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Corner steadies - are they effective?

Just got back from a few days in Herefordshire. It was quite windy and the van did move a bit despite the steadies being down. I have never been completely sold on them but I wondered do others feel the same way? Are they an unnecessary add on? or am I not using them correctly?

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We had them fitted as an extra to our last M/H, and used them once in 3 years. It was particularly windy, and they seemed to make little or no difference. Current M/H came ready fitted with them, and we've never used them. I certainly wouldn't pay any extra in future to have them, and in fact may well take them off the current vehicle. I'm sure others will have similar views, just as I'm sure others will think the opposite!

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Litttle effect - used ours twice in 3 years.

Took 'em off to save the weight.

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I use mine to stop the van moving around as anyone gets in or out and when we generally walk around inside. We find the movement in those circumstances a bit uncomfortable and the stability provided by the steadies makes us feel as though we have turned the van from a 'motor' to a 'home'. Its part of the setting-up-on-site ritual I suppose.

I agree that they don't completely stop the van rocking in strong wind and it can be a bit of a 'work out' winding them up and down especially if you haven't done it for a while. Mine were particularly stiff on our first trip this season but WD40 came to the rescue. I've tried to use an electric drill with socket attached to operate them, which I've seen tuggers do, but neither of mine have enough torque.

On balance I think steadies are OK but I know loads of folks who never use them.

Hope to tour the Wye Valley/Herefordshire area soon ourselves, had a great week down there last year. Any recommendations?

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if we are stopping for more than a couple of nights i deploy the steadies as they do seem to work on our van. also if it is wndy during the night i lower them just to stop them from clanking and waking us up
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Little or no use in my opinion.

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I think it depends on the layout of your van. They make the biggest difference to a rear lounge with large rear overhang.

With a front lounge you probably will not feel any difference.

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It probably depends on the length of the rear overhang. I had absolutely no need for them on the Renault Panel Van but the Autocruise has a large overhang and just walking about towards the rear causes wobble and bounce.

Never considered using them for wind stability though.

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I'm not sure what corner steadies on our m/h achieve either. Up or down, the vehicle will still rock slightly on its suspension when we move around or it gets really windy. They came with the towbar (I think? ) as they are attached to the underside of the towbar spars. The only thought I have is that they take up the weight of the overhang when we are set up when out and about?

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Used them a few times but cant be bothered with them now.
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