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Old 03-16-2016, 06:22 PM   #41
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Locked Brakes?

I just went out to move Serenity so I don't get flat spots on the tires and make sure she's gassed up before I park her for a bit...she won't budge.

Just read a 2012 thread about locked up brakes. Guess I'm off to the truck store to get some crazy huge chocks so I can carefully break the brakes loose. LOL!
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:32 PM   #42
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Blocks of wood work just as well.
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or slow cats....
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:34 PM   #45
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I guess I don't understand the need for chocks or blocks to get your brakes released.

If you have air brakes and your air pressure is all the way up and the compressor has stopped, when you release the spring brake and you still can't move it is because the lining has rusted to the brake drums.

A little gentle rocking between drive and reverse can usually break them free.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:40 PM   #46
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It sounds like lizzabus intends to disassemble the brakes to figure out why they aren't releasing, and wants to chock the wheels.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:03 PM   #47
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Nah. Not going to redo the brakes myself.

It was my understanding after reading another Skoolie.net post that you can chock the wheels (for safety) and get under the bus to hammer on various parts of the brakes to get them to release. (no lecturing! I just haven't studied the technique to know all the correct vocab)

I'd LOVE to just rock the bus back and forth but I'm parked within about 3" of the house guttering so Serenity will fit in our driveway. I'm concerned I would slam the mirror assembly into the gutters trying to get the brakes to release.

My sweet neighbor who has a LOT of experience with trucks/buses/etc. is going to stop by Friday to help me unstick Serenity.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:07 PM   #48
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Ceiling panel removal

Whew! Who knew using an angle grinder over your head was so tiring?! LOL!

I managed to get four ceiling panels out today during the WONDERFULLY sunny Seattle afternoon. Go figure on the weather. But we'll take it.

I was concerned that I'm going to all this trouble when the insulation in the first three ceiling sections was dry and without mold.

Then I dropped the fourth panel.



Oops! There's the mold.

And I know: I DEFINITELY want to put much better insulation up there. I'd also like to look into getting some secondhand windows to create a couple of skylights too. We can use all the light up here we can get!
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:34 AM   #49
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I think the technique you're talking about is called the "bigger hammer". Tapping on things to see if it will come unstuck. More common in freezing weather.

Anybody that has used a grinder overhead knows what you're going through. That's a lot of people here.

I don't know the braking system on your bus, but here we usually jerk them backward a couple times with another heavy vehicle and that'll usually unstick the brakes. Then again I'm more accustomed to military and logging equipment. Cowlitz is the bus guy.

So did you get some nice pretty rubber chock blocks with the silver chains?
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:37 AM   #50
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I'll say it again. If you want to really seal anything on a vehicle...Commercial grade Seam Sealer from any auto paint & body supply house. Forget caulk, latex, silicone. Use what manufacturers now use. Fantastic stuff.
How many of those tubes do you think you'd need to do a whole bus (let's say 26 windows total)? Just looking for a ballpark estimate.
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