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Message posted by Crazyplace on 26/2/2012 at 8:41pm
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Hi all, We have had a single axle van and have changed to a twin with ACT and it feels real odd. We have a disco which I appreciate has a rep for a rollie ride but the van seems to wobble alot. We traveled home with a friend following and he said the van was as straight as a die all the way yet both me and my hubby thought it felt a bit wobbly. Now we have another friend who has had twin axle for ages and just got new van with ATC and said he not like the feeling and described same wobble strange feeling. Any experiences........

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Message posted by Zafiral on 27/2/2012 at 8:16am
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ATC will not change the way the caravan drives unless it is activating, which should only happen when instability is detectected or if there is a fault. If it is constantly activating your wheels will get hot as it works by applying the caravan brakes.
A wollowy ride is more likely down to too little nose weight or soft tyres.

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Message posted by TonyC52 on 27/2/2012 at 8:41am
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When I first switch to a twin I found hte tyres had been over inflated and this had hte same effect, when i deflated to the correct setting it was ok.

Check the ATC light is green before you set off and again after a short distance and as zafiral says, feel the wheel hubs and see if htey are getting hot.

If you think there is an issue then speak to Al-ko, I had a problem with faulty wiring on the towbar and AL-ko were very good in sorting things out



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Message posted by Crazyplace on 27/2/2012 at 10:11pm
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thanks both. I will be taking carefull notes next trip out and double checking everything again.

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I have just changed to a van fitted with ATC.  First longish tow with it last week up through Mid Wales.  It is a wiered feeling as you can feel it working sometimes.

I'll admit to taking a bend over a rise a little too quickly, but as I exited the bend I thought the engine had died on me as the van applied its own brakes.

Looking forward to a spin on the motorway now.



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Message posted by birder99 on 28/2/2012 at 5:34pm
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I've only ever noticed mine applying the brakes one one occasion and that was when I was cornering a tight bend slightly faster than I should have been. If you are noticing it something is probably not correct, either a faulty system or more likely poor loading of the caravan or on a TA incorrect hitch hight.

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Message posted by IainM on 28/2/2012 at 7:28pm
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I'm on my third ATC equipped 'van now.  The common time for us to be aware of it is when exiting a roundabout with a strange camber locally.

Only time I've been aware of it on the open road is when having to swerve to avoid a car which pulled out in front of us.



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