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Caravan Motor Movers - Event Date: 04 May 2019

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    Posted: 04 May 2019 at 11:51pm
Why doesn’t the US have or use motor movers on our campers?
The UK have had them for over 20 years.
I think every camper built should have them installed at the factory.
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I have one on my 179. I go it a couple of years ago from Purple Line. The only place that I can park my Pod at home involves backing down a steep hill while making a 90 degree turn then across the back yard, then another 90 degree turn & then close beside a tall privacy fence. This is necessary to keep the HOA satisfied. With the caravan mover I can drive forward down the hill, etc. to near the Pod parking spot, disconnect from my TV, then use the caravan mover to put the Pod precisely where I want it. Easy - Peasy!!  
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We also have a Purpleline, but we have not installed it yet. At the time we got it, we were storing our RP-179 in a facility that had very tight quarters. The space between parking stalls was almost exactly the length of our tow vehicle. In order to park the R-pod, we had to unhitch, reposition, and re-hitch usually about twice to get the R-pod into the space. It took over an hour each time. That's when we made the decision to get the Purpleline.

Before we installed it, we got a different place to park the R-pod, which is a bit challenging, but not nearly as much as that storage facility. I can now back the R-pod into position pretty much in one go, and the incentive is less to get the Purpleline installed. We will probably get it installed this summer, as we have envisioned going to a few places where getting the R-pod into some of the spots we've seen could be a bit more challenging. We think it is a good investment.
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Thank you for your response to my question.
May I ask where you made your purchase and where the installation
Was done.
I have not found anywhere in the US that sells and installs the movers.
Since I have bad knees I am unable to do the install myself.
Any help or info to this issue would be helpful.
Thank you all.
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We bought ours directly from Purpleline. As it happens, they have their headquarters not far from here. We were going to get their low-end model, but when I talked to the guy on the phone, he offered the higher end model for a pretty steep discount. We plan to install ours ourselves, but I would imagine that your RV dealer could do it for you. With a couple people it should not take very long.

If you look at the Purpleline gallery, there are several pictures of them on R-pods.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dfmillard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2019 at 4:44pm
Thank you, I have looked at that brand, but did not know of a dealer headquarters in the states.
I will look into them for my purchase then all I need is someone for the install.
Thank you much

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I will add that part of the reason I have procrastinated on the install is that it will require that I drop the black water tank in order to install the brackets that bolt to the frame. I have not really looked forward to that little challenge. It doesn't look "too" bad, as there is mainly just the one bar going across the front of the tank that is holding it up. That plus a couple of pipe connections and the sensor wires.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote offgrid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2019 at 4:35am
Just curious, as I have no direct knowledge of the caravan movers,  but would not adding a front receiver to your tow vehicle accomplish a similar purpose in most cases? I've seen folks at boatyards make some pretty impressive maneuvers that way. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2019 at 9:36am
Maybe in some cases, but the caravan mover allows maneuvers that are literally impossible with anything bigger than a lawn mower. The e-go, in particular allows you to spin the trailer on its axis. In addition, it allows you to walk around the trailer as you move it, so you can inspect all the potential obstacles. You can even park the trailer "tongue in" if you are in a place where the best view and/or the hookups are on the wrong side.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Grandpa Hiker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2019 at 1:52pm
+ what GlueGuy said. Also if you park the trailer "tongue in" close to your house, etc. it is very difficult for someone to steal it. 
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