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Old 08-01-2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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Emergency Brake ?

can you pull the parking brake in the event of brake failure to get the motorhome stopped ? 2000 Alpine Coach
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:16 AM   #2
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Short answer is yes. Assume you have air brakes?
There is a lengthy thread on this subject in the past week. I'll see if I can find it for you.
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it has 4 wheel hydraulic brakes with air parking brake Allison trans with the driveshaft brake.
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:17 PM   #4
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I would - but the parking brake on my 2001 Alpine doesn't have a lot of stopping power. Gearing down and PAC brake helps.
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:34 PM   #5
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Yes, once, then add it to the list of stuff that will need to be fixed.

In an emergency you use anything and everything available. The assembly isn't all the big and can quickly over heat but it will slow you down to a point where other options might become available to help fully stop the coach.
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Here is a post that began as air pressure in tires and ended up being about air brakes being engaged during travel. It may answer your question.

You can also use the search feature to find more discussions

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A driveshaft brake drum is spinning 4 to 6 times faster, thru the differential gears, then your wheel brake rotors or drums, and it's smaller.

It's hold is 4 to 5 times better too.

For parking and emergency use only.
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dragrace728, the link below may help you understand how the parking brake on an Alpine function. As others have commented, in an emergency use whatever means you have available to get your coach under control. Parking Brake
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:13 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies and advice, i had a small problem with brake drag and low pedal on the way here. I feel a lot better driving home from the mountains tomorrow...i found low brake fluid and low hydraulic fluid...
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Thanks for all the replies and advice, i had a small problem with brake drag and low pedal on the way here. I feel a lot better driving home from the mountains tomorrow...i found low brake fluid and low hydraulic fluid...
Can't hurt to fill the reservoirs. In fact I would for sure before you "drive home from the mountains".
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Alpine park brake will stop the coach eventually. It'll come on but slip if you are at speed.

If you are just coasting at a mph or two, it'll slam on hard & your wife will let you know precisely how she feels about that but good.
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Alpine park brake will stop the coach eventually. It'll come on but slip if you are at speed.

If you are just coasting at a mph or two, it'll slam on hard & your wife will let you know precisely how she feels about that but good.

Just remind her what the alternative was, won't help but it might make you feel better.
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