Parking the trailer with a remote control

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Maneuvering a caravan while parking can be very troublesome, especially when there is little space left. In some situations, it would be best to make the trailer drive itself into the garage or park itself in the right place on the camping site...

So far, no trailer will position itself completely on its own, but maneuvering the vehicle using a remote control also sounds interesting. There are systems, commonly called "movers", that allow a person standing next to the trailer to steer it by pressing appropriate buttons.

Strong as a mammoth

This solution is offered by AL-KO. AMS Mammut is a maneuvering system thanks to which the trailer can be parked within a centimeter, even on uneven or strongly inclined ground.

How it's working? Aluminum rollers are mounted next to the wheels, on the chassis frame. When the system is activated, the electrically driven rollers are pressed against the wheels with great force.

For the remote control to work, bring the remote control close to the magnetic sensor located in the drawbar housing and then operate the buttons. First, you need to press the button that activates the rollers, and then simply select the direction in which the trailer should move. And it can even rotate around its own axis, making a 360-degree turn!

The system is equipped with a soft start and a soft "stop" function, so the control is gentle and jerk-free. The system moves the trailer continuously at a maximum speed of up to 0.5 km/h .

Mammut has the ability to overcome slopes, but the permissible angle of inclination depends on the permissible total weight of a given trailer. If the GVM is 1.20 t, Mammut will cope with a slope of 28% , but for a trailer with a GVW of 2.25% - the maximum will be a slope of 13%.

The system is protected against water, so the device can be washed even under pressure. Mammut weighs 32 kg when mounted on the Al-Ko chassis, factory adapted to this device. Otherwise, you need to install a heavier version weighing 42 kg.

Light as Mover

Truma's Mover works similarly, with the lightest system for single-axle trailers weighing relatively little, only 28 kg .

The manufacturer declares that its device allows you to overcome slopes at an angle of 20 to 25% (smaller trailers can overcome larger slopes).

Both the Mover and Mammut systems require an additional battery to be installed to power the device. The systems can be mounted both in front of and behind the vehicle's axle.

Australian rover

A completely different solution is offered under the name Camper Trolley . This Australian device looks like a Mars rover! Unlike traditional systems, there is no complicated installation.

Camper Trolley is simply a high-powered, remote-controlled tracked vehicle . Using the remote control, we can make it move in any direction, overcoming slopes of up to 10% and moving even on difficult surfaces.

To take full advantage of the possibilities it offers, simply connect it to a trailer whose weight does not exceed 1.5 tons . Installation to the drawbar takes just a few minutes and requires no tools. A charged rover can operate for 30 minutes at maximum power.

The stroller is powered by a 14.4 V lithium-ion battery and can be charged both from the mains and via solar panels .

As an interesting fact, it is worth mentioning that systems that allow you to control the trailer using a smartphone are also being developed.

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Sometimes it is better to get lost than to ask for directions too much. Aldous Huxley

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