Some time back, Rob started reading about the ALKO Electronic Stability Control for caravans. Essentially, it mitigates the fishtailing motion of a caravan if the driver needs to take evasive action or starts to lose control. Without going into too much technical detail (see the video below for that) when the van experiences a certain level of G-force, the ESC cuts in: the driver just focuses on driving the car, not thinking about what the caravan is doing.
We think of it as a bit like insurance: you may or may not need it, but in an emergency, you’re sure glad that you’ve got it.
Rob was pleased to find a certified ALKO fitter close to home, in Port Kembla: Wayne Brady of CampQuip Caravan and Camping. Wayne drove out to our place on a Saturday to check out and measure the caravan before he ordered the ALKO system; ordered what he needed, and booked the van in for the following Thursday. Now it’s all done.
Here are some photos of Wayne (a) giving the van its initial assessment, and (b)installing the system. Finally, the embedded video tells you more about the ALKO Stability Control System.
We’ll report on our findings with our upcoming 7-week trip – although we sincerely hope we don’t encounter any emergency situations!
Assessing the Van at Home
Installing the ALKO Electronic Stability Control System
Important Note: The caravan needs to have an ALKO braking system. Ours didn’t, so we had to have ALKO brakes installed to go ahead with the ESC system.
YouTube Video on the ALKO System