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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:31 pm

Poking around under my van today, I noticed the rear steadies are bolted to the floor panel, I had expected them to be fixed to the chassis members. Is this normally how AS build them? I have a Towal tow bar fitted, have the steadies been moved to accomodate the tow bar?
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Post by artheytrate on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:16 pm

On my Broadway they were fitted to the chassis, but I've removed them anyway to give more payload.

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Post by roli on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:05 am

Our last van had a Towtal Bar on and the steadies had been moved to that, this van like John I took the steadies off - never used them.
Not sure I would be happy using steadies bolted to the floor

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:25 pm

roli wrote:Our last van had a Towtal Bar on and the steadies had been moved to that, this van like John I took the steadies off - never used them.
Not sure I would be happy using steadies bolted to the floor

Thanks for that. I am not sure I am happy with them bolted to the floor, though looking today the chassis members don't reach far enough back for the rear fixings to go onto the chassis, and I can't see any evidence of previous fixing points. Strangely the bolts don't seem to appear in the underbed area so seem to be into some captive fixing point. I have  email AS for some confirmation of the original build method.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:53 pm

PLOUGHLIN wrote:
roli wrote:Our last van had a Towtal Bar on and the steadies had been moved to that, this van like John I took the steadies off - never used them.
Not sure I would be happy using steadies bolted to the floor

Thanks for that. I am not sure I am happy with them bolted to the floor, though looking today the chassis members don't reach far enough back for the rear fixings to go onto the chassis, and I can't see any evidence of previous fixing points. Strangely the bolts don't seem to appear in the underbed area so seem to be into some captive fixing point. I have  email AS for some confirmation of the original build method.

Had an Email back from AS (Pat Niblett). Apparently the steadies are chassis mounted during production. But I can't see how they were as the chassis member doesn't reach far enough for the rear steady fixing to be on the chassis. Anybody have a Gloucester or similar end bed model, and can post a picture of the steady arrangement?
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:55 pm

PLOUGHLIN wrote:
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roli wrote:Our last van had a Towtal Bar on and the steadies had been moved to that, this van like John I took the steadies off - never used them.
Not sure I would be happy using steadies bolted to the floor

Thanks for that. I am not sure I am happy with them bolted to the floor, though looking today the chassis members don't reach far enough back for the rear fixings to go onto the chassis, and I can't see any evidence of previous fixing points. Strangely the bolts don't seem to appear in the underbed area so seem to be into some captive fixing point. I have  email AS for some confirmation of the original build method.

Had an Email back from AS (Pat Niblett). Apparently the steadies are chassis mounted during production. But I can't see how they were as the chassis member doesn't reach far enough for the rear steady fixing to be on the chassis. Anybody have a Gloucester or similar end bed model, and can post a picture of the steady arrangement?

Just had a revised reply from Pat at AS. The steadies are fitted to the floor which has built in reinforcement.  Anybody confirm?
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Post by Peter Brown on Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:23 pm

The steadies on my previous Wilton and on current Malvern (same as Gloucester) are fixed to bolts set in the wooden floor. Use on both vans is essential if you don't want wine flying when guests enter the van. I don't put them down when overnighting on an Aire on our own unless its very windy. Otherwise they go down as the Mercedes suspension when not moving is VERY soft.

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:46 pm

Peter Brown wrote:The steadies on my previous Wilton and on current Malvern (same as Gloucester) are fixed to bolts set in the wooden floor.  Use on both vans is essential if you don't want wine flying when guests enter the van.  I don't put them down when overnighting on an Aire on our own unless its very windy.  Otherwise they go down as the Mercedes suspension when not moving is VERY soft.

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Thanks for that Peter, you have put my mind at rest. I have Dunlop air suspension assistors fitted so that helps somewhat with the tipping problem.
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