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Old 17 April 2006, 10:57   #11
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Stuart, unless your going a long way what about a mini/compact tractor? We've used mini tractors for moving touring caravans for years, a huge advantage is you can actually see the tow hitch and ball from the drivers seat so making a 1 person hitch up a one try wonder! Depending on which make of tractor you use you can actually connect up whilst still aboard, really saves on time. The disadvantages are that you can see almost nothing whilst reversing as the Rib/Caravan is only a couple of feet from you and blocks your view, wing mirrors aren't usually wide enough apart to help. Mini tractor in low range crawler gear will move at a snails pace but will push a house uphill, unless your on wet grass, then its out with the LR. I would guess most of this applies to quads.
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I've been dragging my Rib around with one today (see Heath Robinson, Rib Gallery). Not overly impressed. I reckon that the auto clutch would give out given extented use.
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Stuart, unless your going a long way what about a mini/compact tractor? We've used mini tractors for moving touring caravans for years, a huge advantage is you can actually see the tow hitch and ball from the drivers seat so making a 1 person hitch up a one try wonder! Depending on which make of tractor you use you can actually connect up whilst still aboard, really saves on time. The disadvantages are that you can see almost nothing whilst reversing as the Rib/Caravan is only a couple of feet from you and blocks your view, wing mirrors aren't usually wide enough apart to help. Mini tractor in low range crawler gear will move at a snails pace but will push a house uphill, unless your on wet grass, then its out with the LR. I would guess most of this applies to quads.
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These are good points that the cockeral haired gypsy caravan trader has mentioned above. The fact that the hitch is buried under the seat is a pain, too hard a turn and the handbrake or jockey wheel start hitting the quad ( I knocked a rear light out with he jockey wheel handle this pm). A mini tractor, although not as quick, would be a gutsier tow vehicle.
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Old 18 April 2006, 03:57   #14
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Cheep, manoeuvrable, good visibility and if you fill the skip with sand it will tow 10 tons Des
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thanks for your help guys.........some good points, as usual with weak willed people such as myself, i am changine my mind more towards the mini tractor/ dumper option. those dumpers have yanmar engines sometimes I believe
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Donít know about Yanmar, but most have Petter, Perkins or Ford 2722 (70hp version of Pac22 engine) engines, all good engines
Originally I was toying with the idea of removing the skip and changing the skip hydraulics to operate a front mounted hitch Havenít got around to it yet though

Thinking about your situation, if you arenít using it on the road and assuming your yard is mostly concrete,how about a forklift with a ball welded to the forks something like this Des
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