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Old 09-17-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Tag up or down

I have a 2005 Allure 37 ft with a tag, can anyone tell me if I go down my steep narrow drive way will it make a difference if I raise the tag to put less wear and tear on it. I use the brakes all the way down does the tag have brakes on those tires I guess is the question

My driveway is curvy and steep.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Yes, your tag axle has brakes.
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I use the brakes all the way down does the tag have brakes on those tires I guess is the question

My driveway is curvy and steep.
That is something YOU should know as an operator.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:20 PM   #4
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Tag down, the axle as mentioned has additional braking.
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Yes the tag has brakes. I am impressed with the good brakes on my Allure and the coach is 42.'

I raise my tag whenever I am making tight turns at slow speeds to minimize scrubbing of the tires on the tag by dragging them sideways. If you are just descending/ascending a steep drive, not sure you need to do anything. However, if you are turning tightly, maybe raising the tag is indicated.
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X2 on tight turns at slow speed. The rest of the time my tag is down!
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That is something YOU should know as an operator.
That's why he asked the question.
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That's why he asked the question.
This was his question...
I use the brakes all the way down does the tag have brakes on those tires I guess is the question

He should know all about the air brake system before he even gets behind the wheel rather than fly by the seat of the pants like most. How are pre-trip inspections done on an air-braked coach and not knowing if there are brakes on that axle. All I can say is the DOT are pretty easy on you guys down there.

As most have answered to the other part of his question.....Yes there is no need to lift the tag unless doing sharp turns and scrubbing tires. However one good thing to know about going up and down steep or slippery slopes is by lifting the tag you exert all the rear weight on the drives for more traction.
This is practiced a lot by anyone operating a highway tour coach in the winter time.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:26 PM   #9
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Ok I now know the tag has brakes what I'm faced with is going down a sharp narrow curved driveway and going off the black top onto gravel in some parts. I thought by raising my tag less tires dragging through the gravel. what I did not want to lose was my braking ability to stop as I slowly go down. I thought this would shorten the wheel base and contact
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If you are trans versing sharp turns, it is best to keep the tag up. This shortens your wheel base making it easier to make sharp turns without scrubbing your tires. At slow speeds, the braking difference will not make any difference
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Up with the tag. Saves wear and tear on your tires. If your driveway is gravel, your choice as the tires will just push gravel with tag down. With your brakes on gravel, no difference. (ask an off road racer). Wish I had a tag, as I have driven prevost with a tag and ooo how nice!!!
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As has been stated, at slow speeds, the braking added by the tag is negligible when compared against the tire scrubbing in sharp, slow speed turns. The OP does state the edges of the driveway are gravel, not the driveway itself, so tire scrubbing could be a concern. The key is SLOW SPEED so as to not loose control while going down!
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #13
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Thanks that is what I'm looking for
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