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Old 01-19-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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We're purchasing a 98 newmar on a P12 chassis.
I am just learning about the hydraulic parking
brakes on many larger vehicles, and wonder
if it can or should be disabled. Instead
I would use manual chocks. The idea
of sudden failure with the brake going "on"
is pretty spooky. or am I just paranoid?
So many horror stories in the RV world...sigh.

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Old 01-19-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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We're purchasing a 98 newmar on a P12 chassis.
I am just learning about the hydraulic parking
brakes on many larger vehicles, and wonder
if it can or should be disabled. Instead
I would use manual chocks. The idea
of sudden failure with the brake going "on"
is pretty spooky. or am I just paranoid?
So many horror stories in the RV world...sigh.

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Old 01-19-2006, 08:33 PM   #3
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You got to remember that you are hearing about a handful of problems compared to those that don't have problems. Which is why we have forums so we learn about the bad things mainly. But we never (hardly) hear from the good ones that have no problems. There are a lot more of those.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:12 PM   #4
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This is very true, Bob, and I'm glad you made
the point. After two months of forum reading
and research, I've gone through numerous
stages of paranoia, so much so that I may
have to write an RV humor story about it
some day. There are millions of trucks with
these brakes reliably rolling on the highways.
I need to back off from the horror stories,
trust to my fate, and have a good time
in our Newmar. I hear they're great Mhomes,
and this one feels right for us.

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Old 01-19-2006, 10:24 PM   #5
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Have a good time. They are truly fun, meeting new people, places, and fun, did I already say that. Hope to see you out and around some day. Happy Trails
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:44 AM   #6
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You can't legally disable the parking brake and it most always works as designed anyway. Just have the brake serviced - make sure it is clean and the mechanical parts lubricated so it appies and releases smoothly and it should serve you well. I'd check it once a year thereafter to make sure it hasn't clogged up with road gunk.
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:51 AM   #7
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Good common sense, Gary. People get alarmist
about potential failures. Since I'm new
to this class vehicle, I just take it all in...
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:34 AM   #8
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My park brake failed to hold after owning for about a year. The previous owner had driven w/ brake on and fried the lining. It's not fun using the chocks as mh usually wants to roll! Replaced brake lining, avail at any good brake shop, and now works fine. You will smell the brake if you forget to release! Do not disable! You need to keep the cable adjusted as w/ any drum brake.
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Old 03-04-2006, 08:36 PM   #9
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I had the parking brake serviced, and worn
parts replaced before I completed the purchase
of the MH. It just drove us almost 4,000
miles without a problem. Thanks.

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I have a 98 bounder and I just replaced the pump pressure switch---not a tough job at all
green switch part is the one that leaks the worst gm #= 15961566 cost 57.oo and changed the oil too Dextron ---only 1 qt. p/s I have most of the part #'s
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