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Old 04-03-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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New Air Force One installed . . .

Anything we need to know before we take off tomorrow?

We did a trial and hooked the car up and had someone check us out. Got the OK. Feeling a bit anxious about how this will work out. I could really use some reassurances. Anybody? Anybody?

Just need to remember: five things to do inside the car, five things to do on the front of the car.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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We just check the brake pedal movement each time we hook up. I get in the RV and run through all the lights while DW is back behind the toad. After the light check, she looks at the brake pedal while I apply the RV brakes. If it moves, we're good. Lock the toad door and hit the road.

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I have AF1. I had the bright LED light that is hooked to the brake pedal light activator mounted on the side of my inside dash firewall near my accelerator pedal. If that light comes on when I depress the brake then the inside car pedal has traveled downward. DW does the outside light check before each time we move.

The piston adjustment is what causes the car brake pedal to engage. If it is requiring to much foot pressure in the coach before the LED blue light comes on it may need a slight adjustment. I have mine set to come on when more than enough pressure is needed than coming to a slow easy stop.

As you know, it is a proportional air system. The more you push on the brake in the MH, the more force the car brake has on the system.

Happy trails.
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Had our Air Force 1 installed last October and it has worked like a gem ever since. No problems with it at all.

Enjoy, it's a great unit.

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I have had my air force one for 2 years. Love it!!!
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We have just put 7000 miles in 2 months on our AF1, but some times we get in the toad and we smell burnt brakes .Anyone else experience this, any thoughts?
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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We have just put 7000 miles in 2 months on our AF1, but some times we get in the toad and we smell burnt brakes .Anyone else experience this, any thoughts?
The installer may not have left enough slack in the cable from the piston to the pedal. I think it's supposed to have 1/4" of slack. Check that, then get the brake pads checked.

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Made it the first 275 miles toward home today with no issues. After reading your responses, I definitely relaxed on the drive. When we stopped to fill up after 25 miles or so, I opened the door to the car and sniffed for a burning smell. Only a thousand miles to go!
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Sounds like you on the right track, safe travels.
Here is some info for future use and here is their web site.
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Thanks for those links. How did you know that I just have to know how things work?

Noticed today that the red lights in the windshield of the car only came on when I pressed down hard on the MH brakes. I'm hoping that's the way it works.
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AF1 too.

we have AF1 also. very happy with it.

just keep an eye on your blue cable (the one that brings the power to the dinghy).

sometimes, the connections get loose and we have to re-tighten it.
not a big deal. if the heads ever go bad, they can be replaced because of the design.

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Another question. The wiring that connects inside the car and attaches to the rear view mirror. Do you disconnect that wiring each time you unhook the car and drive it or do you have a clever way to keep it out of the way of the driver's foot?
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Anyone else experience this, any thoughts?
If the G-Force controller was not setup on level ground or guess adjusted perhaps the controller is putting out too much gain.

I'd also check that.
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Another question. The wiring that connects inside the car and attaches to the rear view mirror. Do you disconnect that wiring each time you unhook the car and drive it or do you have a clever way to keep it out of the way of the driver's foot?
Not sure what that is, sounds like a non-standard install. Did your installer put the little LED bar on your rear view mirror? Normally that goes outside the car, usually mounted on the bumper or somewhere else close to the tow bar.

You are talking about an Air Force One install, aren't you?

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