TRUE VALUE OF THE DEPARTURE ANGLE IN THE BACK

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:58 am    Post subject: TRUE VALUE OF THE DEPARTURE ANGLE IN THE BACK Reply with quote

Some layouts and designs require a flat back on the Caravan... These are road running designs, and while we will do it, you may want to fully understand the performance of our design and why it exists...

The departure angle in the back is probably a little more important than you might be thinking. It not just so that you don't drag out the back corner of the van when you go up a step bank, it is even more important so you can back the van up a steep bank. Sometime, when you have gone down a wrong track, you might find the need to do a three point turn to get you out of trouble instead of trying to back out the whole way out a long track... in the dark.... when it is raining.... with your wet Missus telling you what She thinks of this manuevre over the hand held UHF as She gives you directions standing in the rain and mud...Ha!

The departure angle allows the rear of the van to overhang a steep bank long enough for the wheels to start lifting the van, allowing you to back up a steep bank or hill or grading, so you can do that three point turn around. In summary, the departure angle rake in the back, is necessary for backing up a steep bank in reverse or going up a steep bank in forward without dragging out the back of the van..... And is pretty important.

Before you head out Bush without it, better know its true value.. OK?

Regards from the Ranger.... Been there, done that...
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