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Alex and Tee

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We picked up our new 2022 Tiffin Open Road 36LA a couple weeks ago and drove it about 60 miles down I-4 to the storage facility. The one thing I noticed right off the bat is the brakes seemed rather poor.

This should have disc brakes and the pedal seemed to have a lot of travel and had to be pushed rather hard to stop. I realize I am stopping a 24,000 lb. vehicle but it felt like it had non-power manual brakes. It almost seems like there might be air in the lines like it wasn't properly bled.

Trying to find out of this is normal or if I need to get this checked out before we hit the road in a couple of weeks.


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I guess we would need to know what you are comparing it to. Have you driven a Class A MH before or are you comparing it to a passenger vehicle?


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No it not normal. I would book it in to a Chevy or Ford dealer now so it can be look at. I said Chevy or Ford due you did not state which chassis you have.

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MountainAir05 wrote:

No it not normal. I would book it in to a Chevy or Ford dealer now so it can be look at. I said Chevy or Ford due you did not state which chassis you have.


I would say Ford given that it's a 2022.

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It's a Ford and no, other than taken a DP out for a test drive which I know is completely different as it has air brakes, I have nothing to compare it to other than a 26' U-Haul with a 12' trailer both fully loaded.

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I'd take it for a few more drives first. Being new you may need to 1) get used to it, and 2) work them in a little.

If after that you still have concerns by all means get it looked at.


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Take it for a few drives and try to avoid any hard braking, just heat the rotors and let them cool to seat in the new pads.


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The Ford Chassis Newmar we have now is the first after 2 diesel rigs. I thought exactly the same thing when we drove out of the dealer's lot in Knoxville. By the time we had gotten back home I was more used to the brakes and also said, "disc brakes would make me feel better". They still would!
We seldom get into the steep roads like we did with the diesels so I guess this will be the last MH we will ever own.
Keep safe and enjoy the road life

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Horsedoc wrote:

The Ford Chassis Newmar we have now is the first after 2 diesel rigs. I thought exactly the same thing when we drove out of the dealer's lot in Knoxville. By the time we had gotten back home I was more used to the brakes and also said, "disc brakes would make me feel better". They still would!
We seldom get into the steep roads like we did with the diesels so I guess this will be the last MH we will ever own.
Keep safe and enjoy the road life


Hmm, Just how old is your F53? They have had 4-wheel disks for years.

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Under normal stopping, the brakes feel hard and like it doesn’t want to stop. Push harder like a panic stop and it will stop far better than you think. I always thought mine was poor at stopping until I laid on the brakes when someone decided to stop at a yellow light and we were all doing 60 mph. Let me tell you, it stops faster than my Ford Excursion did!


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