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Distance of push before brakes ingage

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03 Mar 2020 @ 18:33:35 pm
JohnoP
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Hi guys.

Just replaced damper on alko sigma tow hitch when i put everything back together i noticed there is quite a gap before the brakes kick in. How or where do i adjust the rod that i can shorten the distance? Its currently at 6.5cm from the drawbar (see attached pic). What is the best distance to have before the brakes start working?

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03 Mar 2020 @ 19:51:09 pm
Danie-SLK
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Have you checked how far the handbrake is pulled up before the braked do their work while Caravan is moving forward? 

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03 Mar 2020 @ 20:13:07 pm
JohnoP
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No i havent. I pull the hand brake up 2 clicks and the i can feel that It gets tight and the spring on the tube goes in. If i look at that then as much as what the towhitch gets pushed back it at its fullest will the brake only start working

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03 Mar 2020 @ 21:21:38 pm
Chuck Norris
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Het jy parte oor........

Lol

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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03 Mar 2020 @ 21:39:20 pm
Douglas Green
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Something very wrong with your braking system!
Gap between Coupling Head ( drawbar ) and overrun lever should only be a few mm if set-up correctly. Adjustment must be made with hand-brake off.

Suggest you have the complete braking system checked by professional.

Been there--done it. ( Talking about the bathroom )
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03 Mar 2020 @ 22:34:05 pm
JohnoP
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The joys of inheriting a caravan. I will have to take it in to the caravan place tomorrow need the caravan for the weekend😳

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04 Mar 2020 @ 07:13:05 am
Leon
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Hi guys.

Just replaced damper on alko sigma tow hitch when i put everything back together i noticed there is quite a gap before the brakes kick in. How or where do i adjust the rod that i can shorten the distance? Its currently at 6.5cm from the drawbar (see attached pic). What is the best distance to have before the brakes start working?

There is a gap between the actual brake arm that moves to the rear and the actuating lever.  This depends on what chassis you have.  On the original old caravans that gap is 40mm.  But it differs from chassis to chassis.

I have a pdf file that clearly show how to adjust the brakes and where the gap is.

I can mail it to you.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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04 Mar 2020 @ 08:21:43 am
Hein
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Hallo Leon,

 

Stuur ook asb vir my na:hein@10uit10.co.za

Groetnis

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04 Mar 2020 @ 08:23:42 am
JohnoP
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Hi Leon. Its a 2002 jurgens exclusive. Not sure of the chassis then. It would be great if you could send it to me. Thank you very much. My email is johnokipa@gmail.com

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04 Mar 2020 @ 12:47:31 pm
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When I had my caravan's axle thrown out and replaced with leaf springs and shocks, the chassis strengtened and a few other things done, the engineering works that did the job refused to touch the van unless I agreed to replace the hitch, which they regarded as worn out and dangerous. 

I now have a Knott hitch fitted, and the handbrake, which is spring loaded, is superb. The brakes are in a different class. I suppose partly because the set-up is new.

Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
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05 Mar 2020 @ 12:54:10 pm
Henning & Zettha
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Hi Leon, met hoed ini hand vra ek ook n kopie v rem stellings.   Baie dankie.

  zmynhardt@telkomsa.net

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