Caravan Motor Movers

So do you need a motor mover?

20 years ago we had a double axle caravan and no motor mover. Hitching up and even turning the caravan by hand seemed no problem! Then ….

We now have a modern single axle caravan and find things very different!

  1. Hitching up is not so easy. We think it may be because of the modern Alko style hitches with safety locks and combined brake  making it difficult to see so easily. These now require a swan neck on the tow vehicle compared to the old standard short neck.
  2. Moving the caravan by hand seems just about impossible (1500kg caravan). Before we raised one set of wheels up using the jockey wheel and away we went.

Have we just got old and weak we ask ourselves? Yet we can still hitch up other ordinary trailers easily including a double axle one we have with conventional hitch.

Reasons to have a motor mover
  1. It is so simple just to hitch up by reversing the towing vehicle back close to the caravan. Then just use the motor mover for small movements left/right and forward/backward. They even have an “inch” button. We wonder how we did without it before!
  2.  Easier to hitch up with just one person.
  3. Risk of damageing the tow vehicle clutch has now been removed.
  4. If your storage facility is tight then you have much better control than in a vehicle.
  5. When using a hard standing pitch in wet conditions we have found some sites are narrow and have very tight turns into the pitch. This necessitates the caravan/tow vehicle going onto wet/muddy grass with the risk of getting stuck. By unhitching and using the mover then it is possible to turn around the axle position.
Always consider the following
  1. Ensure you have fitted the correct motor mover for your caravan and your personnel requirements. Not only a match to the caravan weight but any incline you may need to use it on -i.e. driveway for storage.
  2. They do “hang down” below and hence reduce your clearnnace, so be careful.
  3. They can be very heavy and add to your onboard weight allowed when towing.
  4. If your motor mover stops working when moving do you have access to its position to hitch a tow vehicle up?
  5. They will stop working when the voltage drops to a pretermined level by the maufacturer. However most models will continue below this as long as you do not remove your finger from the remote button i.e. do not stop forward movement and the selct turning seperatly ( have a second finger already on the new single direction button.) The starting load of the motor is high compared to when it is already turning hence why the manufacture protects the motor from a low voltage.
  6. Manufactures tell you never to operate the mover with the mains connected as you may damage your onboard battery charger unit.  I do fnd this strange as if you have solar panels in use there is no mention of a risk to that charging system.
  7. The position of your motor mover is in the worst place for road salt and general corrosion. Look after it.

Motor mover manufactures

Purpleline

They supply for single/twin and 4WD.

Weight  30-60 kg for the 4WD at 60kg.

battery recomended 110 Ah

From about £650 to £1200 self fit and £100 extra to have fitted. Look for offers. For instance Towsure have offered the base model from £499 self fit but £199 to fit against

NOTE They now have a plug and play system that is supplied with  removeable motor movers and a battery in a box to use locally! idela for low ground clearnce trailers and trailers without an onboard battery.

Powertouch

Available for single and twin axle.

Weight 30-60 kg for all wheel drive

battery recomended 85 Ah

From £825 to £1900 self fit.

Truma

Available for single and twin axle.

Weight 28-60 kg for all wheel drive

battery recomended only 38 to 55 Ah

From £2100 to £3400 fitted.

Reich

Available for single and twin axle.

Weight 32-70 kg for all wheel drive

battery recomended only 85 Ah

From £749 to £2050

Leisurewise

Available for single and twin axel.

Weight 34-37 kg for all wheel drive

battery recomended only 85-110 Ah

From £545 to £900 self fit.

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E-Go

Available for single and twin axel.

Weight 30-60 kg for all wheel drive

battery recomended 110 Ah

From £825 to £1450 for twin axle self fit.

Magic Mover

Available for single axel.

Weight 37 kg

battery recomended 110 Ah

 £500 

Riviera

Available for single and twin axel.

Weight 37 kg

battery recomended 110 Ah

From £

Rhyno

Available for single and twin axel.

Weight 30-60 kg for all wheel drive

battery recomended 110 Ah

From £650 to £850 for twin axle self fit.

P1

Available for single and twin axel.

Weight 34-36.5 kg for all wheel drive.

battery recomended 85 Ah minimum

From £1200 to £2600 stainless steel model for twin axle.

They also start with a higher caravan weight of 2450kg possible.,

AlKo

Available for single and twin axel.

Weight 34-36.5 kg for all wheel drive.

battery recomended 85 Ah minimum

From £959 to £1500 stainless steel model for twin axle.

Note the Al Ko Mammut is a completly sealed unit.

 

 

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