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Old 05-18-2016, 08:42 AM   #15
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The only real way to tell is have someone follow you and apply the exhaust brake. One danger is trailer towing with a racist brake that lights the stop is the trailer and some car braking system are on from the brake lights. NOW you are riding the trailer brakes all the time the exhaust brake is active, they get very hot and even catch fire at times.

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BOWWOW, can you please tell me more about using the overdrive switch? Still learning the best way to drive big hills or mountains with our new to us 2004 35' 8.1 Allison trans Winnebago Adventure. Thanks
It's my understanding that the overdrive off button locks out the top gear. I would shut it off while in the mountains. Overdrive on might improve your fuel mileage on the flats.
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I'm not concerned with the thoughts of the driver behind me so much, it's just that most drivers in Colorado anymore are so impatient.
I'm sure that's a whole different conversation .
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The only real way to tell is have someone follow you and apply the exhaust brake. One danger is trailer towing with a racist brake that lights the stop is the trailer and some car braking system are on from the brake lights. NOW you are riding the trailer brakes all the time the exhaust brake is active, they get very hot and even catch fire at times.

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I will be towing a trailer. I have a Prodigy 3, I would assume that the setting I will use would be very light?
Considering that the trailer weight is about 15% of the weight of my coach.
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My Monarch has an 8.1L gas engine. It has an engine break.
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I will be playing with the OverDrive button when in the hills, thanks for the info.
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My Monarch has an 8.1L gas engine. It has an engine break.

No, it has an engine BRAKE.
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I would monitor the trailer brake temps, I needed to turn mine all but off on long grades as they did get hot. I am talking 7% grades or more for several miles with no flattening for cool down. Then back to normal braking on the flat, you WILL need the full trailer braking when a stop light suddenly goes red and you have no place to run.

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On my unit the exhaust brake does turn on the brake lights when it is active, not just because the switch is on. But, when the brake lights come on from the exhaust brake, the dingy brake system does not activate. When I hit the regular brakes the dingy braking system will activate. Seems that there must be a different switch activating the brake lights depending on whether it is the exhaust brake or the standard brakes.
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My 2005 Dolphin 8.1L has a hill brake and it works very well. I'm not sure about the brake light some people say you should leave the hill brake on all the time, I flip the hill brake switch only when needed.
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....... reducing speed which, you, as a following driver, would want to know. And the only way to know that, is to see brake lights. ......

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WOW! I learn something new here every day! I didn't know that the MH brake lights come on when the exhaust brake activates! I had never really thought about it!
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I have had two diesel coaches, on one the brake lights came on with the engine brake and the other they did not. I travel with a group of other coaches and it's been about a 50/50 split.
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It's not such a for sure thing in my book.

When in the hills, watch the trucks in front of you. Many (most?) are running with their cruise control on. That's the easiest way they can hold the speeds they hold so closely with all that weight. When it comes to a downhill section you'll see the brake lights come on as they begin to pick up speed, telling me anyway, that their exhaust brake has been applied to keep the speed in check.

For the most part, those that don't have their brake lights on are still holding their speed in check, telling me this is one of those trucks that doesn't have the brake lights applied with application of the exhaust brake.
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