Any Recommendations for fitting Motor Mover to Box Trailer!

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  1. zac

    zac Funster Life Member

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    Thought i would do a separate thread for this as i did mention it in my other thread but i think it has got lost in all the replies.

    I am looking at purchasing a box trailer and could do with some advice on how and who best to fit a similar device to it like the caravan motor movers. I know some people on here have done their own but i am useless at DIY so will need to pay someone to supply it and do it.

    At present the trailer i am thinking of purchasing is a Debon Cargo C300 as it looks to be cheapest for the size i need £2695, so it will need to be fitted to this. Alternatively is there anything else that can be used to make things easier when uncoupling and moving. The weight of the trailer and motorbike within will be around 1ton, having never owned a trailer before i have no idea how difficult this is going to be to move on uneven surfaces (grass/gravel/inclines). I have seen many devices on the internet like the tugco/mr shifta but most say they are ok at best with useless being said by a lot. I dont have a great back so whatever i can do to alleviate this will be money well spent in the long run.

    Anyone actually used any of these or similar as be good to get some real world experiences from people that have them.

    Also i have called one company about fitting a motor mover and at present they are quoting around £850 for the enduro 2 if it can be done is this cheap?

    Thanks in advance.
    Zac
     
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    You can get a Purpleline mover supply only for under £500, don't know much about them, but they have been around for over 10 years. You would be better to post on a few caravan forums.
    You might have a problem fitting to your chassis, most are made to fit the Al-Ko & B&B caravan chassis.

    Edit:
    Just noticed the Enduro is a Purpleline one, Towsure advertised fitted for £655.
     
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    You will be able to fit them easily enough, plenty do, but I doubt you'll get away without having to do a bit of fabrication on the chassis. (y)
     
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  4. zac

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    All the quotations i have seen are for fitting to caravan, there seems to be very few companies that quote a bespoke fit. I did look at the towsure one but not knowing anything about then i thought i would need to find a company with the ability to make up the brackets, I just dont know of any.

    I wont be able to fit it as i am useless at DIY, i will need to pay someone to do it :(
     
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    There is a UK firm Powre movers I think they sold out not sure.
    5 year warranty fitting at home.
    I had one on a caravan fantastic mover.
    When I had a motor problem they sent the new parts to Belgium.
    Before even seeing the old parts for warrenty.
    Great service
    But if they have sold out I dont know if the service is still the same
    Might be worth having a solar panel on the trailer to charge the battery
    Mel
     
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  6. zac

    zac Funster Life Member

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    I was thinking as it is a box trailer that a battery can be fitted and then just charged as park of the electrics when towing. I could do with a firm that will install these on tailers as opposed to caravans as because they are designed for them all you see if rightly so for that purpose. As Jim mentioned this will need plates making as it is not a standard install and there is no way i can do that lol :)
     
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    Any mover fitter should be able to fit it on any chassis.
    They only clamp on to the chassis
    Charging should be ok as you said.
    Mel
     
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    zac Funster Life Member

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    Totally agree in theory, it is just being able to find recommended companies that wont take the p**s in terms of cost. I am happy to pay but if i can get a mover for around £500 at present i am being quoted £850 to supply and fit which means they are charging £350 to fit it which i think is quite a lot.
     
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    Thats too much to fit it
    Just had a thought what about Johns cross
    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/
    And you get funster discount
     
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    Suggest you have a look at

    http://www.powrwheel.com/

    they do bespoke fittings and mention Burger Vans amongst others.

    I bought a

    http://www.towsure.com/towsure-move...4&cadevice=c&gclid=CKSq_KTGl8oCFda4GwoduNIO6A

    because it was cheapest and had no trouble fitting it once I had decided where to fit the battery and charger.

    http://www.caravanmoversonline.co.uk/

    is useful for comparison but given the weight of your trailer I would go for cheapness as you are not going to strain it. I use ours to move the fully laiden trailer (748Kg on the scales) up two 4 feet long wooden ramps that rise 1 foot from the garden to the drive. 1 in 4 or 25%.
     
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  11. zac

    zac Funster Life Member

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    I forgot about asking John Cross, i will take a look at the others as well, i would expect to pay around £150 to fit depending what has to be done of course. I suppose it would be better when I get the trailer but i want to make sure i can do something with it before i outlay the expense etc.
    Thanks for all the replies so far.
     
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    Caravan movers are designed to fit the specialist chassis types used on caravans which have standard location holes in the steel. To fit one to a trailer chassis you would have to ensure compatibility, perhaps speak to the service department at your local caravan dealer who will have experience of fitting them. An alternative is to look at a motorised jockey wheel. not as powerful or fast but still effective. I have used one on a 1500 kg van with good results. It would of course need a chrged up 12v battery as would the full mover.
     
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    I was a fitting & repair engineer for Powrtouch caravan & trailer motor movers. A modern trailer would be easy to fit a mover to & the going rate for fitting should be 100 pounds or less. Try having a wee look on Ebay, a lot of fitting guys advertise on there. My advice is to go for a quality product such as Powrtouch Evolution with manual engagement. The auto engage ones tend to be troublesome & are more trouble than they're worth.

    If I can be of assistance, please feel free to pm me..Robert.
     
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    I have thought about a motorised jockey wheel but from what i can see they dont seem to be of much use when on anything other than flat ground.

    I am waiting on a quote from powrtouch as they do a bespoke fitting but they are not sure at present. Is the evolution worth the extra over the classic?

    The fitting is a problem as all quotes are based on standard fitting to a caravan. I need someone who will be able to make up the brackets needed to fit this but at a reasonable price. If i can find someone to do it at around £100 i would jump at it :)
     
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    If it is a channel or Z section chassis the mover should clamp straight on to it.

    Also get a pneumatic jockey wheel or you just might find yourself ploughing furrows when you start manouevering.
     
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    I have got a twin wheeled car transporter to take our Fiat Panda I was looking to fit the movers but thought they were very expensive so I bought a small winch I fitted it to the trailer a frame and when getting to a pitch usually find something to anchor it on to pull trailer where I want it. I use a Clark power pack to run the winch,which is very handy as you can use for jump start as well and recharge when on hook up.
     
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    Forgive the ignorance but why a pneumatic jockey? this is probably obvious to most but i have no idea not used to towing trailers.
     
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    A tyre that you pump up
     
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    Ah i see, as opposed to a solid wheel. Obvious when you know :)
     
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    The solid jockey wheels are quite narrow and will dig in especially on soft surfaces, including gravel, whereas pneumatic tyres are a wider profile and ride on the surface better.
     
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