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If you are towing a boat trailer, caravan, camper trailer, box trailer or heavy vehicle trailer you can find articles here that will help you install, operate and maintain the quality trailer and caravan parts that Couplemate manufactures. From tips & tricks, FAQ’s to Australian Road Rules and Regulations we’ve tried to cover it all. If there’s something in particular that you’re looking for and you can’t find it here then give our friendly staff a call on 07 3348 3822 and we will try to help any way we can. If there’s something you would like to see listed on our help page or a topic you would like to be discussed then send us a message via email and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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Caravan Axle Triangulation Caravan axle triangulation determines whether wheels are correctly set to run straight without the tyre scrubbing inside or outside. Tyre scrub is different to toe in or toe-out. The latter occurs when the caravan components are overloaded,...
Caravan and chassis inspections should be undertaken by your service mechanic at least yearly or certainly before big trips. Campers and in particular, caravans suffer wear and tear during every trip. The extent of the wear and tear is determined by the roads travelled. Corrugated roads being the worst offender for wear and tear on caravans. Heavier caravans suffer more damage to component parts than lighter caravans.
Our testing has found electric drums are not magnetised when an energised magnet engages a drum for several days. However, by turning the drum and applying a magnet to the surface of the drum, a different result is achieved.
50mm Cast Tow Bar Receiver Couplemate's 50mm cast tow bar receiver is Made in Australia for Australian conditions. Covid-19 has provided the opportunity to increase Australian Made parts produced by Couplemate. Australian companies have experienced unusually long...
Drawbar safety chain attachments should not come into contact with the road surface when the trailer is disconnected. – VSB1. Safety chains must be stamped at least every 4 links.
Whilst it is true that phenolic pistons resist corrosion, they are known to scratch over time and can also sit for long periods. As a result, the hard plastic material becomes hygroscopic. Therefore, reconditioning phenolic pistons is not recommended.
Towing a Balanced Caravan Towing a balanced caravan is a daunting task for new caravanners. It is hard to tow a caravan. We find a large number of caravanners have been advised to install load levelling devices. Load levellers or weight distribution hitches were...
A tow ball weight scale for a caravan, boat or work trailer is the only way to keep your tow ball weight constant and to help prevent sway.
Some trailers and caravans are very long and therefore incur more voltage drop than usual. Measure the voltage drop from the battery to the last electric magnet.
In our opinion, bearing buddies can cause grease contamination of brake shoes when overfilled. Couplemate has concluded that bearing buddies are unsafe to be used in conjunction with drums brakes and should be immediately replaced with conventional or grommeted grease caps.
Latest News: Bearing Buddys destroy Drum brakes of any type, mechanical, hydraulic or electric. Drum brakes fail when using bearing protectors incorrectly. An overfilled bearing cavity spills grease onto brake shoes and other equipment inside the backing plate.
Caravans and some heavier campers are continuing to experience braking problems in mountainous regions. Overheating drums are a major concern for owners as they strive to improve their braking. Couplemate have deconstructed and simplified electric braking problems.
I travelled from Melbourne to Perth in January 2020 visiting camping ground and talking to caravanners. I was amazed to discover the most popular deployment methods of stabiliser drop legs and corner steadies .
“I have no idea what PCD is nor do I know how to calculate it?” is an answer we hear frequently from customers. Technically, Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD) is the diameter of the circle that passes through the centre of the wheel studs, wheel bolts or wheel rim holes.
BatteryCheck enabled travellers to better understand the mystery inside the battery, providing valuable information on it’s health and status.