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How to add a protective castor to your van chassis

Manoeuvring your caravan in and out of a narrow driveway can risk scraping the rear panels. Tony Brown has a simple solution

If, like me, you store your caravan beside a house that is built higher than the road outside and connected to it by a steep drive, there is a risk – particularly with longer, lower outfits – of dragging the van’s rear corner on the ground when arriving or leaving.

This vulnerable part of the caravan, such as the bottom of the rear plastic panel, might not easily be repaired.

However, it is quite a simple matter to purchase a pair of small, rotating, wheeled nylon castors, which can be mounted onto the rearmost part of the back wind-up legs.

It does not matter which way the legs wind up and therefore whether the castors are fixed to the foot or to the top end of the leg. I have fitted castors to both with equal success. You might find that there is a hole that you can use to attach the castors, but you will probably need to drill a second one.

Two stainless steel bolts on each leg are all that’s required to keep the castors in place, and they will not get in the way when you pitch.

When you enter or leave your driveway, do so slowly and the castors will temporarily support the rear of the van and protect the back, bottom edge.

Step-by-step guide to adding a protective castor to your van chassis

1 As wheel drops into gutter, corner of van makes contact.

A car towing a caravan out of a drive

2 The longer your van, the bigger the scraping problem.

A rear view of the caravan being towed from the driveway

3 Using existing holes, apply masking tape and mark up any extra fixing holes.

Use masking tape to mark up extra fixing holes

4 Drill holes on both sides and clean off swarf.

Drilling into the marked holes

5 Attach the castors using two stainless steel bolts

Attach the castor with two stainless steel bolts

6 Castor protects rear panel

The panel in action

After more great DIY inspiration? Then head to our Back to Basics: DIY & Maintenance category, where you’ll find some brilliant projects and ideas to try out.

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