Hi From Newbie & Question

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  1. rxs1407

    rxs1407 Deleted User

    Hi, New to the site and wanted to say hello and i need some help please???
    Divorced and ben living in a twin axle caravan for over a year, so i decided to buy a new 5th wheel..

    I bought a wildcat 30 loft and it comes in a couple of weeks time.. Its brand new and i'm doing the 240v conversion on it, but i've been told it needs a handbrake to meet UK regs..

    I dont plan to tow with it, but to live in it sited, but i guess it will go on the roads at some stage..

    So has anyone done this to their van? or know a place that does?

    Would like to do it myself if i can..
    Thanks and time to have a look around the site...
    Dodge
     
  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    hi dodge and welcomre to the asylum.

    hand brake......you need modified brake backplates to attach the cables.


    i beleive it must be a purely mechanical handbrake....lever and cables not electric.

    where brakes are concerned, id leave it to the grownups:Wink::BigGrin:
     
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  3. rxs1407

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    But do u know if anyone comes out to fit them? As i dont have the truck to tow with...
     
  4. madbluemad

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    Hi

    I think there's a guy from CSL that will come out, also I think Star Spangled Spanner will come out.

    Google either, somebody who knows for sure will be on soon.

    Cheers

    Jim
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    but do they undertake that sort of work. major undertaking and i wouldnt do it on a site.
     
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    I dont know poppa, just offering a suggestion.

    Jim
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    :thumb:
     
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    hi and welcome
    see you made it here
    someone soon will give you the ins and outs

    maggie
     
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    hello n welcome .sorry i cant help either but there are some on here that have had h,brakes fitted. you should get a truck join the happy travellers. cheers alan.
     
  10. rxs1407

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    Maggie i did and thanks for heads up...
    Just need this handbrake sorting and i'll be all ready... delivery is 10th Sept...
    Then empty caravan and move all my stuff over and sell the van...

    Cant wait....
    Dodge
     
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    Hello and welcome,
    I am not 100 % sure on regs regards the hand brake, but I know of a lot of american trailers and 5ers that do not have them fitted. As your's will be stationary for a while I would not have the hand brake on even if it was fited as the brakes will seize on. I have never left hand brake on with any caravans or trailers i have owned if left for prolonged period. How ever, I have found in a magazine a little contraption that fits between the tyres and is wound tight, locking both wheels together. I am on the hunt for said magazine as I would now like to buy some for my american trailer. As soon as I have found the where abouts I will let you know.

    Cheyne
     
  12. Ant&Debs

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    Hand Brake 5th Wheeler

    Hi

    We have a Wildcat 31 THSB on order from the States via www.crosscountryuk.net
    They are doing our 220v converting and Hand Brake. Paul may be able to help or point you in right direction. You dont say where you are but he is based in Mildenhall, Suffolk.

    Good Luck

    Ant & Debs
     
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    Hi and welcome to the site, I'm sure someone will be along to shoot me down in flames but I thought the camp site regulations in the UK restricted site occupation to 28 days. so you should leave and come back once a month to stay legal. Besides unless moved at least once a month the wheels will seize up and brakes become in operative. Time to sell that car and buy a truck, a big one, hee hee.
     
  14. rxs1407

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    Cheers for info, will call them..
    I'm based in Andover Hants...

    How long before your one comes? My mate is out at the factory now and ordering his one out there...

    Thanks again.
    dodge
     
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    two very valid points there Roger..:thumb:
     
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    Hi Its due in the UK around Oct they gaves us a 8 week build time. Cant Wait!:Rofl1:

    Did you self import yours?
     
  17. rxs1407

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    No bought mine from UK, with nothing done to it, doing the 240 conversion myself, well my brother in law is...

    Its just the handbrake i need sorting..
    If i didnt have my son staying with me every other weekend i would have gone for your layout, but the loft is brill for him...

    Dodge
     
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    Hi Dodge

    We looked at a Twin Slide Wildcat and also the Loft. We wanted to also transport 2 x Quadbikes and whilst looking at the forestriver site came across the 31THSB. Which has the Garage for the Quads but also has a Pull Down Double Bunk system so when we have guests we can sleep them.

    We are very impressed with the layout and standard of finish on the Wildcat also in the process of sourcing a Gaslow system for it.

    Good Luck with yours.

    Ant&Deb
     
  19. rxs1407

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    Agree on quality of the wilcats, i looked at nearly every manufactorer..
    The loft was the one for me for my son, he loved it and i had to buy it...

    As i said i dont plan to tow mine, so it will be my home,, the bikes are in a garage near by..
     
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    Magic Blackout Blinds for caravans

    Just found this online when i googled for black out blinds. Might be of help.
    www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk
     

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