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Old 06-14-2021, 01:07 PM   #1
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Hello, I am a new member. I am 62 years old, recently retired, I have 4 grown children and we started out when they were very young tent camping, moved to a pop-up, then quickly moved to a Forest River Wildcat Fifth Wheel. In it, we traveled through 48 states and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada over a period of a few years. We sold it about 4 years ago and bought the 2002 Monaco Windsor which we have primarily used a few weekends per year. Now that I am finally retired, I am interested in using it for longer periods of time and have been doing some work on it making minor corrections. I have also purchased a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and have recently installed a Roadmaster Base Plate and tow bar along with the wiring for the Jeep a charging line for the battery in the Jeep. I have a couple of questions:
1. Does anyone have suggestions on a type of braking system to purchase in my situation? It appears that a previous owner has already tied in to the air brake system on the coach because there is a quick connect located at the rear near the hitch and plug.
2. Is there a way to find out who the original owner of the coach was so that I can try to contact him and pick his brain as to the modifications he may have made?
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:29 PM   #2
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since you have air to the hitch, this is probably a very good choice

I don’t have one (yet) but are well regarded on this forum

On the orig owner thing, you have to be a bit of an investigator. Look for maintenance records and see if you can get copies that have a customer name and phone number.

Newmar redacted this info on everything they sent me when I made requests for maintenance history/records, but Freightliner left it visible.

Cummins and Allison might have records under the engine and trans serial numbers.

Also look for stickers on the windshield and door frame for maintenance reminders and recall campaign documentation.

If you could still get info based on the vin and chassis number that would be best, but I don’t know if Roadmaster records are still available. That would be a Monaco owners forum question.
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:34 PM   #3
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I can't speak to the Air Force One, I have heard many good things about it. Since you are using Roadmaster parts already consider the Roadmaster Brakemaster. I have it with the breakaway emergency reservoir and am pleased so far. Hook up and unhook take very little time.

I ran a wire though the trailer connector that sends 12 volts to a led on the dash so I know the toad's brakes are being applied.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:09 PM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

You should consider the NSA RV Products Hercules towbars with built-in ReadyBrake. It's probably the lowest cost setup available today. It's simple, yet effective, rated at 12,000 lbs., and has a lifetime warranty!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 06-14-2021, 05:57 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

We use the Air Force one and had had no problems with it.

Good luck and enjoy the continue to adventure!
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Glad to have you here with us.

I used to have a Brake Buddy system for my MH. However I changed over to the Air Force One several year ago. There is no comparison. It is a great system. It is extremely easy to hook up and I can feel the braking action so much better. You won't regret using this system.
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