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Old 10-14-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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One more thing to check.

Just got back from a 5,000 mile trip. Only averaged one thing to fix for about every 500 miles, about average for a MH, not bad all in all.

When we traveled years ago in a MH, we used to check about a dozen things before breaking down and starting out for a days travel. Over time, it became SOP. This trip gave me a new major one and that could have been dangerous and costly and, only by luck, was it not.

We started to get ready to leave, my DW went to disconnect the utilities while I started to air up to bring in the slides (Monaco products, air up, slides in, jacks up). When I finished with air up, I shut of engine, got up and pulled in the slides, got back in the seat and hit the retract jacks button. As they were retracting, I got up and went toward the door to go outside and help DW finish up and hook up the Toad. As I opened the door, I noticed the scenery moving past me, the MH was moving!

Turns out the air brake was off and when the jacks lost contact with the ground, the MH just started to roll backward down the hill. I am old and fat, but you should have seen me move to get my wide load back in the seat to hit the brakes. My wife was screaming at me as she was trying to get the electric out of the box before it riped off the cord or pulled out the pole, almost ran her old load over. Lucky, we detached the Toad the night before and parked in front of the MH, lots of damage spared.

I thought that I must have spaced out and never activated the brake the night before when parking. Then it hit me, that was not possible on the slope, or the MH would have rolled before I extended the jacks. Then my DW reminded me that our heavy footed cat Honey Bunny likes to hit different switches and buttons at night to see what trouble she can create. Hard to imaging enough force to shut of the brake, but the only thing we can think of, one more thing to check!

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:23 AM   #2
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I've seen a gentlemen at a Rally in Oregon who makes and sells a little block that you can put around the brake release for just that reason, heavy footed furkids who have actually released the brakes. Also saw him at Quartzsite. I keep thinking one of these days I'll make one, but for now we place a plastic cup over it.

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:57 AM   #3
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You have hit on a subject that has been going on in my mind on this Nor'East trip. I would love to find a pre-made item that would fit between the button(knob) of the air brake pressure release, but it looks like I'm going to have to fabricate one. I'm thinking of maybe a small piece of PVC to fit in that tiny slot.

One of the recommended procedures is that when you stop is to release all the air in the system. Gently pumping the foot brake pedal will accomplish this. With no air in the system, the brakes cannot release. However, since you are like me, I start the engine to retract the slides and jacks. This puts air back into the system.

Another method is to always chock. I some times don't do that - bad on me.

Does anyone have any other solutions?
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:19 AM   #4
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1 repair every 500 miles? That sure seems high to me.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:52 AM   #5
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We use a plain old wooden clothes pin. It fits perfectly under the switch and protects us from the dog and grandkids! Our friends who have a winnie use the same thing but had to whittle it down a bit to fit.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:16 AM   #6
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I made a lock from PVC pipe. Go to Parking Brake Lock Engaged - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery and take a look. Several different diameters of PVC pipe glued together make this very solid. This can be used with or without the lock.

For a professionally made lock go to http://jendyk.com/parking-brake-lock...raight-trucks/ and read about this design
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Originally Posted by Our Time View Post
We use a plain old wooden clothes pin. It fits perfectly under the switch and protects us from the dog and grandkids! Our friends who have a winnie use the same thing but had to whittle it down a bit to fit.
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Old 10-16-2010, 02:08 AM   #8
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Most truck stops have wide assortments of doo-dads for sale, if the control is truck like, then there may be such an item, chrome plated hanging on a goody rack at a truck stop nearby.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:02 AM   #9
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Looks like the motor home gods were smiling on you Jim. Glad everything worked out and no one hurt and no damage. I've been using the clothes pin fix while looking for something more professional looking. Since we have the same rig give it a try until you find something you like better. Our border collie likes to look out the windows at me and I've always been afraid she would step on the knob.
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Can't believe I'm reading this!! We had just pulled into a level pad, engine running, brake on, dog not heavy enough to release anything except her yapping mouth, and as we stood outside on the driver's side near the rear (don't remember why after all the excitement) and the coach began to roll backwards! What a horrifying feeling! I (DW) being faster on my feet, managed to get around the front, jump in and step on the brake just before we would have taken out another rig! Don't know why this happened. We are new to our rig (2000 42' diesel pusher). SINCE THEN WE NEVER ARE OUT OF THE DRIVERS SEAT WHILE ENGINE IS ON! Took weeks before I could sleep at night. What did we do wrong? We are signing up for RV Bootcamp!
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:34 AM   #11
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After reading this the other day I finally decided to make a cover to fit over the brake release. I used a piece of 2x4 cut into a 2 1/2" square and then cut the inside out 1 3/8 square, and topped it off with a piece of laminate.

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Bought one of these when the RV was new. You know, when you have a good excuse to spend even more money on accessories !

Haven't used it yet. Probably should.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:23 PM   #13
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Look at the good side....you didn't drive off with the jacks down.

If you dump all the air out of the tanks either by the dump valve or by pumping your brakes until the pressure bleeds down below 50 psi then all the brakes are going to lock on and you can release that parking brake button all you want. That MH is not going to move. Now when you start the motor and the air pressure builds up it can roll again.
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Jim, back to your original post....

I think you stated that when you finished (were preparing to leave) you air up, slides, then jacks. Unless your Monaco product is different I thought their process always called for slides to be first out, last in???????? On my 05 Knight the manual states jacks, air, slides when leaving. Just curious if I've missed something important.

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