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Old 09-16-2015, 11:04 PM   #11
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Front air brake diaphragm is a single can and not a spring loaded twin can. Glad you recognized you had a serious problem. I have drivers in our fleet that say 'Naw my trucks air brakes are fine, the just hiss a little bit when I use em'.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:07 PM   #12
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That's correct. The front chambers are not spring brakes.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:51 AM   #13
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It was a round rubber circle about 7 or so inches in diameter. I should have taken a picture. It took the tech about 10 minutes to fix it and it was like a 2 dollar part but about 220 in labor.... lol

The way it happened was that I pulled in for fuel and stopped behind a truck, I had no issue. I waited for the trucker to finish fueling, I moved forward to the pump and HHHIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSS. I would say that it took about 5 seconds to empty the tank to below 70. This happened in Newburgh, NY I think it was. I was nervous but I did drive it from there to Massachusetts. I was fine on the highway using the jake brake but man, I was not comfortable on the back roads leading to the campground.

I was told that if you drain the tank down to the alarm, the emergency brake will automatically pop and lock up the brakes. I lucked out.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:01 AM   #14
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This is not the actual one from my coach.
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:25 AM   #15
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When the pressure drops and the light comes on you better be looking for a place to stop.

No offense, but the operators of these big rigs should be held to the same testing and regulations as a commercial driver.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:04 PM   #16
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When the pressure drops and the light comes on you better be looking for a place to stop.

No offense, but the operators of these big rigs should be held to the same testing and regulations as a commercial driver.

The only time the air drained down enough to set the alarm was when I was stopped with the parking brake set and I was trying to figure out the issue. The alarm never went off while I was driving.

No offense taken but I hear truckers complain all the time about motorhome drivers and the lack of a CDL like a truck driver. The thing is, the CDL is based on weight, not size of the rig. My coach comes in at 26,000 and change when loaded and a 18 wheeler is around 80,000. Big difference there. Also as posted above by a fleet owner or manager, his own professional drivers ignore the air hiss as well, so , so much for testing and regs. I have seen truckers do some pretty stupid things and illegal things and they are "professional" drivers....... Should an RV driver also have to have a medical card too?
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:05 PM   #17
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When the pressure drops and the light comes on you better be looking for a place to stop.

No offense, but the operators of these big rigs should be held to the same testing and regulations as a commercial driver.
Seconded!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:02 PM   #18
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:28 PM   #19
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RV drivers should not have to get a medical card. They should have to have air brake endorsements though if they have them. A class B licence wouldn't hurt either.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:31 PM   #20
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A lot of truck drivers these days are clueless. School is a good place to start, but it does NOT make a truck driver.
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