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Old 02-07-2011, 11:09 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Traps90 View Post
Have a question about the ready brake, since it works off of a surge system, what happen's when you in the mountains coming down a 6-7% grade using the engine brake of the DP. Would this not cause the brakes of the towed to be on for the whole decent.

Some of those grades are 5+ miles long, I would think that could overheat the towed vehicles brakes.

Could be wrong but just curious.

My take on it would be that the "surge" style brakes activate "Hard" only when you are actually slowing down the MH. That is when inerta (objects in motion want to stay in motion) would cause a lot of pressure from the toad acting on the connecting link (actuator). In the case of a steady speed of both vehicles down hill, even though the MH brakes are being used to hold back any acceleration, the amount of pressure on the link would be smaller than when slowing down, and the amount of braking applied to the toad would be the same amount that would be required if the toad were being driven by itself.

This assumes that the system is properly designed and set up. The one advantage that this system has is that it is auto-correcting. That is, if too much braking is applied to the toad, it will release quickly because the pressure on the actuator link will be gone. I would expect that a badly designed or set up system that caused over-braking would tend to produce a jerky effect that would indicate a problem.
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