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On our first ever caravan outing to the New Forest last week all went well. The only issue we had was that on the way home the handle on the alko hitch popped up twice. Can anyone tell us why? Are we doing something wrong? The van was serviced before we went and the pads and hitch were passed.

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Hi Iwhantacaravan and welcome to CT are you sure the hitch was fully engaged by lifting the hitch to see if the rear of the car lifts up.

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Is it the ALKO stabiliser that is red or pinkish?

It does sometimes take some force to push it down into place. Was the tell tale up? Signifying that the ball was up into the hitch?

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Sometimes the stabiliser handle can touch the handbrake lever - ALKO issued a bulletin about it several years ago.

 

The cure was to gently (remember GENTLY) bend the handbrake lever sideways slightly (no more than 5-10mm) away from the stabiliser handle so it can't touch.

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I agree with matelodave as to the most probable cause. I had it happen to me on one caravan of the vintage your Abbey is!

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This was the first problem I had when I joined C. T. The advice I was given by members was as Matelotdave has given and it cured it.

Roll on C. T. members. :)

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Do you have the alko towball.

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If it is catching the handbrake, you may see tell tale scuff marks on the red sleeve on the handbrake.

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It doesn't scuff, it just flicks up the stabiliser handle when the van tilts - like when you go over a speed bump

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It doesn't scuff, it just flicks up the stabiliser handle when the van tilts - like when you go over a speed bump

Mine Scuffed

You can't have contact, without marks

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Do you have the alko towball.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. We do have the alko towball and the hitch is red.

My other half does the hitching and he does make sure it's engaged by lifting the hitch.

 

I've had a look and the hitch doesn't hit the handbrake when I move it but obviously I'm just looking at it when it's not hitched to the car. Could it move more when towing? There is a clearance of about 3/4" between brake and hitch.

Also it didn't happen on the journey there, just on way back.

When you push the handle down the red button pops up so you can see the green - should the handle lock down with a click, or does literally just push down?

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It sounds to me that we're mixing up two things here. The actual hitch - the black handle below the big red Alko handle - incorporates the red/green telltale button. When correctly hitched the handle should sit back down flat and the telltale should show green. THEN the big red handle is pushed down to engage the stabiliser. With unworn pads this generally requires considerable force to click it into place.

 

Tony

 

Edited for clarity.

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I've had a look and the hitch doesn't hit the handbrake when I move it but obviously I'm just looking at it when it's not hitched to the car. Could it move more when towing? There is a clearance of about 3/4" between brake and hitch.

Also it didn't happen on the journey there, just on way back.

When you push the handle down the red button pops up so you can see the green - should the handle lock down with a click, or does literally just push down?

Yes it does move more when towing. To check the full movement, hitch up to the car as normal and push the red handle down.

Then reverse the car and you will see the hitch move back. Check that the red handle remains well clear of the brake handle.

 

The red button pops up showing the green as soon as you put the hitch on the towball before you push the red handle down.

 

Brian

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Ah thanks for that Tony and Brian. I will tell my other half. I'm wondering if the pads are worn now, although when serviced a week before our trip the pads were passed as ok. Should they be changed as part of a service? We called the service guy yesterday and he said he will come and have a look but didn't know why stabiliser handle kept coming up!

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http://www. al-ko. co. uk/pages_faqs/stabiliser. html refers to the problem.



http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/3269-al-ko-stabiliser-releasing-itself/


and


http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/39359-alko-stabiliser-releases/


are two quite ancient threads on the topic here.



I can't find any pictures to show the issue, though. .. or how to correct it for the OP / service guy. .. (anyone got some?)


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My fathers Alko handle hits the hand brake when braking, when the dampener moves inwards. What we did was to adjust the handbrake slightly and click it up one notch so that it is clear but not engaging the brakes.

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I've been 'vanning for years and never heard of this problem. Sometimes this Forum is a real eye opener!

 

The stabiliser arms keep lifting up when I travel.

The most likely cause is the handbrake handle catching on the stabiliser handle when braking.

Gently tease the handle away from the contact point - 5mm should be sufficient. Whilst doing this, make sure you support the base of the handbrake with a block of wood to stop it coming off the ratchet wheel.

 

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I also have never had the stabiliser handle lift up with three vans I have this facility on. In fact on my present van the handle is getting so stiff it starts to bend a little getting it activated. Maybe its time for a lubrication of the sliding parts. Has anyone had this problem and cured it. Sorry for hijacking this thread but it seemed the best place to put my query.

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Ilooked at the Alko web site and downloaded the manual for my model (AKS 3004). There was little about lubrication apart from a few small arrows and the advice about only using a thin film of grease. I stripped the handle off, took the stabiliser pads out and cleaned them as instructed by using emery paper and brake cleaner spray. Refitted everything putting thin film of high temperature grease on moving surfaces making sure non gets near the pads. All seems to work well now checking it with a spare towball mounted on a metal plate. Also cleaned car towball with emery paper and brake cleaner spray just to be sure.

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  • 1 month later...

I had this same thing happen a couple of weeks back, put a bit of sticky tape on the handbrake lever at the front and sure enough when braking it hit the stabiliser and pushed it up.

no makr on the stabiliser but once I bent the handbrake lever no more problem.

Disgusting that alko know about this yet never done a recall on ALL their chassis that this will happen to at some point.

simply by making a bent lever would of solved a simple problem. but hey ho that's too technical I suppose .

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  • 2 weeks later...

Philnjack100, I have a Bailey Scorpio and have a 2004 fitted, which I haven't used until today, and only realised how far back the stabiliser slides, I am sure it will hit the hand brake, I take it you bent the handle sideways to the drivers side not up?

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