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Caravan Handrake on or off



 
 
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Old October 15th 03, 05:27 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Richard
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When not in use my caravan is parked on level ground, one wheel clamped the
other chocked and steadies down and with the handbrake applied. Would it be
better to leave the handbrake off ?

Cheers ....... Richard



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Old October 15th 03, 05:47 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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"Richard" wrote in message
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When not in use my caravan is parked on level ground, one wheel clamped

the
other chocked and steadies down and with the handbrake applied. Would it

be
better to leave the handbrake off ?


My view is off. The book would probably say on but if you have ever returned
to a car or van where the HB has been on some considerable time and it has
seized on you quickly realise it is better left off in the circumstances you
describe.


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Old October 15th 03, 05:48 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
GrahamW
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Richard wrote in message
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When not in use my caravan is parked on level ground, one wheel clamped

the
other chocked and steadies down and with the handbrake applied. Would it

be
better to leave the handbrake off ?

Cheers ....... Richard



Yes, leave the handbrake off.
The brakeshoes can become rusted to the drum and are a pig to release at
times.
Not that it's ever happened to me, you understand ;-)

Graham


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Old October 15th 03, 06:18 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dave Fawthrop
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On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 17:27:30 +0000 (UTC), "Richard"
wrote:

| When not in use my caravan is parked on level ground, one wheel clamped the
| other chocked and steadies down and with the handbrake applied. Would it be
| better to leave the handbrake off ?

Mine is on a significant slope, so I have *both* wheels chocked on the
downhill side, steadies down and handbrake off.

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Old October 15th 03, 07:03 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Tony Maris
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Hi Richard,

Definitely off. The brake linings contain sintered metal instead of
asbestos these days. If the shoe is in contact with the drum and there is
any damp around, they WILL rust on.

It's good for business though :-))

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When not in use my caravan is parked on level ground, one wheel clamped

the
other chocked and steadies down and with the handbrake applied. Would it

be
better to leave the handbrake off ?

Cheers ....... Richard



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Old October 15th 03, 08:47 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Mary Fisher
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"Tony Maris" wrote in message
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Hi Richard,

Definitely off. The brake linings contain sintered metal instead of
asbestos these days. If the shoe is in contact with the drum and there is
any damp around, they WILL rust on.

It's good for business though :-))


Sorry, folks, but LOL!

Mary



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Old October 15th 03, 08:59 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Stewart
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I always leave mine off unless when on blocks on a slope. Like Harry I also
park the car in the garage with the brakes off; I have a slight slope in the
garage and run the car over a low piece of wood, this lets me know how far
in to go and keeps the car from moving. I learned to do this when I found
that my Volvo brakes regularly seized after washing the car and it was quite
a jerk (noisy too) to release them.


"Richard" wrote in message
...
When not in use my caravan is parked on level ground, one wheel clamped

the
other chocked and steadies down and with the handbrake applied. Would it

be
better to leave the handbrake off ?



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Old October 15th 03, 09:09 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Mary Fisher
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"Stewart" wrote in message
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Like Harry I also
park the car in the garage with the brakes off; I have a slight slope in

the
garage and run the car over a low piece of wood, this lets me know how far
in to go and keeps the car from moving. I learned to do this when I found
that my Volvo brakes regularly seized after washing the car and it was

quite
a jerk (noisy too) to release them.


~I can't believe what I'm reading.

If it's true it means that there are two people in this fair land of ours
who have room in their garage for a car ...

feels faint

Mary


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Old October 15th 03, 10:00 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Richard
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"Mary Fisher" wrote in message
t...




"Stewart" wrote in message
...
Like Harry I also
park the car in the garage with the brakes off; I have a slight slope in

the
garage and run the car over a low piece of wood, this lets me know how

far
in to go and keeps the car from moving. I learned to do this when I

found
that my Volvo brakes regularly seized after washing the car and it was

quite
a jerk (noisy too) to release them.


~I can't believe what I'm reading.

If it's true it means that there are two people in this fair land of ours
who have room in their garage for a car ...

feels faint

Mary


Well there may be one or two more but I'm not one of them. I didn't realise
they built garages for cars, that's a new one on me ;o).

Anyway thanks everyone for the replies re 'handbrake on/off', I will change
my 'practice' straight away.

Cheers ...... Richard



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