Post by campingcariste on Jun 17, 2016 7:36:15 GMT
Can someone identify which model Bailey this is? It is a caravan we bought second hand in 1999 and I believe it dates from the early 80's. since moving to France it has now been given a new life as a trailer for transporting our quad bike behind our camping car (motorhome). Problem is that it now needs new brake shoes, the lining having seperated from the shoe on one of the shoes so I'm trying to find the correct replacement shoes. For a bonus point does anyone know where I might obtain the shoes from?
If the caravan is of 1980s vintage, have a look at the chassis. If it is made of steel channel and memory serves me right, the chassis manufacturer may have been B&B and used UK manufactured car wheels. They were usually Ford Anglia wheels. It follows that you may be able to source some shoes by going down that route. It would need very careful checking as, at a distance it is impossible to tell what they are. If it is a Bailey caravan, Bailey should be able to tell you what model it is from the serial no. If it is an aluminium chassis or thin galvanised steel, it is most likely to be an ALKO chassis. In that case, I don't know what wheels they used, probably supplied to their specification just to make things awkward.
An other suggestion I can offer is that you take the brake shoes off the caravan and take them to a car parts emporium and ask if they can supply a set of shoes to the same pattern. I've always found the parts dealers to be very helpful. It seems they like a challenge although the majority need the vehicle make model and year so that they can look it up in their parts supplier's catalogues. This may be your best solution.
In the good old days, I remember my father relining the brake shoes on his motorbike by knocking the rivets out and riveting the new friction material on to the old shoes with copper rivets. Them were the days!
Post by campingcariste on Jun 17, 2016 15:13:54 GMT
Thanks for your reply. It is an Alko chassis for sure but Alko do not post a telephone nuber so we are unable to phone them and I feel that filling in one of these web site enquiry forms might lead to nothing and not very quickly at that.
I wonder if you or anyone else know which of the numbers (there are several) stamped on the tow hitch relate to the chassis model as one sees brake shoes for sale for Alko chassis readily enough but I obviously need to find the right one. I have removed the shoes and have included a photo of them with this post.
We live in France so going to garage to try and source them is a non starter, helping out and challenge don't really come into their vocabulary.
I contacted Bailey but they don't do spares or other anything else it seems for pre 2000 models.
Hoping now for some more replies as at the moment the trailer is up on breeze blocks and our quad is stuck in the garage so no outings planned!!!