The last couple of short trips in Florida (less than 80 miles each on cool days), the Silverleaf Tire Monitoring System and our Transmission temps were running higher than normal. The first time it happened was after fueling up and traveling about 14 miles from the station to our campground.
We called CoachNet for suggestions as to where to get the brakes checked. They recommended ABC Bus Service in Winter Garden, FL. Made an appointment with them and ordered the master cylinder upgrade kit from Redlands Tire as we wanted to do that at the same time as the brake inspection and brake fluid flush. Made an appointment with ABC Bus Service and carefully explained the procedure we wanted done. I had printed every post I could find on IRV2 about what needed to be done and Keith at Redlands said for them to call him with any questions.
Well, we took the coach in to ABC and they installed the master cylinder and said they did the all wheel removal brake inspection and brake fluid change and bleeding. Charged 1.25 hrs and no brake fluid charge on the invoice. Hmm? Still insisted they removed all the wheels and bled the brakes using the two bleed screws per caliper. We picked up the coach and on the next trip drove about 80 miles nursing the tire temps and transmission temps over half the trip. Took the coach to another RV shop and guess what. They did a complete inspection and showed us that there was no way the previous shop did a brake fluid flush since the rear calipers were not getting any fluid. They could not get any fluid to even go through them although the calipers were not rusted, dirty, or anything like that. They had simply seized up and were not releasing properly. The rear rotors were cracked and of course brake pads, and new lines were needed. In order for our extended warranty to cover any of this, we had to prove what caused the failure and since we couldn't, guess what it was on us.
We had thought we were getting the brake fluid flushes done several times prior to this as different things were worked on but now we aren't sure any of them ever removed all the wheels to do the inspection.
Every one of them said our brakes were in great shape with very little wear noted. All except the last one who showed us all the damage and explained how everything should work.
$5,000+ later and now for the first time in owning the coach we have brakes!
My goodness what a difference the master cylinder and new brake components have made. We are sure that the brakes never worked right from the beginning. Oh, by the way, on a short trip today, the transmission temperature is now running back in its normal range too. The only explanation the RV Service Manager had for that was perhaps the heat was being transferred throughout the running gear to it.
Thanks to the Silverleaf System we knew we had a problem and took steps to avoid a catastrophic failure. Still waiting for ABC Bus Service to call me back on exactly what they did. Oh, I forgot to mention they changed our TranSynd Transmission Fluid while we were there even though we told them it only had a few thousand miles on it. That was supposed to fix the elevated Transmission temperature.
I am so tired of Service Writers and mechanics ignoring their customers and doing what they want to not what we ask them to do! ABC did admit though that we sure knew a lot about our coach. Thanks to IRV2 we do we just can't get them to listen!
GET YOUR BRAKES INSPECTED PROPERLY AND FLUSHED AND BLED OFTEN! INSIST ON LOOKING AT WHAT THEY FIND!