Man versus machine: The Caravan magazine E&P leveller accessory challenge
Three members of Caravan magazine battle it out to level a tourer – two manual winders against one with an E&P LevelSystem. Who will win?
With hydraulic systems now being fitted to all new Buccaneer caravans for sale as standard, what better place for our levelling challenge to take place than at the parent company Explorer Group’s HQ?
“The caravan LevelSystem means you no longer have to wind down the steadies by hand,” explains E&P Hydraulics’ managing director, Oliver Drinkwater, as we stand in the wind-battered Consett-based manufacturer’s yard.
“You don’t have to bother with blocks, spirit levels or drills. Simply arrive, push a button and relax."
“Firstly, one of the axle jacks will deploy to find its level point on the floor, laterally," Oliver continues.
“Once the system knows what it needs to achieve, the first corner steadies will descend as a pair. This is incredibly important as the last thing we want is any twisting of the body, or chassis, which can occur when trying to level a caravan manually.
“As soon as the first two corner steadies are in position, having levelled the caravan longitudinally, the other axle jack will drop to take the rest of the load. The rear steadies will then come down to act as stabilisers. Finally, your control panel will indicate the caravan is perfectly level.”
Will manual effort reign supreme? Or will we be too knackered to even come close to beating this automated opponent? Find out...
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