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Old 10-30-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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We have a 2006 Monaco Monarch (gas) workhorse W22 8.1 litter 340 HP. We live in southern Colorado. When going over 11,000 ft passes, our motorhome is sluggish and slow. We tow a 2005 Honda CRV (2800 lbs). It has been suggested to unhook and drive over. We can do that, but would like to know if anyone has installed a complete Banks System and what their experience has been. Any improvement when climbing these high passes? We are trying to decide if it would be beneficial to install the Banks or to upgrade to a diesel pusher. Although the Banks is expensive, it is not close to the cost of a diesel. Except for the power issue on passes, we are very pleased with our gas engine. Thanks for any information.
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I installed a full Banks system, including their torque tube headers and a Trans-Command for the transmission. The install was on a 1995 National with a Ford 460 and an E4OD transmission. The improvement was amazing. Way more torque off of the line, can climb hills with ease (N Ga. Mtns ) and a more positive engagement on each shift of the transmission.

Sorry I can't tell you about it's improvements on a diesel coach, but it is definitely high quality equipment and has tons of research in it's design.

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W .e installed the Banks "power pack" on our 36 ft. 2004 Dolphin in August. Our Toad is a '99 Explorer, 4360 lbs. The improvement is very noticible. the extra torque in the 45 mph to 60 mph range is much better. Well worth the bucks on a gas engine. I agree, the extra 50,000 $ for a DP is hard to justify, for the extra power in towing.
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We appreciate the input and are considering adding the Ultra Power ECM first to see if we need the Banks system. What do you think about that. Read some blogs that say we don't need to go the more expensive Banks.
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I don't think the Banks is going to help much at 11,000 feet. At that altitude you need a turbo boost to get more air into the engine.

I'm a Banks fan - had one in my 1996 Ford 460 and it was excellent - but it can't make the air more dense at 11,000 feet.
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I agree, the extra 50,000 $ for a DP is hard to justify, for the extra power in towing.
I bet you don't know that you can buy a used good DP for less then that 50K.

A gas engine loses 3% of it's power for every thousand feet of elevation. At 11,000 ft that is a 33% loss on a engine that doesn't have near the torque a DP has to start with.

A turbo diesel loss is very little.
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I lived in Colorado for 35 yrs. and you only travel at 11000 ft. for under 25 miles. I think you will find that the Banks will do just fine to get you over the Pass. All the rest of the trips will provide lots of power. I pulled the Eseinhour Tunnel towing my Explorer with a 454 Workhorse without Banks. Banks has been doing their research and testing and performance for 45 yrs. I works!!
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We have a 2006 Monaco Monarch (gas) workhorse W22 8.1 litter 340 HP. We live in southern Colorado. When going over 11,000 ft passes, our motorhome is sluggish and slow. We tow a 2005 Honda CRV (2800 lbs). It has been suggested to unhook and drive over. We can do that, but would like to know if anyone has installed a complete Banks System and what their experience has been. Any improvement when climbing these high passes? We are trying to decide if it would be beneficial to install the Banks or to upgrade to a diesel pusher. Although the Banks is expensive, it is not close to the cost of a diesel. Except for the power issue on passes, we are very pleased with our gas engine. Thanks for any information.
I have the set-up you do on my 07 Bounder. I have the Banks and did the trip over I-70 thru the E Tunnel with no troubles pulling my Jeep Liberty. I feel a definite boost over the factory 8.1l.
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