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Old 05-24-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Got my underwear cleaned...

Driving home from a great trip up to the TN River west of Chattanooga and hit Hot 'lanta at 5 PM rush hour. From 70 mph to parking lot, stop and go all the way through. Got down to Southlake Mall and traffic started to ease up and then the tail lights ahead all come on so i go to BRAKE and the pedal goes to the floor... PUMP, PUMPED and got it slowed and my guardian angel gave me a break to steer to the shoulder and slowly exit at the very spot I needed. Got her to a parking lot and checked under to see a puddle under the master cylinder. Called Good Sam's and long story, short, got headed home 5 hours later and $701.55 poorer. So blessed to not be hurt, dead or damaged... Had home mechanic go over motorhome... all is good
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Holy Smokes!

So glad you had that little angle on your shoulder.

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Old 05-24-2014, 05:58 PM   #3
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Angels and quick thinking always make a good pair!
So glad you are OK. Sorry about your underwear.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:32 PM   #4
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That's where the E-brake comes in handy!
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Glad all is well.

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Old 05-24-2014, 08:50 PM   #6
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I met a couple who had a HR DP that had multiple brake failures it was repaired in wildwood fla. after being repair he went to pick his wife up at the airport guess what no brakes.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:12 AM   #7
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A few years ago we were traveling thru Atlanta on a Sunday morning. I hit a piece of road debris ( a metal rail of some type) . I couldn't tell is it had popped up and maybe hit the toad, so when I came to the next exit, I went to slow down and the brake pedal went to the floor. The metal had sliced open the flexible part of the brake line going to the rear wheel.
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So glad you lost nothing but some time and $.

We had a similar experience years ago while towing our very first RV (an ancient 15' TT) across the Pennsylvania turnpike. Suddenly noticed I had almost no braking ability. Was able to roll off the turnpike and into a gas station that had a service shop, just no mechanic on this holiday weekend. The line from the master cylinder to the front brakes had cracked right behind the flare. Luckily the shop had some new brake line material and the tools, which the attendant on duty allowed me to use, to do the repairs. In about an hour we were back on our way.

If you're on the road long enough, you'll have a story, or two, or three, like this to share. We need to always remain vigilant and aware.
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I had a similar experience coming home from Texas. What size, style, color, and brand do you want everyone to send, and where??
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That's where the E-brake comes in handy!
It's a Parking Brake, not an Emergency Brake. It's only a small drum brake attached to the driveshaft. It may slow the vehicle some but will probably self destruct in the process.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:00 AM   #11
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It's a Parking Brake, not an Emergency Brake. It's only a small drum brake attached to the driveshaft. It may slow the vehicle some but will probably self destruct in the process.

it's better then nothing, better to self destruct that instead of the entire camper.
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WOW! That was too close! Glad you're OK!
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It's a Parking Brake, not an Emergency Brake. It's only a small drum brake attached to the driveshaft. It may slow the vehicle some but will probably self destruct in the process.
Hmmm.... that's different. I am more familiar with the standard emergency brake as used in cars, trucks and vans. And yes, I have had to use it before.
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Similar experience last year in my 27' class C. Rolling along on the freeway, suddenly brake lights and stopped traffic. Pedal went to the floor.
A few pumps (damn that thing comes back up slow when you want it up!) returned "a bit" of braking; literally standing on the pedal AND standing on the parking brake finally got me stopped just about 6" short of hitting the car in front of me! My E-brake is cable to the rear drums, like on passenger cars/trucks, but still did very little to slow a 12K lb rig at highway speeds.

After limping it home slowly, I ended up having to replace both the master cylinder and the brake booster; after a full flush of fluid all is well now.
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