ATC stands for Automatic Trailer Control. It’s the new Anti-Snake System for caravans.
The device was developed in Germany by the AL-KO Kober Group which is best known in the UK Caravan industry for making caravan chassis.
How ATC works
The ATC helps the driver handle unexpected driving hazards such as braking traffic and crosswinds from overtaking vehicles.
ATC detects lateral movements – and will automatically apply all caravan brakes simultaneously when oscillations become severe enough to matter.
The important thing is that ATC is described as a passive system. AL-KO compare ATC to ABS on a car and how it is used only in rare situations.
Different versions of ATC are available for different caravan weights to ensure the right brake pressure is applied through the unit.
Caravan snaking can result in
Snaking can be caused by crosswinds
from passing HGVs.
The ATC device is designed to react to any severe sideways movements and apply the caravan’s brakes, keeping the caravan under control.
Which caravans will be fitted with AL-KO ATC?
Selected caravans from Bailey, Avondale, Lunar and Fleetwood ranges will be fitted with the device as standard.
Other manaufacturers will be offering AL-KO ATC as an optional extra. And you will be able to get ATC fitted to older caravans as a retrofit option from Autumn 2007. Ask your dealer for details.
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Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.