YOU SWING WIDE, SO WATCH SIDE CLEARANCES ON A PIVOT TURN

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:45 am    Post subject: YOU SWING WIDE, SO WATCH SIDE CLEARANCES ON A PIVOT TURN Reply with quote

This is just a learning curve for those of you that have not towed a van before... I want to keep you from damaging van or car parked alongside when pulling out in close conditions.

We have had two of these this year. One altercation with a parked car, and one posted in today with a tree. What happens is as you pull out if you are turning at an angle, as you pull the front end of the Bushtracker one way, the tail end swings out the other way... Shocked

Now think about this, if you are pulling out at a sharp angle. The more you pull the front of the van, over on the pivot point of the suspension, the more the back end of the van swings out as it pivots. Shocked

This is not such a factor as you move through an intersection and the van tracks behind the tow vehicle as you move forward... It is more a pivot situation from stopped, as you pull out at an angle, and you have to watch that outside edge of the back of the van... Understand?

Further to this: The other common reason it happens, is it will be in your blind spot on the outside back edge of the turn where you cannot see it in your mirrors...! Either have someone out watching the clearances where you can see their face in the mirror and where THEY CAN SEE YOUR FACE in the mirror... Or, if you are alone, part way into the turn stop, get out, and have a look....

We have enough work without these little Boo-Boo jobs, OK? Laughing Laughing Regards from the Ranger, out there trying to look after ya!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A tip for newbies, that helped me when I was one: measure this effect beforehand.

In a shopping centre carpark, park alongside a line as though it was a kerb. Then pull slowly out from the "kerb" at full lock as though doing a u-turn, while someone watches the back corner and marks its furthest point of overhang. You want to measure not just how far it offsets, but also roughly where (how far forward) it occurs, in case when you've stopped in a town you are clear at the back, but not of the lamppost a metre forward.

Then in real life, allow a bit extra extra for road camber at the top of the van.

But as the Ranger says, if in doubt walk it when you're halfway through, or have someone watching.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is good advice,
and thank You for the comments... And note Friends, this is not as uncommon as you might think..

We just had this picture of an "ooops" come in this week, swinging wide, picked up something:



Took out the water heater door, back bumper, and the rest...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the photo, is it advisable to remove the rubber strip and check & clean underneath, say every 2-3 years ?

If it is removed is it a simple job of replacing with original or does it become damaged? stretched ?

Reason for asking is our van has slight corrosion on the aluminium directly above the rubber strip and i have heard of owners removing the strip and sand & paint.

Your thoughts Steve?
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