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Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:59 pm
by Hummingbird (deleted)
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Hi all,
we are a married couple with three growing boys, two already fled the nest to Uni!
We bought our first Eriba, a 310GT at the end of last year and are making plans to get away for a few long weekends soon.

Initially we thought we would keep the Eriba on our drive although this has proved difficult as the drive is sloping.
Does anybody have any suggestions for a mover? We are undecided whether to look at movers or simply find local storage.


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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:06 pm
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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We've had an '01 540 without a mover and an '05 with and I'm converted. I insisted on having a mover on our current van and managed to get one fitted for half price as part of the deal.


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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:10 pm
by Eribafolk Admin. (deleted)
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Hello Hummingbird and welcome to the forum

There is also a third way and that is a caravan hand winch. It will of course need a fixed anchor point at the high point on your driveway. We seem to remember that crow has had experience of using one and will probably give you a detailed account when he's next on line.

Hope that helps.



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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:32 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.732 Posts

Hummingbird!

Our second-hand Triton (our first caravan) came with a Reich mover already fitted and we wouldn't be without it. It makes manoeuvring the van into the garden and on site so much easier - but they are an expensive luxury.


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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:07 am
by Pop540 (deleted)
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there is a mover that attaches to a bracket on the eriba tow pole
looks a bit like a mini tank and is battery powered, it unclips while your towing so doesn't affect payload. could be left at home?


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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:06 am
by crow (deleted)
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I used a winch for my Puck L 230GT £150
The Troll has a Reich mover £1300
What does the storage cost £200 -£400 a year
The winch weighs around 12kg.
The Reich weighs around 32kg + (possibly) a bigger battery 20kg.
and it comes out of your payload and you drag it everywhere.
I have a dodgy back so I go for the mover, no other reason.


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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:39 am
by Pepé Le Pew | 2.720 Posts

If you can afford a mover and live with the reduction in stuff you can carry in the van, buy a mover. You won't regret it.

A winch is fine - and cheaper - if your drive is straight. The thing is, you can't use a winch when you're away on holiday.

People will say that you don't need a mover on site.They'll say that if you're a halfway competent caravanner you ought to be able to manoeuvre it into position with the car, and if not, the van is sufficiently light to be able to move it using the handles and a couple of pints of sweat.

You can do it that way, but if you can afford not to, boy does a mover make it easy. There's no point being hair-shirted about it if you don't need to be.

You simply rock up to your pitch, unhook the rig, press a few buttons on a remote control and Robert's your mother's brother. No heaving, no slipping, no sliding, no muddy knees, no worrying about a hernia. No shouting and frantic waving of arms, no peering in mirrors, no cooked clutches, no 'left a bit, right a bit, left a bit...whoa... no, I said WHOA...'

And no free sideshow for the other punters. Well, until you get the awning out, at any rate.

Do it.

Get a mover.

And one last thing. You can drive the caravan from inside it using the mover. You can see were you're going through the net curtains, but people outside can't see in.

Triffic

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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:46 am
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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On that last bit Pete, that's fine and good for a laff, but don't for heavens sake wander passed the centre of the van without the steadies down. Otherwise you risk the van swivelling on the axle and smacking the rear onto the ground. That WILL give the watching punters a larf and could do serious damage to your van and your pride.


Amber a Lunar Quasar 464 Sussex Amberley Sussex Caravans dealer special pushing a '59 reg. Kia Cee'd 3 SW 1.6 CRDi Automatic, a rough towing ratio of 86%.


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RE: Mover or storage?

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:49 am
by Pepé Le Pew | 2.720 Posts

Quote: Steamdrivenandy wrote in post #8
On that last bit Pete, that's fine and good for a laff, but don't for heavens sake wander passed the centre of the van without the steadies down. Otherwise you risk the van swivelling on the axle and smacking the rear onto the ground. That WILL give the watching punters a larf and could do serious damage to your van and your pride.
Well, quite.

And common sense would also tell you not to do it in a van with the door at the back...

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