Caravan movers

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  1. olley

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    Anyone ever thought of fitting these to the rear of a front wheel drive motorhome? Just to get you moving if stuck in mud. A pair of heavy duty are rated at two ton, fit four on a tag and your up to 4ton.
     
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    Cheap 4WD when helped by the fronts. I did suggest using the motor mover to help when stuck to a couple of tugger friends. All I got were blank stares.
     
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    Might be a bit of clutch slipping involved as they are not the fastest!

    Martin
     
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    Wouldn't work

    I'm still a tugger and we have a mover fitted we upgraded to the metal rollers as soon as they were available too
    there are so many variables to get them to work correctly

    1/ tyre pressure -- should never be out anyway
    2/ gap between mover and tyre -- should be correct if your engineer is worth his money
    3/ gradient works -- better on the flat have a gradient limit though
    3/ ground condition -- prefers dry well packed ground
    4/ ground composition -- dry packed composition not large lumps long grass or mud
    5/ transmitter battery state - - needs a new battery every 6-12 months

    if 1 or 2 is out then the mover is inefficient to not working - if 4 or 5 is wrong ditto and anything that come between the tyre and roller you loose traction completely and Mud is the prefect way to stop it working

    if the battery is low then the remote will work intermittently

    and most of all the wheels must be free-wheeling any resistance or moving too fast the the motor will stop
     
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    Waste of money even if you could fit them.
     
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    Have you come round from a dream?

    Get th Sen a beer, sit down then in a while read what you posted!
     
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    I've had to tow dozens of motorhomes and caravans out of the mud over the last couple of years and, very often, when the four wheel drive tractor is spinning its wheels and the caravan is going nowhere, the motor mover will get it out.
    Slowly, but it works.
    Maybe the idea has some traction.
    (Sorry) :)
     
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    Do YOU know how much they are?
    I saw a caravan the other day with four on, both axles and they must have had a good battery set. I thought they were to move a caravan into the final parking postion, why four????
     
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    If your wheels spin using the engine there's every chance the rears won't grip either....even at the slow speed of movers.
     
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    Four is overkill.
    I have a pair on the rear axle (trim axle caravan)
    In a straight line both drive equally.
    In a turn the out drives constantly while the inner drives intermittently.
    This allows the outer to perform the turn while the inner drives to realign the tyres then stops to continue the turn then repeats.
    Makes a very big turning circle but protects the tyres from excessive sideways scrub.
    The turn is very 'thrupenny bit' style.
    Single axle of course can turn on its own axis...one wheel forward, t'other backwards.
     
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    You would have to use them alone, without engaging the drive wheels, or you could rip them off their mountings, or at best, wreck the mover gearbox, or even the motors.
     
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    What you really need is a couple of VTOL engines of a harrier jump jet. This would lighten the weight of the motorhome or caravan and at the same time dry the ground underneath. The only extra expense would be to clad the motorhome in asbestos due to a slight fire risk, this could also be dealt with slightly cheaper by using your BBQ flame extinguisher.
     
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    Not everybody drives at 90 miles an hour toots, that's the old army training coming out, some of us can use first gear.:D From the movers I have seen, a walking pace or thereabouts seems to be the norm, first gear, slip the clutch, engage movers and off we go.

    Maybe.:LOL:
     
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    Well, we had a van with movers fitted, and I know how slowly I can slip the clutch in first gear without stalling, and to me, (which means very little on the Einstein scale of intelligence), the two just aren't compatible.
    How would you judge your speed, and regulate it to the speed of the movers, without inducing overspeed?
    Now. I can see an argument for mounting heavy duty movers on the non driven axle/wheels, and engaging them, (engine running to supply the amps), because they may supply the torque required to propel the whole vehicle out of a sticky spot, but not, I'm afraid, when working in tandem with the driven wheels.
     
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    So if we fitted the movers with a rachet, that would take care of any overspeed. Better get down the patent office quick before anybody nicks my idea.:D
     
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    Mine slip on the tyres if the load is too great (kerbs etc).
    Correct tyre pressure, recommended 20mm gap between tyre and drive roller when off, steel/alloy rollers.
    After ripping some tread off I learned to avoid kerbs.
    I have driven off with them engaged, just once, and it simply dragged the wheels.
     
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    12V winch? with remote control?. And attached to:- Toad/"Fred`s" Motor-home ? any useful piece of "furniture" gate post, etc? engage high gear, slip clutch a little (like driving on ice) and wind in the winch?.(y). Repeat until out of "poo".:) or not?:(

    Pete
     
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    Saw a large Dutch tag axle with motor mover fitted on an aire in Spain last month. Got chatting to the owner about them
    and he said "No work, total waste of money"
     
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    You don't need a winch, simply get the rope wrapped round the drive wheels and use the wheel turning to pull yourself along the rope??? Saw video on youtube of someone doing this, can't find it now though for some reason.
     
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    I have seen it done with a "Span Strap", (Truck Lashing) But you have to be VERY careful not to finish up with the rope wrapped around the axle and Brakes!.

    One of these:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161819619554?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT with a Mounting to the Recovery point on the M-H. would be safer?.

    Pete
     
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