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Old 09-28-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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Question Brakes Question

We just picked up our "new to us" 2006 34FDDS and made the 100 mile trip back home to the mountains. It tracked like it was on rails, rode like a limo, and ran like a scared rabbit!

I do have a problem with the brakes. You really have to stand on the pedeal to stop. Twice while at a stop sign, the coach started to creep with my foot on the brake. I had to use what I feel was an unusual amount of brake pressure to keep the coach from moving.

Any help from the forum experts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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Jim,

Do a search for brake problems, in this forum, there many posts on this subject. As a short term help, have the pedals all the way back, close to you, for the best feel.
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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Two things helped my brake feel and pressure:

1. Change the hydraulic fluid to Chevron Rycon 46 (marginal help).
2. Changing and bleeding the brake fluid.

The combination of these two items gave me a 30-40% better return on my pedal pressure, i.e. less physical pressure needed to stop the coach. I don't know why changing and bleeding the system helped but it certainly did.
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We are headed to Coburg, OR Cummins Coach care to have them bleed the brakes for us. Engineer Mike said every two years, so I know my coach is way over due, bet yours is as well. Have that performed first. Then depending on how many miles, you can elect to change the hydraulic fluid as suggested above. It should be done I would guess every 4 years or so. You can get the procedure from the ACA's website in the tech library section. I have not done mine, it' only a little over 10K miles will wait until next year, but I do check the level monthly.
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Thanks Dale, Jerry and Monty. I searched the forum as Dale suggested and now know I am not alone, which makes me feel a whole lot better.

There are no service records available for the coach and the VMS was never used to track service. Word of mouth from the previous owner to the dealer was that the coached was last serviced in April, 2009. What I don't know is exactly what was "serviced". That being said, it will be time to winterize the coach in a couple of months, so I'm thinking I should go ahead and service everything that might need it. If I do that, I will at least be starting with a clean slate. The coach has 25,000 miles on the odomoter and 200 hours on the generator.

Now if I can just figure out how many total filters I have........
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Filters? Welcome to the black hole. Dale nd Engineer Mike would know more about them, but the ones I know about are:

Air Filter; Fuel-Water Seperator Filter(drain once a month-about 1/2 cup should be enouth)-Engine Block Fuel Filter?-Hydro Hot Diesel Filter-Genset Filter(s)-Engine Oil Filter. There also may be a coolant filter in your model, and their might be a hydraulic fluid filter-but never heard of one. The A/C units have little foam filters just under the lovered plate on each unit which should be washed out with fresh water and let to dry about every two months. If there are others I have not run across them yet. If you have the house refer, it has a water frilter which should be changed immediately-you don't know how long that unit sat and it's contaminated for sure. Learn how to sanitize your water system if the coach is going to sit a lot.

Become an Alpine Coach Association Member, and attend one or two of the rallys when your schedule allows. We would all like to meet you. That said I have been trying to get to one since last year and have not made it yet.
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Thanks Monty! Check is in the mail for ACA membership. I'm 3 or 4 years from retirement and it's a long way to a west coast rally. I might be able to get to one sometime before I'm officially unemployed, we will have to wait and see. This is a great forum with excellent info...especially for an orphan coach!
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Jim,

Have you heard about the East Coast Alpine group? We have rallies a couple times of the year here in the East. The web site is Alpine Coach East. Give it a look. An application is available from the web site. You have to be a member of ACA, but I see you've got that application on its way already.

Hope to meet you at an ACA or ACE rally.
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Thanks for the invite Jim. I'll look into that after I receive my ACA membership.
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