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Old 02-14-2013, 11:51 PM   #11
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I don't have a air brake endorsement and only have a regular drivers license. I'm not sure what states require a special license to operate a 40'MH towing a 16'Toad but I did take the time to review the air system on my rig and I also had a military license to run up to a douce with air brakes with trailers of all different types. And I mean small like water buffalos or gens that type. I was not a transpiration mos but a infantry weapons repair and we used this equipment for our mission of support. My point is just because you don't have a endorsement doesn't mean you aren't safe. Why get all the paper work and pay for it if its not required. Now here is where
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:04 AM   #12
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I don't have a air brake endorsement and only have a regular drivers license. I'm not sure what states require a special license to operate a 40'MH towing a 16'Toad but I did take the time to review the air system on my rig and I also had a military license to run up to a douce with air brakes with trailers of all different types. And I mean small like water buffalos or gens that type. I was not a transpiration mos but a infantry weapons repair and we used this equipment for our mission of support. My point is just because you don't have a endorsement doesn't mean you aren't safe. Why get all the paper work and pay for it if its not required. Now here is where
Now here is where I would want input. Am I wrong. Should we as MH owners get a CDL with all the training that comes with it. In Mi I have never heard of a MH endorsement but should I contact a school and get some basic training.
This OP with air brake questions make me wonder if you are on the road and there is something that comes up on a vital system are we guessing on wether something is safe. I know guys running rigs that are 60 plus feet long driving 5-7 hundred miles and are 80 plus years old. Most would fail a CDL physical and have been doing for years. Anyway I guess I kinda poached this thread sorry to the OP and sorry about the split post I'm on my phone and its smarter than me most of the time.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:03 AM   #13
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I picked up my 390BH last month. It is parked in the driveway and I have started it once a week. I've noticed that both air gauges are down to 0. Is this normal, the air builds up quickly. I would assume that it should hold air longer than a week. Should I think that possibly there is an air leak in the system? Anyone else have this issue?

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This is perfectly normal. Without deploying your jacks, air will only stay in the system 3 to 4 days at the maximum.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:12 AM   #14
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I' with Turbs on this one. Take it back and get it checked, if it's new, it's free!! I've been driving coaches (sorry, tour buses ) for nearly 40 yrs, and would be very surprised at a system on a new vehicle which dumps all it's air to 0 in a week. I could, if you wish post the school bus brake test which is somewhat more comprehensive than the one already posted. If your vehicle passes that on your pre-trip, then you should be good to go.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #15
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Where do you find the drain cocks? Lost all of the air in our Berkshire 4010qs. No brakes and cant move...at least we are parked in a RV site.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:29 PM   #16
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Where do you find the drain cocks? Lost all of the air in our Berkshire 4010qs. No brakes and cant move...at least we are parked in a RV site.
Just start the engine and let it build up air.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:32 PM   #17
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As of now it is the dryer part of the air brake system..Freightliner as of now, customer service is lacking.. IMO
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:41 PM   #18
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our trucks at work bleed air off if left to sit for a week. some even as soon as after a weekend. but we drive internationals, so there you go. as far as drain cock goes, there should be a little wire string/rope attached to the bottom of the air drier. give it a pull and drain water from system. shouldnt be very much in the system if at all.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #19
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The lanyards to bleed the air tanks are on the chassis rail behind the front wheels (behind meaning on the inside of the front wheels). There are 2 on the passenger side and one on the drivers side. As dwaynerz said, very little, if any, water should come out. Only a slight mist.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:18 PM   #20
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thanks tmmar, i for the life of me couldnt think of the word lanyard. kind of late this year, but alcohol (not the drinking kind) also makes a great water dispersant in the winter.
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