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Old December 9th 04, 08:36 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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Default Handbrakes

The thread re winches prompts me to mention this.
In laws bought a new van this year. Of course it comes with the assisted
handbrake. However, they have to reverse it(by hand) down a steep driveway
to park at the side of the house. The old caravan had no problems because
you allowed it to descend slowly whilst controlling its speed on the
handbrake. The new van has a two position handbrake,-on or off, and it's gas
strut assisted. So it wants to run away and when you pull the lever it slams
the brakes full on. To release it you have to pull it even harder towards
the rear thereby putting more pressure in the direction it's trying to run
away from you.
He's got around the problem by paying nearly a thousand quid to have a mover
Years ago, in order to reverse you had to pull up a small lever on the A
frame to stop the drawbar pushing back and operating the brakes. Wasn't a
problem. Some even had an electric solenoid switch operated from the dash.
Now you have 'collapsing' cams in the brake drum to allow reversing with the
brakes partly on, handbrakes that need Mr Universe to set-and even then with
dire warnings if parking on a slope. 'One use' nuts on the stub axle which
cost 6 each and have to be thrown away if you remove them, and replaced by
using a torque wrench with a setting of 260 ft lbs- and they cost a fortune.
I adjust the brakes on my van annually but the drums havn't been off in six

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