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Message posted by paul3383 on 03/9/2008 at 7:39pm
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Hi to you all, this is my first year with a caravan,( Elddis ) and when not in use over the winter period will be parked on my drive at a deep incline, what i want to know is will it be ok to leave the handbrake on through the winter months.

thanks in advance Paul



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I would go for handbrake off and would also take the weight off the tyres but putting the van on axle stands.
But you say it is on a steep incline.

Pity.

I am sure other members will have a few suggestions.

You could always carry on using it over the winter!

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Put a set of winter wheels on it, It cant roll so the handbrake can be left off, The tyres will be relieved and its a great security feature.

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if its a must to leae it on, I would release it every few weeks or so to make sure it doesnt stick. as long as its well chocked it should be fine to release it for a few seconds, and re-apply.

Message posted by michael on 03/9/2008 at 9:11pm
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off if you do want to find a frozen brake,only seen this once and it was being pulled onto the back of truck.



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Make up some BIG wooden chocks , wind the steadys down and you should then be able to leave the handbrake off . Another thing you could do is install a ground anchor and chain the caravan to it .

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Quote: Originally posted by rabb_uk on 03/9/2008
Put a set of winter wheels on it, It cant roll so the handbrake can be left off, The tyres will be relieved and its a great security feature.
I seem to remember that if you use winter wheels then your insurance is void as most policies expect you to use a wheel clamp.

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 definately.. NO.. as its brakes could seize on it, get wheels from breakers and fit those on for winter storage, put legs down and put chocs under wheels.   bob



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I dont know about new caravans but the one new trailer we use for the marquees has asbestos free brake linings and a big warning sticker not to leave the handbrake on for more than 24 hrs.I never leave any handbrake on for prolonged periods.

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Definitely OFF as the brakes will seize

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I use my van all year , i just choc the wheels and leave the brake off , even on site , if you have a newish van , it cant go any where with the wheel locks on and the legs wound down,  

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Quote: Originally posted by sweetpeaheidi on 03/9/2008
I dont know about new caravans but the one new trailer we use for the marquees has asbestos free brake linings and a big warning sticker not to leave the handbrake on for more than 24 hrs.I never leave any handbrake on for prolonged periods.


Hmm, 24Hrs seems short, but asbestos free brakes have been around for quite a while now. Id actually be suprised if my 1988 caravan had asbestos.

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Definitely OFF. I left the brake on a folding caravan for a few weeks and they seized. It was a B^^^^^ getting them released

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I would leave the handbrake off otherwise it will have a chance of seizing.

Make sure that you chock it very well if you are on a steep location or see if you can see change the location to somewhere less steep


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Quote: Originally posted by timtheenchanter on 04/9/2008
Quote: Originally posted by sweetpeaheidi on 03/9/2008
I dont know about new caravans but the one new trailer we use for the marquees has asbestos free brake linings and a big warning sticker not to leave the handbrake on for more than 24 hrs.I never leave any handbrake on for prolonged periods.


Hmm, 24Hrs seems short, but asbestos free brakes have been around for quite a while now. Id actually be suprised if my 1988 caravan had asbestos.
 Never heard of them before we had this trailer,even the modern cars I have worked on warn about brake pads containing asbestos.

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You can buy plastic wheel chocks from a caravan shop, just use those including on the jockey wheel. Park 'van, handbrake on, chock wheels, slowly release handbrake, wind down corner steadies.

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