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Post by shortstock on Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:22 pm

we pick up our new to us 2015 Broadway fb next week ....and i was thinking about having rear satbalizer legs fitted ..... but read on a few places Autosleeper fit as standard ..... is this correct ?
So excited about changing from caravan to MH . nervous too ...... as we have a big twin axle now ... and we love the room.

But think we will get out more in the MH
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Post by Tinwheeler on Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:44 pm

I think it’s model dependent. We had them on our rear lounge Suffolk and they helped stabilise the rear end - especially in stormy weather.

You’ll get used to the smaller space but will probably need to be ruthless in deciding what to carry onboard. We downsized in stages - T/A van  - to S/A - to coachbuilt Suffolk - to the current Warwick. 

Enjoy the Broadway.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:30 pm

Had them on our 08 Sigma Ek, used them regularly .
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Post by rogerblack on Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:09 pm

We have them on our Pollensa. Used to use them regularly when our daughter was younger and came with us; she slept in the overcab bed and used to notice when we moved about or especially when going in and out of the hab door near the rear of the 'van if we didn't use the steadies.
 
Since she grew up and it's just been the two of us in the 'van, we've had need to use the steadies only rarely, mainly just if it's very windy.  We were pitched on a campsite by a lochside during last year's big storm and I couldn't get them down as they hadn't been used for ages, so I  now try to remember to wind them in & out and lubricate them every now and then just in case.


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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:29 pm

shortstock wrote:we pick up our new to us 2015 Broadway fb next week ....and i was thinking about having rear satbalizer legs fitted ..... but read on a few places Autosleeper fit as standard ..... is this correct ?
So excited about changing from caravan to MH . nervous too ...... as we have a big twin axle now ... and we love the room.

But think we will get out more in the MH


They are fitted as standard on the Broadway FB. Some owners remove them to save weight but in my experience it is advisable to keep them on a longer van, particularly Mercedes.
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Post by inspiredron on Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:47 pm

They were standard fit on our Nuevo. Es have used them very rarely but when needed they are worth having. I have no need to remove them for weight as my Nuevo Is a 3500kg . On the Broadway the payload is rather lessand you may need to be careful of overloading, particularly if it is a 4 berth.

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Post by shortstock on Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:53 pm

inspiredron wrote:They were standard fit on our Nuevo. Es have used them very rarely but when needed they are worth having. I have no need to remove them for weight as my Nuevo Is a 3500kg . On the Broadway the payload is rather lessand you may need to be careful of overloading, particularly if it is a 4 berth.
not sure what my payload is ....so may different tales
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Post by Paramedic on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:05 pm

Your user manual will give the user payload or contact your dealer to find out earlier. Our 2013 reg is only 305 kg so not a lot given that we now carry two electric bikes and a large air awning. Currently reconsidering what we can offload so as to stay legal on the road.

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Post by shortstock on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:08 pm

Paramedic wrote:Your user manual will give the user payload or contact your dealer to find out earlier. Our 2013 reg is only 305 kg so not a lot given that we now carry two electric bikes and a large air awning. Currently reconsidering what we can offload so as to stay legal on the road.
looking online the 2015 / 16 says 388kgs
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Post by Askit on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:13 pm

Looks like it’s 388k, which might seem a lot until you factor in passenger weight, water, clothes, chairs etc. We use the steadies on every trip, I’m about twice the weight of my wife and she finds the movement of the van disconcerting when I move about. Even on a shorter van like ours, they also make a big difference when we get high, gusty, winds. Like most things, it’s worth giving them a try before deciding whether to keep or ditch them.

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Post by groundhog on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:37 pm

One of those things you rarely use.... but when you need them you are glad you have them! look here
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Post by RML on Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:46 pm

shortstock wrote:we pick up our new to us 2015 Broadway fb next week ....and i was thinking about having rear satbalizer legs fitted ..... but read on a few places Autosleeper fit as standard ..... is this correct ?
So excited about changing from caravan to MH . nervous too ...... as we have a big twin axle now ... and we love the room.

But think we will get out more in the MH
If you do have them fitted and use manual handle once you've wound them down leave the handle across the pedals, saves your blushes when leaving a rally field with 2 furrows behind you.   hugegrins 
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Post by rventhusiast on Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:10 pm

shortstock wrote:
Paramedic wrote:Your user manual will give the user payload or contact your dealer to find out earlier. Our 2013 reg is only 305 kg so not a lot given that we now carry two electric bikes and a large air awning. Currently reconsidering what we can offload so as to stay legal on the road.
looking online the 2015 / 16 says 388kgs
I would only ever use the quoted weights as a guide - load the van as you would for a long trip and get it into a public weighbridge. Weigh the full vehicle (with all passengers, dogs etc on board) and, more importantly one of the axles. Subtract the latter from the overall weight to give you the weight of the other axle. You will be surprised and maybe even shocked but at least you will know what the ACTUAL weights are.

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Post by Dave 418 on Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:42 pm

The steadies on our Rienza make a difference as we have proved during our winter travels easpecialy Norfolk last month. We have quite a long overhang on our Rienza combined with being fairly slab sided it certainly sways a bit in the wind.
I can't see taking the steadies off making much difference to the load capacity. When I took ours off to replaced the threaded rods, Rhudeheim site blunder, they didn't seem very heavy.  We still have locker space to spare .Compared  to the amount of gear some people carry we travel lite.
From what we have seen there are not many caravans about during the winter prooving you can get more travel time in a motorhome. We enjoy the freedom of not always needing sites and being off grid. I don't think many people go back to caravans once they have settled into motorhome travels.
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Post by safariboy on Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:57 pm

We removed ours because they are quite heavy and the weight is a long way back so the weight distribution is improved when carrying cycles.  I seem to remember that they weighed about the same as the bike rack and were in much the same position.
We have rarely felt we wanted them even though we are in (windy)Spain in the winter.
I asked autosleepers and they also felt that they were not essential.
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Post by paul long on Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:19 pm

We use the steadies every time on our ascot.
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Post by spanner on Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:31 pm

Our Broadway had them when we bought it but I took them off and don’t miss them at all
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Post by chrisk on Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:18 pm

Not used ours since I drove away with them down no damage to them.
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Post by Eltel on Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:39 pm

spanner wrote:Our Broadway had them when we bought it but I took them off and don’t miss them at all
I would be interested to know how much each the legs weighs.

I have only used mine a couple of times in two years.

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Post by spanner on Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:21 pm

The pair together weigh 9kg
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Post by Eltel on Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:37 pm

spanner wrote:The pair together weigh 9kg
Many thanks for the info 

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Post by ajrm on Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:36 pm

We had them fitted on our Broadway FB. We used them a couple of times then took them off. They weighed 16kg each!
Later, we had the weight uprated and decided to put them back on, but never used them. 
Our latest van has them, we have never seen the need to use them though.

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Post by Eribiste on Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:28 pm

We had rear steadies on our Nuevo and used them almost without fail, even for just a single night. The memsahib is a bit sensitive to the slight jiggle that occurs when the wind blows (weather wind that is) or I make a visit to the small chamber in the night so the steadies are a must for us.
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Post by shortstock on Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:05 pm

first weekend out in new to us broadway ..... steadies made the MoHo very steady even in the high winds of saturday night ....... and we loved our 1st time in a MoHo
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Post by bikeralw on Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:17 pm

Our Nuevo has never been fitted with steadies, and despite pitching up in some pretty exposed windy places over the years, I can't say we've ever felt the need for them.
We both find the gentle swaying quite restful, sleep-inducing in fact.
As in another thread, steadies on a motorhome seem to be a caravan throwback.
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