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Bushwakka Bhoma mover

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29 Jan 2017 @ 23:23:24 pm
sa&brit
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Hi there, my husband and I are totally new to this and we're trying to figure out which is the best trailer mover to get for our Bushwakka Bhoma. The slope at home to the carport where the Bhoma is stored is a short, steep 30 degree gradient up hill. Because it's an offroad trailer, the tyres are large and we don't think it will be a good idea to fit anything to the wheels. I am readding that some movers tgat fit to the nose may not work if tge paving is slippery? All advice is greatly appreciated! Tganks in advance!
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30 Jan 2017 @ 07:11:37 am
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Maybe a winch mounted at the top of the slope. In the garage maybe?

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30 Jan 2017 @ 07:32:57 am
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Maybe a winch mounted at the top of the slope. In the garage maybe?


Goeie idee
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30 Jan 2017 @ 07:42:52 am
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A winch as suggested will be your cheapest option.  I will also not recommend the mover that attaches to the a-frame of the trailer as most of the weight of the trailer is on the main wheels and as soon as they get a bit of an obstruction like the incline you have that mover on the a-frame will just spin.

You can fit a mover to the main wheels of the offroad trailer. Many before you have already done it and this will prove to be the best solution for you. There are various models available on the market with the cheapest one that of a local manufacturer and the expensive ones imported from Europe. These movers are expensive but do not see them as such. They are an investment that will increase the value of your trailer. Or it can be sold to any one as they will fit on a caravan as well.

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30 Jan 2017 @ 08:39:54 am
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Sandy, I use a small winch from Adendorffs, rated at 900kg, which works very well.  However, my unit fully loaded is only about 650 kg which probably is much less than your unit  and my incline is not nearly as steep as yours.  My angle is about 10 degrees and I once pulled a Corolla that was broken into and damaged, into the garage using this winch.  The car weighs about 1000 kg think.

Are you sure about the 30 degrees as this would be above the capability of most cars even  in first gear.  I also do not believe you will be able to get a caravan mover with such an extreme capacity and the mover's cog anyway will just spin against the caravan's tyre instead of moving the caravan. A mover working on the nose wheel, doesn't work on even a slight incline- there is just too little weight on the nose wheel. 

If your incline really is 30 degrees, I would propose you do not even try to haul the unit up into the garage. If there is a mishap, it is going to be ugly.

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30 Jan 2017 @ 09:48:29 am
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I also use a 12 volt power winch from Adendorff, rated at 5000 lbs. (I have a separate dedicated 12V battery in place for this use).  My caravan weighs in the region of 1400 kg and up a slope of 10 degrees the winch works well ..... even with the caravan wheels being fully deflated, as the slope will not allow "Pophuis" to enter at that angle through the garage door.

In the back yard, where the caravan is stored under a carport, I use a hand operated winch, as the area is fairly flat and does not warrant a driven winch. Makes it MUCH easier than trying to push the caravan into its place!

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30 Jan 2017 @ 10:32:39 am
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Welkom op die forum.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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30 Jan 2017 @ 12:05:40 pm
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Welcome to the forum Sandy.
Sounds as though the winch in the garage will be the best bet.
The bigger winch, will work with less strain.
A battery in the garage on a smart charger next to the winch, will keep the battery fully charged and in good condition without cooking the battery. Don't put the battery on the cement floor. Use a wooden plank for the battery to stand on, or put it on a shelf in the garage.
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30 Jan 2017 @ 18:48:06 pm
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Welkom op die forum.
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30 Jan 2017 @ 19:55:33 pm
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Hi everyone, thank you so much for all the advice and the welcome! Really appreciated! We are going to go with the winch option - tha advice about the battery Campervan is particularly appreciated! Happy caravanning and travels everyone!
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31 Jan 2017 @ 15:38:30 pm
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Fred

Look at this: link

Max Permissible Weigh (kg) on gradient

% 15% 20% 25% 35%

 

Sandy

Baie welkom op die forum.

Oppad na die volgende kamp.
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31 Jan 2017 @ 16:31:05 pm
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Interresant Willem.  Ek neem aan jy wil wys dat die "movers" wel teen steil hellings kan werk?  Ek moet sê ek is verbaas dat selfs baie steil hellings aangevat kan word. (ek kan egter nie meer onthou hoe jy grade en % hellings vergelyk nie, maar ek aanvaar 35% is nogal steil.)  Ek bly egter by my stelling dat om 'n karavaan teen 30 grade helling uit te sleep of te ry, gevaarlik is.  Ek betwyfel ook die korrektheid van die syfer- ek kan nie sien dat bouregulasies dit sou toelaat nie, so ek hoop Sandy is bietjie uit met die helling.

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31 Jan 2017 @ 16:51:16 pm
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Hi Fred, Thank you so much for the link! I've looked through it briefly and think it is excellent!

I have double checked the gradient with our builder who built the car port and he thinks it's more like 20%. The nose only has a 65 kg weight so it's not that hard to move around on the flat with 2 people (I'm a tall, large lady, thank heaven), and we managed to move it straight backwards with our daughter, then I hitched it up and out. When I came back, I pulled into the garage so we were 95% up the hill and the we swung the van to push it back in. It was still jolly hard work but a lot easier.

We're now thinking that a winch on the van may be most ideal as that way we have it fitted if ever we get into any difficulties (though we would always err on the side of caution and are very aware that the van weighs 1,5 tons). We're waiting for the manufacturer to advise where the best place would be to fit it. Ideas and thoughts always appreciated :-)
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31 Jan 2017 @ 17:06:10 pm
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Sandy, I am still worried about the steep entrance, but what I would suggest is to reverse the caravan into the garage. I think the best would be to mount the winch in the garage, not on the caravan, maybe bolted to the garage floor, but the someone with knowledge that can inspect your circumstances might give you better advice.   You would probably have to get a bracket installed on your caravan.  Reversing it in means that you can pull up die handbrake which would make it safer in case anythings goes haywire.  Usually the brakes works when the caravan moves forward but not when it reverses to enable you to easily reverse the caravan (do check if this is the case with yours).

By reversing the caravan it, would make it so much easier to hitch it to your tow vehicle and pull it out safely.

I suppose it is not possible to reverse the caravan into the garage with the Merc?  That would have made it so much less complicated.

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31 Jan 2017 @ 18:02:06 pm
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Hi Fred, the Bhoma doesn't actually fit in the garage which is why we built and paved the carport on the side which is high enough. I do know that there is a section on the nose where I move it forward 10 cms which disengages the brake if reversing. Thank you so much though - we are definitely talking and asking everyone concerned including the chap we bought it from, who is extremely helpful. I really feel "idiotic" because we dived into this but love it so too.

My worry is that if it is always a big deal to hitch up / put it back, it takes a lot of the "fun" out of the adventure so it will become easy to put using it off, but we have 3 other trips booked for this year and I'm already looking at where else we can go in 2018. We're so lucky that Southern Africa has so many amazing places to visit aren't we?

Thank you once again :-)
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31 Jan 2017 @ 18:36:03 pm
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Sandy, this is just a problem you have to find a solution for and once you have that, camping will become more and more a pleasure. Camping is fantastic and you will not be sorry you took the plunge once you start doing it.

I had the problem of reversing our previous conventional caravan up a short passage with a slight incline from a very busy street. It was a nighmare which I started to fear at the end of every trip.  Reversing a caravan under die best of circumstances is not a kid's game and to first make in turn, in revere, through 90 degrees with drivers frowning, sometimes honking at you from both sides...... Then I found the solution.  The fact that the brakes disengage when you reverse, makes it possible to just swing the nose from side to side by hand,  do your yoour 90 degrees and reasonably easy "walk" it into the garage.  No more nightmares. (Can this possibly work for you? Although the steep incline might make this difficult)

A long story just to illustrate the point that as we say in Afrikaans: "Met tyd kom raad."  I am sure you will also find your solution.  Just don't dispair.

And yes, South Africa is certainly a country for the outdoor type.

 

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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23 Apr 2019 @ 16:00:07 pm
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Hi everyone, an update on this.

We have a friend who has a detachable towhitch attached to the front of his towing vehicle. We kindly offered to come along and see if he could park our off road caravan using that, as we installed a winch set up but it's never worked well at all.

It worked for him!

We've now had a detachable tow hitch fitted to the front of our vehicle and will practice getting it in under the car port ourselves.

 

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26 Apr 2019 @ 07:16:20 am
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I am very glad that you got the problem sorted.

 

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