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Old 03-23-2021, 08:28 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Cooperhawk View Post
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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