Autobacking Caravan

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 00:32
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Have you seen the autobacking camper?

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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:02

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:02
A tricky bit of gear.

Why are the van wheels outboard of the wheel arch?

Only suitable for a single axle?

Like to see the van being placed on a narrow site where the access is a right angle.

How does it go with a 16' van; on a narrow site.


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Follow Up By: Dingojim - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:08

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:08
And who do you blame when you wipe the side out of the van ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosss - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:12

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:12
A lot more moving parts to not get serviced. Still say if you can't back it you shouldn't be towing it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:18

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:18
I think the wheels are outside the wheel arch because they need room to swivel, like the front wheels on a car. Jayco are not yet making the wheel wells deep enough to accommodate that :-)

Agreed, Bill, a demo of a multi-point jack-knife turn, or backing into a tight spot at 90 degrees would have been nice.

I'd have to re-learn all my reversing skills - such as they are :-)



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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 11:17

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 11:17
Divorce rates will go up if this product sells - needing to help with parking the van is the only thing left for some nomads :-o). Oh.... and that setup would costs heaps anyway.... all for the relatively few occasions per year where backing up is a real snag.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 12:08

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 12:08
another innovative idea or a result of a rush of the proverbial to someone's brain none the less interesting
but i'm unsure how many will sell as no doubt it wont be cheap
the wheels extruding out side the van body is going to be a constant hazard in traffic and I fore-see problems there
it would need to have mudguards to be legal surely,
which will further widen the rig
yes it could be and advantage in certain reversing predicaments
but like said I think the extra cost would outweigh the benefits and like others would like to see a real reversing demo into a much tighter zone/bay with restricted approaches like one encounters in the real world
some people have money to boot and love gimmicks and probably wouldn't bat an eye at the cost factor
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Reply By: yarda - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 16:44

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 16:44
Interesting concept, but very limited drawbar angle. No turning this around on tight tracks or getting around switchbacks.

BUT - that drive / slave cylinder idea would make for a wicked rear-steer lazy axle on a 6 wheel conversion.
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