'Smooth and faster response time'
Caravan disc brakes are
now ok for ESC systems
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CARAVANS fitted with AL-KO hydraulic disc brakes can now also benefit from
its revolutionary electronic stability control system.
Released five years ago for caravans with electric brakes, the AL-KO's ESC
system quickly revolutionised towing safety in Australia by automatically
applying the brakes to help maintain control in the event of dangerous
While electric brakes are still fitted to the majority of caravans in the
market, the growing popularity of caravans with hydraulic disc brakes led
to calls for AL-KO to develop an ESC equivalent to suit this sector.
The company's engineers have now achieved a breakthrough by creating a
specific model of the ESC which can be combined with the AL-KO iQ7 Air
electric/hydraulic brake actuator.
AL-KO technical and manufacturing manager Rob Funder said the ESC unit
could now deliver the brake control signal to the AL-KO iQ7 actuator.
"It converts this to a corresponding hydraulic pressure to activate the
brakes," he explained.
"This solution is similar to the operation of power-assisted disc brakes
found in modern passenger vehicles and offers smooth braking and a fast
Caravan manufacturers can fit it to new caravans with AL-KO hydraulic disc
brakes and AL-KO IQ7 with an ATM of 1250-2000kg for single axle and
2000-4000kg for tandem axles.
As a member of the DexKo Global group of companies, AL-KO manufactures,
markets and distributes a comprehensive range of products for the trailer,
caravan and motorhome markets in Australia and New Zealand.
The company is best known for its high quality running gear range,
including axles, brakes and suspension products.
AL-KO also offers its customers a wide range of accessories, as well as
chassis and undercarriage components.
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