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Old 03-23-2021, 08:28 AM   #15
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Take it from an old trucker, don't lean on your service brakes all the way down.
I'm all about that. Even in my "regular" cars (the Jeep and a Durango). No jakes in those, but aware of not riding the brakes. Quick stabs will do, and downshift as needed.
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Old 03-23-2021, 08:41 PM   #16
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My thinking was if you're using the compression brake coming down a long slope, say out of the Cascades or the Rockies (I-90, I-70), there might be added stress on the tow bar. I'd hate for the tow bar to snap coming down a hill, just because I was sparing the service brakes.

Or am I just being paranoid?
Not paranoid, a reasonable concern. My tow bar is rated well over 2x the weight of the tow and I made absolutely sure that it's within the level spec when the coach is aired up. And I inspect key parts as part of my morning hook up procedure.
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