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Old 01-21-2015, 04:41 PM   #29
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We have been setting at Carolina Coach & Bus Service ..... As I said, “These guys are GOOD”

Is this the place? Since they did such a good job, I like to keep a listing of good repair shops.

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Old 01-24-2015, 09:13 PM   #30
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TJ & All - your experience should be a wakeup call to all RV owners to never run overweight, those numbers on that tag/sticker is what you should use as gospel. We hit the scales on our way out of town and at least one time on the way back to make sure we have not put in too much stuff. I try to be at least 1000 lbs. below gross weight. Brakes, yes, I wish I had air brakes, but they can fail as well. So it behooves all of us alpine owners to make sure we have them bleed at least every two years, one is better. I am not aware of the shaft between the pedal and MS binding, mine does not, or if it does it let go after a second or two. I am looking into the new MC since reports are that the brakes work much better. FWIW-I get an ABS warning light periodically every time I turn the wheel sharply in either direction, my guess is the sensor is being pulled out and it works it's way back in after a while.

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Old 01-25-2015, 12:04 AM   #31
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I decided to pull mine apart to check it too. There 5/16 cap screw on the plate on the top holding the shaft in place. The shaft pushed up easy, so you can drill the post. Mine also has the plastic bushing top and bottom. See in photo below. There were no signs of rust inside. Being I had it apart, I used a 1/8 pipe tap and installed zerk.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:36 AM   #32
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I put a thin film of grease on the working surfaces of the bell crank every 3-4 years, usually when I take mine off for a demonstration. But as a brake maintenance item, this should be standard PM for any 04+ Alpine.

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