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Old 06-24-2013, 10:18 AM   #43
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Thank You OUB for the fine dissertation. It seems that the only way to prevent a failure of the RGS, both, green & grey is to get ones that are bulletproof. I noticed that Brazel's offers a set as direct replacement and am considering the cost of breaking down in the middle of nowhere with possible side consequences of an at speed failure versus the premium price of the "more reliable" switches.

Having experienced the lock up, I do not want to repeat it again.

BTW, the problem was an intermittent sticky solenoid dump valve. The Generous Motors dealer was of little help at the time.

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Old 06-24-2013, 10:44 AM   #44
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Thanks for the participation, Steve.

The upscale switches are certainly an option. Another avenue would be to buy as spares, the much less spendy gray and green ones from Amazon (ballpark fifty bucks for the pair) and then build and install the Genie Lamp. The Genie will cost you about twenty bucks if you shop for your parts yourself (we have a parts kit but you can save by buying the individual pieces), and then do your own installation. Regardless of whose switches you are using, the Genie will tell you just about everything you need to know (about your autopark's performance) as you are going down the road. In most cases you'll get a warning before disaster strikes, and you'll be able to get off the road and make temporary or permanent fixes before you toast your parking brake. Even with the better switches, you could encounter fluid loss, actuator leaks, blown fuses, solenoid or relay failure etc. The Genie will help you monitor all those possibilities so you can address them should they occur.

If you DO opt for the fancier switches, it would be neat if you could report back here about your experience with them. Most of us would be really interested in this as I don't think we've had much feedback on this subject as yet.

The solenoids (for what it is worth) can often be salvaged by a cleaning process. Also, burned out solenoid coils can be replaced at a fraction of the cost to replace the whole valve.

Thanks again to you and all the others who are adding useful information on this subject of AutoPark.

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Roger,

I am still doing my due diligence on these "fancy" switches. If they do pass muster, I would be happy to inform the community of my results.

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That would be great, Steve. We'll be watching for your post. Many thanks.

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Roger,
I have added your post above to the web site s part of the Autopark Info,
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autobrake stuck W22 chassis

I am "stuck" in autobrake and am about to call the Workhorse service center so is there a quick education on this problem? I don't have time to read all the posts right now [but I will!] I need to get my coach moving.

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Redhawk - - Contact me at oldusedbear11@charter.net

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(we live not too far from you - - Southern Oregon Coast in Brookings)
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