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Old 10-10-2007, 07:47 AM   #15
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Re-reading this string of comments on the parking brake issue, it reminded me of our experience in Alaska last summer (2006). We didn't have our Alpine at the time, but a couple with a Country Coach stopped at the same campground as us and couldn't get their parking brake to release. They confirmed low air pressure due a problem with the pump. After messing around trying to get air pressure from the pump and failing, another Big Rig owner came by and hooked up his air hose from his auxillary fitting to the auxillary fitting on the Country Coach, and used his coach to pump up the air in the Country Coach enough to release the parking brake. So I don't think it helped the Country Coach owner keep his suspension inflated but it got his parking brake released and allowed him to drive on to Anchorage to get the coach fixed.

Don't know if this would have worked when you had your original problem at Arches National Park (we stayed there last month and liked it as well), but it's a thought on how to release the parking brake when you can't get enough air to it, unless the leak is too large.

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Old 10-10-2007, 03:55 PM   #16
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Old Forester, our problem was a leak large enough to not release the brake. It was not so large that the compressor could not keep up with the problem. We drove from Arches to north of Denver to get the problem fixed.

And while I am at it, since there are so many negative posts at this time, I think WRV did a great job in servicing me. They had the part in stock and air freighted it over night. I can't get much better than that.

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Old 10-10-2007, 09:39 PM   #17
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I'll have to ditto the good service from the parts department. Alison at WRV went into the storage area, searched out my part and immediately had it sent out. She even mentioned she had worked over the weekend to catch up on backorders. Kudos!

Of course the backside of the story is that the part is that worthless fuel sender. We'll see if the new one works better than the original. I've heard too many stories of repeatedly replacing the unit with equally defective units. One would think they would verify the quality before sending if they receive multiple reports of failures.
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:43 AM   #18
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I have finally got my parking brake and parking brake light to work properly. I ended up replacing the obsolete parking brake sensor switch with a Haldex part, same manufacter as the parking spring brake. I purchased it from Brattain Trucks for $20.08, Brattain part number RBE13241. It had screw terminals so I had to remove the stock blade terminals on the wiring harness and replace them with screw terminal ends. This new switch switches at 60 psi instead of 43 psi for the original part. I talked to Alpine technical support and they OK'd this new switching pressure.

One comment about WRV service, Alison does a great job and I have also received great support from technical support on a few different issues. It appears the breakdown is between design engineering and technical support, like specifying a replacement part for these obsolete parts. Why are so many parts becoming obsolete so quickly? I believe the answer to that question goes back to the integity of the original design including longevity of parts supply.

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