Originally Posted by Mons02035
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?
Yes sir, you probably do hear complaints. And you are correct, the trucking industry isn't what it used to be.
But, by your own account you drove an unsafe 26000lb bus for a "few" hours with only 5 seconds worth of usable air.
What were your plans when/if your parking brakes set up on the highway?
I don't think you had a plan because you didn't know what could happen.
Had you had any training with air brakes you would've known what would happen in the event of air loss, how to safety check your brake system and how to remove your brake locked bus from the traffic lanes.
No, I don't think RV drivers should have a medical card but it probably wouldn't hurt in some cases. Same with driving skills test including backing.
Anyway, glad you made it to safety and my use of you/your isn't specifically directed to you but to all in the air brake class.