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Old 04-27-2015, 12:30 PM   #15
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Part of our annual vacation in the Rockies,, is parking outside Denver about 1/3 of the way up and watch cars,,trucks coming down the big hill with smoke rolling off the brakes. So many newer semi truck drivers have only passed a 3 week class and start driving 80,000 lb. loads..

Being old school,, rule number 1 is always go down a hill with the same gear you could climb it.. Newer diesels with engine brakes are a whole new ball game and offer 200 hp of engine braking with a 350 hp pulling uphill.

Yes the old diesels without engine brakes did not offer a great amount of coasting back pressure.. Like bouncing a basket ball on cement. Piston went up and bounced off the compression..

My goal pulling in the high country is use the engine and transmission as much as possible and save the brake shoes if I happen to need it..

Another trucker tip... 20% or less brake pressure mostly just makes heat.. 30% or more starts eating shoes and pads.. In a panic,, hard stabs and cool down can salvage brakes better than just standing on them for long amounts of time. We have over 600,000 miles on our semi brakes and they are still usable this year.


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Old 04-27-2015, 01:05 PM   #16
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Roger....drat it! I was just starting to warm up my lemon butter, too!LOL!
When is that AS caravan going to be at Alpen Rose? I will be there for a week June 3. HTY!

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Old 04-27-2015, 05:37 PM   #17
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We'll be meeting up there I think on 22 August and there for a few days.

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Old 04-28-2015, 10:00 AM   #18
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Missed ha! Looks like I'll be PNW then, I hope! Guess I'll have to settle for seafood from the left coast! I plan to sample frequently! HAPPY TRAILS, YA'LL! Evelyn.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:14 AM   #19
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i think a part of this braking issue is setting up your controller properly. your trailer should not be pushing your TV when you put on the brakes nor should the trailer be braking for your TV. you need this set up so they are working in tandem with one another. it only takes a few minutes to do this and on my truck, the computer remembers what settings i have successfully used. i also found out that by leaving the cruise control engaged, the truck will downshift to maintain the speed i had set so little to no braking is happening running down 6-8% grades, nifty feature on the F350.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:20 AM   #20
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