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Subject Topic: Is my caravan breaked or unbraked?? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by carvolution26/6/2010 at 11:23pm
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Hi everyone, Im a caravan virgin and please be gentle!!

 

How do I know if my caravan is braked or not? Its a 1986ish Bessecarr cameo 420GL???

 

Thanks Everyone!


Message posted by sharky 272827/6/2010 at 6:30am
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You should find it's braked as I had a 70's van & that was braked.
The easiest way to check if it's braked 1) has it got a lever on the A frame 2) have a look underneath to see if there's a cable/rod that runs from the hitch to the coupling head.
plus you will find all caravans are braked!
hope this helps

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You should find it's braked as I had a 70's van & that was braked.
The easiest way to check if it's braked 1) has it got a lever on the A frame 2) have a look underneath to see if there's a cable/rod that runs from the hitch to the coupling head.
plus you will find all caravans are braked!
hope this helps

Message posted by sharky 272827/6/2010 at 6:32am
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Oops sorry double posted don't know how this happened

Message posted by carvolution27/6/2010 at 9:36am
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thanks for the reply!

I have the manual for the caravans axle and it goes on about its a overrunning brake and axle. So is that what a braked axle is called?

I have a big handle on where the car connects to it, but surley thats the hand brake for the caravan wheels? See told you I a caravan virgin!! haha

th axle is made by AL-KO, but i cant find any  markings on it for the model number?

As for seeing if theres a cable underneath, i think there is but i think its connected to the handbrake thingy?


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Message posted by AndrewK27/6/2010 at 10:37am
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Quote: I have the manual for the caravans axle and it goes on about its a overrunning brake and axle. So is that what a braked axle is called?
Yes

Quote: As for seeing if theres a cable underneath, i think there is but i think its connected to the handbrake thingy?
It is connected to the handbrake lever, but it's also connected to the hitch and operates the over-run brakes.

Andrew



Message posted by carvolution27/6/2010 at 12:04pm
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Andrew,

Your a top man! Thankyou so much and sorry for sounding like a complete caravaning virgin muppet!!


Message posted by Viggo27/6/2010 at 5:44pm
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Top marks for having the sense and curiosity to actually want to find out about your van! Knowledge is the key to safe and enjoyable towing.

Can I ask how you came by the van, and whether it's been serviced recently?

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Message posted by carvolution27/6/2010 at 5:52pm
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I brought it from a family near us, its been sat for a year, but in fantastic condition.

But the previous owners had owned it for 7 years and never changed the tyres so i need to replace them and im guessing that the brakes prob never been changed!!

On a different note, with the van on weighting around 900kg from what ive been told, do i have to have reinforced tyres on it? it currently has 145 r13's on it and its a twin axle.


Message posted by Viggo27/6/2010 at 6:14pm
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Have it checked by a professional - especially the wheels/brakes and any gas or electric systems. Seriously, these are not things to be messed about with, you could kill yourself, your family or others if they aren't right, and it's not an area you should be economising on.

The service engineer will also answer questions about tyres.

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Message posted by LlaniDavis27/6/2010 at 6:23pm
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Just tell your tyre dealer that you need them for a caravan, and he should get you the proper tyres.


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