Post by markclap on Nov 11, 2019 15:06:44 GMT 10
Hi folks, I'm new to forums so please be kind and direct me if I am in the wrong space.
I've read some intiresting notes re Prattline in some of these messages so I anticipate contributing and receiving as we go along.
We bought our 15' LowTow perhaps two years ago and have had some good little jaunts with it and are now preparing for a 6000km trip next year.
I was guessing our van is about 35yrs old and in fairly good condition. The previous owners were good to it.
It took me a while to realise the van has electric brakes and then to put in a redarc tow pro. I tow with an 2014 Outlander PHEV and never felt I needed brakes but aparently it's a legal requirement. All good now.
In last six months I've had a few hickups with the raise and lower Hydraulic system. In pumping the handle for raising it seems to slip or only be effective for half of each stroke. I purchased the new o rings from the supplier in northern suburbs of Adelaide and followed their advice in fitting these to the pump but only succeeded in partial recovery of normal function. I am not keen on spending the ~$700 being asked for a refurbished pump. I could take a guess that my bypass valve is giving trouble but I cant find any information on dealing with that.
I would be quite interested in throwing the hand pump away and put in an electric one. It would require a little control manifold for the 4 ram tubes.
Yes, I understand this thought would scandalize most of the restoration purists, very sorry about that aspect folks, I do respect your mighty work. If I can carefully put a replacement on the van it would buy me some much needed time to rebuild the original.
Further to some of your notes re the Prattline origins:
yes Mr Pratt did sell some fixed height vans early in his operations.
The son, Geoff Pratt, operates a business RV Trailers in Adelaides northern suburbs. He makes very good trailers and has made two for my TAFESA Solar Vehicle team.
Kind regards to All