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    Well they have them for trains so why not cars? Can we get one big enough to hold a firetruck?

    This turntable gets cars out of a tight spot

    Pedro Arrais, Times Colonist Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

    In an almost classic case of "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," a local entrepreneur has managed to turn a potential loss of $100,000 into a business opportunity.

    As construction wound down on Matthew Clark's luxury house in the Ravens Wood subdivision in Langford this spring, one not so small detail emerged -- he couldn't turn around a car in the property's compact courtyard. While many people routinely back out of their driveways, his semi-rural house is at the end of a long driveway with a drop-off on one side and the side of a hill on the other.

    Further excavation to widen the courtyard would have cost at least $50,000, with no guarantee the work would not destabilize the hillbank above.

    A real estate agent evaluating the property told Clark that this obvious shortcoming could potentially shave $100,000 off the asking price of the $919,000 house.

    Searching on the Internet he found a solution -- a turntable for cars. The concept is simple -- simply drive onto the unit and rotate the turntable until you face the way you came.

    The CarTurner can be mounted on any level surface such as a driveway without any concrete work.

    Clark says it takes about an afternoon to set the unit up. The 4.5-metre-diameter stainless-steel disc is powered by five low-voltage DC motors plugged into a single regular household outlet. The unit is about 76 millimetres high with a bevelled lip to get on and off. A simple remote, similar to a garage door opener, starts and stops the unit, which rides on 70 sets of wheels. The unit will support vehicles as large as a Hummer, says Clark, an entrepreneur in the import/export business.

    He liked the solution so much he negotiated for the Canadian distribution rights from the California-based company.

    His company, Trade Pacific, sells the non-skid stainless steel unit in Canada for $12,750, delivered and installed. A chrome indoor version meant for car showrooms can be ordered for $1,000 more.

    Trade Pacific 1-800-656-7293

    CarTurner: www. carturner .com

    parrais@tc.canwest.com

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    Matthew Clark's turning around difficulty was solved with the purchase of an electric turntable for cars. Darren Stone, Times Colonist
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    So what you are telling me is that this poor excuse for a motorist is too lazy to turn his bloody compact car on his own million dollar property.....

    Hmmmm,

    Reaffirms me as to who is getting their licences!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianFyrTrks View Post
    So what you are telling me is that this poor excuse for a motorist is too lazy to turn his bloody compact car on his own million dollar property.....

    Hmmmm,

    Reaffirms me as to who is getting their licences!

    He said there wasn't enough room to turn a car around...

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    I have heard that the house that Glen Sather (GM of the NY Rangers - formerly player/coach/GM/President of the Edmonton Oilers) owns in Banff Alberta (National Park in the rocky mountains) has something similar to this in the garage.
    www.firehall.com - check it out

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    It sounded a lot like the "7 P's":

    P!ss Poor Planning Precipitates P!ss Poor Performance.

    Or maybe the contractor/architech who designed the yard and home thought they could milk a little more money out of the guy by undersizing the driveway turnaround area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michfire View Post
    He said there wasn't enough room to turn a car around...
    Take a look at the picture! Your definition and mine of enough room will be different!

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    Used to be one in a tight carpark in Auckland when I was doing security patrols years ago.

    Most people got out and pushed the car around. A little experiment showed me that the right combination of turning the wheels and hand brake application at the right speed would rotate the car and allow you to drive off as it came around.

    Hey, it was night time and I was bored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighterkid View Post
    I have heard that the house that Glen Sather (GM of the NY Rangers - formerly player/coach/GM/President of the Edmonton Oilers) owns in Banff Alberta (National Park in the rocky mountains) has something similar to this in the garage.
    I remember seeing pictures of one in a garage before....... I'll have to see if I can find it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianFyrTrks View Post
    Take a look at the picture! Your definition and mine of enough room will be different!
    I thought the same thing looking at the picture, I was just quoting the article. The only thought I had was the article said he was selling them now. I thought maybe that was a "model" or display home...??

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    Here are some other pics I found.........

    http://www.driveawaymat.co.uk/sei/s/375/14.html
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    He couldn't back the car the way he came?Maybe I missed something,simpleton that I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    He couldn't back the car the way he came?Maybe I missed something,simpleton that I am.
    He buys cars with Optional Reverse gears on their Transmissions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianFyrTrks View Post
    He buys cars with Optional Reverse gears on their Transmissions!
    Not only that but I paid extra for rearview mirrors and the swivel option on my neck.And I USE them!
    Like they say,you cain't hide money.

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    I would love to see how that puppy holds up to a Canadian winter?

    Dammit Marge, the driveway froze up, and now the car is stuck sideways and won't go EITHER direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell View Post
    I would love to see how that puppy holds up to a Canadian winter?

    Dammit Marge, the driveway froze up, and now the car is stuck sideways and won't go EITHER direction.
    Good thing Langford is only 6 miles northwest of Victoria eh? LOL
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    My first thought was if you can't turn your car around, how the heck is a fire truck going to get close enough to help put out a fire?? Dragging miles of hose?? I wonder what the insurance rates are for a house with limited access for emergency vehicles.. What about an ambulance? Better not get sick...
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    When I was living in Bangkok I was surprised to find out that in a crowded parking ramp people leave their car in neutral and it is ok to push another car out of the way to get to yours. So, when your done shopping at the mall you might have a hard time locating your car because it might not be where you left it.

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    Sure doesn't look like my F-150 would fit on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoaddoggAK View Post
    Sure doesn't look like my F-150 would fit on it.
    Your F-150 doesn't need any fancy "driveway".
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