Was just wondering if anyone has much experience of moving/towing static caravans?
And secondly wot would the easiest way of adapting a car wheel to fit caravan axle with upgraded bearings?
Got a chance of a decent static caravan for much cheapness for a wee building project
Where it is sited is not far from the building site so probably a good chance going to tow it with up with a tractor with a handler following just in case. My mate has moved them before sometimes with his low loader but says its actually easier towing them (to dodgy loading them, plus high wide and top heavy load when ur traveling with it and nightmare to tie ramps up as cannae lift them fully)
Priced local caravan companies and in the region of 400 quid plus vat to move it 2 miles.
From wot i gather the bearings/hubs and wheels are really not designed for towing any distance. needs to go about 1.5-2 mile (on private well surfaced roads)
Is there any way to minimise damge to existing wheels? Thought about putting new tyres on it but site owner reckons it's the metal that heats up and gives way first rather than tyres popping.
Thought about driving dead slow as well as possibly spraying them with water every so often to keep them cool
My other more random idea is to throw away the existing wheels (well not quite throw them away 100 quid for a new static wheel) and buy a pair of scrap wheels from the scrappy and weld/attach a metal plate to the centre with a better bearing on it that still just attachs with the nut and washer?
I'm hoping the stronger tyre/wheel/bearing will cope better. Is there any flaws to my plan?
From wot i can gather of the net most caravan wheels are either 8" or 9" so clearance for a 13"+ might be an issue. Thought iffor under trailer wheels might be better as small and high load rating
I think from the quick look i had that the wheels just fit on to a (35mm?) shaft and tightened up with a nut and washer.
My bodged idea is drill a 35mm hole in some plate and attach plate to car wheel. Wot would u use to house the bearing? i take it it would just be a ring/flange slightly larger than bearing outside dia and it will nip up tight with a flange on the shaft?
My other daft idea that i think will work is trying to make a skid plate (metal plate snow board type shape 8ft long x2ft with upturned last 2" to stop it digging in) so i can put caravan wheels on plate then tirfor/winch or push with digger to get caravan to move sideways without putting any sideways pressure on wheels/tyres.
Quite a tight bit to put a ststic into but 1 of only bits with power and sewerage, plus will have a crackng view