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Old 08-10-2012, 11:05 AM   #15
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P30, Workhorse, Brakes

Brakes are always an interesting subject, especially when they don't work.

I came across this thread where some tow truck operators were discussing parking brake failure on a P 30 Airstream motorhome. I thought it might be of interest for those who own older units.

Airstream park brake. in Motor Coach & Emergency Vehicle Towing Forum

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"Had a customer call in this morning over 100kms from us stuck in a break down area. He has a 1996 Airstream motor home on a Chevy chassis with a GVWR of 16500lbs. Presumably it's a P30 but he didn't know. "

Remember -- Anytime you are traveling, it helps everyone including yourself, if you know what equipment you have, or have the information with you so that you can refer to it when needed.


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Old 08-11-2012, 06:59 AM   #16
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Caliper Slide Lubrication

We did not experience a failure, but we did have to have the have the front calipers replaced and the rotors turned. We had one caliper dragging and heating up the brake. We caught it before we had a big problem.

The problem was caused by the caliper slide. These are supposed to be lubed regularly, but it never happens. There is a special caliper slide lube you can find at NAPA and other parts places.

In addition to keeping the caliper slides lubed you need to activate the brakes occasionally to exercise them. I am trying to drive the rig a little every month to keep the moving parts moving.

Here is a good article on seized calipers:

EBC Brakes | EBC Automotive Brake Tech brake calipers article

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