Manoeuvring a caravan while parking can be very burdensome, especially if there is little space. In some cases it would be easiest to make the caravan park itself in the garage or positioned itself in the appropriate place on the camping site...
For now on, no caravan will position itself on its own, but manoeuvring the vehicle using a remote control also sounds interesting. There are systems that are colloquially called movers that allow a person standing next to a caravan to lead it by pressing certain buttons.
As strong as a mammoth
Such solution is offered by the AL-KO company. AMS Mammut is a manoeuvring system, thanks to which you can park your caravan to a centimetre, even on an uneven or slanting ground.
How does it work? By the wheels, on the chassis frame, aluminium rolls are fixed. When the system is turned on, electrically powered rolls are with great power pressed against the wheels.
In order for the remote to work, it needs to be close by to the magnetic sensor placed in the drawbar case, and then steered using buttons. First the button turning on the rolls needs to be pressed, later it’s enough to choose a direction in which the caravan is to move. It can even turn around itself, making a 360 degree turn!
The system is equipped in soft start and a soft stop function, therefore steering runs smoothly, without jerking. System moves the caravan in a continuous way, with a maximum speed of 0, 5 km/ h.
Mammut has the ability to overcome hills, but the allowed angle of tilt depends on the allowed total mass of the given caravan. It the total allowed mass is 1,20 t, Mammut can manage a 28% tilt, but with a caravan with the total allowed mass of 2,25 t- a maximum tilt will be of 13%.
The system has been secured against effects of water, and therefore the device can be washed, even under pressure. Mammut weighs 32 kg, if it is fixed on the AL-KO chassis- pre-adapted to this device. In other cases a heavier device needs to be fixed, with the weight of 42 kg.
As light as a Mover
Mover from the brand Truma works is a similar way, where the lightest system to uniaxial caravans weighs relatively little, only 28kg.
The producer declares that his device allows for overcoming hills of 20%-25% tilt, (smaller caravans can overcome larger hills).
Equally the Mover as the Mammut, both require installation of an additional battery to power the device. The systems can be fixed either in front of or behind the chassis of the vehicle.
A completely different solution is offered under the name Camper Trolley. It’s an Australian device which looks almost like a Mars rover! In contrary to traditional system, there is no complicated installation here.
Camper Trolley is simply a remotely controlled powerful tracked vehicle. Using a remote control, we can make it move in any direction, overcoming hills up to 10% tilt and moving even on difficult ground.
In order to fully facilitate the its abilities, it’s enough to plug it into the caravan, with a mass of maximum 1,5 tonne. Instalation to the shaft takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require any tools. Charged rver can work for 30 minutes with the maximum power.
It is powered by lithium ion batteries 14,4 V, and can be charged equally from the mains and the solar batteries.
As a curiosity, it is worth mentioning that certain systems have been manufactured that allow for steering of the caravan by smart phone.