brakes on an old jayco swan.

Submitted: Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:27
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Hi again. We have purchased an old jayco swan camper trailer. It has a brake but not electric. Do we need to do something about this? We own a landrover discovery tdi 1995 and plan a long trip soon. If we do need brakes how much are they? maybe someone out there know about this and has experience towing a jayco swan or similar?
Thanks Lenni
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:36

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:36
If the van is not too heavy and has over-ride brakes then these will do the job.
However if you wish to upgrade then most caravan repairers can convert it over to elec brakes.
IMHO the over-ride brakes should do the job if fitted and in good working order.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: lenni - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:44

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:44
Thanks very much for that. I was a little unsure and thought it was best to check. I am happy to go with the brakes it has . Are there any tips on checking the brakes, they seem to work ok however maybe I need a further check?
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:46

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:46
If you are not into vehicle maintenance, you should take it to a caravan maintenance specialist and have the brakes checked for proper function. If they are cable over-ride, they are not complicated. If they are hydraulic there are a few more issues. Either way, its not only legal that you have good brakes - you'll be very, very thankful that they help you stop in time if you strike some drama. One last thought - if you hit someone, their insurer might seek to clean you out if they could establish the van's brakes to be dodgy... peace of mind is worth quite a few dollars to me :-).
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Follow Up By: lenni - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:59

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:59
Ta. They are the basic cable over ride type. So maybe I can check them out and if in doubt seek assistance. I agree brakes are very important!
I just wasnt sure if I had to have electric legally.
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 17:00

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 17:00
Clasic cable overide brakes are not rocket science and can be adjusted and serviced by most with a basic mechanical knowledge. Make sure that they are clean and work easily when the vehicle starts to brake.
Also the cables must not be too tight as the spring action when depressed moves the axle slightly rearward .
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:41

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:41
Electric brakes do have one added function. And that is you can use the brake controler to whack em on hard if the need arises.
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