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Old 11-25-2022, 11:47 AM   #1
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Hack - Brake Caging Bolts & Air Dryer Bypass - Suggestion

2008 Tiffin Phaeton DP Class A motorhome 40'
I had a master mechanic I used that was a former OTR tractor mechanic
My rig had low mileage and was like new when he worked on it
I had him check everything out
He advised that on my air brake chambers the air brake caging bolts are stored. He says that usually when you need them that they are rusted and unusable as they are stored exposed to road salt, etc He advised that I store them with my spare parts.
He also said I should carry a air dryer by pass so I don't get left due to the air dryer.
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Good idea !

I would think class 8 wreckers would carry caging bolts
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Old 11-25-2022, 12:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting Im gonna make one of those bypasses for mine.
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X2 on the bypass
Do you what fittings you had to get to make the bypass? I see one end is a push to connect, do you know what size? What size is the threaded portion.
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Wrecker driver will charge up the air system or just back off the slack adjusters if he didn't have caging bolts.

If your caging your brakes without a wrecker attached, be careful not to run yourself over.
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Wrecker driver will charge up the air system or just back off the slack adjusters if he didn't have caging bolts.

If your caging your brakes without a wrecker attached, be careful not to run yourself over.

Yep, they charged our coach air system when we needed a tow.
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Yep, they charged our coach air system when we needed a tow.
Well, they will do that unless it's your air system being the reason for the tow.
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Good idea !

I would think class 8 wreckers would carry caging bolts
When our MH had to be towed, the wrecker driver simply ran an air line from the wrecker to our MH compressed air system so he had adequate braking in case a sudden stop was required during the 60 mile tow.
That is the same scenario as a MH towing a vehicle without an aux. braking system.
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