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Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-24-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,894
Posted By the_dieter
Doghouse

Yes, I modified the doghouse on the passenger side by making a step about 6" above the floor that is about 10" wide. It is a very nice improvement for getting in and out of the seat.

I took...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 09-09-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I just want to add that I have finished the...

I just want to add that I have finished the subject cover over the manual brake moving parts with two operating instructions printed on it as follows:

Apply Brake Lever before placing Shift Lever...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 09-11-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
If you don't put a cover on, I may get caught...

If you don't put a cover on, I may get caught because I sometimes go between the seat and the door.

Thanks, Dieter
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-28-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,242
Posted By the_dieter
Here is a way to get rid of that easy money. You...

Here is a way to get rid of that easy money. You didn't specify what chassis you have but if it is a P32, there is an ignition improvement kit Workhorse P/N W8002060 or W8002062. I got Brazel's P/N...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-27-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
In order to complete this thread I just want to...

In order to complete this thread I just want to leave this here to update my manual parking brake conversion which is now complete.

I have been "working" on completing the auto park brake to...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-13-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Attached are shots of the complete unit. You...

Attached are shots of the complete unit.

You can see the brake lever in the on and off position and how the over-travel mechanism works.

The interlock on the column is shown with the detent...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-12-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
In order to complete this thread I just want to...

In order to complete this thread I just want to leave this here to update my manual parking brake conversion which is now complete.

I have been "working" on completing the auto park brake to...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-20-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,358
Posted By the_dieter
I expected that there would be some responses to...

I expected that there would be some responses to my previous post that suggests reducing pressure in the hydraulic system.

Since it seems that there is no interest in actual solutions, except...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-09-2013, 12:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,358
Posted By the_dieter
Fellow AAPB victims; since the possibility of...

Fellow AAPB victims; since the possibility of replacing the RGS with a reliable one has been provided by a vendor, I offer the following observations:

1) The overall system reliability can be...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-01-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,358
Posted By the_dieter
I agree with Irv4fun, the unit requires immediate...

I agree with Irv4fun, the unit requires immediate service.

The question is how much is it leaking and from where. Mine always seeped a little which was only enough to collect dust and only...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-01-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,358
Posted By the_dieter
Auto Park Brake

I tried to post a long winded message about the AAPB but it failed to post so i will try a short one:

Any improvements to the AAPB should have three objectives: Allow the brake to be released for...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 09-02-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Jerry Peck: I looked at your solution to the...

Jerry Peck:

I looked at your solution to the APB problem (while doing a slow burn for the huge amount of work caused by that POS that came on the RV).

My RV has an electrical speedometer with...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 07-31-2012, 02:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,766
Posted By the_dieter
On Post #13, page 1, a correction is needed as...

On Post #13, page 1, a correction is needed as follows on the electrical schematic:

The yel/blk wire should go to "A" rather than "87" on the Park/neutral position switch relay.

I am back on...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-05-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Now that I have the design and test results that...

Now that I have the design and test results that verify it, including a test by Wife being able to turn set screw with 1/4" Allen wrench, I am willing to present the design for someone to build.
...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 05-05-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I am posting a photo taken inside the left front...

I am posting a photo taken inside the left front wheel well that shows the routing of the parking brake flexible cable from the inside of the frame up through the floor. The front wheel is turned...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-22-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Parts and "proof of concept" test completed this...

Parts and "proof of concept" test completed this morning for the "Fox APB emergency release" concept.

Results: successful.

Actuator stroke = 2"
Torque required to fully compress spring = 5...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-22-2012, 08:51 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Well, after reading about two people struggling...

Well, after reading about two people struggling with this POS system along with heart bypass operations, I decided to make the CAD layout and post it on the Workhouse owner's forum. The layout is...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-18-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: I went back to post #143 to see...

Tropical:

I went back to post #143 to see why you felt like you had hi-jacked the thread.

I should have said, "You Folks are struggling with an area, also related to brakes, which is a safety...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-17-2012, 11:14 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: On the contrary, the heat shields...

Tropical:

On the contrary, the heat shields fit into the picture with regards to where the cable routes up along the frame and I am going to consider if a heat shield is needed.

I am only...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-17-2012, 09:22 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
You folks are in another area which has me...

You folks are in another area which has me steamed up. The master cylinder reservoir is so difficult to reach that it is easy to neglect.

I would think that such a "Mission Critical" item would...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-17-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,766
Posted By the_dieter
Dawkinsbeth: The info is in the post above. ...

Dawkinsbeth:

The info is in the post above. The link is to a thread that I started on this iRV2 forum.

Your address, being org may be blocking my email for some reason.

Best regards, Jack
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-16-2012, 09:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,766
Posted By the_dieter
Dawkinsbeth: I sent email to listed address...

Dawkinsbeth:

I sent email to listed address and postmaster sent undeliverable.

Anyway, I posted a thread on: MH-General Discussions & Problems
Title : Auto Park Brake converted to Manual...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 04-15-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I haven't looked into a replacement switch for...

I haven't looked into a replacement switch for the RGS, probably because I didn't have a leakage failure. I only dissected one out of curiosity when I replaced mine as a precaution.

The RGS has a...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-28-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Status update on parking brake warning lights and...

Status update on parking brake warning lights and buzzer:
Wiring needed to be cleaned up in front of the firewall before even starting with the new wiring. Before and after photos show what I have...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-24-2012, 08:45 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
So they have a blue and a brown switch! AKA RBS...

So they have a blue and a brown switch! AKA RBS & RBS kind of hard to tell them apart...this just gets better and better.

I am wondering if there is about 4" of space behind the actuator to place...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-23-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
iRV4FUN: It may be possible to use the jack...

iRV4FUN:

It may be possible to use the jack pump but would complicate the plumbing because it would require a selector valve. I don't know if jack pump is high enough pressure.

It would also...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-22-2012, 10:45 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
If I were still trying to install a method to...

If I were still trying to install a method to release a locked up APB, I wouldn't rule out a hand operated hydraulic pump plumbed into the pressure line between the solenoid valve and the actuator...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-22-2012, 07:31 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
X2 against the idea of pulling to overcome that...

X2 against the idea of pulling to overcome that spring...it is a Wild Beast !

Best, Jack
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-22-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
iRV4FUN: Good start! What I would do is...

iRV4FUN:

Good start! What I would do is make a list of all of the conditions; shift lever positions, brake on or off, ignition on or off, kids in a fight that has to be broken up, and make sure...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-22-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Wow Dayton Air Brake Chamber for $26.73...get out...

Wow Dayton Air Brake Chamber for $26.73...get out the car! One of those attached to the short pull cable to the parking brake drum with the small compressor and tank would sure be simple and...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-21-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I am posting a photo of the wire “rat’s nest”...

I am posting a photo of the wire “rat’s nest” that I mentioned above.

In looking at this jumble of wire, it reminded me that I had a difficult time, after we had just bought the coach, in finding...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-21-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Good info Tropical. I had my service brakes...

Good info Tropical. I had my service brakes flushed last Sept. by the Chevy dealer (authorized WH) and didn't think to ask what type fluid.

Oh for the days with the tent trailer when I only had...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-20-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: Yes, the relief valve will be...

Tropical:

Yes, the relief valve will be built into the pump. I can't imagine even the simplest pump not having one...all it takes is a ball loaded against a seat by a spring in the simplest form....
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-20-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: The Workhorse MH Chassis Guide...

Tropical:

The Workhorse MH Chassis Guide that I have covers the P series 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 16500#, 17000#, 18000# and W series 24000#.

I doesn't differentiate in that guide between J71...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-20-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: I expected the hydraulic pump to...

Tropical:

I expected the hydraulic pump to have a relief valve and found in Workhorse MH Chassis Guide that it does. It limits pressure to 1800 PSI which should protect the RGS. So the RGS is...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
IRV4FUN: Yes, I used the original cable...

IRV4FUN:

Yes, I used the original cable re-routed from the actuator. No change in length or fitting end.:cool:

Tropical:

That is why I am installing the switch that signals the dashboard...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Yes, Tropical, I understand what you are saying...

Yes, Tropical, I understand what you are saying but my investigation indicates that there is a gigantic difference between the force required to apply the parking brake and the force applied by the...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Max: Agreed that the actuator rod must be...

Max:

Agreed that the actuator rod must be pulled straight without putting a sideload on it.

The hydraulic piston pushes in the same direction that we are trying to pry it and the spring is just...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I tried to extend the actuator rod with a pry-bar...

I tried to extend the actuator rod with a pry-bar and was unable to move it. This implies that the spring installed load is far more than I or reasonable design principles would require.

Since...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I couldn’t stop thinking about the question posed...

I couldn’t stop thinking about the question posed by iRV4Fun about the possibility of replacing the RGS with a better one! The figures of 1200 and 1600 PSI agree with the Workhorse Motor Home...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: They could have cut the pressure...

Tropical:

They could have cut the pressure in half by simply doubling the piston area (not diameter). Since the piston is not inside the spring, that would have been simple. By the way, the...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-19-2012, 09:11 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Being the curious type, I wanted to learn more...

Being the curious type, I wanted to learn more about air brakes. There is a huge amount of info on the Internet.

I had to learn that what I though were "spring loaded diaphragms" are called...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-18-2012, 10:57 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Interesting that the pressure is over 10 times as...

Interesting that the pressure is over 10 times as high as air brake pressure. I have designed pressure switches for Aerospace applications but they were expensive and in low quantity production. ...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-18-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: The system that I envision would...

Tropical:

The system that I envision would be far less expensive and would have no pull cables or the need to crawl under the coach to release the brake.

Best regards, Jack

Ps: I say...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-18-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
With a clean brain, with no knowledge of how the...

With a clean brain, with no knowledge of how the other RV systems or the latest WH are constructed, I can visualize how a simple, reliable and relatively inexpensive system could be designed which...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-18-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Tropical: Doesn't that method require the...

Tropical:

Doesn't that method require the system to be functional with no burned out relay, major fluid leak, etc.?

Best regards, Jack
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-18-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Mackpeteno: Nice to hear from others with...

Mackpeteno:

Nice to hear from others with "hands-on" experience.

Do the 18 wheelers have a way of releasing the brakes when the air pressure fails, to get them moving again?

Best regards,...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-17-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
Max: That looks just like mine...complete...

Max:

That looks just like mine...complete with rusty spring! I have added a maintenance item to keep the spring and pivots coated with spray of lithium grease. That tension spring functions in...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-17-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I agree that the RGS could give more advanced...

I agree that the RGS could give more advanced warning because of fluid leaking into the electrical section. My problems with the relay, solenoid, etc. were sudden so I don't suspect the RGS. When I...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 03-17-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 52,573
Posted By the_dieter
I have saved the best part of my story for last,...

I have saved the best part of my story for last, and that is where the silent prayer that I say before any trip comes in. Both times that my APB locked up, there was a place to stop and park safely!...
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