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Old 04-26-2018, 07:41 AM   #1
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Air Force One Braking System

Just installed a Air Force One braking system on our 18 Durango and am very pleased with the supplemental braking. What I also just learned was that even when your tow vehicle isn't connected to your coach if you pull the brake-away key the AFO your brakes are applied on the tow. If someone pulls your break-away key from your tow you will not be able to move your tow without replacing the key or disabling the air lines. The answer looks like we should have a extra break-away key in our tow vehicle.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:50 AM   #2
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Are you sure that's correct? It seems to me that if the air is not connected, there is no pressure to apply the brakes.

Guess I'll have to give it a test and see.

If true, where do you get another key?
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Yes, that is correct. While disconnecting the tow from the RV I accidentally pulled the break away pin. The car wouldn't move afterwards. You me quite a while until I realized that the pin was gone.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:16 AM   #4
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On my AF1 there is an inline fuse that I can pull to release the brakes on the tow.
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It's true if the breakaway pin is removed the brakes will be set. That's not only true for the Air Force One but with the old Unified Tow Brake system (which I've had for years). I've always carried a spare pin just in case some clown in a parking lot somewhere decided to pull the pin just for the fun of it.

All breakaway pins I've seen are the same. I think most RV parts store would carry them.
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My AF1 pin came with a ring attached. Made it easy for someone to pull it out while walking by. I removed the ring and made a hook on the end of the cable to hook in the hole. Makes it less obvious and harder to pull. I also carry an extra pin just in case.
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I just ordered two extra pins and will carry one in the toad and one in the MH.

Good to know.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...I/SM99905.html
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Wow, what a timely thread. I just installed AFO! And knowing what I know now, I ordered two replacements to be hidden away safely. Now just have to remember where I put them!
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Hi - You can use a golf tee as a temporary so that the car can be used.

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Thank you - hadn't realized that could happen. Just ordered 2 spare keys, once for the towed and one to go in the motorhome.
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Yes I found this to be true also. I ordered 2 backups which will reside in my TOADS glove box. EZ PZ. Yes you can also pull the fuse near the battery. But you still need backups.
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Got conformation this morning that mine have already shipped.
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Remember to cover the air line connection to tow to keep air system clean when not connected to coach. If you decide to test pulling break-away key when not connected to motor home take the air cover off because it will shoot out the cover for air line as much as 20 plus feet when you pull break-away key.
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Here is a little tidbit. If you're ever disconnecting the toad and have it in neutral because it's binding......and it starts to roll on you, pull the pin, it will stop the toad.
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