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Unread 29th June 2012   #11
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Hi guys

Here are the pics of my drive.

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Very quick thought how about a longish drop plate on car bar with another ball on, IE nose of van lower just for reversing. How long do they scrape for ?? How about some skid plates in steel/alluminium that hang on rear grab handles so they reach just under the legs and slide easy, Simply hang them on then lift them off. They would need some sort of pegs upturn whatever so they rest against the leg bracket or something so the ropes are not holding all the weight. maybe the nose turned up would make them side and the legs would be against the upstand
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A decent motor mover should be able to handle that sort of incline.
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Looking at you pictures the drive doesn't appear to be that steep (might be an opticle illusion though) so as Surfer says a decent mover should be able to cope. The problem is that the road level appears to on a par with the level of your actual drive and the camber towards the dropped kerb is quite severe. As a result when the wheels are in a hollow and the chassis line of the van (even when level is probably not much above the level of your drive. You need to get the front of the van down so as to raise the back (which you could do with a mover) or you need some form o plate / ramp that overs the lower sections of the road and dropped kerb bringing the levels up (did that make sense?).


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Hi Terry,

Looking at your drive in the pictures it does seem to be a lot higher than the road level and to make it even worse the gutter seems to be quite low. Without knowing the lenth of your van I would say it's quite long so by the time the wheels are in the gutter the back end is touching the floor at the point where your drive meets the stone pavement. You could try removing the last three lines of stone where it goes into your drive and replacing with the chippings you already have, that might give you a couple of inches spare. Failing that you could lay down some board to cover the gutter but put a piece of 3" x 2" timber under the board in the gutter area so that when the wheels go over the board it does not sink under the weight of the caravan. I would say the board needs to be around 4ft long with about 2"- 6" being placed on the road side of the gutter.




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The pic's show a different story to what I pictured. Nice setting by the way.

You have the stones for your "ramp" enterance on the street which need to be extended out a little and raised, as do the stones on the side of your drive to be level. There's been lots of traffic across over the years by the look.
We to can have a "ramp" on the street to the curb like you, but must leave a channel against the curb for water flow down the street. Our Council will come and do it in either cement or bitumen.
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Your pics clearly identify your problem and my suggestion of an angle entry will never work as you don't have the width. To me it is a ramp , re construct the driveway or a motor mover so as suggested you can lower the drawbar. My friends house in Ashburton is just the same and it is also causing him the same issues.
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A couple of old scaffold boards about 6ft long, with sequential blocks on the underside like bridge pillars, to span the low areas at the end of the drive and the edge of the road, so the boards dont bend; keeping the caravan level and up out of the hole. both can be made the same, same length etc, scaffold boards are about 10" wide so thets fine. someone on each side of the caravan watching to make sure the caravan wheels stay in the midle (i.e. not off to one side) of each board, its only for the time when you are taking the caravan in or taking it out; so you could even leave them at the end of the drive under a hedge to save having to haul them out down the drive every time theyre needed. They dont have to be heavy; just strong!
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Originally Posted by Craig & Sue View Post
Hi beejay, I understand what your saying but its the rails that make the difference.
The tyres on mine are 195R14C8PR LT with a profile of 5". Most vans here use light truck tyres for the weight. Diam 13".( Pic 1)
The bearers that the floor and frame are mounted to are on 4" rails ( Pic 2,3 )
Having 6" rails, which is an option when you get one built, you have lifted the van and corner steadies 2",so now they don't hit the ground and by going to 15" rims and tyres to suit, they fill the guards. ( Pic 4,5 )
Quite obviously the Australian type of caravan to which you were referring is of completely different construction to the European type which the OP has..
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Hello everybody

I do appreciate the interest and good advice from you all. Looks like I will be making a ramp.
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