View Poll Results: What kind of brakes does your bus have?
Hydraulic 105 39.03%
Pneumatic 154 57.25%
Electric 3 1.12%
Other 7 2.60%
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Old 11-27-2004, 05:42 PM   #11
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My B-700 has vacuum-assist 4-wheel hydraulic drums.
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Old 01-18-2005, 05:40 PM   #12
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after working in a truck stop for a number of years I'm far more confertable with trucks on either side and in front of/behind me than the dorks in the suvs on thier phones...I KNOW the truck drivers know what they are doing..if in doubt go look at a cdl instruction book and compare it to a worthless thing they give a "normal" driver.
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Old 03-05-2005, 09:51 PM   #13
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Air breaks on on heavy trucks are a good thing. On tractor/trailer or a train think about how much fun it would be to drop a trailer if you had hydrolic breaks?
Think about going down a long steep grade and your hydrolic fluid is so hot that its boiling in the pistons and now you have air in them. No breaks!

Air breaks are easy to adjust and you have an air gage or two to tell you when may have a problem.
True if you ignore air breaks you can get into serious trouble.
Air leaks,ruptured air line or a weak compressor? Oops get ready to come to a screeching halt. I hope you know how to cage the rear breaks or fix the problem otherwise you wont be going anywhare soon. :P

Air breaks just make good sence on a big heavy truck.
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Old 04-19-2005, 12:58 AM   #14
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Lucinda has air brakes.

Guess I need to learn how to cage them. Guess I need to learn what that means.

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Old 08-09-2005, 11:33 PM   #15
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air brakes

i do not think i would be comfortable driving all 19700 lbs of ol betsy down the road with hydraulic brakes.

and yes things do go wrong....

im just in the process of swapping out my ol compressor for a remanned one that cost me 350 smackers. and i have an air leak on the exhaust side of the system thatll run about 75 bucks in new hoses but it will definately outlast the bus once its done.

one day when traveling out to mid states ford here in des moines i had some moron in a jeep liberty think he could dart in front of me and immediately put on his signal and brake from 45 to 10 mph in 20 feet or so.... needless to say i found out how easy indeed it is to lock up all six tires... only if i could have seen his wifes face when she smelled his drawers when he got home !!! (i had to check mine also lol).

air brakes all the way !!

seems like a ramble to me...better stop drinking and hit the sack!

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Old 08-14-2005, 04:52 PM   #16
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Mine has air brakes. Man do I love that sound! CHSSSHHH.
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:44 PM   #17
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OK, maybe I should have been paying better attention to the poll results before. . .I am aware of hydraulic, pneumatic & electric brakes, but what other types are available!?! Do those "Other" 3 people have Fred Flinstone brakes?
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:02 PM   #18
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Air brakes. Sorry, but IMO, part of the reason for building an R.V. out of a skoolie IS because the rig is so seriously overbuilt. The brakes should be JUST as overbuilt. As for difficulty of working on, they really aren't that different from hydraulic brakes. Just replace the fluid with compressed air. Air brake parts are bigger, and easier to work on. Instead of a master cylinder, I have a proportioning valve under the dash. Air brake lines arerubber and plastic, and therefore much more resisitant to corrosion than the metal hydraulic lines.
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:32 PM   #19
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My old girl is a vacuum assist, hydraulic drum type. All brand new parts from the drums out.... What a job!
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:36 AM   #20
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If I said my bus was built like a truck I'd be wrong. My bus IS a truck and I'm happy to have some big ol' heavy-duty air brakes on it for stopping power, safety and ease of maintenance. Once I understood everything I was sold.

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