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Old 03-22-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Our shake down cruise

We drove 1100 miles to St. Augustine, FL, to North Beach Camp. What a great place! I'm stunned that we so far have had no problems, on the new coach. The initial Sirius radio issue was just a loose wire. I like to drive at about 63 mph, on the interstate, and we are still getting 10 mpg. Hard to believe! I have noticed some sway and porpoising on the bumps. I know some of you have solved this with shocks/ sway bars etc. what's the best combo for the 2011 RR8R chassis? Thanks for all the help so far! Russ
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nice to drive in the comfort of a motorhome where you have food/drink/bathroom. where the DW can get you all the beverages and snacks you want while driving down the road! To me that just can't be beat at any price.
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11 mpg... hahahahaha....
U funny.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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Speaking of funny.... my dw has never gotten me the beverages I want while driving down the road!
Probably a good thing.
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Speaking of funny.... my dw has never gotten me the beverages I want while driving down the road!
Probably a good thing.
Does she need more training?
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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Jim, it's 10 not 11, but look at it this way, that maxxforce diesel is probably burning itself up inside to get that! Who knows, but, I'll take it. I think DeSanford had some very specific ideas, regarding suspension enhancements, I just can't find the thread.
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Rusty1014 search "sway bars". As far as the better half getting up and moving toward the refer make sure you are going STRAIGHT down the road with NO cars in the immediate distance. Have her hang on to whatever she can going to the back of the MH. I know of TWO women who were badly bruised when the husband had to step on the brakes. It is a good idea to have your water and snack foods up front before you hit the road. I just had my TCM re flashed by Allision as I used to have to get to 62MPH in order for the Tyranny to shift to 6th gear overdrive. Almost got the 2011 Navastar Monaco Cayman the way I want her. deSanford Now I will come up with a name for the coach.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:59 AM   #8
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Sanford, tell me about the trickle charger, and why you need one. I thought that if the coach was connected to shore power, all batteries were being charged. Thanks! Russ
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Sanford, sorry to be a pest but, will you tell me which power cord reel you installed? I would appreciate a picture if possible. Thanks! Russ
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When you are hooked up to shore power your chassis batteries are NOT being charged. When I was at the Coberg, Oregon service center I had them install the Trickel Charger. That way the chassis batteries get charged also. Works great also for my solar panel. When the coach batteries get fully charged the trickel charger charges the chassis batteries. My 12vdc power cord reel is offered for sale by RVUPGRADES. I will check the internet and get the name for you Rusty1014. deSanford
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Rusty1014 here is the info on the power cord reel. I got mine at RV UPGRADES.com
model #: CC50DO1R-SR You also need to purchase the "floor" unit that has the rollers to keep the cord from chaffing. Picture on the web site. It is made in the USA, but they don't pack it as well as the off shore manufactures do. I had to send back two units as they came with the aluminum reels bent. ASK them to make sure the factory packs the unit well as the UPS guys toss things around and it is heavy. With this cord reel ( it comes with a nice flexible 50 amp cord ) you don't have to fight a python snake in order to put the factory cord back into it's compartment. deSanford
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Thanks, Sanford. You're a great resource for first time DP owner, especially since we have basically the same unit. Russ
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Maybe no one is still interested, but we drove 2274.3 miles, to St Augustine, FL. and back. Used 225.769 gallons of fuel = 10.07 mpg. I'm very happy with this. We stayed at the North Beach Camp, and I would highly recommend this campground. The Atlantic ocean on one side, and the river at the back. Lots of shade, and great staff and service. There are three great restaurants, within easy walking distance, and the fishing was good too!
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Those MaxForce diesels do a good job with two turbos etc. deSanford
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