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Old 04-18-2006, 02:39 PM   #1
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We are lucky, lucky, lucky. We just returned from a trip. Cleaned up the Coach and on the way to put it in storage the brakes started to smell. Stopped, waited, then came back home, only a mile. When we pulled up, dark smoke was coming out from the right wheel. No light lit up on the dash. When we first smelled it, we parked, put the emergency brake on, made sure it released then came home.

Any one had this problem. Were told from WRV there should be a 3 year warranty on this, will find out tomorrow.
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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We are lucky, lucky, lucky. We just returned from a trip. Cleaned up the Coach and on the way to put it in storage the brakes started to smell. Stopped, waited, then came back home, only a mile. When we pulled up, dark smoke was coming out from the right wheel. No light lit up on the dash. When we first smelled it, we parked, put the emergency brake on, made sure it released then came home.

Any one had this problem. Were told from WRV there should be a 3 year warranty on this, will find out tomorrow.
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Old 04-19-2006, 03:56 AM   #3
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WOW!

First - I'm really glad you discovered this before any serious accident, and were able to get your RV safely parked, and that this didn't happen during your trip!

Second - Gosh, you've really had a string of bad luck/problems with the coach!

Please let us know what is wrong and has to be done.

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Old 04-19-2006, 04:20 AM   #4
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Hi Audrey. Yes we have had lots of problems with this coach. We now realize not to brag on it too much because that is when something else goes wrong.

I'm just glad we were able to get home from Austin and did not have to bail out on I-35 with our 2 dogs and watch it burn to the ground.

It is parked on a lot off the street next door.
We are waiting to hear back from Mark as how to address the repair. We are out of warranty but he thinks the brakes are still in warranty. I'm sure we will be responsible to get it towed until we can prove it is the brakes dragging. Will keep you posted.

Just don't think the lights on the dash are going to warn you of anything. Need to keep you eyes, ears and nose busy at all times.
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:18 AM   #5
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Cedar- This sounds like a great job for a mobile mechanic rather than monkeying w/a tow job (unless its just the fronts for sure, and maybe even then). One of the charms of the hydraulic brakes is their easy service. You'd need a heavy duty mechanic equip'd for the 480ft-lb lug nuts & space enough to jack the coach up & service in place. Local tire & wheel shops that do truck fleet service might do it. Or search yellow pages for mobile truck service.
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Thanks for the advise. We talked to a Man in our little town (I mean little) on the lake and he works on trucks, not like ours, but he thinks it is a piston stuck. Does that sound right. It was the right front wheel smoking, none of the others were "smelly" like a stuck brake.
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Cedar, Please keep us posted on this one.

I haven't heard of many late model brake caliper failures, which seems possible, unless debris or a a loose caliper mount contributed to the failure.

BTW, it probably "cooked" your brake fluid, which should be replaced in any event.

Glad to hear you avoided a disaster.
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We will let all know what is wrong for sure. The brakes are the most important part of our Rigs.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:48 AM   #9
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Something has to create drag on the brake to create the heat. Debris stuck, piston, defective brake pad... This is unusual w/disc's; drums have a cam that can get out of adjustment & lock up, causing most brake fires on trucks.
Except for refilling the reservoir due to location @ top of gen compartment (I'd guess its easiest w/a pump & tube), these brakes are easier to service than most.
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On my previous Safari Kalahari (big sister to the Trek) I had my left front brake stick (they were discs). Turned out to be a stuck caliper and caused no other damage (other than some hot spots and a little extra wear on the rotor). Pried on the caliper and made sure it was no longer stuck. Replaced the fluid and everything else was satisfcatory.
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