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Old 04-18-2016, 07:37 AM   #1
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Question Parking Brake question?

Scenario...... I pull up to campground, pull parking brake, shut off engine and leave 80# Yellow lab in coach while I go register. If she pushes in the parking brake button, will coach roll away?

Not saying it will happen, but is sitting in the back of my mind as a possibility. She does like to sit in drivers seat to see where I am going.

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Old 04-18-2016, 08:17 AM   #2
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Yup. There is no "Parking Hold" in the tranny.

Put s spacer behind the button, like a clothes pin, just to be safe.
The parking spot are rarely ldvel.

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Old 04-18-2016, 08:36 AM   #3
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This situation actually occurred TWICE to another MH owner in Lake Havasu, AZ. His specific brand of coach utilized air bag leveling so there were no jacks.

The first time his pet pushed the park brake down allowing the coach to move but didn't cause any damage.

The second time he placed a small cup upside down over the park brake but the pet managed to knock it off and pushed the park brake down. This time the coach rolled towards the lake and only stopped short of entering the lake thanks to a short block fence post. Damaged his right front corner including the step.

Moral of the story for Alpine Coaches is to never leave a pet alone unless you're on jacks.
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Thanks.. The clothes pin idea is a good one.

or

Make sure she knows how to drive!
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BIG wheel chocks ; the only time I don't set them in place is when I stop for fuel and the DW is inside.
My park brake knob is in a spot where anyone entering or exiting the coach could bump it ( particularly DW's swinging purse ).
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I use a large plastic clothes pin on the parking brake. It doesn't even have to be a dog. A grand kid messing around can accidently do it too.
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Most effective parking brake "lock" I have seen is to take a piece of PVC pipe cut to a length that will hold the parking brake knob in the park position.

Then, cut a slit (table saw makes this easy, but even a hand saw works fine) the length of the pipe.

Slightly expand the slit and "pop it over" the parking brake rod.

Would take a VERY smart animal to remove it.

BTW, this parking brake issue applies to all DP's, since the Allison 3000 and 4000 do NOT have a parking brake pawl.

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Old 04-19-2016, 04:10 PM   #8
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Dreamacre - Coach will not necessarily roll away! Only if you are parked on unlevel ground. :>)
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Most effective parking brake "lock" I have seen is to take a piece of PVC pipe cut to a length that will hold the parking brake knob in the park position.

Then, cut a slit (table saw makes this easy, but even a hand saw works fine) the length of the pipe.

Slightly expand the slit and "pop it over" the parking brake rod.

Would take a VERY smart animal to remove it.

BTW, this parking brake issue applies to all DP's, since the Allison 3000 and 4000 do NOT have a parking brake pawl.

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I like this idea! I think I would use a long length (couple feet) of PVC pipe if notching with a table saw. Make a short cut (slit) on the end, then cut off the small piece to use for the parking brake.

I have a lot of years on my table saw and have a healthy respect for that spinning blade! (And I still have all my fingers... )
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I like this idea! I think I would use a long length (couple feet) of PVC pipe if notching with a table saw. Make a short cut (slit) on the end, then cut off the small piece to use for the parking brake.



I have a lot of years on my table saw and have a healthy respect for that spinning blade! (And I still have all my fingers... )

Smart man, will retain his fingers for a long time, and won't be chasing his MH down the road!
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:05 PM   #11
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Scenario...... I pull up to campground, pull parking brake, shut off engine and leave 80# Yellow lab in coach while I go register. If she pushes in the parking brake button, will coach roll away?

Not saying it will happen, but is sitting in the back of my mind as a possibility. She does like to sit in drivers seat to see where I am going.

Thanks
I took a piece of foam pipe insulation and cut it to the size that brake button when it is extended. No scatches to the dash and a pet OR your knee can push the button. Have used it for years.
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Moral of the story for Alpine Coaches is to never leave a pet alone unless you're on jacks.
Not just a n Alpine "thing". Any rig with air brakes using the dual action cans will do the same. Releasing the air pressure sets the emergency/parking brakes. Pushing the release in allows pressure back into the system and if high enough, releases the brakes.
And even if on jacks the rig can still roll or even move sideways.
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Been using a clothes pin for years, a cheap and easy fix.
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