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AlKo AKS 3004 Stabiliser

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29 Apr 2013 @ 23:11:13 pm
Dirk
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Hi there,

Is there anyone that is towing with the above that can comment on its functionality and performance? I am looking at getting one for my Penta as my gooseneck on my Touareg is not ideal for the Straightliner I bought.

It is a very stable tow as is, but would like that extra peace of mind.

Rgds
Dirk
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30 Apr 2013 @ 06:58:05 am
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Dirk I have no comment on the Alko stabilizer but you do get a bracket that will fit onto the gooseneck towbar. Then the Straightliner will work fine. Just contact Trapezium Developments you can get their details on the net. They will help you with the correct fitting in a jiffy.
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30 Apr 2013 @ 07:47:39 am
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Dirk

All the imported vans come standard with a similar system fitted.

My van weighs 1800Kg, about the same as the Exclusive and I'm slightly longer. However mine only has a single axle.

The AKS 3004 came fitted as standard and I can only give you good feedfack on it's performance. It has performed flawllesly and I've towed it over 6000Km since July last year.

Would I reccommend it - Yes without hesitation 

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30 Apr 2013 @ 12:15:19 pm
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Hi Dirk

I have that AKS 3004 fitted to my Fendt caravan as standard and have towed many thousands of Kilometers. It is a large caravan and even though its a double axle, it is affected by large trucks and especially busses. If the van steps out of line I find that this stabiliser sorts the problem out immediately. Its easy to use and gives great peace of mind. If I was to buy another van without this stabiliser, I would put it on as an after-market product.

I previously had a straight-liner on my Palma as the Discovery has a gooseneck towbar. The only place it would fit was at the bottom of the tow hitch. This then caught and on more than one occasion I snapped a bolt on it. It was also an additional heavy thing to attach that was separate to the drawbar. The Alko is always there, easy and works well.

As Brian says "Would I reccommend it - Yes without hesitation"

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02 May 2013 @ 19:49:17 pm
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Leon, Brian and Goose, thank you very much for your replies.

Think that I will definitely go for this option.

Leon, the problem that I have with the Touareg's gooseneck is that it is too small for the Trapezium bracket. I have one, but that there is now way that it can fit it, hence my thoughts of getting the Alko.

Many blessings to all.
Dirk
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18 Jul 2014 @ 10:28:06 am
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hi I have a AKS3004 stabiliser fitted to my van (Sensation Vee)and it is fantastic. before the AKS3004 I used a Tando.
Towing with the AKS3004 is more stable and more comfortable,i don't experience sway when overtaking trucks
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18 Jul 2014 @ 10:40:54 am
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Hi there,

Is there anyone that is towing with the above that can comment on its functionality and performance? I am looking at getting one for my Penta as my gooseneck on my Touareg is not ideal for the Straightliner I bought.

It is a very stable tow as is, but would like that extra peace of mind.

Rgds
Dirk


Hi Dirk,

I lived in the UK for eight years, I got transfered there by my company. I almost got into caravaning there as it is even bigger there than here! I moved back to SA though so did not get the chance. Anyway, while I was looking at vans there, I found that the Alko stabilizer is pretty much the std there. In fact every van I looked at was fitted std with it. So that in itself should be a clear indication. I have already decided myself to fit one to my next van.

So I would say yes!
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18 Jul 2014 @ 12:51:18 pm
AndrewPhilip (sadly leaving SA)
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Any idea what the cost is, as an aftermarket fitment?

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18 Jul 2014 @ 12:56:54 pm
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Hi its about the R3000 mark and you can buy it from ALKO in Veereniging
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17 Oct 2019 @ 11:30:58 am
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Hi all

Sorry to revive an old Tread but I don't see the need to start a new one.

Can I just buy this stabilizer coupler and fit it to my Exclusive? or do I need to replace the whole run-in mechanism?

it is a 2010 Jurgens Exclusive with the standard old cast hitch.
thanks

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17 Oct 2019 @ 11:42:41 am
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From the pics on AL-KO's web page it looks to me as if you only have to replace the front piece of the coupling device.  This can be done by unscrewing two bolts and nuts.  It looks to me as if this stabiliser would be much easier to use than some others that work on the friction principle.  I however have as little faith in this on'e effectiveness as I have with all others, like Tando, that works on the friction principle.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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17 Oct 2019 @ 12:52:29 pm
Fred
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Instructions for fitting: 

http://www.al-ko.com/sites/all/modules/handmade_reddot_intergration/reddot_files/za/download/aks3004handbookdigital.pdf

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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17 Oct 2019 @ 13:15:27 pm
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Thanks Fred 

 

my current coupler looks like this so now bolts I can see.

 

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17 Oct 2019 @ 13:37:13 pm
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Sorry Jaques, I cannot help you.  This coupling is similiar to what my 1984 Sprite had and I have no idea or cannot remember how it attaches.  My only knowledge on this is that which I gained an hour or so ago from internet.  I suggest you push back the boot to see how it is attached to the round bar and compare this to the AL-KO guide. I know I did once replace the boot, so it cannot be too difficult to remove, but whether the new coupling will fit, I wouldn't know.  I might be mistaken, but I think it is possible it attaches by way of a big dowel pin. If that is the case, the new coupling probably will not fit.  Why don't you go to an AL-KO agency?  There must be one within a reasonable distance from you.  Have a look at their web page.

 

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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17 Oct 2019 @ 14:16:31 pm
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Hi all

Sorry to revive an old Tread but I don't see the need to start a new one.

Can I just buy this stabilizer coupler and fit it to my Exclusive? or do I need to replace the whole run-in mechanism?

it is a 2010 Jurgens Exclusive with the standard old cast hitch.
thanks

Jaques you will have to find out if the Alko Stabilizer Coupling is available with a supplied run in "Arm" or "Shaft".

To remove the existing one you will need to remove the rear brake housing then you should be able to pull the Arm/Shaft out to the front.

If the Stabilizer Coupling is available with Arm/Shaft you must just make sure that the length of it and the position of the bolts and nuts of the rear brake housing, are exactly the same as that of the old one.

If Alko cannot help you try the same one I have from BPW. It works on the same principal as that of the Alko.

It was fitted by Sensation to my caravan at the factory.

But yet again this one fastens with two blots just behind the tow head same as the ALKO one.  So you will have to find out from BPW if the supply an Arm/Shaft for your type of caravan.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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