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moisheh

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Posted: 09/13/17 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I my go look at a Tera Fleetwood that is on a 2006 Workhorse. I did some research and I think it is a W18 chassis. I since discovered that this chassis uses a J72 autopark system. Although it is supposed to be more robust than the old APB some owners have had problems and they are expensive to fix. Plus there are no aftermarket upgrade kits. Can cost as much as $3500 just for the parts. Anyone have first hand experience??

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I think people obsess too much over the automatic parking brake, sure it needs to be maintained and monitored, there are options to help with this like the Genie warning light system and Brazel's improved pressure switches. There are lots of other things that cost money to replace when they fail too, a new refrigerator will run, $1,400 or so, a roof top air conditioner will be around $1,000 and if a engine fails you will be looking at $12,000+.

Ike

p.s. I have a J71 APB in my 02 P32 Safari Trek, I carry a spare set of pressure switches, have and check my genie warning lights, and routinely check the pressure switches for leaks. So far I have put about 6,000 miles on the coach since buying it last year, and no APB problems yet.

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Posted: 09/14/17 07:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big difference between a W and P-- easy to tell:

W has solid front axle
P has IFS

And, absolutely the W is a much better choice.


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Posted: 09/14/17 06:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Isaac: There is a big difference between having to replace a fridge and having a park brake that often fails while you are driving at highway speeds. Can cause over $3000 to fix. They fail often. Many owners have had multiple failures. Parts are hard to find and in some cases obsolete. Do not make light of a serious problem !

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