Originally Posted by Phil57
Boo what I was told by the engineering department at Freightliner the brakes are the same on our 10500 lb axel as the 12500 lb axel. They clam the only difference is the size of the airbag. My steer axel is made by Detroit Diesel and I talked to them when I gave them the numbers they also said that that is the only difference. I still am surprised by this and I am not passing this off as true fact but only what I was told when I researched the issue.I do have Literature that I downloaded from Detroit Diesel that support that claim.As far as I can tell after researching this to death the
Maybe my brakes are not quite "perfect". I'm used to stopping big vehicles from my semi driving days, and the coach just doesn't seem to have the stopping power that my truck did.
As an aside, I HAVE slammed a 80K lb (fully loaded) semi into the back of a city bus in Zanesville, OH. Bus driver merged VERY suddenly (onto I70) in front of me.
I put down 300 feet of skid marks, but still was doing about 25 MPH when I hit her. Truck and bus totally disabled and had to be towed.
Only traffic accident I've ever been involved in, in my whole life. And trust me...... neither you, I, or anyone else wants to face that situation in our coaches.