• The caravan support leg can now replace the traditional "screw jacks" that most people know
    The caravan support leg can now replace the traditional "screw jacks" that most people know
  • The screw jacks are now driven by electric motor, and an extra vertical support on the frame by the shaft ensures that the cart does not end up as the reverse "banana"
    The screw jacks are now driven by electric motor, and an extra vertical support on the frame by the shaft ensures that the cart does not end up as the reverse "banana"
  • The legs and the electric screw plugs make sure to bring the cart in plan both sideways and forward / backward
    The legs and the electric screw plugs make sure to bring the cart in plan both sideways and forward / backward
  • The complete set looks like this, 4 components, electric screws in each corner and vertical support legs on the frame by the shaft ensures that the cart is safely in the water
    The complete set looks like this, 4 components, electric screws in each corner and vertical support legs on the frame by the shaft ensures that the cart is safely in the water
  • It is all controlled via a control panel
    It is all controlled via a control panel
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Text and photo: Knut Randem, Bobilverden.no
Caravan and Caravan magazine, No. 1 February 2019

Al-CO with new leveling system: Caravan in automatic water in two minutes

You can get rid of the crank and the drill. Pressing a button and the caravan stands just fine in less than two minutes. The leveling system from E&P is upgraded and is now included in the AL-KO range.

Have you been envious of the motorhomes that have hydraulic support legs? Well, you also get them for caravans. Not only that, but also the front and rear support legs work with the hydraulics. AL-KO showed at the Caravan salon in Düsseldorf early in the autumn leveling products from E&P Hydraulics. The company has been acquired by AL-KO and is now part of the Dexko Global Group.

This was the first time the system was shown as part of AL-KO's range. It is called LevelC and is intended for caravans up to 3500 kg. The leveling system increases the weight of the trolley by 20 kg, AL-KO says.

Managed with a separate panel

With a keystroke on the system's own remote control, you start the leveling. Within a maximum of two minutes, the trolley must therefore be in water with six solid points placed in the ground. You can also choose to run the leveling with a semi-automatic function to handle special challenges. Then two and two support legs are run at a time. Two hydraulic support legs are placed on each side between the wheels. They take the load at the lateral adjustment while the four front and rear support legs provide longitudinal balancing. The original support legs are removed when installing the LevelC.

12v with emergency function

The LevelC is powered by 12v and emergency operation equipment is provided in case you run out of power.

The system is compact and AL-KO promises good protection against corrosion, stones, moisture and dirt with little need for maintenance. Stainless steel is standard against the ground and support legs are drained so they do not collect water.

Simple principle

The principle behind the product is simple. The two fixed hydraulic legs in the middle are lowered when you press the remote control. It is oil that is pumped into the cylinders from a separate reservoir that gives a back pressure and lifting capacity. When these are in contact with the ground, the support legs in the corners must, in pairs, adjust and balance the cart until it comes into water. First, the two front legs. When the caravan is in water, the two support legs are lowered to make it stable.

The two hydraulic legs are placed and adapted to the individual caravan without welding, but using adapters specially designed for the respective type of truck.

The control panel / remote control has its own position inside the caravan where it is charged automatically so that it always has power when you take it out to start leveling.

upgraded

LevelC is an upgraded version of a product that is several years old. Mark Steijger in E & P-hydraulics Norge AS says that in reality it is the same technique under the carriage, but with upgraded software and new control panel. The installation costs 30-35 000 depending on the type of caravan. Many such systems have not been sold in Norway and Steijger believes this is because so many wagons are stuck in one place all year round. In the Netherlands, five such systems are sold every week.

LAST: SpotOn has taken over E&P Hydraulics

After this case was raised, SpotOn in Drammen has taken over E&P Hydraulics in Norway. Kenneth Olsen in SpotOn says to BoCM that the focus on support legs for caravans is as planned. In December, they started training for dealers for mounting and servicing this type of support leg.

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