Caravan mover

Submitted: Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 13:26
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Want a caravan mover. Told Optitec were best. Anybody tried others ?
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 16:29

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 16:29
Mate has a very similar one, probably badge engineered sold by Repco. Works OK, no good for slopes greater than 5 degrees.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 17:13

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 17:13
I have one of the Giantz motorised jockey wheel movers similar to this one, it cost me $284.90 about 12 months ago.

Our van is a tandem axle and is around 2500kg. Where I need to use it is on a flat hotmix surface and I only need to back the van into the final parking area - no sharp turns but a gentle curve.

It does the job but it is really at its limits, any rise or loose surface would see it fail, in fact any similar device would be the same except maybe the Camper Trolley but this is way out of my price range.

To get this working I have needed to have a double jockey wheel clamp welded to the A frame plus a heavy duty 12V Anderson outlet installed - this is via a 40A circuit breaker.

Looking at the Optitec, it looks very similar to mine but costs about 8-9 time more .
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 22:11

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 22:11
What weight of caravan? Do you want to use it on a slope or on grass, or do you want to use it to go into a flat parking area such as a caravan park?

Do you want a simple jockey wheel type such as Optitec and a number of others, or would one that works directly on the wheels such as Purple Line e-go or Reich suit you better? These are more expensive but are more versatile with terrain.

I can Message you with links to a variety of different movers if you like. These are for information only, not first hand experience with them.
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Follow Up By: rob c - Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 18:31

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 18:31
Purple Line E Go are ok but not real good on concrete with exposed top, tend to lock up and hard to turn. My van is 20ft and about 2300 kg . Had them installed from day one, they are very hard on the jockey wheel and when turning the van rims cop a fair workout as well . If you use them on grass/ soft dirt you need a fairly big inflatable wheel as the solid will just bog in. If I had the time again wouldnt get them fitted would go for another type.
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Reply By: Terry S7 - Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 at 14:55

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 at 14:55
I see the Optitec mover get a reasonable good reports on the Caravan Forum here titled Caravan Movers
I have been reseaching the same topic, and it certainly appears "you get what you pay for" when it comes to the cheaper ones. They are just not suited to the larger vans and you have to fork out reasonable cash to get something to move the 2800 to 3000Kgs vans

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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 17:30

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 17:30
There’s is an Optitec for sale on the Kimberley Kampers forum.
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Follow Up By: Member - choc - Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 03:54

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 03:54
Difficult to get into forum.
Is there an easier way. Says you have to own one
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 08:20

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 08:20
I don’t own one, I looked at one recently. You can access the for sale section openly without joining or registering.
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 at 21:19

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 at 21:19
I have owned the optitec for a number of years now and apart from losing the remote control have never had a problem with it. Our van weighs 2.5 tonnes and it moves the van up a tendered slop on concrete without any problem.
Can not recommend them highly enough And no I am not sponsored by them. For me they are a great van moves.
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Reply By: Member - choc - Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 at 23:59

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 at 23:59
Thanks. Bought one
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