Drop down legs

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  1. Feltwell

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    With 2 adults & 3 kids in our van, drop down legs to stop it moving about really help, not mention stopping the sea sickness feeling in a storm! The legs that came with the van as standard were rubbish - a pain to deploy (they were under the van and meant groveling around on your knees on the ground, not great on a wet campsite field), but also because the didn't wind down in any way you couldn't put any pre-load on them - so as the van moved around they'd push the jack pads into the ground if it was soft.

    They'd also creep up and retract a bit in high winds as the van moved, so by the morning they were 1/2" off the ground and doing very little. To finish it off they were mounted onto the aluminium garage floor, not a great place to put stress on the van.

    For anyone wanting to fit legs, although this involved some effort it's worked out really well. I managed to get some Al-Ko Steady Legs from German Ebay for a good price - Ebay.de is well worth a look for motorhome bits, I've had all sorts off there. These steady legs bolt straight onto an Al-Ko chassis but my van has the standard Fiat Maxi chassis.

    However, with a couple of bits of L shaped steel and a plate welded on the end, you can make brackets to very securely fit the legs to the rear spring hangers, through holes that are already there - a very strong part of the chassis. This then puts the legs near the outside of the van and just behind the rear wheels - mudflaps stop them catching the worst of the road crud. They work a treat, very quick & easy to use, you can wind them down hard enough to put some pre-load on them, and no groveling on the ground!

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    Sh*t.............. is your van really that clean underneath !!


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    :) Not for long - I'd had it rustproofed only a couple of months before that picture was taken, so it was still black & shiny! And the spare tyre was new.

    I can hardly be bothered to clean the bits of the van that you can see, let alone underneath!
     
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    Have to agree. We now have them on our Bailey, it's a very quick job as the Alko chassis is predrilled.
     
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    There are similar legs on our van. I cut a old (sturdy) plastic chopping board in two and drilled holes for "handles" made from some old electrical flex. I put those under the legs on anything other than flat hard standing. The "handles" make them easy to retrieve.
     
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    Have you got a link to them for anyone else?
     
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    Chopping boards are available in many shops Andy :LOL::sneaky:

    On the other hand, you could get results for the legs by Googling <wind down steady legs> :D
     
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    Not on Amazon/ebay de I don't think
     
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    Try Here.
     
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    £375 + fitting :eek:
     
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    Got a pair of Alko steadies + winding handle in my garage which will be for sale.
    Now had E&P levelling system fitted so not now needed. Used less than half a dozen times I should think.
    Can't sell them at the mo as we are in France but if anyone wants to make an offer for them and wait a month they could be yours. (y)

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    I would be interested
    you have a pm
     
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    I've just taken the steady legs off my Alko chassis (also because I've fitted hydraulic levellers). They'll be for sale when I've cleaned them up a bit, in case anyone's interested.
     
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    How about these ones as alternatives
     

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    They're not dissimilar to the ones I took off. Apart from the need to grovel on your knees under the van to deploy them, the main problem was not being to put any pre-load on them to push down on the ground. If you always stay on hard standing it might not be so bad.

    I however found them to be better than nothing, but not much! Previous owners of my van clearly agreed, as they were seized in the up position when I bought it, didn't look like they'd been used for a very long time.
     
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    For the legs? I paid less than half that, including shipping from Germany, and they were new. Admittedly I suspect I hit lucky, I think they were a cancelled order from a dealer. Keep an eye on German and UK Ebay, more may come up, secondhand or new. If you've got an Al-Ko chassis with the pre-drilled holes then fitting them should be extremely simple, literally a 5 minute job that anyone who can lay on the ground and do up 4 nuts with a spanner could tackle!

    The complicated bit in my case was not having an Al-Ko chassis, so needing to fabricate heavy duty brackets to attach them to the Fiat chassis.
     
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