There really is plenty of love for the motor mover from caravanners.
Precision parking, saving the clutch and making caravanning a breeze for older caravanners or those with mobility issues – the list goes on as to why people think a motor mover is an essential piece of caravanning kit.
The mover has been described as a “life saver”, a “godsend” as well as a source of entertainment from supporters, in our latest community poll.
You responded in your droves when we asked if you have a motor mover and thought it was an essential piece of equipment.
We received a massive 510 votes and the results showed overwhelming support for the motor mover, with 90 per cent saying they owned one and agreeing that they were an absolute necessity.
Only 34 people (7%) said they could live without one and just three per cent were thinking about one.
John Reid said at 78 “it’s a necessity, not an option” and Tim Peacock agreed.
“We already have a small caravan but now find, due to age, we struggle to push the van off and on our driveway. A must for the more MATURE caravanners.” Tim added.
Many of you commented that not only does it take the strain out of parking on a variety of terrains, as well as the stress out of the relationship, it also provides a good source of entertainment for many onlookers!
Ian Manning said: “It still intrigues onlookers to see it in action. Also seriously reduces wear and tear on car clutch putting it away at home and generally. Marvellous piece of kit!”
And Andrew Smith said: “When using them at home I often have people videoing or taking photos of this caravan, 7.25metres long, turning and moving on its own axles and either being moved up to the tow car or being put away in its place on our driveway as if by magic.”
Many others also found the mover helps to reduce the strain on the car clutch and would rather invest in motor mover than pay for those clutch repairs.
“With a sloping driveway I have two options in getting our folding camper into its storage spot – motor mover or tricky dogleg uphill reversing manoeuvre,” said Dave. “I can manage the latter but as the smoke from the front of my car showed, the clutch would not last long. I checked and the mover was cheaper than a new clutch and has taken the stress out of arriving back from trips. Rarely use it on site though.”
Sue Wiltshire finds the motor mover to be “an absolute life saver.”
“I have one and wouldn’t be without it. I travel with my caravan by myself and my dogs. I would never be able to move the caravan either off or back on to my drive without it, as I have to park across the front of the house. It’s an absolute life saver.”
Precision parking and the minor movements needed to the get axle wheel lock in place is another key factor for loving the motor mover.
Andy Culley commented: “A motor mover allows very precise control of your valuable asset. I have a 90 degree uphill turn to make in order to park my caravan alongside my house. It’s not possible to leave it hitched whilst carrying out that manoeuvre. So in my case it’s an essential item. It also allows similar control on campsites and makes aligning things up for my Al-Ko wheel lock a doddle.”
And John Knox agreed: “They are essential for caravanners who are unable to manoeuvre the ’van by hand, and not all sites allow enough room to use the car to push the caravan into the allocated pitch. A mover allows precision siting, without the need of the Hulk’s muscles!”
Tina Daniels has a twin axle caravan finds her mover to be a “god send” when towing on her own. “Long live the mover!” she added.
And some of you admit to having a bit of fun with your mover. Here’s what Garry had to say:
“I would not be without my mover, just for the convenience of manoeuvring into the tight space on my drive,” he said. “Also, the mover is great fun. Be honest – it’s a big boy’s remote control toy car!”
Motor movers are designed to make life that little bit easier and they certainly seem to be doing just that for many of you. Thanks for sharing your views with us – we really enjoyed reading them.
And don’t forget to read our Gear Guide on motor movers if you’re one of the three per cent thinking about buying one!