Share with friends
   
I can’t say that I’ve ever been an enthusiast of hitch/stabilisers although I have towed with them on many occasions over the years and hence know that they do the job they were designed for. In the main, like most caravanners, I’ve used the AL-KO AKS as it dominates the UK market. I’ve always liked the look of the BPW Winterhoff WS 3000 although I have only used it on one occasion when towing an Elddis caravan. As I’m sure many of you know, BPW only supplies Elddis in the UK.

I can’t say that I’ve ever been an enthusiast of hitch/stabilisers although I have towed with them on many occasions over the years and hence know that they do the job they were designed for. In the main, like most caravanners, I’ve used the AL-KO AKS as it dominates the UK market. I’ve always liked the look of the BPW Winterhoff WS 3000 although I have only used it on one occasion when towing an Elddis caravan. As I’m sure many of you know, BPW only supplies Elddis in the UK.

BPW upgraded the WS 3000 which led me to ask the company if I could have one for a long-term test. The company agreed and this is how I installed it on my Bailey Pegasus 432BK.

The job was extremely simple taking less than 20 minutes. This is a crucial bit of safety kit however, so there are three vital factors.

 


Tl_extracted 1
First, to remove the Al-Ko stabiliser from the Pegasus required the use of a T55 torque head socket as AL-KO use special security bolts. As I hadn’t this type of socket in my toolkit I had to buy one from my local car accessory store. It cost £7.50.

 

 

 

Tl_extracted 2

Secondly, having undone the nuts on the two bolts holding the AKS on the drawshaft, I had to drive the rear bolt out using a short steel pin of the same diameter as the bolt. The length of the pin was the same as the diameter of the drawshaft. The use of the pin was essential in order to prevent the brake assembly from disconnecting. With the bolt removed, the pin held the assembly in place. Having removed the AKS, the next job was to replace the AL-KO gaiter with a one included in the BPW kit.

 


Tl_extracted 3

Also included in the kit were a four sleeves catering for four different diameters of drawshaft used on trailers and caravans although in my case none of them were necessary. After fitting the Winterhoff onto the drawshaft, the rear bolt was tapped through, driving the pin out.

 

 

 

The third important thing which needs to be remembered is that the bolts must be torqued to 90Nm (66lbft) only. Over tightening them could crush the drawshaft preventing it operating correctly.


Tl_extracted 4

 

 

The final job was to use a Stanley knife to cut the gaiter to allow it to fit over the rear bolt head and nut.

 

 

 

 

Now that I’ve towed with the Winterhoff there are a number of things which have impressed me about it. Firstly, it can be used with any towball regardless of the length of the towball neck.

 



Secondly – and probably the most important Tl_extracted 5fact of all as far as I’m concerned – the single lever operation means that you cannot lower the lever to lock the pads onto the towball until the caravan is correctly hitched to the tow vehicle. In other words, the method of coupling the caravan to the tow vehicle is fail-safe. Thirdly, I found that the pressure to lock and unlock the lever was considerably less than I had expected from past experience. Finally, there’s more room between the lever and the tow vehicle when the lever is in the raised – unlocked – position.

The suggested retail price for the Winterhoff WS 3000 is £249.99. Its available from any good caravan accessory shop. For more product details, go to www.bpw.co.uk

Share with friends

Recommended for you

Follow us on

Most recent caravan reviews

Xplore 526

£14,999

The Practical Caravan 2015 Xplore 526 review - A rakish front panel and sporty graphics lend a fresh look to the 2015 Xplore 526 – read more in the Practical Caravan review (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Sterling Continental 630 review - The sculpted corners and streamlined shape of the Sterling Continental 630 are designed to improve fuel efficiency and stability on tow (© James Mann/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Lunar Delta TI review - The Lunar Delta TI's new graphics, spats and alloy wheels look great, but its profile could have been more distinctive (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan 2015 Coachman VIP 575/4 review - Coachman's VIP 575/4 puts a luxury, island-bad floorplan on a single axle, and does so handsomely – a great option for your caravan holidays (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan 2015 Elddis Affinity 554 review - New graphics help break up the uninterrupted expanse of sidewall on the nearside of the Elddis Affinity 554, which adds a new layout to the range for 2015 (© Practical Caravan)

Venus 540/4

£14,399

Practical Caravan reviews the Venus 540/4 - The Venus 540/4 underwent a full redesign, including splashes of colour, but it still looks fairly boxy, observe Practical Caravan's reviewers (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)

Recommended for you