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I wonder how these old humpies and the like used to go towing their caravans down Mount Ousley for example (for the New South Welsemen. Other States select your own notorious descents). I realise the old bondwood vans were light, but consider that the cars drum brakes weren't the best.

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Bryan

the weight of those vans with some gear in would probably exceed the weight of the car a bit or be very close...I'm not sure when caravans first started having brakes fitted...I'm assuming 50s or 60s? in those days I presuming it was "slow vehicles use the left lane and low gear"...so maybe descending steep hills at a crawling pace in first?

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Andrew

A lot of places didn’t have multiple lanes, even on the main arterial routes such as Old Pacific Hwy, Great Western Hwy so pitty anyone following

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Bryan

I was taught that you should go down a hill in the same gear you would go up it in.
in the old 3 on the trees most hills of any note, usually meant shifting back to second, so therefore come down in second as well, and i was also taught to not ride the brake, but rather brake to a slow speed then release, build up speed again then brake again, brakes get time to cool between uses, and that along with using a lower gear, brakes would not usually be to affected even when towing a load down a hill

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You were taught by someone good.
Plenty aren't.
We have a mountain in Laurieton. There is a road to the lookout at the top (The best view on the North coast of NSW). It is 4.8km to the top and it goes up 480m, so the average grade is 1 in 10.
My mate Dave once told me Bruce Porter of Porter's Garage made his fortune doing cooked brake repairs from that mountain in the 60s and 70s.
Even today, with much improved brakes, we still sometimes smell the brakes cooking on the cars going past our bus depot at the bottom of the road. I've followed cars down the last 200m of the road from our depot with smoke coming from their brakes. I suppose you could expect that after the driver was sitting on the brake pedal for nearly 5km.
David

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Old is good.

its amazing how many people ride brakes, or use them harshly, I used to drive a Hi ace van for work, and they are apparently notorious for chewing brakes. at around the 100k mark the old boss changed mechanics, the first thing th new one said was oh a hi ace with 100k i will need new brake discs, i said why? he said well it will have had 3 sets of pads now so needs new discs, i said its still got original pads in it from new, he refused to believe me untill he had a look, he was dumbfounded how i could make them last 100k when mostneed new pads every 30k or so. must be cos im not one of these people that roar upto a set of lights flat out then jam the brakes on, or sit so close to the ass of the car infront that i almost have to ride the brake incase they brake

And David, yes i was taught by someone good, My old man, who for many years drove bus's up and down the mountains to the snow feilds in Victoria

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AUSTRALIAN ROAD RULES - REG 108. (1) If the driver of a truck or bus is driving on a length of road to which a trucks and buses low gear sign applies, the driver must drive the truck or bus in a gear that is low enough to limit the speed of the truck or bus without the use of a primary brake.

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Andrew

I don't know how they would off gone on the old wooden bridge they had there in the wet with the cross ply tyres an all also wondering if it's still there these days.

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