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Old 09 June 2008, 17:25   #31
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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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My Old Chap has something like this on his caravan. It's a great bit of kit, but it's a bolted on permanent feature that WILL NOT be submersible.
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Old 09 June 2008, 18:19   #32
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My Old Chap has something like this on his caravan. It's a great bit of kit, but it's a bolted on permanent feature that WILL NOT be submersible.
Looking at the Towsure unit description you may well be right

I'm not sure about my ex-neighbours setup - I never got too close in case caravaning was contagious , but I think it was removable, like the e-bay item is.

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Old 09 June 2008, 18:53   #33
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Looking at the Towsure unit description you may well be right

I'm not sure about my ex-neighbours setup - I never got too close in case caravaning was contagious , but I think it was removable, like the e-bay item is.

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i am fortunate enough to have an engine on the front of my caravan as well! make moving it around so much easier....its a 2.8td
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I'm sure a front tow hitch would help, but I would guess it still may be tight,
if you can't get it in with a front tow hitch you probably can't get it out (towing with rear hitch) either.
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Cross ref Single Handed recovery thread

Just noticed this post on another thread - sounds like this one can get wet.

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the ultimate single handed recovery kit?

A friend has one of these fitted to his caravan and they now have a marine version available.

http://www.powrlaunch.co.uk/

hmmmmm

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Old 09 June 2008, 21:01   #36
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I use one of these!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Westwood-T1200...QQcmdZViewItem

Dad got it new in 86 and it has never broken down, it will pull about anything and has a steering lock close to 90 degrees! my drive is rather steep and once i'm in the road there was no way you could turn before hitting the hedge opposite. It now lives on a mates farm now where he uses it to shunt stored caravans around in the barns.
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Thanks everyone - the information provided has helped me mull over the problem & I think that I have a way forward. To sum up my view on the suggestions:

Front tow ball - I don't think this will help. Although it will improve the turning circle it is still too tight if cars are parked opposite my drive.
Block & Tackle - too much rope, too many knots!
Electric Winch - one you get into the nitty gritty of the right winch (pull 30m at 4m per min line speed) it gets too expensive.
Block & eye bolts - this would result in me pulling a rope with the car across a public pavement.
Move to a new house - just have!
Store Rib somewhere - when I get a bigger one.:d
Sell Rib - definately not.
quad bike/tractor/motor mower - I wish...

That then leave me with two options to persue & I am now watching e-bay looking for a bargain.......

1 - Electric Caravan Mover http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=005

I have set a budget of 250 for this project & I have seen these go for 200 but as they are heavy I need to wait for a local one to come up as the postage costs would be high. If not then it will be....

2 - Winch Type Caravan Mover http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=016

I'm pretty sure that, as the boat is quite light, that it will handle the gradient & the gearing should get me there pretty quick.

Once again - thankyou all for you suggestions.

Cheers - Paul H.
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My feeling is that your option 2 won't cope with any significant gradient. I'll be delighted if proven wrong though.
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Those caravan movers in item 2 are available in Halfords if anyone wants to have a close look at one. I cannot remember how much they sell for though.
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How about mounting an electric winch at the back of the garage with enough control and tow cable to allow you to string it to the bottom of the driveway?

Wouldn't be all that fast, but it would be pretty low energy on your part.

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