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Message posted by marramc4822/7/2017 at 9:51pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Phil Ness on 22/7/2017
I've never known a breakaway cable actually activate the brakes before it snaps or the clip gives up anyway.



If the breakaway cable did not activate the handbrake before it snapped, it would certainly not activate it after it had snapped.

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Quote: Originally posted by navver on 22/7/2017
The thing that puzzles me is that the jockey wheel is always stowed so it is going to steer the caravan to the offside right into the path of oncoming traffic.

How simple would it be to put it on the other side of the A frame



Yep, mine would do the same. Steer the van to the right. Does seem rather silly.



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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

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Quote: Originally posted by Grampian91 on 23/7/2017
Quote: Originally posted by navver on 22/7/2017
The thing that puzzles me is that the jockey wheel is always stowed so it is going to steer the caravan to the offside right into the path of oncoming traffic.

How simple would it be to put it on the other side of the A frame



Yep, mine would do the same. Steer the van to the right. Does seem rather silly.



Probably just the "take it or leave it" attitude of non british chassis manufacturers.



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Quote: Originally posted by marramc48 on 23/7/2017
Quote: Originally posted by Grampian91 on 23/7/2017
Quote: Originally posted by navver on 22/7/2017
The thing that puzzles me is that the jockey wheel is always stowed so it is going to steer the caravan to the offside right into the path of oncoming traffic.

How simple would it be to put it on the other side of the A frame



Yep, mine would do the same. Steer the van to the right. Does seem rather silly.



Probably just the "take it or leave it" attitude of non british chassis manufacturers.


have a German caravan and the Jockey wheel is on the left so it would steer the van into oncoming traffic in Germany if t were partially lowered, but it has a skid plate on the A frame so that the wheel won't touch the road when fully raised.
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Message posted by Phil Ness23/7/2017 at 11:41am
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Quote: Originally posted by navver on 22/7/2017
The thing that puzzles me is that the jockey wheel is always stowed so it is going to steer the caravan to the offside right into the path of oncoming traffic.

How simple would it be to put it on the other side of the A frame



I would have thought on most single axles that the hitch would hit the ground before the caravan ran on the jockey wheel in the event of coming detached? My jockey wheel is on the right of the A frame (driver side when hitched) when properly stowed it is flush against the frame,
pointing slightly to the left.If the caravan detached and and ran on it then it would steer toward the verge.

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My jockey wheel, on a French van, is in the centre of the A-frame.Heaven knows where it will go if detached at high speed.

I don't really want to find out.

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Message posted by freeatlast24/7/2017 at 2:49pm
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Whilst parked in a motorway caravan parking area, a German couple with a caravan asked about how our breakaway cable was fitted to our detachable towbar. Mine clips to a loop in the towbar.

Apparently he was stopped and fined in Holland for looping it round his towbar. Be warned if you go abroad.

Message posted by freeatlast24/7/2017 at 2:52pm
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Quote: Originally posted by SGThomas on 23/7/2017
My jockey wheel, on a French van, is in the centre of the A-frame.Heaven knows where it will go if detached at high speed.

I don't really want to find out.



I suspect which side the jockey wheel is on is irrelevant. After all it should be stowed up so it locks into the housing on the clamped part of the jockey wheel assembly. Much will depend on the way it comes detached and the camber of the road, or bumps in the road.


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