Guide to buying a caravan motor mover

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  1. Lionel says:

    Bought a power touch mover when I bought the van 10 years ago never had a problem with it. Bought it to get the van into our drive which is quite tight but has been invaluable on numerous occasions over the years. Find it quite strange that people with one refuse to use it when pitching up , spend ages going back and fore invariably ending up in the same position even trying to move the van physically, just use the mover much quicker and easier.

  2. Terry Archer says:

    I have motor movers on my caravan, they are Reich move control compact. I have a steep drive and would like to know what gradient they are capable of moving when going up hill. The model number is 91168.
    Thank you

  3. John MacBride says:

    In most cases I can place my van using the car – however a few years ago I was forced to use the mover in France due to numerous trees. As soon as I had finished, a young Dutch couple came over to see how it worked. They had never encountered one before and were amazed. His 80 year old grandparents thought they were going to have to give up caravanning, but a mover would potentially allow them to keep going for some more years.

  4. Alan says:

    Great advantage of not having an automatic engage mover is that I can check it works at any time by not engaging it. Good for pre season checks.

    Make sure when fitted that access to the electronic control panel allows you to use the reset button if tripped and also to the cable terminals for fault finding! Our was not and we had to relocate .

  5. Rob Talboys says:

    Last year, whilst chatting with a fellow caravanner, he told me that he had, previously power engagement on his mover… They were in France and it locked onto the wheels and apparently thre was no way to release them. He had to wait 4 day for someone to come and release him….

  6. Raymond Wood says:

    We have had movers for nearly 20 years and were one of the early users after talking to a Caravan Club member at a show. Our ability to spin the caravan and get into difficult pitches certainly sold many more when people saw it in action. We have had three different makes but cannot say the performance of any one was seriously different to the others, so have no preference on makes. You do need to check though if you can manage the lever ones as they can be hard work and may be beyond some people. If you cannot manage the price of the automatic ones you can go for a wind on model which requires less effort.

  7. les says:

    We bought a caravan last year after a long time without one, it came with a power touch manual model and its easy to use however its a manual model and I have to heave on the long handle to engage and its quite hard to engage. On the bright side without it I would not be able to move it due to the passing of time! I assume its not possible to upgrade to auto though

  8. Margaret WORVIELL says:

    We have just purchased a caravan with a emote motor mover fitted. Is it normal that every time you change direction you have to keep switching off and start again.

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Margaret
      We’ll try look into this for you.
      What make and model of mover do you have?
      Did you buy from a dealer?

  9. Jackie says:

    I find this very misleading it does not compare movers at all. You have put the new top of the range Truma one on but not their very popular range of movers which are very competitive, reliable and come with 5 year warranty. This looks more like a promotion for Powrtouch movers

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      In no way is the article a promotion for Powrtouch and we do have plans to extend the number of models featured in the future. First and foremost we wanted the blog post to introduce the top considerations when buying a caravan.motor mover.

  10. John fry says:

    The motor mover comparison table here tells you little about each mover. What is required is a technical comparison of each mover to enable potential buyers to see what really is best. As far as I am aware this comparison has never been undertaken.

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for the comments John. We do aim to keep evolving our blog articles so we might be able to add to this. What sort of technical details would you like to see? Thanks

  11. Geoff Gilbert says:

    My powertouch evo. is a must on muddy sites and my steep angled drive. Only problem [with either one] the rollers will not move if they have been unused for a period of time. This entails me accessing the drive spindle to free it with the tool that’s provided.

  12. Robert Danecker says:

    We had a powertouch Evolution fitted to our new swift twin axel last year as we have a shingle drive with a difficult to reverse turning circle and the powertouch makes it so easy and puts the caravan exactly where we want it ,also when we lost power to it this year an engineer was sent to repair it within days…….very impressed

  13. Erwin Williams says:

    I have had the Al-Ko Mammut mover for over 4 years now and am really impressed by its design and how well it functions and looks on the caravan, after reading your article could I just say :-
    – It is the Al-Ko chassis (from 2010 onwards) that is marked M. This chassis is manufactured with dedicated holes in it to mount the Mammut mover. The mover is designed to bolt directly to the side of the chassis using these holes thus giving a secure and strong mount, and what you see in the photo is all you see on the side of the chassis when fitted, there is no loss of ground clearance as opposed to other movers that are clamped to the bottom flange of the chassis.

    It might also have been beneficial to mention that unlike other mover installations the mammut mover is controlled completely by the remote, there is no separate mover control unit, battery cut off switch, BC charger or safety socket required.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for commenting Erwin and glad you’re impressed with this motor mover.

  14. Martin Rawlings says:

    Hi just thought I would give my feedback. My last caravan I had a power touch mover fitted and never had a issue with it, I changed my caravan last year and was looking for a new mover, i looked at tthe reviews and decided to go for the purple line classic. I purchased it from a company called Autowfix who fitted it at my address. I have been very disappointed with the purple line and the aftercare from Autowfix. I have had them back twice in the 1st 12months and have had to have the control module changed twice. The purple line you can not go forward or backwards and push the left or right button at the same time, you have to stop the forward/backward motion go left or right then forward again, with the power touch you can do this without having to stop all the time.. I do regret buying the purple line and would definitely go back to power touch after having both, a much better and smoother operation.

  15. paul denton says:

    Having had endura (purpleline) about 7years I started to have problems
    Where it just would not operate my caravan having had it all checked over to no avail,having succumbed to phoneing purple line after spending a considerable time on phone they decided to send a qualified technician to check it out having spent they managed to sort my problem out all FOC .Now 2 years on still working I to my delight and cannot speak highly enough of purple line and staff 5star company.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Glad to hear you got everything resolved Paul and thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

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