I should just ignore this thread, but I cannot.
I havenít had that many miles in the Blue Bird yet, but I can tell you there are differences. Hydraulic brakes are:
1. Much easier to modulate
2. Faster to react from pedal pressure application to braking application.
3. Give better feedback through the pedal as far as pressure being applied.
4. Other coaches I have driven with air brakes exhibited the lack of the same three points above.
Both the Alpine and Bird stop. I will get used to the air brakes in time. But there is no difference in stopping the Alpine versus stopping my car. So, for a driver who doesnít use their motorhome regularly, they can get behind the wheel and not have any different experience.
So all of you who think air brakes are superior, great. Have that discussion on the a motorhome forum. Quit trolling.
We promise not to get on your owners forum and point out how our wheelbases and huck bolted chassis is a superior handling coach in the non-tag coach category.
Lastly, you air brake ďpunditsĒ have ignored how all of the gas powered coaches stop. Many with weights the same as my 2000 Alpine. I guess they are all killer coaches waiting to happen???
You are not going to change our opinion!
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Tom, Patty, Hannah "The Big Dog" and Abby Kat, Indianapolis, Indiana 2000 Alpine 36' FDS 72232
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