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Old 03-17-2019, 05:10 PM   #1
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Air Brake seem to be locked up

I have a 2006 Holiday Rambler Neptune. I have not been able to take it out for about two months due to the weather. I believe my air brakes are locked up. When I release the parking brake and put it in gear it seems that the breaks won't allow me to move.
Any suggestions.

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Old 03-17-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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This is common on that coach after wet weather. The rear brakes have rusted to the drums. Release the brakes as you usually would and rock the coach by giving it a little power in both forward and reverse. You need to break the rust loose.
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Yep, Don is right unless there's really something wrong.
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Yep, Don is right unless there's really something wrong.
What they said. I drove truck for 40yrs. this is very common when picking up a trailer that hasn't moved in a while. Just need to rock it back and forth until the shoes break free from the drums.
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Ditto on rusted to drum.
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My front rotors have frozen to the pads overnight in freezing weather it takes some throttle to get them to break loose.
Be prepared for a good jolt whether rusted or frozen!
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This is common mine does it all the time when it sits for long periods. It can be a bit nerve racking the first couple times wondering what it is.
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Nobody even asked; What does your air pressure gauge say? And does it drop when you release the brakes?
Everybody is right, shoes stuck to drums is most likely the problem, or rollers to cams from rust causing flat spots. Have seen trailers that needed service when parked, cams stuck in bushings. Whatever it is, if not a air problem, once you get it broke loose make several low speed stops to make sure they are releasing an normal before you get out on the road...
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Nobody even asked; What does your air pressure gauge say? And does it drop when you release the brakes?
Everybody is right, shoes stuck to drums is most likely the problem, or rollers to cams from rust causing flat spots. Have seen trailers that needed service when parked, cams stuck in bushings. Whatever it is, if not a air problem, once you get it broke loose make several low speed stops to make sure they are releasing an normal before you get out on the road...


All really good answers .

Some people crawl under and use a big hammer and pipe or similar
to free up the shoes .
Chock the wheels and release the parking brake first .
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Happened to me the other day too, rears with parking brake. rocked it and they came loose finally with a jolt.
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Easy to stop this by riding the brakes in wet weather to dry the brakes before parking, it dont take much to warm them up.
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