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Old 02-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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Emergency brake device

Has anyone used a device to stop the emergency brake in the RV from being released. I am afraid if my dog hits it, the emergency brake will release. Any solutions?
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:33 PM   #2
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Chock the wheels

If air brakes, let the air out, take the knob off, put a wedge under the button.

Just thinking out loud
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:39 PM   #3
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build a small cage around the button with a hinge. You will have to lift it up to push it in yourself....
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Clothes pin around the shaft, maybe two.
Or take a piece of plastic pipe that will fit around the shaft, cut a slit in it and put it around the shaft.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:14 PM   #5
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I have a little plastic bowel that I lay over it upside down. It seems to work.
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Emergency brake device

I'm always wary of plastic bowels. I think it's the unexpected movement that worries me.
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Simply plastic wood clamp. Available at Lowes or Home Depot.
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For your American Eagles air brakes, the clothes pin idea has been used many times. If you want to have a positive safety, metal wheel chocks made for semi's work every time. I carry one for those times I might be stopped on a steep grade, and for campsites that are lower in the back, requiring lifting the coach rear enough to reduce rear wheel traction.
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They are easy to make, or buy one here.

Www.absolutebrake.com


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The emergency/parking brake is a spring brake. It uses air pressure to compress the spring. When the spring is compressed, the E-brake is off. When you loose pressure, the spring expands and activates the E-brake.

Fan the pressure off your air tank and it does not matter what position your e-brake valve is in. The brake will be automatically on. No worries about who pushes the button in. No need to find any funny patch or ways to keep the valve out.

p.s. Put "checking the valve" in your pre-start checklist.
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