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Thread: Moving static caravans and upgrading/bodging wheels/hubs

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    Moving static caravans and upgrading/bodging wheels/hubs

    Alright folks

    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

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    Sounds to me that you'll spend at least £100 sodding around and two days bodging it up all to save £100. Then run the risk of old bill popping up behind you just as wheel falls off and you'll get a fine for unsafe load, obstructing the highway etc. I've done all these tricks before, but we're in different times these days and the cost of those chances has gone up considerably. I'd see if local farmer has a low loader and put it on there for a couple hundred quid (another risk as he may not be insured for carrying other peoples goods) or just pay the money and get on with the building project. Good luck.

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    this sounds the best way low loader and save the head pain get it on site and get on with the job or spend time and more cash trying to invent the wheel , you can move them but slow ? 2 miles sounds like a a few hrs job as your not on the highway as you say the old bill can't do ow't anyway give it a go if the bearings have been well packed they should hold out in slow mo.




    Quote Originally Posted by woodmaster View Post
    Sounds to me that you'll spend at least £100 sodding around and two days bodging it up all to save £100. Then run the risk of old bill popping up behind you just as wheel falls off and you'll get a fine for unsafe load, obstructing the highway etc. I've done all these tricks before, but we're in different times these days and the cost of those chances has gone up considerably. I'd see if local farmer has a low loader and put it on there for a couple hundred quid (another risk as he may not be insured for carrying other peoples goods) or just pay the money and get on with the building project. Good luck.

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    Its a local farmer that is shifting it and he has a low loader but really dosenae like loading and travelling with them on. Just so tight width ways with the tyres very easy to topple off and bit top heavy even when on the trailer.
    Also most agri low loader are around 20-25 ft so u cannae fit most caravans on and u still have to bodge/tie the ramps up somehow as u cannae close them right due to the over hang of the caravan. Most caravan transporters will have beaver tails and sliding ramps for that reason

    I need to make the skid plate for wheels anyway (should that work for crabbing/pulling it sideways) as u will need a tractor to get it in where it has to go even if i got a professional in to move it i'd still have to get it onto its site which will be a bugger, steep drop immediately infront of it so will have to be hand winched into postion.

    Been thinking about this since i've been away, I didnae really think there is a lot of work in bodging a new wheel/bearing but i'm possibly missing something, if a 35mm shaft put a 36mm hole centre of some plate weld the flange to take bearing and then drill 4 holes to take studs if i have the clearance will scavenage the spare wheels of mine and bro's trailers and just bolt them on with lock nuts. Had a browse on some bearing shops online before and seemed to be a lot of bearing of that size for under a tenner.
    Biggest problem for me is the guage of steel will be to heavy for my basic tools

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    Your getting it cheap anyway you know what your doing by the sounds of of anyway get a specialist in ! when I sold the one I lived in for 5 yrs I did and he had it loaded and gone in 20 mins so so easy saves agro damage and a lot of sweating .
    norma

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    As you have been discovering the £400 is for the capability not for the distance. Pay it and be done with any work and stress…

    To move it sideways could you "walk" it into place by swinging the draw bar with a telehandler and blocking alternate side wheels?

    That way you are not trying to put pressure or load onto any area that is not designed to take it.

    Alan
    Last edited by Alantoo; 09-07-2015 at 07:39.

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    If you are paying a specialist company to do it, their job is to put it where you are siting it. Any moving company worth its salt will have a triple tow bar on the front of a 4x4, one on each corner and in the middle, so should be able to place it anywhere. The biggest problem with towing it is that you shake the guts out of it, causing leaks and loosening floor joints etc.

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    Echo the above, the company that moved mine and replaced it with a log cabin type home used greased boards to finally slide the two out then in to the space provided which was pretty tight as my dog kennels were in the way .
    norma

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    If your on a private road just make sure the tyres are pumped up not perished and tow it behind the tractor we moved one two months ago early on a Sunday morning around two miles on a country lane no problems just take your time

    Happy Moving

    Paul D

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    Don't bother with wheels, just get a D8 and a big chain

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