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Subject Topic: Alko trailer control poor mpg???
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Message posted by blueexpo9718/2/2013 at 1:33pm
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Quote: Originally posted by neil and lena on 18/2/2013
Unplugging your ATC could invalidate your insurance if your insurance company has given you a discount
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Message posted by Tony B5218/2/2013 at 6:54pm
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We've recently changed from a Lunar Zenith single axle MTPLM 1300 to a Senator Wyoming twin with ATC MTPLM 1640 The increase in fuel consumption was very little which was pleasing. Are you sure it isn't an issue with the car?

Tony B

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Message posted by snagz18/2/2013 at 9:00pm
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I'd not want to be disconnecting the ATC for the sake of a few MPG (even if it is the cause)
It's a safety feature that is there for a reason, plus, if you have an accident, the fact that you have disabled it may very well have a bearing on any insurance claim made.

You might want to check the wheels themselves, the brakes may be sticking a bit... are the wheels getting warm?

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yes sure its not a problem with the car. car is a pug5008 2.0

maybe it is the brick shaped bailey i still havent had the van out again. I will next weekend

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Quote: Originally posted by daveandjanina on 24/2/2013
yes sure its not a problem with the car. car is a pug5008 2.0

maybe it is the brick shaped bailey i still havent had the van out again. I will next weekend

 

tend to agree with that as we have a bailey.one time on a windy day with the car being auto i did not get out of third gear all the way back so the MPG must have gone up.our santafe has a large 2.7 engine so never good on MPG anyway.towing as a rule 17 MPG.



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Message posted by DaveCoaches25/2/2013 at 5:20pm
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The aerodynamics would probably have a much bigger effect than the weight, which would actually have a counter effect in so much as once the weight is up to speed, it's own momentum will keep it there.

Drag squares with speed though so even a relatively small increase in drag at low speeds becomes a massive increase as the speed increases.

When we changed our caravan, we got one that weighed almost twice as much and was almost a meter longer, but it made no difference to the fuel consumption, though it is a little more aerodynamic in so much as the front is slightly more "pointy" and it has a spoiler of sorts moulded into the back panel where the old one was more rounded,

Message posted by Dave1125/2/2013 at 5:40pm
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Wait till you have it loaded to normal towing weight after you have loaded it with your equipment etc.before taking another mpg reading.

When we bought our new crusader it was equipped with the BPW ITC control (the equivalent of the Alko system) on the BPW chassis. I had never before had a caravan fitted with it and on our journey home from the dealers we had to travel some miles on country roads and at fist felt that something was wrong as I could feel the caravan constantly braking itself over most undulations and surface irregularities. I then realised that the caravan was bouncing around as it was running light and the system was constantly activating.

After loading all our bits in the van this stopped and have not noticed it since,

I know you were bringing it home on a motorway journey, but if there were any sidewinds or uneven road services, with the van empty could it to engage more than it would normally due to movement on the van.

If you find it still a problem when caravan loaded, I would get your dealer to check the system as apart from the fuel consumption yoiu could overheat the brakes.


Message posted by Tony B5225/2/2013 at 7:01pm
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Lol, could be, I was at the show on Sunday and spoke to a couple of people about this. The consensus was that the system itself probably wouldn't cause a problem, unless there was an issue with it.

Tony B

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Got better on a trip this weekend. I think it's down to the brick shaped van.


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