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Old 07-18-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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Connecting MH to new trailer with air brakes

I just purchased a 30' lift gate stacker with air ride and air brakes. The air ride is self contained in the trailer, however I need to connect the MH air brakes to the trailer. I believe Glad hands is the correct terminology. Does anybody have any knowledge of what I need to do to make the appropriate connections at the MH?
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You should have a air isolation unit added to the MH and some fittings. Not sure if the trucks use the glad hands fittings for brakes too, I know they're used for the air suspension. Truck shop should be able to fit you right up.
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glad hands

Most tractor trailers have 2 glad hands for the air brake systems. Blue for the service brakes and red for emergency. Also the tractor generally will be equipped with dual brakes - 2 complete and seperate air systems.

Just extend the air line from MH service brake system to a service cock before the glad hand and mount it on the back of your rig and you should be good to go.
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Last year I installed an air brake system on my TOAD. I ran an airline from my MH air system to a typical air hose fitting and mounted it on the rear valance. This is where I connected the air brake system for my TOAD. Is this where I can convert to my Glad Hands?
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Most tractor trailers have 2 glad hands for the air brake systems. Blue for the service brakes and red for emergency. Also the tractor generally will be equipped with dual brakes - 2 complete and seperate air systems.

Just extend the air line from MH service brake system to a service cock before the glad hand and mount it on the back of your rig and you should be good to go.
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