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Old 04-17-2014, 09:23 AM   #29
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Thank You all for the information and help, I am starting to feel a little better. Starting our Trip this coming Monday and I have learned one thing from you all about mountain driving and that is "Take you time and keep it slow" . That's what I intend to do.

Again thanks for all your kelp
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Just in case you do over heat your service breaks, when you get stoped, dont take your foot off of the breaks, keep those pads pressed tight to the break rotors, or drums, letting oxygen inbetween the pads and the rotors can cause a break fire
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Just in case you do over heat your service breaks, when you get stoped, dont take your foot off of the breaks, keep those pads pressed tight to the break rotors, or drums, letting oxygen inbetween the pads and the rotors can cause a break fire

Never heard of that - any examples you can site where it happened? Oxygen is already in between the brake pads/drum. In the 50+ years of mountain driving I've done, I've never seen anyone with their brakes on fire because they took their foot off the pedal. How would you know they were over heated, unless they suddenly burst into flames? How long do you keep the pedal pressed down? What would burst into flames? The drums/pads are metal/composites and don't burn.
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Thank You all for the information and help, I am starting to feel a little better. Starting our Trip this coming Monday and I have learned one thing from you all about mountain driving and that is "Take you time and keep it slow" . That's what I intend to do.

Again thanks for all your kelp
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You have the right approach, George - that will get you up and down any mountain pass you may encounter. Have a fun trip!
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I've read this entire thread and understand the information on how to go up and down these mountain roads. Since I'm from Florida, I have no experience in mountain driving. Can anyone tell me what roads in New Mexico I need to stay off, since I'm a beginner. I guess I need the "beginner" roads - I have a 5th wheel, about 10,000 lbs and a Chevy 2500 HD with a 6 liter. Suggestions?
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Just in case you do over heat your service breaks, when you get stoped, dont take your foot off of the breaks, keep those pads pressed tight to the break rotors, or drums, letting oxygen inbetween the pads and the rotors can cause a break fire

Another old wives tale....


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the info came from an old trucker, they do way more driving then most of ever will do in our lifetime, it sounded like a good theory to me
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Another old wives tale....


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Sorry Rich, brake fires are most certainly not an old wives tale. In 1998 a good friend of mine was driving a field trip school bus from Flagstaff back to Tucson on I-17. Because of inexperience driving that far north she rode her brakes down those 6% grades leading to a fire.

She tried using the on board fire extinguisher but failed at putting it out. The first police officer arriving got it out. It cost the team a serious delay while a school bus from a Phoenix area school district went up to get them off the side of the road, and then brought them to meet a bus from our district dispatched from Tucson.

Who ever told you brake fires don't happen misinformed you. They most certainly do, especially in six wheeled heavy vehicles like buses and RV's. They may be rare, but that's far different than impossible.
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Please read your owners manual for your motor. Each motor type and size have different RPM recommendations. The ISB Cummins, smallest for RV use is higher RPM motor than a large ISM very large motor. Too low of RPM can cause a over heat problem while climbing hills. Getting ahead of the climb, down shifting just as you start the climb to best cooling RPM will help on the warmer days in particular.

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On our 2007 Monaco Camelot it is not obvious when you are driving in standard or economy. A red light comes on but you still don't know which you are in. We read our manual and it gave us no answer. My husband is a truck driver so really dislikes not having all the gears and being able to just do the shifting himself.
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On our 2007 Monaco Camelot it is not obvious when you are driving in standard or economy. A red light comes on but you still don't know which you are in. We read our manual and it gave us no answer. My husband is a truck driver so really dislikes not having all the gears and being able to just do the shifting himself.
On my coach, the red light on the Allison shifter panel indicates I am in "economy" mode. When we were fulltimers, I experimented for quite some time with economy mode and eventually decided it did nothing beyond causing upshifts/downshifts at different rpm, both resulting in lugging the engine down unnecessarily. I found absolutely NO fuel economy advantage. Mine requires economymode to be deliberately selected, so I now ignore the economy mode option.
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Sorry Rich, brake fires are most certainly not an old wives tale. In 1998 a good friend of mine was driving a field trip school bus from Flagstaff back to Tucson on I-17. Because of inexperience driving that far north she rode her brakes down those 6% grades leading to a fire.

She tried using the on board fire extinguisher but failed at putting it out. The first police officer arriving got it out. It cost the team a serious delay while a school bus from a Phoenix area school district went up to get them off the side of the road, and then brought them to meet a bus from our district dispatched from Tucson.

Who ever told you brake fires don't happen misinformed you. They most certainly do, especially in six wheeled heavy vehicles like buses and RV's. They may be rare, but that's far different than impossible.
that can't be right the know-it-all's on this forum know everything
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