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Air brakes on your 5th Wheel?


Carol2c

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I know it can be done. When we picked up our new unit at Forks RV they were finishing a unit for a friend and it had air brakes and air suspension. For details you might call Jay Troyer at Forks RV Shipshewanna IN, he is in charge of Sales and Marketing. Best wishes, Jay

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You are likely confusing air brakes with air actuation of hydraulic brakes. The brakes on the RV remain standard Dexter (or Kodiak) hydraulic disc brakes. The truck air system is used with a brake actuator that converts the air pressure to hydraulic pressure. Thus the term commonly used as "air/hydraulic" (air over hydraulic) actuation. I've installed (now) a dozen or so of these systems, and trained New Horizons in their installation and use. The custom RV manufactures put them on fairly routinely, because they are building large heavy trailers pulled by class 7/8 tractors that have air systems. So Forks, New Horizons and Spacecraft will all install these on their custom trailers for the customer. Most other manufacturers will not and you would have to have them installed aftermarket. Which is not all that difficult, generally.

 

I've done several presentations on these systems at the HDT Rally. Look HERE for a PDF of one that you can download. If you have issues with the presentation just let me know.

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