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Old 05-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Workhorse Grade brake?

Hello, I am new to the forum and looking for a Sea Breeze an 06 or 07. I am familiar with the Ford Torque shift transmission and the grade brake that it has. I am not familiar with the Workhorse Chassis. Does the Workhorse Chassis have a similar grade brake? I understand it is no longer made but parts are still available. Any reason to stay away from the Workhorse? I would appreciate any comments.

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Old 05-19-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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The workhorse has a grade brake that works the Cat transmission,
Never had any problems with it even going down the Continental Divide.

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Old 05-19-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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on a 6 speed allison 1000??? Pretty much an extra overdrive... if youre going down steep grades... just select the next lower gear and let the coach run down hill against it. It will be screaming a 4,000rpm but it works great and no reason to touch the brakes. Of course you wont get the most fuel efficiency using it but definitely makes the coach easy to drive.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:32 PM   #4
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I believe the Workhorse grade brake was introduced in 2006. I have owned 2 now and wouldn't own a gas coach without it. You will find many, many satisfied Workhorse owners and a few disgruntled ones.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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I never knew a Grade Brake even existed until I got this unit, if I can't have a Jake Brake I'm more than happy to settle for the Grade Brake.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:31 AM   #6
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We have a 05 Sea Breeze with one (on a W24 chassis) Works great

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