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Snakemaster Drop Plates



 
 
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Old August 18th 03, 07:57 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Tony Maris
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Default Snakemaster Drop Plates

Sorry Michael but it doesn't.

You can get a Scott Stabilizer into a Snakemaster plate (very loose fit) but
not the other way round. The Snakemaster is cheap but gets a lot of
slagging off (from users) on this NG, mainly because of the difficulty in
getting it adjusted.

The problem kqr highlights appears to be yet another problem with cheap
manufacture. I'd dump it and buy a Bulldog 200Q.

Regards

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Tony M
Towbars & Trailers
Chesterfield
Specialists in Towing Equipment
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"Michael Haselhof" wrote in message
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Why not buy a drop plate for a Scott stabiliser? it will fit; I used a
snakemaster plate for a trip or two with a Scott, and it was fine, but if
you buy a Scott plate you wont have the same problems you're having just
now.
Here's a tip; put the stabiliser into the slot in the drop plate and do up
the screw to tighten it, then lift the stabiliser up and down a few times,
this will loosen it off again; now tighten it up again ensuring that there
is no loose movement in the stabiliser.
Another idea would be to replace the screw with a bolt with the same kind

of
screwthread, and put a locknut on it as an extra precaution.
"kqr" wrote in message
t...
Well that's number three on now. [3 in 4 years]
Now I know they are not expensive but it is a
real pain in the arse having to strip the SM
on-site when the damn retaining screw snaps.
I am sure I am not the only one it's happened
to.

This last occasion, I deliberately did not over
tighten the screw in anticipation of this problem
but it made no difference. Now what I want to know
is why. Before anyone mentions it, the screw and
hole etc were cleaned and lubricated before setting
off.

Comments?


TIA





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Old August 19th 03, 08:52 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Tony Maris
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Default Snakemaster Drop Plates

Hi kqr,

Adjusting the stabiliser is no different to setting any other blade type
stabiliser. The problem is when you subsequently use it. It has been well
documented on the NG that the Snakemaster does not have a hardened cam which
causes it to immediately to go out of adjustment.

We have tried many times to set them up but have not yet managed to keep 60
lbs force on the end of the spring for two consecutive operations. This is
not a problem with Bulldog and others.

With regard to your particular problem, I don't know what causes it as I
don't sell them but I suspect it may be something to do with the way the
slot is made that the stabiliser locates in. On other stabilisers, this is
a machined section. On the snakemaster, it appears to be flat plate which
is simply bent over into a 'U' section and then has a nut welded on. We
have generally found a lot of play, both vertically and horizontally with
them.

Regards

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Tony M
Towbars & Trailers
Chesterfield
Specialists in Towing Equipment
NTTA Council Member
http://www.towitall.co.uk
QSA accredited for Towbars and Trailers



"kqr" wrote in message
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In article , Tony Maris
says...


I have no problem in getting it adjusted.
It is quite a simple technique. Cheap? Fine.


Well Tony it might be a cheap manufacture but
that in itself does not mean that it is of no
value. What would be more helpfull is if you
could quallify the statement 'cheap manufacture'
and why this might be the cause of the problem.

The retaining method is not very good granted, otherwise
I would not be having this problem. However, I have
found that when it works it does so well. The only
problem I have with it is as already highlighted
and if you have aa solution or idea as to why it
is occurring I'd be pleased to know.



 



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