The spartan course was excellent last week. There were a couple of points made by the instructors at the course that I will pass on. Please remember these are just comments that were made at the class and should not be taken out of context or as what you should do with your coach. You should go to the class and develop your own style. Buy all means never do something in our on your coach that your are not comfortable with.
1. Spartan says brakes will last on their chassis for 300,000 miles. Use them! If you baby the brakes they will have a tendency to glaze. Glazing is a process where the glue that holds the shoes or pads on the brake pads floats to the top. If you are using your J brake all the time and are not heating up the brakes to stop you will not burn off the glaze. It will lead to squeaking and possible premature failure. Also your brakes are self adjusting, by using them (hitting the pedal a little harder) they adjust themselves.
2. If you use your j brake all the time you are not using your brakes. J brakes are to be used in mountain and hill environment, not exiting highways and city traffic. Also not on slick wet roads for safety reasons.
3. You don't have to warm up your motor. Start it and as soon as the air is up go.
4. To break in your new motor run the motor on hills etc... Push the motor hard possibly by downshifting etc.. going up a large hill. The same philosophy applies to the motor as to the brakes. It appears if you just think about mileage and baby the motor during break in you are not helping the break in process. It makes sense to me if you push the motor, it will heat up work a little harder and that will allow seals and rings to seat properly.
So that is my take away on one section of the class. Others in the class may offer other takes on what they learned. I am not suggesting that everyone go out and do the above. You know your driving habits and your limitations. You may be on your 6th coach and you broke them your way and you disagree with spartan. I am just the messenger