Hints And Tips
to Avoid Snaking
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occurs for various reasons - from a badly packed car and caravan to buffeting
winds and aggressive driving. It can be reduced by fitting a quality
stabiliser. However, a stabiliser should never be used to counteract a
poor towing combination or bad driving.
Points to remember when towing:
Trapezium stabiliser is a South African design that has proven so
successful that it is now sold both in Europe and the UK. The Trapezium
works by transferring the towing point from the rear of the car to
closer to the middle of the vehicle’s axle. Apart from sedating
snaking it also takes out the sudden wind buffeting that is encountered
when passing a heavy vehicle that is approaching from the opposite
In Europe the use of a stabiliser is considered essential. The Trapezium stabiliser is considered the best available. You can even order your caravan straight from the factory with a stabiliser fitted, as you would order a vehicle with ABS brakes fitted.
Towbars can be fitted by both the professional and the DIY person. If fitting yourself, ensure that all instructions are read and understood before starting. If fitting yourself, make sure all bolts are tightened to correct specifications and take extra care when connecting into the cars wiring loom.
NB: It is vital that when a car and caravan are ‘hitched’ together that the caravan has a slightly nose down attitude. A drop plate may have to be fitted to achieve this. Should the towbar obstruct the number plate, it must be removed when not towing.
is very important to select a towbar which has been approved of by the
motor manufacturers for the following reasons.
can be fitted by do-it-yourselfers provided that all instructions are
read and understood before starting. Make sure all bolts are tightened
to the correct specifications and take extra care when connecting into
the car’s wiring loom.
It is vital that when a car and caravan are ‘hitched’ together that the
has a slightly nose down attitude. A drop-plate may have to be fitted
to achieve this.
the towball obstruct the number plate it must be removed when not
is very important to select a towbar that has been approved by the motor
manufacturers for the following reasons:
1) Fitting points are calculated to utilise the optimum strength of the vehicle and to enhance the safety aspect of a towbar, Failure to use the correct fitting points can hinder safety when towing.
Fitting points recommended by vehicle manufacturers must be used if
unnecessary stresses are to be avoided on the vehicle’s chassis.
Towmastec for example, manufacture numerous towbar designs -
of which fit precisely to fitting points.
You could also invalidate you vehicle manufacturer’s warranty
if an ‘approved’ towbar is not used. Towmaster towbars are sold to
both vehicle dealers and aftermarket outlets and meet with all motor
The correct towbail height for the Sprite, Gypsey. Wilk and the
current Jurgens range is 400 mm from the ground to the top of the
towball. Bear in mind that this height will be affected when weight -
as occupants and holiday gear is loaded into the car. You may have to opt
Note: Pins 5 and 7 are normaly bridged. Couple the caravan onto the towball before testing as the towball is used for earthing the chassis.
Most people fit a piece of wood to the lid of their potjie pot because it gets too warm to handle.
So I thought what about the pot handle; it’s always lying on the side in the heat as well. After a few minutes of thought I came up with this idea which I found works well.
I welded a piece of 3 mm round bar to the centre of the pot handle and drilled a corresponding 5 mm hole into the wooden handle of the lid. The length of the round bar must be just the right length so that when picking up the pot the weight releases the shaft from the wooden lid handle.
This allows the lid to come off for inspection of the cooking progress, and the pot handle can now rest on the side of the pot when the lid is off and not in the heat of the fire.