Caravan movers

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 22:24
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I recently bought a new caravan mover ( won't name brands)
I was promised it would move a 3500 kg van up a driveway- little or no incline
Stupid thing could not budge it- initially it was a hitch problem ( I gave an off road hyland hitch) , then when that was fixed still no luck
Has anyone ad similar problems
I have returned the mover and recieved pretty much full refund
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 08:03

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 08:03
At 3500kg the only type that I think will work is the ones that actually drive against the tyres e.g. Purple Line http://www.purpleline.com.au/

Make certain that you go for the heavy duty unit in the 4 wheel version. Anything that uses the tow hitch is not going to work.

I would also recommend that you have a decent size battery and make certain the wiring is heavy enough to carry the required current.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 08:11

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 08:11
Ditto to Kazza's comments
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 09:18

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 09:18
Once you are trying to move 3.5 tonnes....the difference between dead flat and "little or no incline" can make a great deal of difference.

this fork lift is not rated to lift, carry or move 3.5 tonnes http://www.crown.com/au/forklifts/counterbalanced-trucks-fc-4500-index.html

Serioulsy 3.5 tonnes is a lot of weight.

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Reply By: B1B2 - Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 16:20

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 16:20
Rusty,
I have a AW3 Aussie wheel mover for my 3 tonne tandem van. I connected it using the jockey wheel post. The van is parked in my drive, and if a car parks across the road, I don't have enough room to get it out with the car. (someone parked there for 2 weeks while on holiday :-( ). It has been really useful and has some power. If it is wet it does slip a bit. I put a plank over the gutter so that it is a good level tow. It also towed my Brthr in law's 8ft wide tandem van out, and twisted the jockey post mount doing it. I run it out clear of the gate then turn it gently on the bitumen. It hasn't let me down yet.
Connecting to the ball for me, would be a problem as it would tend to rotate around it and the post is more rigid..
I didn't want the wheel driven one, as it reduced the under van clearance.

Good luck

Bill
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Reply By: Rustynails59 - Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 17:28

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 17:28
Thanks for the replys
I pulled down part of the fence to allow better access- will do away with caravan movers for time being
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Follow Up By: Member - string - Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 19:06

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 19:06
Some time ago a kind person on this site,suggested using a ride on tractor (mower) in difficult situations such as yours, and that advice has been a Godsend to us. With it I can pull the van out of it's (slightly down hill) parking spot,to where I can pick it up with the ute, using the safey chains to tow with.
To get the van back,I use a ratchet jockey wheel. Maby you can tow up ?
Hope this may help.
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