You will need to have a suitable leisure battery and a location for a small isolator switch normally placed in teh battery compartment. This switch will need to be accessible when in your garage.

You will also need to wind each mover onto the tyres and back off again. Our caravan Powrtouch mover has a link bar so I can do both at the same time from one side only. Without this I would not be able to access the side tight up against a wall on our drive.

If you don't wind the mover off the tyres in storage, the tyres will be damaged.

Not sure on which mover will fit, but your fiesta probably has a smaller chassis than a caravan so will need some drop plates or similar. You're not usually allowed to drill the chassis as it will weaken it.

Message posted by bazpoint10/3/2020 at 10:21pm
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We have a fairly steep drive (and our road is also a hill) and a Crusader (heavier than a Fiesta) with a motor mover. It slows down up the slope, but can definitely handle it. I'm always paranoid about it getting away so I'm always sure to have it on chocks when engaging the motor, then release the break and drive up the hill away from the chocks until I'm confident the mover has the weight. It always does though of course.

If you were really worried you could always edge chocks up behind it as you go (if you really wanted to get creative you could mount a couple of chocks on the end of broom handles and keep them held right behind the wheels). I'm sure you'd soon gain confidence in the mover and not need to worry so much though.

Don't forget people use them with caravans that are far heavier than any FC, up steep slopes or onto levelling blocks. They're powerful little things.

navver is right about winding it on and off, though if you're able to budget a bit higher there are fancy new models that engage and disengage electronically so it really it a totally hands-off process.

Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 11/3/2020 at 6:20am
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Thanks so much for your replies. Just got to look around now to see what we can afford. We werent expecting to have to do this yet but I dont want to give up my camping. Thanks again

Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 18/3/2020 at 5:58am
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Hi,

I've emailed several companies about putting a motor mover on our fiesta and so far no one if willing to do it. They either cant fit one to a fiesta or are worried about ground clearance. Can anyone with a fiesta advise which model they have on their camper and who fitted it please?

I really dont want to give up camping.

Thanks again

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Message posted by bazpoint18/3/2020 at 11:01am
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Penultimate reply in this old thread might be relevant:

https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=10&TopicID=336589&ThreadPage=1

Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 18/3/2020 at 11:34am
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Thanks for that I will certainly look in to the Reich mover. Rhyno have said that they dont fit to the fiesta but there are pics on their facebook showing that they've previously fitted to both the fiesta and the countryman which I though were practically the same.

Thanks again

Message posted by blueexpo9718/3/2020 at 12:09pm
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I would challenge Rhyno after what you have seen on Facebook.

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Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 18/3/2020 at 8:03pm
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Unfortunately they dont seem to be answering their phones today. I can get an emove 203 fitted with drop plates for 720 with a local company. Does anyone have any experience with this mover?
Thanks again

Message posted by Derbian18/3/2020 at 10:41pm
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We have E Go motor movers fitted to an Opus Folding camper which is a fair bit heavier than a Fiesta and they work very well.    Lots of other owners also have them. Had them fitted at home by a firm called Auto Additions Nationwide who did a very good job. Might be worth giving them a call.

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Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 19/3/2020 at 5:56am
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Thanks for all your help

Message posted by phil-john19/3/2020 at 12:21pm
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We have a motor mover fitted to our Fiesta. I can honestly say I wouldn't be without one now, bit expensive and there are problems to overcome.
Ours was fitted by Autofix and we did have some problems at first but they eventually came back out and sorted it.
Problems to overcome - you need to have drop plates fitted to increase the depth of the chassis, just involves having a couple of holes drilled through the chassis and then they just bolt on.
The leisure battery on ours - 85Amp fills up the entire battery box there is no room for the isolation switch - we had our fitted under the cover above the battery box in the void behind the sink. Works well, you just have to undo the elastic bungee and slip your hand under the transit cover to turn it on/off. Be aware they do move slowly but seem to cope with any incline we have encountered.

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Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 19/3/2020 at 12:40pm
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Thanks so much. I dont suppose you happen to know the dimensions of the battery you have? All the 85a batteries that ive seen have been too big. Which mover do you have?

Thanks again

Message posted by Derbian20/3/2020 at 11:12am
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Just a thought about batteries. I sometimes look at a couple of Caravan Forums (lots of useful information). A fair few caravaners always use pitches with electric hook up and get away with using smaller batteries just for the motor movers.

Message posted by JCele52 via mobile 20/3/2020 at 12:08pm
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That's an idea. Thanks

Message posted by phil-john22/3/2020 at 4:13pm
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The leisure battery we have is a tight fit which is why we had the isolation switch fitted outside the battery box (see my previous post) Ours is on sale here :-
https://jacksons-leisure-supplies.myshopify.com/products/xv24
It's an 88 Ah and it measures 255mm x 170mm x 200mm high. As I said it's a tight fit we even have to tuck the cables on the top of the battery to shut the door but it goes in OK.
The mover is an Enduro 2 and has been on the Fiesta for about 4 years. Works a treat, wouldn't do without it!

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