Mover

There’s now a Code of Practice (CoP) covering caravan movers. With so many movers flooding onto the market the NCC (National Caravan Council) felt it was time to act.

The new code of practice is basically designed to protect the end user by ensuring that movers are installed to a good standard and meet certain performance and safety requirements.

For example movers must stop the caravan in the event of a loss of control signal or power and be incapable of operation during towing. Movers should also operate satisfactorily (up to their maximum rating) on a 15% gradient and be able to hold a caravan on an 18% gradient.

On the fitting front the code stipulates that movers shall only be installed by personnel trained by the manufacturer or by workshops approved under the NCC’s Approved Workshop Scheme. In addition there is a provision that no items of original equipment, e.g. shock absorbers or spare wheel carriers, shall be permanently removed to facilitate fitment.

Once a mover has been fitted the code says there must be a formal hand over procedure to the new owner. This should include a full demonstration of its safe operation together with an explanation of the effect of the mover on the caravan’s user payload. Additionally there is a handover checklist to be signed by both parties confirming that all aspects of the installation have been discussed and understood. This is combined with a Declaration of Compliance with the new CoP which the installer can sign and stamp.

If you’re thinking of having a mover fitted ask the installer the question – ‘Will the mover and its installation comply with the new CoP?’ If the answer is ‘No’ then ask why and, if necessary, consider going elsewhere. There are some movers that currently don’t meet every aspect of the new code but the manufacturers are moving towards compliance as new models are introduced. All installations should however comply with the new code.

Anyone wanting further information can download the full CoP here.