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RE: A blast from the past

Those old shows would be alot better entertainment for kids to be watching rather than the Simpsons and such.
slickest1 03/18/15 09:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: bleeding air breaks

Let's muddy this up even more, in reality these systems are not "air brakes" they are in fact spring brakes. Massive springs force the brake shoes to the drums at all times. the air pressure keeps the shoes from the drums. This changes when the brakes are applied and eases the shoes to the drums, or when park is pulled or pushed the brakes shoes fully engage the drums. The reason for this system comes from big trucks and safety. Any loss of air will result in brake lock up. (That's were those big black marks come from on the freeway) When you park and pull the big button the sound you hear is the braking system in action letting those shoes inpact the drums. All that said I work on all my own stuff, classics, track cars and the like. I never mess with brakes on my rig other than dryer filters and the like. I came down a 9% grade TODAY out of death valley. Thank God it wasn't Uncle Bob who last worked on my brakes. IMHO If you were to look at your air brake system you would realize that like the above poster said the front brakes are not controlled by a big spring. Your rear brake chambers are a dual chamber. One side has a spring in it that will apply when the air is released and is called your parking brake. The other side of it is your service brake that works the same as your front brake. The only spring in your service brakes is a return spring to bring the brake shoes away from the drum.
slickest1 03/14/15 09:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: bleeding air breaks

As I said earlier people should either take an air brake course or at least read up on how the air system works. The thing that I find scary is people asking questions about air leaks and other anomaly's and they are still driving the thing down the road. They have no idea of the repercussions of their lack of knowledge. Some say the air brake manuals have too much info for the RVer. I agree they do.I have personally seen some folks out there on the road that are just plain dangerous and it is due to not knowing what they are driving. I try not to be critical but rather helpful when offering advice.
slickest1 03/14/15 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: bleeding air breaks

My best advice, take an air brake coarse. It will give you the knowledge to understand and drive as well as maintain you rv. Some advice on here is good and some of it is pure wrong.
slickest1 03/13/15 10:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No Trucks Allowed

do you also comply w/ the "NO TRUCKS - in LEFT LANE" signs ??? Im more truck (looking) than most and i see no obligation to comply w/ these signs, I'm a REGISTERED RV (not a TRUCK). Because your a registered RV does that give you the right to tie up the left lane or ignore other signs put there for a purpose? Depending on your rig you are the same height and width as a truck and are carrying the same axle weights. I use the left lane to pass slower traffic and then get back in the right lane. Most trucks will do the same.Most signs I recall seeing are trucks use right lane.
slickest1 03/10/15 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: No Trucks Allowed

Some people think they are special because they have an RV and these signs do not apply. Unless you live on the street and need access to your property why would you want to go down one of these streets marked no trucks. For the people that do this they would be the first ones to complain about some stupid rver coming down their street. Common sense is in short supply these days.
slickest1 03/10/15 12:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Watch what you say on social media.

When I was growing up, we had a snoopy neighbor who looooved to gossip. Mom always said, "Don't tell Rita anything you wouldn't put on the front page of the newspaper." Growing up with that habit of screening everything I say has served me well! Careful now, Rita may be on here too!! Ha Ha!
slickest1 03/06/15 08:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Office Chair?

We replaced our uncomfortable dinning chairs with office chairs with adjustable seats and backs and height. We tether them to the table when travelling. Works for us.
slickest1 03/06/15 08:11pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Oh No!?!,,?

After I dump I always put a few gallons of water back in the black tank. When we flush we use lots of water as well. My theory is that it helps break down the solids and digest the paper. You may have to dump a bit sooner again but it seems to work for me anyway.
slickest1 03/06/15 08:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sumas Border Crossing in Washington State

The lanes at the Sumas crossing are very narrow and you need to watch your mirrors. They have a nice bus and rv lane but it is rarely open. I usually use the Lynden crossing,when going south you can use the truck lane.I assume the same coming north. You can then continue north to the Fraser highway and then east to highway 1
slickest1 03/05/15 09:20pm Snowbirds
RE: Tires. How old is to old

I just replaced the tires on my coach that were 10 years old. They still looked fine and after they were off and inspected they still looked ok. If I had taken them off at 7 years they would have gave me a used tire price on them ( a little more than casing price) and it would have taken some of the bite out of the cost.Tire shops cannot sell them after they are 10 years old. There are farm trucks and other equipment that can use them at 7 years old. I was pushing it with the 10 year old tires and will trade them back in 7 years. This is what my dealer told me, they all may not be the same.
slickest1 03/02/15 07:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: sorry but what I have is contagous

We are in extended therapy at a Yuma RV park. We are slowly recuperating, dang it's happy hour again. The Stress! Sorry!!
slickest1 02/17/15 09:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bush People

Ice road truckers was mentioned. I and many other people I know hauled logs on ice roads carrying twice or more the loads that those clowns are hauling and we just shake our heads at the stupidity of how they drive. A truck wouldn't last a week the way they pound them over bumps. Another one is Highway through Hell. Filmed on the BC Coquihalla hwy. Years ago we used to travel that road back and forth daily and never had a problem. They used to plow the roads day and night, and the odd time when it did get bad you put the right amount of chains on and kept trucking. Seeing these guys out there makes me ashamed to admit I drove for a living.
slickest1 02/17/15 09:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hwy US 395

From Reno if you want to go up through Oregon you could take I-80 west to Emigrant Gap and pick up Hwy 20 which will take you to Hwy 101 near Willits, CA. Stay on 101 all through Oregon. It's an awesome drive and good for big rigs. Thanks for that, I looked it up on the mapand it looks good as well.
slickest1 02/15/15 08:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy US 395

We use the 395 to get up to OR Coast or just up into OR. Stay at Collier S P if you can in OR and be sure to visit the logging museum - HUGE and wonderful place. Thanks Lauren, I trucked in the logging industry for many years and will definitely have to check that out. Thanks for your help.
slickest1 02/14/15 06:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy US 395

You could stay on 395 all the way to the Canadian border - but then you have the BC3 ups/downs to deal with to get to the lower Frasier valley. WA17 to US97 takes you to the border further west. Dealing with the ups and downs don't bother me at all, I spent most of my working life trucking on BC's highways. Most of the passes I have seen down here in the US are pretty tame. I am sure there are a few that may surprise you though. That is why I like to scope it out ahead. This is the place to get the real info. Thanks for your help.
slickest1 02/14/15 06:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy US 395

Thanks for all the good answers! I am not really worried about steep grades, but it is nice to know ahead of time that there is no surprises. I had not ever heard much about rt 395, but we will give it a try this year on our way home. We might just carry on up the 395 into Oregon and skip the coastal trip and do it next year. If not the 299 looks the best way. This forum is great for road info. Thanks again.
slickest1 02/14/15 03:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy US 395

Thanks for the replies. I take it that these grades are not that steep but maybe long?
slickest1 02/13/15 06:12pm Roads and Routes
Hwy US 395

Hi, I am wondering if anyone can tell me what hwy 395 is like from the junction of hwy 58 all the way up to Reno. How steep and long are the mountain passes? We have a 38 ft dp pulling a toad. We want to take a different route back to BC from Az and have never been to Reno. From there we would take 395 to Susanville and then 36 over to Red Bluff. Our plan is to eventually go north down the Oregon coast. We would be doing this trip at the end of March. Is it doable or is there a better way. Thanks in advance.
slickest1 02/13/15 05:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: idiot people

In Canada we have daytime running lights( mandatory on all vehicles). They still find ways to be idiots!
slickest1 02/13/15 03:59pm Around the Campfire
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