rickeieio Posted January 28, 2016 Report Share Posted January 28, 2016 Sometimes things go........wrong. But we wil prevail. We left Indiana Monday morning, made about 500 miles that day, and yesterday made another 500. So far, so good. Only fly in the ointment was that coming through a little town in east Texas, our MaxBrake decided to quit sending electrons to the rear of the rig. Hey, we have a big truck with big brakes, so no big deal. Except, we also had an air leak in the trailer supply line, so I couldn't push in that cute little red button without loosing all my air. Hmmmmm. This means the steer axle is doing nearly all my whoa chores. Not good. So, we find a nice little campground in Buffalo, TX, and set out to get things fixed in the morning. We're tooling down an empty road at 60ish when all of a sudden I lose power. I'm scanning the gauges, knew I was low on fuel, but this is too sudden. Susan sez, "We have smoke!" Move over to the beer can lane and when the smoke clears, go back and see big patches of cord showing on all six new trailer tires. Well dang. Get back in truck and controller sez parking brake is set. Sorry sister, but it ain't. Yanked the blue wire in the Jackalopee and limp to the first gas station, which happens to have diesel for a decent price. Pump $300, go inside to pay and my card is declined. But wait, there's more........... After a looooong conversation with the nice lady at the credit card company, we determine there's been a "compromise" at a business where our card was used, so everybody gets thrown out of the pool. This is a business card with a high limit, and I use it a lot. Not good. So, we go to the preferred tire store, only to find they have two tires in the correct size, but 14 ply. I'll take them. Next tire shop has four more, but only 10 ply, good enough as that's the right flavor. So, that leaves the brakes, both tractor and trailer. We head down the road to a yet another shop and spend several hours there fixing the air leak in the trailer supply line to restore full drive axle braking, then turn our attentions to the MaxBrake. Dead ends everywhere. We can't determine whether it's the transducer or the display box. So, as I write this, the plan is to go back in the morning and get a cheap actuator driven by the brake light signal, so I can continue until I can get a proper repair. Gotta love my bride, who upon realizing we needed 6 new tires said, "at least fuel's cheap." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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