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Old 06-03-2007, 06:57 AM   #1
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Have a 06 Endeaver (first motorhome) I have always kept my distance in front and kept a good ey on traffic in front of me as to use the exhust brake mostly to slow down and stop. Coming back from CO last month had to stop in a shorter distance and faster then I haver had. Result was I was just about off my seat and standing on the brake petal. I would have expected air brakes to respond so much better then they did. I was loaded up to the max without a toad. Do these brakes ever lock up the wheels??? Maybe I expect to much from the brakes???? Since I have never a MH before not sure if there is an issue or not. I have moved some semi tractors around and know they can stop fast with air brakes. Any thoughts?? Thanks much!!!
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Have a 06 Endeaver (first motorhome) I have always kept my distance in front and kept a good ey on traffic in front of me as to use the exhust brake mostly to slow down and stop. Coming back from CO last month had to stop in a shorter distance and faster then I haver had. Result was I was just about off my seat and standing on the brake petal. I would have expected air brakes to respond so much better then they did. I was loaded up to the max without a toad. Do these brakes ever lock up the wheels??? Maybe I expect to much from the brakes???? Since I have never a MH before not sure if there is an issue or not. I have moved some semi tractors around and know they can stop fast with air brakes. Any thoughts?? Thanks much!!!
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Old 06-03-2007, 11:59 AM   #3
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RVSEF and read "A tip for you"

You probably have ABS (Antilock) Brakes which prevent you from locking up your brakes and actually stop you in a shorter distance than if you do "lock up" the brakes.
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:59 AM   #4
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Hi Ed S -

Welcome to irv2 We're really glad to have you here as a new member and are looking forward to reading your posts about your RVing experiences and adventures. You'll find a great bunch of folks on this site who are very knowledgeable of RVing, the rigs we use, and the places we go in them. Enjoy the forums and post often, and when you want to be a official member of the forum, just let me know.

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Hi again -

I had a similar panic-stop awhile back ('06 Endeavor too), and although it would obviously have been less hair-raising if the coach had stopped sooner, was pleased with what it did for 45K+ pounds and 6 tires. In retrospect, I did notice the ABS pulsing on-off during the stop, which meant I'd have been skidding tires and been less-efficient (ie, possibly gone into an uncontrolled slide) if that happened.

Is this a common problem, do you think the brakes might be adjusted wrong or perhaps need work?

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Hi Ron and thank you for your thoughts and welcome!! I never felt the abs kick in at all but I was on dry road if that would make a dif. Some time I wish I could drive another HR Endeaver to feel the differnce. I only have 8000 miles on the coach but guess I better get the brakes checked out. Any other thoughts let me know. How do you like your PAQ?? We like the floor plan very much. We are into showing dogs and the large front slide is great for large breed crates.
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Hi Ed -

Wouldn't even consider any other floorplan. We go camping to see the great outdoors, so why not be able to see it thru a big window instead of a little porthole-size one?

Only have one dog, but he's taken over most of the Atrium too. Ours had the big recliner-chair, but it got tossed out and I put in a computer work-station instead. We love the room, but storage-space is somewhat diminished unless you think creatively.

Glad you enjoy yours too.
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Hey Ron,

With your panic stop was the roads dry or wet that you noticed the abs kick in???
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Last October I had to make my first panic stop and always wondered how well these things stop. I hit the brakes (about 40 mph) and it about put me through the windshield. It really increased my confidence.

I also read recently that we overuse the exhaust brake on the coaches. A poster I have confidence in pointed out that the brakes last forever on these coaches and it wouldn't hurt to use them more often. His argument is that you tend to glaze the brakes by only using them lightly and letting the exhaust brake do the bulk of the work.

At traffic speeds under 35 mph, I find that the application of the exhaust brake can make for a jerky ride. I now use mine more for grades and hard freeway stops.

I also make sure I exercise it regularly.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Diplomat Don:
Last October I had to make my first panic stop and always wondered how well these things stop. I hit the brakes (about 40 mph) and it about put me through the windshield. It really increased my confidence.

I also read recently that we overuse the exhaust brake on the coaches. A poster I have confidence in pointed out that the brakes last forever on these coaches and it wouldn't hurt to use them more often. His argument is that you tend to glaze the brakes by only using them lightly and letting the exhaust brake do the bulk of the work.

At traffic speeds under 35 mph, I find that the application of the exhaust brake can make for a jerky ride. I now use mine more for grades and hard freeway stops.

I also make sure I exercise it regularly. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thank you for your thoughts. Seems based on your panic stop my breaks need to be looked at. No mater how hard I have jumped on the brakes I have never felt any force pushing me forward out of my seat.
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