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Old 11-24-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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New UltraPower "Grade Brake" Extends Brake Life

Centralia, Washington, September 2009 - UltraPower has introduced a new, innovative brake system designed for travel on downhill grades. The UltraPower "Grade Brake" is engineered to help control the vehicle's speed by using the engine and transmission to control the shifting process, thereby slowing the vehicle and minimizing brake usage. The new Grade Brake is available for the 2001-2004 Workhorse chassis with an Allison 1000 transmission. The unit is also marketed for pick-up trucks.

The UltraPower Grade Brake is sensitive to speed, weight, and a significant increase of braking action. Sensing brake usage, the unit activates and causes a downshift from overdrive to 4th gear. If more slowing is desired, the Grade Brake will downshift to the appropriate gear in order to maintain the desired speed. The Grade Brake then up-shifts back to overdrive as soon as throttle pressure is resumed and the proper up-shift is achieved.

Since the computer in the Allison transmission is custom programmed with the installation of the Grade Brake, the speed in which the transmission shifts into Overdrive is programmed from 57 mph, down to 51 mph. This generates an increase in gas mileage and produces a more comfortable ride - popular benefits of this unit.

The UltraPower Grade Brake is connected with the transmission control module (TCM), which monitors vehicle speed, deceleration, engine torque and brake pedal usage. The TCM controls the shifting process to slow the vehicle utilizing the transmission and engine. Braking action is reduced on downhill grades which extend the life of one's brakes. The Grade Brake increases the driver's comfort and ease of handling the vehicle.

Bill and Mabel Becker reported the results of installing their new Grade Brake, "Well, the new UltraPower Grade Brake system has had a good workout. We are elated with it.” Mabel now wants to do all the driving. “Between the Grade Brake and the Safe-T-Plus, driving has become fun for us. We were on some very bumpy highway and over several mountain passes on our trip after leaving Centralia, so had plenty of times to use and compare the new system to how it was before. Wow!! That all we can say. We want to thank you and all the good people at Brazel's. [UltraPower manufacturer] They are real pros at what they do”

The Grade Brake, of course, does not replace normal safety measures such as proper loading, correct installation of tow brakes for a vehicle in tow, or proper maintenance of braking systems.

The Grade Brake is an UltraPower product, manufactured by Brazel's RV Performance Center in Centralia, Washington. The Grade Brake may be purchased and installed at Brazel's RV Performance Center or at any UltraPower dealer nationwide.

About Brazel's RV Performance Center:
Brazel's RV Performance Center is an authorized dealer for all UltraPower, UltraStop and UltraTrac products. Brazel's RV Performance is the Premier Workhorse Chassis Service Center for the Western United States and also handles all extended warranty agreements. It is the only service facility in the Northwest with a RV Chassis Dyno system that assists their factory trained technicians to fine tune motor homes for maximum fuel economy and performance. Brazel's conveniently offers a 20 space, 50 amp. RV Park for customers and the public located on its three acre site. Reservations for the RV Park may be made simply by calling Brazel's RV Performance Center. Discounts are provided for motor home owners who have a service appointment. Brazel's RV Performance Center and Brazel's RV Park are located at 3912 Harrison Ave, Centralia, WA 98531 - just off the 1-5 corridor located near shopping malls, a casino, and the Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Interested motor home owners may refer to Brazel's RV Performance Center at Brazel's RV Centralia Washington for further information.

For Additional Information:
Contact: Mike Bronzini - General Manager, Brazel's RV Performance
Email: mike@brazelsrv.com
Toll Free: 877-786-1576


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Old 11-24-2009, 05:32 PM   #2
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I guess I don't understand why I need this. I drive a lot in the mountains and use the usual methods of allowing the engine to act as a brake and that works well. What am I missing? How much does it cost?

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We see many Workhorse chassis here for the Brake issue's, we do many interim repair's. We have never done an interim repair to a coach with a factory grade brake. Our GradeBrake makes it a much more comfortable driving experience through the mountain's. They run $695.00 plus labor for installation.
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The Allison Grade Brake Project is a good resource about the Grade Brake. I hope this helps. I look at this way; I could always drive my MH without a cruise control or an automatic transmission but when these systems became automated, life was great. The Grade Brake takes that to the next level. Turn it on and fuggetaboutit!
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You don't "need" it because you can do much the same thing manually (as you stated). But it sure is convenient and it works great. Everyone I've spoken to who has a 2005 or later Workhorse or GM pick-up with the standard grade brake just loves it. This is a chance to upgrade older Allison's to the same level of function.
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