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precioustime

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Posted: 03/26/21 09:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it ok to release the foot brake after my 2 slides are out and the levelers are down? Being in a site for 2-3 weeks with the foot brake on doesn’t make sense. If released will the levelers retract?

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I would think that it would depend on how the RV manufacturer installed the leveling system. We don't have anymore information on your RV that could help us.
I'm not sure why you would want to release the foot brake, assuming it is your Parking brake. Mine is used all the time, whenever I'm parked. It's been on since November now. No issues at all since we bought it in 2007. I use the parking brake on all my vehicles all the time and never had problems. It's actually saved me from an embarrassing situation/possible accident in my car when the transmission didn't properly go into park, found in reverse next day.

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I hope you're not talking about a MH with an air brake system. Anyway, I'd keep the parking brake set. If you were to release the brake there is the possibility your MH could move slightly and maybe damage your levelers. BTW, most levelers will retract when you start the motor and put the tranny in drive. I had to do that on a brand new Allegro Bus, at work, because I didn't have a clue where the level control panel was (it's now on the glass digital display panel).

So there's some replies on leaving the brake set, now I'd like to hear your reason for not wanting it set.


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precioustime wrote:

Is it ok to release the foot brake after my 2 slides are out and the levelers are down? Being in a site for 2-3 weeks with the foot brake on doesn’t make sense. If released will the levelers retract?
Assuming you're referring to the parking brake then it doesn't make any sense to release it until you're ready to drive away since it's a safety factor.

Releasing the parking brake could immediately (or later say with wind) cause the vehicle to roll. Levelers are designed for up/down weight and not for horizonal motion.


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Oh...I want as many wheels locked up as I can get when parked.


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precioustime wrote:

Is it ok to release the foot brake after my 2 slides are out and the levelers are down? Being in a site for 2-3 weeks with the foot brake on doesn’t make sense. If released will the levelers retract?


we've had the emergency/parking/foot brake engaged for months at time with no ill effects. and releasing that brake will cause our jacks to retract.


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Posted: 03/26/21 06:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure why you’re concerned, but on my gasser, once things are setup I can release the brake. It seems like a less than good idea though.


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Posted: 03/27/21 05:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is called a parking brake, which indicates it is to be used when the vehicle is parked.......


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Posted: 03/31/21 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If i release my parking brake, my levelers will retract,
Why would you want to release the parking brake , on a vehicle so large, with slides extended out like sails, you could end up rolling thru the campground, most likely into another camper


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Most parking brakes lock the 2 rear wheels. We had a mh on a Ford chassis that the parking brake was on the rear of the transmission.

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