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Old 23 June 2014, 06:59   #1
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Motorised mover for trailer

Hi all,

I have searched for this subject but not found anything on here......

Does anyone use a motorised/battery powered mover to assist with moving their trailer on driveways, etc?

The reason I ask is that my drive has the 1" dropped kerb and then a slight raised lump to go up and over before it slopes downhil to where the trailer parks. Unfortunately there is no room to reverse the trailer in with the car and it's on the verge of hernia territory when pushing back onto the drive.

The caravan forums all slate the "Mr Shifta" type movers in favour of fixed motors on each wheel - but their wheels (and fixed motors) aren't dunked in saltwater twice a weekend!

Has anyone got any experience of using something similar?

Failing that the missus suggested some kind of winch-type set up at the bottom of the drive to help get it over the lip.

Thanks!
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Old 23 June 2014, 07:06   #2
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I use something like this to oick both the caravan / boat trailer up the kerb onto my drive .
Slightly cheaper lower capacities are available .

I did concrete a small steel loop into the flower bed as an anchor point.....

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Power launch is a system we've seen on a boat trailer we took in and it was rusted through after only a year of use. I would say its a waste of money


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Im also interested in this type of help.

The combined length of my van and trailer means I cant back the thing round the corner I need to fully get it where I want.

Would those powered things work on a gravel drive ?

I tried to winch mine in but I found I had such a lot of friction due to the gravel it was very hard work. I used the winch on the front of the trailer, took it underneath and then back. Connected it to a rope and a well placed anchor point. But the rope stretched a lot and it took bloody ages.
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I used a Mr Shifta 3 (the biggest one) on my flat gravel drive to manoeuvre my rig. It did struggle for traction and would just about shift her. The rig is a 7m on a twin axle trailer weighing in at 1960kg so it was always a big ask. It did help a lot when we added a bit of muscle too.
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There was a thread on here recently about someone who had built a tracked trailer mover. Have a look through, it was really recent, last couple of weeks I think
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Mmm, OK. Well mine is 8.5+ on a twin and has twin engines, so it must weigh quite a bit. Plus it needs to go round a bit of a corner.

I reckon a block and tackle would be better / cheaper.
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Mmm, OK. Well mine is 8.5+ on a twin and has twin engines, so it must weigh quite a bit. Plus it needs to go round a bit of a corner.

I reckon a block and tackle would be better / cheaper.
You weren't out from Northney Marina this sunday were you? There was a big Hysucat with Twin 175's on the water as I took my boat out to the West Wittering beach?
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Thanks everyone for the replies.

The caravanners all complain about the Mr Shiftas struggling on gravel or grass, but seem ok on the flat. I have flat road outside th drive and the drive is tarmac so it should be ok.

I was also looking at installing a heavy duty eyebolt (or pair) into the floor of the garage and using one of these: ELECTRIC WINCH 12V HEAVYDUTY PULL boat caravan trailer quad offroad landrover | eBay

or even just mounting a separate trailer-post and hand winch into the floor of the garage. I only need it to pull the trailer about 2-3 metres and then it's downhill so I just guide/brake it into position by hand after that.
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Ovey - yup, that was me. Out enjoying the sunshine.

We went out to Cowes for a picnic, then up Southampton water, back out to Portsmouth harbour for a look around, then a few laps of the forts out in the Solent. Then to Sparks for a coffee and Icecream before finally comming back to Northney.

I was experimenting with the choppy water and speed as well as playing around with trim. One of my crew lost a hat, which meant I could practice my MOB recovery drill
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