Handbrake or motor mover?

Jul 22, 2017
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Hi,
I'm looking for advice here, and I hope that you can help.
I don't like the idea of leaving the handbrake on all winter - we won't be using the caravan again until next May.
I have it in mind that if I leave the handbrake on all that time it will stick on when we come to use the caravan again.
So, I'm thinking of leaving the motor mover on in it's normal usage position. i.e. up against the tyres.
The caravan is on my drive.
Which is best?
 
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Stays down, chock the wheels, leave handbrake off, leave motor mover disengaged, thats would be my thought, but we go out all year.
 
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For the last 25 years, we have left the handbrake on and chocked the wheels, our drive slopes. We dont travel very often (prob only 3 or 4 trips per year) preferring to go for longer periods when we do go. In all that time I have never had a handbrake stuck on. Leaving a vehicle stationary for long periods can as we all know cause flat spots on the tyres, so leaving the motor mover engaged for a similar length of time, one would have to expect some deformation of the tyre.

with the legs down, and an Alko wheel lock in place though, I cant see the caravan going far.
 
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In my case, handbrake on, rubber chocks, MM off, Bulldog wheel lock on, and as you can see I have a steep drive. Never had the handbrake stick. I worry that leaving the MM engaged will compromise the tyre.

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The advice in all mover instructions is not to leave the mover engaged on the tyre for any longer than it is actually in use.
 
Jul 22, 2017
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Thanks to you all for replying, and so quickly!
Looks like I'll be using my wheel ramps as chocks, wheel clamp on (not ALKO type), handbrake off (I just can't trust it not to stick on next May), and corner steadies firmly down. Motor mover OFF.
My drive has a slight slope.

Much, much obliged.
 

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