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Message posted by Jofang24/3/2012 at 5:32pm
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I have double axle Buccaneer weighing in at almost 2 tons loaded and I have a 90 degree turn into my drive way from a narrow road that's on a slight incline. I've got four motor movers fitted and they struggle to make the turn due to tyre scrub. I hose down the road each time I go in and out to provide some lubrication to ease the tyre scrub, but the motor movers struggle and I'm concerned that if ever one of the fails I'll be stranded blocking the road.

I've seen some really smart motor movers in the USA that fasten to the tow hitch and have enough power to spin around a 747. Has anyone bought or seen a suitable piece if kit in the UK? I've seen some items myself on the net, but they all depict 2 wheel vans on flat surfaces, which are easy enough to move by hand. I need much more power, maybe even 230v.




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Message posted by bowler7024/3/2012 at 5:52pm
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Have you tried winding your jockey wheel right down to lift the front wheels of the van. Another way is to stand on the ball hitch part to lift the rear wheels. We used to do this with our horsebox [no mover].


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Message posted by idmainian24/3/2012 at 5:55pm
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Have a look at the Riech twin axle motor mover it will push a twin axle large German van up quite a steep drive you can see it on utube.Ian

Message posted by Grampian9124/3/2012 at 6:25pm
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Why do you get tyre scrub with a 4 motor system?

Does it not automatically rotate the opposite side the other way to prevent scrub?

If not can you not do it manually, Hold the one side the way you want it to rotate then press the other button the opposite way, Inch the other side slightly to prevent scrub.

I thought all 4 motor systems did that?



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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

Message posted by The 2 Tops25/3/2012 at 11:19am
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Altering the pitch of the van to get two of the wheels free from contact sounds the best way forward to me.  If you do look at movers which work from supporting the hitch, some caution is needed.  We oncw saw one which resembled a small tank, with caterpillar tracks.  Initially impressive, once it got onto loose gravel it spent most of its time shifting stones, rather than the van.

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Message posted by alpiner25/3/2012 at 2:58pm
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Front detatchable tow bar ,the best investment you could make and a fraction of the price of any mover and adds no weight to the caravan and very easy to use.

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