Retro fit rear stabalizing legs - brand ?

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 at 06:36
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My wife has complained about the constant sloshing noise coming from the water tanks, so I am thinking of fitting those legs that come down and stop the van from swaying.

Does anybody feel that there is one brand or type which is better than the others ?

Thanks a lot,

Willie
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 at 23:07

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 at 23:07
Ear Plugs? Cheaper, lighter and less hassle. LOL

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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 01:26

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 01:26
I wil suggest that. I am sure she will be overjoyed.
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Reply By: Bobrovin - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 04:00

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 04:00
You could try a pair of these chocks first. They do stop a lot of movement and are also good if the hand brake is a bit sus.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 07:30

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 07:30
Hi Bob,

They look like they would stop any forward / backward movement but not side to side. They are a neat bit of gear though.

Actually the ratchet tooth came off my hand brake last week and I tried a lot of quite large caravan repair places in the Riverina and they all shrugged their shoulders and said they never stocked those. I am not sure if new BTs still use this system anymore. Anyway, I found a guy who welded a new tooth on - not sure how strong it will be, so I want to buy a new one complete.

It looks like the handle of a car handbrake. I will make a post and see if anyone knows where to get one. If that enquiry fails, I will ring BT and ask them.

Thanks for your help,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Pixellator - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 19:20

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 19:20
Hey Willie

Vehicle Components in Geebung, Brisbane , the manufacturers of the DO35 hitch and Cruisemaster Suspension amongst many other things, also feature a handbrake assembly on their website.Vehicle Components Handbrake

In fact I'm about to go there to collect my BT. They service it each year for me. I have just spoken to Kierran and he told me they don't manufacture the stabilizer jacks, but they do sell the Manutec (which I have) and Alko (red plastic handle).

They should be able to help. Incidentally while you're looking at their website follow the thread to the story of Arthur Goddard, the founder of the company.Arthur Goddard
He's amazing... at age 93 he still comes into the office. Last time i spoke to him, he was busy at the CAD application on his computer.

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BobH
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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 19:47

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 19:47
Bob,

Thanks very much for the handbrake info. I will ring them and find out if they have an agent on my travel route.

I must find out which stabilizer works best and is the easiest to use. Also which one reduces my rear clearance the least. Also ease of installation is important as I am mechanically challenged !

Cheers,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:55

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:55
Craig,

Do you need the ones on the front ? I was only planning to put them on the back.

Thanks,

Willie
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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 07:39

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 07:39
Hi Willie

Do you have a jockey wheel or a jack on the a-frame? Our caravan is a steady as a rock with the jack, but when we had a mishap with it we had to used a jockey wheel for a while and there was a bit of movement.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:40

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:40
Howdy Mrs Chook,

I just swapped my jockey wheel for one with a flat base. It has not helped.

When and where to is your next trip ?

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Willie.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen & Rooster - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:46

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:46
I'm surprised at that Willie as ours is totally steady, even at the back of the van which is our bed end.

We've had our holiday this year :O. A pleasant week at Albany with our WA BOGgers.

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Reply By: Gone Bush - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:18

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:18
I agree about getting corner stabilisers Willie. We have them on each of the four corners and they are the first thing deployed when we set up.

I've seen those gadgets of Bob's and they are really good but every website that sells them either won't ship to Oz (Amazon) or the postage makes it uneconomical.

The next thing to think about is the squeaky suspension, a real passion killer....

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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:33

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 08:33
Hi Stephen,

No squeaks, but alas, no passion either.

What brand are your stabilizers ?

Thanks,

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 09:00

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 09:00
I'm not sure Willie, they were fitted by BT and there are photos of them on the BT forum about optional equipment.

I've only ever seen two types. One has a bright red, oval shaped handle. Mine aren't that one but either would work. You just need to choose the right length and have a look at how they are attached to the van.

Most van accessory places would have one or the other.

Check this page on my blog for some photos and the support bracket I made, but sorry, no brand name. You will have to scroll right down.

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Reply By: The Hob - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 16:54

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 16:54
We don;t have stabilisers but every stop I reef the handbrake on to eliminate any squeak from the brakes

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Reply By: Willie - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 17:55

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 17:55
I have no suspension or brake noise ever, but the handbrake is always on when I'm stopped.

But it sounds like I'm out fishing in an aluminium dinghy when the tanks are full and we are moving about in the van.

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Reply By: SMICK - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 02:59

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 02:59
We nave 3 screw up jack stands, available from all auto stores. 2 at the back and if needed 1 up front. They are also used when ever I have to take the van wheels off.
Every thing in the van has to have a dual purpose.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 05:11

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 05:11
Hi Michael,

You must have more room than me. I would have no way of storing three of those.

The permanent ones need no space.

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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 06:27

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 06:27
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Willy we lived without the rear legs for a few years but had BT fit them to take out the slight movement we experienced when one was in bed and the other moving around in the van. I'm not sure of the brand possibly Alco, I have seen them at many accessories stores. One thing we had done was have BT weld a piece of steel angle in the middle so when the legs are in the raised position we can wind them out slightly to take the wear out of them jiggling around on their brackets.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 06:44

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 06:44
G'day Mick,

A picture is worth a thousand words. I thought I would lose rear clearance by mounting them under the chassis rails like on all the normal vans. I never thought about mounting them on that rear 'bumper bar'.

The piece of angle is a great idea. Thanks a lot for this helpful info.

Willie.
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Follow Up By: Fugly - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 06:56

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 06:56
Exactly the same as ours... been on our van since inception in 2003... 2 at front and 2 at rear. We've had the van a few years now,... don't always use them, particularly "overnighters", and sometimes only use the rear ones.

However, they are definitely worth it. Ours also has the angle to wind them against when travelling.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:30

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:30
Same legs as Mick, and similar support bracket

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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:51

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Stephen,

Thanks for the photos. How is that bracket attached ?

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:57

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 07:57
Two bolts.

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Reply By: Fugly - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:47

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:47
Hi Willie... find the single piece of angle iron is more than enough for each leg. Also serves OK if you add 2 legs to the front...


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