So my Barth came with Decelomatic mountain tamer brakes on it. Problem is I haven't a clue how to even seen if they are working. No owners manual or anything included. I know it turns on and also the gauge will register that it is building pressure. Can anybody give me the basics on this set up. Can't find any info online as the company no longer has a website.
Posts: 131 | Location: Lancaster, PA | Member Since: 09-06-2016
"Decelomatic" doesn't sound right, but my '86 (34' w/tag axle) Regal had MOUNTAIN TAMER braking system (installed by 1st owner); a New Mexico Company (Lordsburg?), which was a one-man operation. I phoned him in '88 when I bought the Coach, and he had installed the system immediately after it was purchased by 1st owner. Each exhaust pipe, just behind the header, had a (3"?) butterfly valve. A chrome arm with an ivory head (clone of a Hurst Shifter!) was mounted on the Coach wall at the Driver's left elbow. Normal (off) position was 12 O'Clock, and moving the knob to maximum 3 O'clock determined the closure of the valve, up to about 75%. A dash toggle actuated the valve, which -if memory serves- was brake fluid pushing on the valve stem (rotating the stem, at the top of the valve pipe, outside the pipe). It was exhaust braking, and worked very well. I used it often, esp in traffic , using the pivoting arm/knob as an on/off switch. Maintenance was a B****, keeping the valve stem loose, and every so often (10 days driving) spraying WD-40 all over the butterfly, which required removing a 1/2" pipe plug at the bottom AND top so the plastic extension tube would go inside. This cleaning was part of the mfg.s' instructions. It worked well for me, esp in mountains, until '96 when I traded the Coach back to Barth.
Posts: 18 | Location: Republic of Texas | Member Since: 09-12-2014
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