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Old 04-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #57
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After convincing my wife to trade her Mercury Sable for a 2013 Chevy Sonic my neighbor virtually gave me a Hitchmaster/Stowmaster tow bar that he had only used a few times, its like new. Other than the fact that the Stowmaster stays with the car not the motor home when not it use it should work fine. The next step was finding someone to install the Hitchmaster base plate brackets designed for the Sonic. After trying a few places I found "Master Hitch" here in Houston to order and install the brackets. They are due to arrive tomorrow morning. I measured the receiver on the Coach and it is 26" from the group to the middle of of the 2" receiver. The brackets on thye Sonic will be about 14" from the ground. So that would be a 11" drop to attached the ow bar in a level position. From what I read the same zone for off level is no more than 3". Is that correct.

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Old 04-12-2013, 07:57 AM   #58
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you and I are having a ball with our "new" MHs, I can see from the threads. we have a 2000 clipper and I just changed the low beams (4-light system) to a set of aftermarket lens with the halo addition. my kids say it's cool beans. and I finally figured out what cable and button combinations connect my winegard hd tv antenna to the front and rear tvs. what a headache that was! now if I could only figure out how to the get motosat to lock in a sat and send a signal to both tvs...
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #59
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As I am getting ready to have the tow bar brackets installed on the Chevy Sonic early this week I am looking in to braking devices for the towed car. At an Airstream rally this weekend a few of the other Airstream Class A owners were looking over the new coach. We found this devise installed in the storage compartment where the Inverter is installed in the back curb side compartment. It appears to be an air boaster of some sort that looks like it connects to the coach and then has a line running to the back of the coach with a connection type fitting installed right by the 7 pin connector. A couple of the guys have M&G Air Brake system installed on their tow car that in turn hooks up to the coach air brake system. The connection at the back of the coach is similar by not the devise in the rear compartment. The feeling was that it is some type of a tow car braking connection but no clue to what it is. Any thoughts. Thanks

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I can not ID that item installed in your coach. Don't know why it would be there. If it was a pressure control valve, it should not require a small reservoir tank? If it was a breakaway control, it should be installed on the toad.

Has it got any electrical connection to it? Maybe for independent braking of the toad via the electric brake control on the dash?

Lots of reading here.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Dinghy Towing: Supplemental Brake Systems - update 8/7/06

My toad Air Brakes are proportional direct from the Chassis Brake System.

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It has no electrical that we can see and no identification or name on it. But definitely a air type connection from it to the back of the coach. It looks fairly new but no paper work with the other manuals that were with the coach.

Dave what type of Air Barking system do you have.
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Reference your rwar volume control, on my 2001 the volume knob above the bed controls the headphone volume. I have a RCA socket to use with a headset. Took some southern engineering to make it work when I replaced the old tv
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This is specific to my setup.

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It has no electrical that we can see and no identification or name on it. But definitely a air type connection from it to the back of the coach. It looks fairly new but no paper work with the other manuals that were with the coach.

Dave what type of Air Barking system do you have.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:29 PM   #64
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Dave is the PacBrake Air Brake System a separate supplemental braking system for the car being towed. I could not find in information from searching the internet, I probably missed it.

Base plates installed on the 2013 Chevy Sonic and brake, turn signal and tail lights wired. I am still looking at the brake systems.

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I can not ID that item installed in your coach. Don't know why it would be there. If it was a pressure control valve, it should not require a small reservoir tank? If it was a breakaway control, it should be installed on the toad. Dave
I found out what this is, it's an Air Force One braking system from SMI Manf.

AiForceOne braking sys.pdf

This is the unit that is installed on the coach and connects to the air brakes and has the rear air line connector that would go to the tow vehicle. I can save on the installation cost sine the coach unit is already installed and appears to be fairly new. I am still thinking this over.
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Hey, I drove to New Jersey last fall to inspect that Airstream 396xl, could not beleive they were asking $99,000.00 for it. We did a 4 hour inspection and found it needed to much work. Did you notice how bad the clearcoat cover was scratched in the front but you couldn't see it in the pictures ? Also, one of the hydraulic levelers needed to be replaced. The blue/grey corian countertops were deeply scratched throughout the whole motorhome. We figured the guy was screwgun happy because every nook and cranny had a Wal-Mart .99 cent item screwed into it. Take a good look at the cheap wood floor they installed as it goes under the slide ! If you want I can send you a detailed copy of our inspection. Hope you got it for $49,000.00
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Hey, I drove to New Jersey last fall to inspect that Airstream 396xl, could not beleive they were asking $99,000.00 for it. We did a 4 hour inspection and found it needed to much work. Did you notice how bad the clearcoat cover was scratched in the front but you couldn't see it in the pictures ? Also, one of the hydraulic levelers needed to be replaced. The blue/grey corian countertops were deeply scratched throughout the whole motorhome. We figured the guy was screwgun happy because every nook and cranny had a Wal-Mart .99 cent item screwed into it. Take a good look at the cheap wood floor they installed as it goes under the slide ! If you want I can send you a detailed copy of our inspection. Hope you got it for $49,000.00
I got it for a good price and the main issues you mention were repaired. I am very happy with the coach.
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Adonh, it's clear to me that the right person purchased this beautiful MH. I've been following this thread & am impressed with all you've taken care of so far.You seem to have the right combination of resources, knowledge & the ability to ask questions of the experts when necessary...I hope you enjoy it for many, many great trips.
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Adonh, looked at it, inspected it, liked it and bought it. If he is happy that's all that counts
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Schools Out: Adonh, it's clear to me that the right person purchased this beautiful MH. I've been following this thread & am impressed with all you've taken care of so far.You seem to have the right combination of resources, knowledge & the ability to ask questions of the experts when necessary...I hope you enjoy it for many, many great trips.
Thanks, I am happy and everyone that's looked at this coach from Freightliner to my local Airstream RV shop and other 396 owners are happy with it.
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