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Old 01-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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Got my BrakeSwitch installed!

A good friend on the forum sold me a BrakeSwitch that he had bought but didn't use and I got it installed yesterday. It works great! With the PacBrake switch on I can now remove my foot from the throttle and coast down the road without the PacBrake engaging, and then just a momentary press on the brake pedal will engage the PacBrake! The cruise control works fine with the BrakeSwitch also. I had some questions during the installation and Homer Hawks was great to help me out! He's really a nice guy to deal with!

I'm definitely a happy camper now!
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A good friend on the forum sold me a BrakeSwitch that he had bought but didn't use and I got it installed yesterday. It works great! With the PacBrake switch on I can now remove my foot from the throttle and coast down the road without the PacBrake engaging, and then just a momentary press on the brake pedal will engage the PacBrake! The cruise control works fine with the BrakeSwitch also. I had some questions during the installation and Homer Hawks was great to help me out! He's really a nice guy to deal with!

I'm definitely a happy camper now!
I installed a Brakeswitch, ( Brakeswitch, A better way to manage your diesel exhaust brake ), 2 years ago.
IMO, at <$95, it is one of the few accessories worth the time and money.
It automates the activation of the PacBrake making it work only if and when you need it.
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That is one thing on my list to install this year. Have heard good things about it. Glad you got it installed and working. I know they have a Monaco installation diagram and I believe a picture, so that should help.
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A good friend on the forum sold me a BrakeSwitch that he had bought but didn't use and I got it installed yesterday. It works great! With the PacBrake switch on I can now remove my foot from the throttle and coast down the road without the PacBrake engaging, and then just a momentary press on the brake pedal will engage the PacBrake! The cruise control works fine with the BrakeSwitch also. I had some questions during the installation and Homer Hawks was great to help me out! He's really a nice guy to deal with!

I'm definitely a happy camper now!
Congrats, I was interested to hear how it worked out.

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I too think it's one of the best improvements you can do to your coach.

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That is one thing on my list to install this year. Have heard good things about it. Glad you got it installed and working. I know they have a Monaco installation diagram and I believe a picture, so that should help.
I don't think there is a "Monaco" installation diagram, but there is a Roadmaster diagram. I did find that the numbers and descriptions on the wires did not match what was on my MH. I talked with Homer Hawks and we got it figured out. You'll enjoy working with him!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Anyone install one on a 2011 Cayman with the Cummins ISB 340HP 6.7L ? The wiring diagram and #s of the wires don't match the wires I have. Homer was very helpful, but the only way he thinks might work would be to go directly to the RED exhaust switch. deSanford
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A good friend on the forum sold me a BrakeSwitch that he had bought but didn't use and I got it installed yesterday. It works great! With the PacBrake switch on I can now remove my foot from the throttle and coast down the road without the PacBrake engaging, and then just a momentary press on the brake pedal will engage the PacBrake! The cruise control works fine with the BrakeSwitch also. I had some questions during the installation and Homer Hawks was great to help me out! He's really a nice guy to deal with!

I'm definitely a happy camper now!
I have had the problem of my trailer brakes (electric) activating with the Pac Brake. I think you solved my quest to answer, What should the signal wire from brake controller be connected to. I also like the idea of Pac Brake engagement only when brake pedal is touched. Thank you.
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.......... I also like the idea of Pac Brake engagement only when brake pedal is touched. Thank you.
Although I like the advantages the BrakeSwitch provides, one action does not work for me as others have described...

A "touch" of the brake pedal does NOT activate, (turn on), the PacBrake.... At takes a 1/2 to 1 second application of the brake pedal to turn the PacBrake ON.
A "touch" of the brake pedal DOES disengage, (turn off), the cruse control as it should.
All other actions, (throttle touch turns PacBrake off, coast, etc.), also work as described.

Has anyone else found that a mere "touch" of the brake pedal does not turn the PacBrake ON?
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Although I like the advantages the BrakeSwitch provides, one action does not work for me as others have described...

A "touch" of the brake pedal does NOT activate, (turn on), the PacBrake.... At takes a 1/2 to 1 second application of the brake pedal to turn the PacBrake ON.
A "touch" of the brake pedal DOES disengage, (turn off), the cruse control as it should.
All other actions, (throttle touch turns PacBrake off, coast, etc.), also work as described.

Has anyone else found that a mere "touch" of the brake pedal does not turn the PacBrake ON?
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That's the way it works on mine and I like that. I can disengage cruise control without engaging the exhaust brake. If I want the exhaust brake I hold the brake pedal down more that a "touch", perhaps a couple of seconds just as you describe.
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That's the way it works on mine and I like that. I can disengage cruise control without engaging the exhaust brake. If I want the exhaust brake I hold the brake pedal down more that a "touch", perhaps a couple of seconds just as you describe.
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Thanks for the reply and the accurate description!
There is a big difference between "touching the brake pedal" and "holding the brake pedal down"... even momentarily.
Because I have to hold my brake pedal down momentarily to activate the PacBrake, (longer than the often described "touch"), I was concerned that my BrakeSwitch was not operating as it should.
Your post has eased my mind.
Thanks again.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:26 PM   #12
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This was one of the first things I installed on my DP after purchasing it. As stated, the owner Homer, is very helpful,and talked me through my installation over the phone.

My brake pedal needs more than a slight tap, but it works in the blink of an eye. One of the best mods I have added. You basically set and forget the exhaust brake, unless you need to turn it off in in-climate weather.

When I bought mine, Homer offered 10% off to FMCA members, but I'm not sure if he still does this.

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