Hi, I am after some opinions on which is the best type of caravan mover to fit onto a 19ft single axle Avondale Mayfair Derwent which needs to be moved up a 1 in 10 slope.
I have noticed that a number of movers on the market use grit rollers. How reliable are these and how soon do the rollers wear out? How do the grit rollers compare in performance to the non grit type profiled aluminum rollers?
There are few makers who use the grit type rollers these days. The majority use grooved/profiled steel or alumnium rollers. Profiled rollers seem to be the favourite, probably for production/cost reasons, as they are simple extrusions and cut to length from bar. I have heard comments that they may slip when the tyres are wet but this may be hearsay and depends on the width of the "lands" in contact with the tyre and whether the position of the roller is correct in relation to the tyre to give the correct amount of engagement. My mover uses diamond knurled steel rollers with additional longitudinal grooves. I have not had any slippage problems which have not been attributable to a change in tyre diameter after renewing the tyres. This does not mean that this system is better than profiled rollers, it only means that I have not had non-attributable problems. While I have no direct experience of grit type rollers, I have heard tell of instances where the grit eventually lets go of the roller and the result is a smooth roller.
I have no doubt that some of the other Members will come in on this question in due course.
Hi David, you will find that most people recommend the make they have used.
And I'm no different
Our first experience with movers was when we had a Powrtouch fitted to a 17' Single axle Elddis after I had a Heart attack at the beginning of '05. That had 'Grit Rollers' they never seemed to slip, I don't know how long they would have lasted as we sold the van Later that year, to buy our present van.
At the end of 05 we bought a Twin axle Bailey Senator (1700Kgs), again we had a Powrtouch mover fitted. After about 1 year we did have problems with the Grit Rollers slipping on Wet tyres. I rang Powrtouch up to discuss the problem. The engineer said that for grass pitches I would be better off with the Cast Aluminium Rollers (normally £25 Extra). He said they would send a fitter to replace the Grit Rollers with the Aluminium Rollers free of charge. We have not had any slippage since these were fitted.
Elnagh Clipper 90.......... Real Names Mike & Hazel
I also had the powr touch mover fitted to our 23ft van and as yet we have had no problems at all. I decided on the powrtouch, above all of the others as they fitted it at our storage site when we wanted it. They also give a 5 year no quibble warranty. It was recommended by a friend who made a claim in the last 2 weeks of the warranty. True to their word they came out and sorted it out,no questions asked.
We also have the powrtouch, not the cheapest on the market
But i would say the 5 year warranty as got to be one of the best we had the roller bearing making a bit of a strange noise they came and replaced both rollers. When we changed our van we had them take the mover off, and they came and fitted it to the new van a week later at our house even though it was snowing.