If you’re looking for a way to easily manoeuvre your caravan into position, look no further than a mover. It will not only make parking simpler but can also increase security, as you can turn the caravan around and have the hitch facing your garage. So how do you pick the best caravan mover for you?
Luckily, that’s where the Practical Caravan Awards 2023 come in. With our decades of collective experience within the industry, we’re perfectly placed to pick out the best caravan motor movers on the market, to help you find the right one for you.
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The best caravan mover is:
Al-Ko Mammut Manoeuvring System
It may only work on Al-Ko chassis built after 2010 (those that have the necessary fitting holes in the shape of an embossed ‘M”), but Al-Ko’s new generation motor mover is a powerful beast. It can be used with single axle and twin axle caravans, and with single axles it is capable of operating on gradients as steep as 28% (that’s just over 1 in 4 in old money). Even twin axles can be manoeuvred up 16% or 1 in 6 slopes. Obstacles up to 4cm in height should not be a problem either.
The mover operates without any jerks and stops as soon as your finger lets go of the joystick. The electric controls are also all integrated into the aluminium drives, to protect them against damage and moisture. Even still, the mover comes with a five-year warranty.
Price: POA – find a retailer at Al-Ko
We also shortlisted the following for the best caravan mover:
Best caravan mover for vans stored over winter
The EM305 is designed for single and twin axle caravans up to 2000kg in weight. Its rollers engage automatically and can even take account of the condition of your caravan’s tyres. The handset you can use to operate the move will tell you not only when to replace its batteries but also what the condition of the leisure battery or batteries in the caravan is.
The mover is fitted with soft start/stop technology to reduce jerking. The whole machine also has all season covers, so you don’t need to worry about leaving it in position on the caravan if you store the vehicle over winter.
Purple Line Quattro Titanium Caravan Mover
Best caravan mover for payload saving
Traditionally, caravan movers are fairly heavy bits of kit – although they’re extremely useful for helping you pitch up quickly and easily onsite, the downside is the chunk of payload they’ll swallow.
But the Quattro Titanium manages to pack a lot of features into a compact, lightweight package, saving (according to its manufacturer, Purple Line) up to 10kg over its competitors. Hollow cast-alloy rollers, a tailor-made crossbar and a lightweight alloy body result in the Quattro Titanium weighing just 23kg, despite featuring two motors.
Dual-wheel engagement also means that it can be fully engaged from either side of the caravan, and the modular system, featuring soft-start, means that it can be used on single, twin or AWD installations. Retro-fit upgrades are also available, so you can move to all-wheel-drive at any time.
Overall, this is a great combination of power, light weight and performance at a price that’s right – it’s easy to see how it was the winner of the best caravan mover at the Practical Caravan Awards 2022.
Price: from around £769 at Purple Line
Truma Caravan Mover XT
From the same people who bring you caravan blown air heating systems, Truma’s Caravan Mover is a relatively lightweight product: the single axle version only weighs 28kg, so shouldn’t eat into your caravan’s payload too badly. The mover operates jerk-free and on gradients of up to 13% (or 1 in 8). It is also capable of rotating the caravan completely in a 360° circle within a minute.
The XT itself can manoeuvre caravans weighing up to 2300kg, while its cheaper XT L cousin manages caravans up weighing up to 1500kg. There are also models for twin-axle caravans: the XT2 can move up to 2400kg, while the XT4 can move up to 3100kg, although it weighs 60kg.
Price: from around £2,100 at Truma
Best motor mover for tight turns
Caravan manoeuvres could almost be classed as a pleasure with this mover. Providing you with excellent turning capabilities, the Powrtouch Evolution offers versatility to suit your needs, coming as both a manual and an auto.
There are also several different models available, allowing you to find the one that is appropriate for your caravan, ranging from the Single Axle up to 2000kg to the Twin Axle Manual Engage 4 Motor Drive which can move twin axle caravans of up to 2800kg on a 1 in 4 slope. This 35kg model also comes with a 5 year guarantee.
Price: POA – find a retailer at Powrtouch
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