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Old 03-19-2015, 04:06 PM   #1
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Hi ,I have a ?? having never driven a DP ,I took the one I was looking at for a drive ,not far but yet far enough , when the engine brake was on stopped, I thought pretty good ,when it was off , I had to apply what I thought was a very HARD push of the pedal ,I know from reading here that if they sit to long the brakes glaze with rust , after a few stops ,it did not seem to help ,never went over 40mph ,maybe 6miles , not much of a test drive but it is what it is at this point , thoughts please
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Hi bulldog,

Sounds like you need to have the brakes looked at to make sure there is no problem, however, the engine brakes is there to support the wheel brakes, and ours is never turned off
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Hi ,I have a ?? having never driven a DP ,I took the one I was looking at for a drive ,not far but yet far enough , when the engine brake was on stopped, I thought pretty good ,when it was off , I had to apply what I thought was a very HARD push of the pedal ,I know from reading here that if they sit to long the brakes glaze with rust , after a few stops ,it did not seem to help ,never went over 40mph ,maybe 6miles , not much of a test drive but it is what it is at this point , thoughts please

It's my opinion airs brakes the pedal is stiffer than hydraulic ones after owning 2 previous gassers.
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The brakes on various chassis vary greatly. I've had 3 large Class A's and two of them have had what I consider marginal brakes. The brakes on the Tiffin Powerglide chassis are absolutely great. I've driven a large number of Class A's while shopping and do a short series of tests to check out power, suspension, and brakes. I do a rapid low speed lane change to see how a rig sways and reacts. 2nd, I do a slow (25mph) hard brake to the point of antiskid activation to see nose dive and brake effectiveless. 3rd is a 65mph high speed rapid lane change, again for sway and handling at freeway speeds and finally a high speed (65mph) braking until I get antiskid activation. I don't fully stop on this one, just hit it hard until the antiskid activates. Again I look at nose dive, controlability, pedal pressure and braking overall. Acceleration is also evaluated as these tests are run.

I explain what I want to do to the salesman before the test drive so there's no surprises and let him point me to the place where these can be easily and safely done. If you're close to a high speed road, the whole effort takes about 10 - 15 minutes and tells immediately what I want to know.

Using these simple tests I have seen HUGE differences in coaches and now can choose accordingly. Wish I'd been doing this from the beginning.
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