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Old 09 June 2008, 13:06   #21
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I reckon the front tow hitch is the best solution and probably the quickest and cheapest

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Talk the missus into selling the Zafira and buying one of These
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Old 09 June 2008, 13:41   #23
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You have a few options open to you:

Improve your reversing skills
Get a front towball - this is a realistic option, as pointed out in an earlier post.
Winch it up the drive - a few options for winching have been explored
Get some mates/neighbours to push it up the driveway
Move to a house with an easier driveway
Store the RIB somewhere else
Sell the RIB

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Did you buy this house, with its associated problems, before buying your first RIB?
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Old 09 June 2008, 13:47   #24
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Totally agree... This problem is doing my head in!!! If only I could find one simple solution! It seems that everything (winching, pulling, pushing etc) has its pro's & con's & I'm struggling to see a clear direction to go in.
Ok a simple but not necessarly cheap solution, how about one of these I saw on ebay?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SPECIAL-PROFES...d=p3286.c0.m14


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Old 09 June 2008, 13:53   #25
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While it may seem expensive, it's less than the legal fees of moving house
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Old 09 June 2008, 14:14   #26
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get a quad bike wit a towball easy solution
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I totally agree with anyone who says front tow ball.

I had a 7m rib for several years at my old house. I had to back the trailer in straight off a busy main road and make it do an immediate 90 deg turn. If I didnt get it exactly right first time then I would be in and out forever trying to sort it.

The queues that used to form were quite embarrassing until I fitted a front tow ball. Not only are you now looking ahead instead of behind saving a stiff neck, you have so much more flexibility with the angle of your trailer in a short length of travel. The same sort of benefits as you get with a rear wheel steering forklift for example.

Its definately the way to go, all that messing around with winches and pulleys etc., you'd never be bothered to take the boat out!
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as your boat and trailer are quite light how about one of those caravan movers that fits to the hitch

might just do the trick?
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Old 09 June 2008, 16:32   #29
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as your boat and trailer are quite light how about one of those caravan movers that fits to the hitch

might just do the trick?
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Ok a simple but not necessarly cheap solution, how about one of these I saw on ebay?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SPECIAL-PROFES...d=p3286.c0.m14


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One of our neighbours had a twin axle caravan - he moved it around all the time with a (radio controlled) powered jockey wheel / hitch.

He was able to maneuver it around (including up and down a sloping narrow access road - I would guess at least as steep as your drive) and spin it on the spot with ease.

I'm sure a front tow hitch would help, but I would guess it still may be tight, and I would think a powered jockey would be the easiest.

This one's a bit more expensive than the one on e-bay, (my brain was hurting trying to read the e-bay advert), reckons it is good for 1 in 4 slopes:

http://www.towsure.com/product/15203..._-_Motor_Mover

If you are near a Towsure shop (or equivalent caravan type shop) you can always go along and see if they will let you try before you buy

And it has the benefit of being a cool toy

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