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    AL-KO Kober Limited – the leading manufacturer of premium components for the automotive, commercial and leisure industries – has launched the AL-KO Ranger, a new manoeuvring system for single-axle touring caravans up to 1,800kg. 
    Designed as a lower-cost, entry-level alternative to the company’s premium Mammut mover, the AL-KO Ranger features manual engagement onto the wheels when required and can be quickly disengaged once the caravan is in position. The motor units, situated in front of the axle to prevent damage from road debris, provide effortless and accurate manoeuvring control in even the narrowest of spaces, as well as on steep terrains up to 18% and for getting over obstacles up to two centimetres in height. The unit’s soft start and soft stop technology also provides enhanced, controlled and precise bump-free manoeuvring.
    Commenting for AL-KO Kober, a spokesman says: “The new AL-KO Ranger motor-mover is an attractively-priced alternative for those people who want the combination of the trusted AL-KO brand name with a cost-effective price point, coupled with the benefit of easier manoeuvring of their caravan. Thanks to its easy-to-operate remote control, the mover provides millimetre-precise accuracy and completely effortless manoeuvrability. With the ability to complete a 360-degree rotation of single-axle touring caravans on the spot, the AL-KO Ranger puts the caravan in the right place, whether at home or on site.”
    The AL-KO Ranger’s mechanics – including its aluminium rollers and motor units – are protected within a plastic housing mounted via a clamp mechanism to the underside of the caravan’s chassis. The electronics can be installed inside one of the caravan’s storage spaces; and an LED display on the controller and push-button remote control alerts users to various working limits of the motor mover.
    Like AL-KO Mammut, the new Ranger is provided with a five-year warranty according to AL-KO Warranty Terms.
    The AL-KO Ranger mover can be retrofitted to most caravans, including non AL-KO chassis caravans, and can be purchased from most caravan dealers, mobile fitting companies and caravan accessory outlets.  
    Stocks of the motor-mover – which has a suggested retail price of £1,099.00 including installation – are available from caravan industry wholesaler, Leisure Plus, based in Hixon, Staffordshire.
    For further information on the AL-KO Ranger or the company’s range of leisure-sector solutions, visit www.al-ko.co.uk, email ranger@al-ko.co.uk or call 01926 818500.
    The UK has some of the best cycling routes around from the Camel Trail in Cornwall to the family friendly, Swansea bike path along the Welsh coast. The Caravan Club, champions of the great outdoors, has rounded up some of the best to encourage people to take to the saddle this spring.
    Camel trail in Cornwall: The Camel trail in Cornwall is a beautiful, 18 mile traffic free trail which is perfect for cyclists. It meanders through the Cornish Countryside along a disused railway line and travels between Wenford through to the fishing port at Padstow.  A stay at the Camelford Caravan Club Site is a 30 minute drive from Wenford. There are some amazing vineyards along the way and a chance to sample some local wine. Priced from £15.50 based on two adults per pitch, per night in a caravan or motorhome
    The Lancaster Loop: This 17 mile cycle trail circles the historic city of Lancaster, along the banks of the river Lune to Glasson Dock and then makes its way back around to the city centre through the countryside. There are pubs and cafes along the way as well as the 13th century Lancaster Castle. A stay at the Long Barn Certificated Location Caravan Club Site is located on the Asthon Hall Estate within easy reach of Lancaster. Certificated Location sites are smaller, privately owned five-van only sites – ideal for quieter breaks away.  Priced from £10 based on two adults per pitch, per night in a caravan or motorhome
    Bristol to Bath: The cycle path traces the 13 mile route from Bristol’s port to the heart of Bath and is a lovely family friendly trail along a disused railway. The Hayfields Certificated Location Caravan Club Site is located in Mangotsfield in Bristol and is within walking distance of the local pub. Watersports and golf are also both available within five miles of the site. Priced from £17.50 based on two adults per pitch, per night in a caravan or motorhome
    Swansea Bike Path: A stunning coastal cycle route which has fantastic views across to Mumbles Head and the start of the Gower Peninsula. The route starts at Swansea Marina, follows the path of the coastline to the Victorian seaside town along the route of the former Mumbles railway. The Gowerton Caravan Club Site is located in nearby Gowerton in Swansea and is the perfect place to visit the surrounding areas, beaches and Swansea. Priced from £17.10 based on two adults per pitch, per night in a caravan or motorhome
    For more information please contact The Caravan Club on 01342 326 944 or visit www.caravanclub.co.uk/cyclingsites
    Caravan Club membership is just £49 per year and provides members with access to over 200 Club sites and 2,500 privately owned places to stay in the UK. It also offers a choice of close to 300 sites across Europe including France, Spain and Germany amongst other destinations. All members can take advantage of expert advice, overseas travel services, financial services and exclusive member offers and discounts. There is no membership requirement for campers who want to pitch up at over 40 Caravan Club sites. Join now
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