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Boy thats good wonder which uk manufacturer will be the first to fit this as standard

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Most chassis are bought in so it would need a German chassis company (Alko/BPW) to start to build them .

 

 

Dave

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Isuzu D- Max Utah Auto

Elddis Crusader Storm 2000 Kgs, Unipart Royal Atlas Mover .

 

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A very sophisticated design. No doubt prohibitively expensive as it involves having a steerable axle on the caravan, not to mention a very complex hitching system which is not compatible with a standard towbar.

 

A few years ago I saw a prototype system which does not involve any changes to the caravan itself other than a rearward facing camera. However, the towcar would have to be fitted with the latest autoparking system that some car manufacturers are already offering as a factory fitted option and the towball would be replaced by a special one that rotates with the caravan relative to the towbar rather than having the hitch rotating around the towball. This towball would then send the necessary signal of the angle of articulation to the car's electronics. Using a monitor in the instrument panel, the driver could reverse the outfit as if he were sitting at a steering wheel in the back of the caravan rather than in the driving seat of the car and the car would just follow where the driver wants the caravan to go.

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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss the boy racer with the tuned BMW and with the matchbox caravan would be a whole different story with an Automatic say a Volvo V70 T5 SE Geartronic and two tonne of twin axle.

Life in general can be a journey of chance with some winners and sadly some losers. Your outfit can never be left to chance. A short-while carrying out essential checks can ensure a long-time of happy & safe caravanning for all concerned.
Ignorance can often be bliss but is certainly not an excuse and when continually disregarded they can be totally disastrous for oneself and the innocent parties.

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And the point is !!!

 

good towing mirrors are essential :)

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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