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Double axle caravan mover

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09 Aug 2019 @ 15:45:34 pm
Early
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Hi I’m in process of buying an exclusive and it has movers on . Any factors I should take into consideration when using it in order not to damage my axle? Your comments and experiences would be highly appreciated. 

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09 Aug 2019 @ 17:03:51 pm
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Why should it damage the axle..?

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09 Aug 2019 @ 17:43:02 pm
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Early it wouldt not damage your axles,it is purely a drive train that turns the caravan wheels, in order to move the van. Are you new in caravanning ?

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09 Aug 2019 @ 17:55:19 pm
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Welcome to the forum. 

Tell us more about your caravan experience  .

Jip. As mentioned nothing to worry  about the movers that can do some damage on the axle. 

What tipe of movers are you have. And the model of your van. ? 

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09 Aug 2019 @ 18:21:47 pm
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the one thing commonly damaged is the nose wheel when moving the van on soft ground with the movers. i use stripes of conveyer belt under the nose wheel which i alternate as i move the van along then store them in the nose cone. however a tow ball fitted to the front of my bakkie gets the van in and out of most spots.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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09 Aug 2019 @ 18:28:40 pm
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Hi thanks to all for responses. It’s an exclusive 2006 model with powertouch. The current owner told me he is not using it much due to others telling him frequent use could damage such.  I was sceptical regarding this information hence wanted different opinions, but thanks

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09 Aug 2019 @ 18:29:30 pm
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Thanks , but my firs dbl axle with movers

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09 Aug 2019 @ 19:24:50 pm
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Interesting!

I can not see them damaging said.

If trying to climb a leveling block my Exclusive EWIKS mover on that wheel has slipped. This could damage the tyre tread slightly.

Interesting.

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Paul
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09 Aug 2019 @ 19:26:04 pm
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Welcome Earl.

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09 Aug 2019 @ 20:20:42 pm
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Earl

Welcome to the forum, the movers should damage the axle in any way. Happy camping with your new van. 

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09 Aug 2019 @ 20:26:23 pm
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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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09 Aug 2019 @ 20:26:32 pm
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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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09 Aug 2019 @ 20:31:34 pm
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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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10 Aug 2019 @ 07:17:49 am
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Een van ons ouer forum lede glo net in 4 motors vir n dubbel as karavaan. Hy het vir my fotos gewys waar hy sy 1ste rit met sy splinternuwe dubbel as met 2 motors sy karavaan gestamp het. By sy huis is n klein walletjie waar hy oor moet ry. Soos hy oorry, lig die een wiel waar die mover op is. Gevolglik weens die skuinste swaai sy karavaan kante toe teen n boom. Ons weet hoe sag is n karavaan....groot skade gewees. Dis seker maar n uiterste geval, maar hou maar in gedagte

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10 Aug 2019 @ 09:29:11 am
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I have 4 motors on my double axle

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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10 Aug 2019 @ 12:24:10 pm
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With EWIKS you must have 4. 2 is not strong enough for the 1800Kg caravan. I see the other makes require only 2. I think 4 is better anyway. Less chance of overload and slipping. As explained above.

I have had one wheel lifting up while the second wheel has encountered an obsticle and is still in contact with the ground. With one mover per side and driving the lifted wheel the caravan would have swung around by the far mover with traction.

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10 Aug 2019 @ 17:31:21 pm
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Welcome Earl.

It seems with preceding posts your original question has been answered.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 06:57:33 am
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Okay according to Powrtouch in Villiers you can damage the free wheeling axle on your double axle caravan.  If you turn your caravan incorrectly. This can either happen when turning very sharply with your caravan on tow (Maneuvering your caravan) or doing it with the mover.

Powrtouch has two types of movers one for single axle and one for double axle. The difference is the programming on the control box. 

  1. With the double axle when moving left for instance, the caravan turn a bit then goes straight, turn a bit then goes straight and carries on like this.  It actually makes the turning circle bigger but the purpose of it is to prevent the caravan from turning very sharp to protect the free wheeling axle.
  2. With the single axle mover you have options of going with one wheel forward and the other rearward making the caravan turn in one spot. This is not an option on the double axle mover.

So care must be taken when you would buy a second hand mover or other product mover and mounting it on a double axle caravan.  They all, do not have the built in protection programming to protect the free wheel axle.

Now your question should now be what is it protecting.  Well it protects the bearing of the free wheeling axle.  Because when you are turning the double axle caravan with that amount of weight on the wheels there is allot off side ways pressure on the bearing due to the inability of the tyre to slide/skid on the ground. (Because of the weight)

Hi I’m in process of buying an exclusive and it has movers on . Any factors I should take into consideration when using it in order not to damage my axle? Your comments and experiences would be highly appreciated. 

So Earl if the mover on your caravan operates like mine turning with a very large circle you should not need to worry as the programming is already looking after your caravan for you.  If not I will just advise to not make very sharp turns with the mover. Then you should be fine.  A way of knowing when is a turn to sharp is to look at the free wheeling tyre.  If the wheel bulge to much to one side you are turning to sharp.  Just go straight for a second or two to reduce the drag on the wheel.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 07:06:19 am
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Remember this is not only applicable when using the mover on a double axle caravan.  you can damage a bearing on your double axle caravan when turning to sharp while towing/maneuvering the caravan with the vehicle as well.

If I am not mistaken there was a forum member that had the bearing of his Sensation replaced after a bad maneuvering of his caravan.

My advice to double axle caravan owners if a turn looks to sharp for your combination, it probably is, and you should look for an alternative turning point.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 12:48:02 pm
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I have noticed with my double axle that when going around a corner one of the tyres tends to drag on the tar and it makes a creaking sound. Similarly on multi axle trucks the same happens. The tyres sometimes even jump. It looks and sounds dangerous but I would imagine the axles/bearings/tyres/rims are designed to handle this sideways load?

Using my EWIKS movers (one per wheel) and turning on the spot, one side forward and the other backwards, the tyres also slip on the ground making a small hollow where the turn was. In future I will avoid these sharp turns especially on a hard surface.

Groete,
Paul
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13 Aug 2019 @ 06:38:11 am
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I have noticed with my double axle that when going around a corner one of the tyres tends to drag on the tar and it makes a creaking sound. Similarly on multi axle trucks the same happens. The tyres sometimes even jump. It looks and sounds dangerous but I would imagine the axles/bearings/tyres/rims are designed to handle this sideways load?

Using my EWIKS movers (one per wheel) and turning on the spot, one side forward and the other backwards, the tyres also slip on the ground making a small hollow where the turn was. In future I will avoid these sharp turns especially on a hard surface.

That turn on the spot on my mover has been deactivated.  I was thinking of getting some of those dolly's available at Adendorf.  This way I can lift the free wheeling wheels and also turn the caravan on the spot.  It would only work on hard flat surfaces because of the small trolley wheels on the dolly's.

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