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Post by ajrm on Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:05 am

With our first French trip looming in the new van, I have been increasingly thinking about removing the rear corner steadies to save a bit of weight. We have used the van with and without them, I don't think I will miss them
So, is it just a case of unbolting them, this will leave a metal mount under the rear floor, not connected to the  chassis.
Also, before I remove them, does anybody know how much they weigh?
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Post by roli on Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:10 am

I removed ours a couple of years ago for same reason. When you get them off you will notice how heavy they were (must get the van re weighed!)

They are heavy so when unbolting have a jack or something underneath so they dont fall on you

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Post by modelman on Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:22 pm

Yep, me too, I removed mine when I made & fitted the towbar, don't miss then at all.  (all plastic wrapped in the garage along with other A/S stuff ) hugegrins

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Post by ajrm on Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:21 pm

Looks like I might have to get the spanners out over the weekend then!
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Post by ajrm on Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:48 am

Corner steadies removed. Together with the winder, that I don't need to carry anymore, I just saved 13.5 kg. that's almost 30lb in old money, just over 2 stone
I unbolted them while they were still wound down almost to the floor so they didn't drop.
That means one of my dogs travels free now. He weighs 14kg
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Post by Peter Brown on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:06 pm

Hi Alan

Please let us know how you get on without the steadies. I never used them till I started with 7m plus vans. When the wine glasses started jumping off the table when someone entered the Wilton I started using them. I also find them necessary on the Malvern. Just the two of us overnight and don't use them but any longer with people in and out all the time they are needed.

As you have Peugeot chassis may mot be needed.

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Post by ajrm on Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:31 pm

Hi Peter
We've been away in it a few nights without putting the steadies down and even with a large Labrador running in and out, we never noticed any movement.  
However, last weekend we put the steadies down and were woken at about 4am with the van rocking. We thought someone was outside pushing it but it turned out the dog was having a good old scratch. 
I don't think there is any benefit to having them on my van. The rear suspension is quite firm still. 
We'll have a better idea what's it like after a couple of weeks touring, we are going to France on 11th of next month. I'll report back when we are back
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Post by stepps110 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:53 pm

I thought they may offer some protection to the overhang on steep slopes, ie some ferries.

My last MH, a Chausson, used to catch the tow bar!

Let us know how you get on.
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Post by ajrm on Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:04 pm

Will do, though we only live 20 miles from the Tunnel so we tend to use that when crossing. We have a frequent crossing discount which saves us a few bob.
I measured the height of the extreme rear of the van, fully laden, it is about 43cm above the ground, plenty of clearance I would have thought for most ferries. 
Also, I've just applied to SvTech to have the van max weight uprated to 3700kg because i put it on a weighbridge a few days ago and it came in at 3200kg with nothing inside except half a tank of fuel, 80% water and gas but with me standing outside! Bit of a shock, i had about 90 kg less payload than i thought.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:53 pm

Its the European river ferries that are the concern. Several crossing the Seine and the Rhine have steep access ramps.

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Post by ajrm on Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:43 pm

That's a concern, but we have no plans to use one of those just yet. 
But, Now the van is going to be uprated, I might just put them back on. I will have another 200kg to play around with and a bit of tail end armour!
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Post by shelldrake on Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:52 pm

Why are you taking your steadies off and saving 30lb and then carrying 80% water as you stated.
I use mine all the time. they'r fitted for a reason. 
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Post by ajrm on Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:16 pm

A/S states the MIRO on my van includes 80% water, fuel, gas and 75kg for the driver. Unfortunately, it is incorrect, but maybe because I have the premium pack fitted.
We intend to travel with as much water on board as we can because we will only be using aires and travelling up to 100 miles a day over 14 days to get to see what we want. At this time of year, many of the aires may be full so we will wild camp where we can, hence the need for a plentiful supply of water. 
I'm not bothered either way about the steadies. The van is pretty stable without them and they are an option after all 
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Post by shelldrake on Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:05 am

What ever rocks your boat (As the saying goes) Stayed on Aires loads of times and never had a problem re water.
Have a great trip:up!:
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