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Old 08-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Backing up & tight spots

For those that have problems with backing up and tight spots....check out this video.

Caravan Mover Reich Move Controller - YouTube

I went to the German Airstream dealer today and they had most of the units outfitted with these....but their Airstreams are considerably lighter than ours. Fresh water tank...a little under 12 gallons. Very few have AC.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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Pathetic. More money than sense. Just learn the art of backing and you can put it wherever you want, I might understand if you had to move the camper in and out of somewhere everyday.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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I disagree. There are a lot of places that you can not put a trailer with a tow vehicle. That's about the neatest accessory that I have seen in a long time. If it works as advertised, I would sure like to have one of these units. This would allow me to nose the Airstream into the driveway and put her where I would really like to have her as opposed to where I can back her into with a tow vehicle attached.

Thanks VTSafari for the info.

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Old 08-24-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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With that cool system and Ford's park-assist, if they ever come up with an AS that can hook itself up...we'd be completely superfluous!
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If it works as advertised, I would sure like to have one of these units. This would allow me to nose the Airstream into the driveway and put her where I would really like to have her as opposed to where I can back her into with a tow vehicle attached.
That might just make it the best anti-theft device EVER! If you can orient your trailer so that no one can hitch up to it without using the remote control to turn the trailer around, then no one can tow it away, either.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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I could have used that this week!! :-)


I'd be open to exploring that as an add-on...
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:13 PM   #7
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I disagree. There are a lot of places that you can not put a trailer with a tow vehicle. That's about the neatest accessory that I have seen in a long time. If it works as advertised, I would sure like to have one of these units. This would allow me to nose the Airstream into the driveway and put her where I would really like to have her as opposed to where I can back her into with a tow vehicle attached.

Thanks VTSafari for the info.

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Never found a place yet that the trailer would fit that I couldn't get it in.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:54 PM   #8
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I wonder how it works? Drives built into the hubs, or gears the stretch down and turn the wheels?
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:15 AM   #9
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It runs against the tires.
I'd like to see someone put the trailer in the spot behind the house with a TV where the back of the trailer is running on the shrubs as it goes around the corner.
Look at the video again.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:40 AM   #10
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I have a Powercaster PC-3. Does everything this device does. I looked at these things a few years ago but went with the California Made product instead. The amount of time that the Brits unit would operate and run down the battery system was an issue. If using around the house that of course would not be a problem.I have operated my
PC-3 with my honda 1000 genny.
One thing I really like about either system is tha ability to park in an inside loop site and not have your door facing the loop. In tight turns with 2 axles you do need to do the back and forth thing or chance rolling the tires off the rims, yup.
i have 4" clearance on both sides of my 32 when backing between the house and the fence, curved sloping driveway. Not possible with the Suburban, and I do know how to back up. now if I just had a pi$$ ant 26 footer, it still would not fit without a very small vehicle, like a small forklift.
These things work if you need one get one.My trailer is home all the time ,not at some storage yard.
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Never found a place yet that the trailer would fit that I couldn't get it in.
In Europe houses are, typically, far closer together than in the US, with narrower roads. These things can come in very handy.

Campgrounds, don't get me started. Sardine cans, more likely.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #12
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Wow this thing is cool, I could use one.

I have an enclosed car trailer I park on gravel next to the garage, there is a fence along the back of my yard that I back the trailer up to, so if I back the trailer in I cannot open the rear door. The trailer is not used frequently so I prefer to pull the trailer in frontwards with the rear drop down door facing the street and use it as a 3rd garage. To get the trailer where I want it I built "The Contraption" which consists of a rear axel from a '37 ford car, with a hitch ball mounted on a bracket I welded on the differential, a 3rd rotating wheel on the end of the torque tube, and a boat winch. I pull the trailer in off the road with the front facing the fence, unhook the truck and hitch the trailer to the contraption. The winch line is attached to a fence post and pulls the trailer up to where I want it.

This device would make my life much simpler the 3-4 times a year I move the trailer!

The Contraption was built entirely of found/scrounged/left over parts, I wonder if I could build one of these devices in the same manner
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #13
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I built this crawly critter to allow me to maneuver the "rolling jellybean" into the back corner of my garage. I can pull it out with the TV but I can not see the top left corner from the drivers seat. It is an arched building and it would be very easy to crash into with the top of the trailer. The crawler steers from the side instead of the front allowing me a clear view of the entire side of the trailer. It was designed to be used inside on a smooth concrete floor and not suitable for rough ground.
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Joe;

That's pretty nice.
You could build me anything ,anytime.
nice welds,deburred alu channel. clean.
Is it your design or some plans built thing?
The feature of being off to the side is way cool.Does the steering arm swing down, kinda hard to see in the image. That would be "double cool" if the steering arm could articulate side to side.
Thanks for posting.
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