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Old 11-26-2008, 03:41 PM   #29
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Just like being on a ship as you look out the front window the brake with the R on it will be on the port side.
Wouldn't the "port" side be the "left" side as you look out the front window, so it would be the opposite? (i.e. "right" would be "passenger" or "starboard"; and "left" would be "driver" or "port")
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:57 PM   #30
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Well done. I enjoyed every waiting word that you penned for us. These things are meant to exaspirate us but the enjoyment of over comming these problems fulfills us again. Have you got another story [in multi parts] to give us?
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:02 PM   #31
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Wouldn't you just be able to swap the right and left brake assemblies on the axle plates?
Just checking for future reference.
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:37 PM   #32
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Yes, That is all U have to do. They should B marked on the back with an L or R.

If yyou can not find the marking, remove the hub and visualize the wheel traveling in the forward motion and when voltage is applied to the magnet the arm with the magnet will move in the direction of moving the brake shoe further apart.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:59 PM   #33
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That's a lot better description for us land lubbers. Port? Starboard?

It took me a while to grasp the concept of curbside and streetside with a tow vehicle in front.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:36 PM   #34
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The plates should eventually wind up with R to starboard and L to port.

Easy way to remember:

Port=Left=Red All the shorter word
Starboard=Right=Green All the longer word

In North America, one can add Driver and Passenger to the above list.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:37 PM   #35
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Thanks Pete,

You do have a memorable way with words when it comes to explanations.
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:40 AM   #36
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The word 'Port' was chosen because everyone knew what colour port wine was and seafarers knew that the red light on their ship went on the left side. Up until then the English word for the left side of a ship was 'Larboard' and in poor conditions too many seafarers mistook it for 'Starboard'.

In Britain, for vehicles we also have 'offside' and 'nearside' (nearside being near the kerb, sorry, the curb). Of course that's the other side from your kerb, as Britain wasn't in love with France at the time, unlike the US.....

And now - back to trailers.

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Old 11-27-2008, 11:43 AM   #37
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My Bad onthe Port Mixup. Maybe I had 2 much Port at the time.

To the Brit: Why do you drive on the Port side of the road?
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:12 PM   #38
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Because they drank too much of it?

BTW, Starboard reportedly comes from Steering Board...
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:19 PM   #39
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I always learned it as port...dockside where you could see the town lights
starboard...harbour side.. where you could see the sea and the stars
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:07 PM   #40
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To the Brit: Why do you drive on the Port side of the road?
Wikipedia has it well covered: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driving..._left_or_right

Until about 200 years ago, the US drove on the left and it continued in some Canadian provinces in to the 20th century. Newfoundland was the last to switch to the right in 1947.

The jibe about the US loving France is that it was Napoleon that forced France to switch from left to right and so it being pro-France (the Americans' friend) and anti-Britain (the Americans' foe) probably helped the US to make the change.

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Old 11-28-2008, 01:48 PM   #41
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A friend once pointed out to me that traffic circles in the UK made more sense with the ubiquitous "Yield to the Right" rule that exists regardless of which side of road one drives on -- Vehicles entering the circle in UK must yield to the circle (CW) vehicles whereas vehicles in the circle (CCW) in US need a sign to trump the rule.
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Curiously, the 'Yield to the right' rule has never existed in Britain. And I remember driving in France when they still kept the 'priorité a droite' (yield to the right) rule on roundabouts/traffic circles, which would lock up frequently - just chaos!

And anyone thinking they know about traffic circles, might like to look at the aerial photo on this web page of the 'Magic Roundabout' in Swindon, England (named by locals after a popular kid's TV show), which has five mini-roundabouts grouped around one big two-way (yes, two-way) roundabout:
Swindon's Magic Roundabout

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