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Old 05-20-2016, 09:49 AM   #15
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Back on topic: to the OP, relax and enjoy the ride. You have a fine setup and will get used to it.
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I speak only in truth and have videos to back the results,,, so many times I have heard that if you wanna get that trailer up the hill quicker,,, get a pusher

simpley not true... my v-10 pull the 6% grade 15-20 mph faster than any diesel pusher..

the problem I have with people talking out of school is people read this and believe it... then find out it was un true..

I took the same loaded trailer and pulled it up the same 6% grade.

I did it with 4 v-10's and 2 diesel pushers

this whole site is dp verse gas... dp'rs always come on the ford section and say how they go up the hills faster..

simpley not trure and no where has it been proven...

the two diesels were the slowest..and I have the video to prove it....

if needed I will re post them..
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:51 AM   #16
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This is our first trip up and down the roads in the Black Hills SD. Pulling a dolly and Sable. Using the Tow-Haul our poor little V-10 was workin' it's but off! I can't even imagine what the 'real' mountains must be like!
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what year is the motor home??and what size
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seems like the 2010's really benefit from the banks kit

they had that crazy y pipe that killed the power
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We have a 2012 Sightseer 30'. Been over the Rockies twice pulling a dolly and our Solara. The Winnie did just fine thru both Wolf Creek Pass and the Eisenhower tunnel. Did she work hard? Yes, but we wouldn't hesitate to do it again and plan to this fall.
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I've been thinking of going to black hills with my van which is rated at 7300 towing max and my tt is 4500 dry. Think my van can handle it? It's a 2001 Chevy express 1500 with the lower 3.43 rear ratio . Opinions requested please , thanks
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No way you can convince me that a 40' gasser can pull a 6% grade 20 mph faster than my 40' diesel... If both rigs are of comparable weight (28K-32K lbs) it simply won't happen.... The gasser won't have the torque the diesel will which is a major factor in climbing that 6% grade...

I've had a gasser and know from experience that that V-10 was working its butt off and roaring as it climbed the grade....
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I've been thinking of going to black hills with my van which is rated at 7300 towing max and my tt is 4500 dry. Think my van can handle it? It's a 2001 Chevy express 1500 with the lower 3.43 rear ratio . Opinions requested please , thanks
I suggest that you focus on the Gross Combined Weight Rating. You should take your van fully fueled to a scale. Then add estimated weight of passengers, gear, and WD hitch. Especially if you have a conversion van like we did. That added approx 300 lbs to the mix but you won't see that on the door plate. We had a 3500 Chev (1 ton) 6 liter pulling a 7,000 lb (loaded) TT and we were very close to the 14,000 lb GCWR. We also added beefy drilled and slotted rotors and semi-metallic pads, transmission pan cooler, and an auxillary cooler for the radiator. If you don't have a trans temp gauge, have one installed. Along with the coolant temp gauge, watch them religiously while traversing mountain grades. We made two 5,000+ mile trips out west with the only major issue being a failed axle bearing on the TT. This was a new TT and we had less than 10K miles on it. Although it was smoking, I proceeded to the next freeway exit after a one-hour halt to let it cool down. Too late though, and I limped to a gas station at the exit where the entire wheel came off. Not sure how long you have owned your TT, but if you still have the cheap Chinese mgfr OEM tires, get them replaced now with the best E load ratings you can afford. I can't emphasize enough checking tire pressure, especially before you leave in the morning. Mountains and wind, oh my! Enjoy and be safe.
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Yeah I've been looking at trans coolesr and a temp gauge as well. I just replaced tires with cheap tires but went up a notch with load D vs the recommended C. I have to do a bit more work looks like before I make this trip .
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Question, did you pack your bearings ? What do you believe caused the bearing failure ?
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There was no need for me to pack bearings in a new trailer with approx 7K miles on it. Or so I thought! The lesson is to always inspect before a long trip. Even allowing for for approx 1,500 mile trip from factory, the manual says repack at 10K miles. As it was still under warranty, Dexter not only paid for the wheel assembly, they also paid for over half of the labor. They lady I dealt with at Dexter was great.

This is just one of the reasons I no longer have a TT. On the hunt for a Newmar or comparable DP motor home now.

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I speak only in truth and have videos to back the results,,, so many times I have heard that if you wanna get that trailer up the hill quicker,,, get a pusher

simpley not true... my v-10 pull the 6% grade 15-20 mph faster than any diesel pusher..

the problem I have with people talking out of school is people read this and believe it... then find out it was un true..

I took the same loaded trailer and pulled it up the same 6% grade.

I did it with 4 v-10's and 2 diesel pushers

this whole site is dp verse gas... dp'rs always come on the ford section and say how they go up the hills faster..

simpley not trure and no where has it been proven...

the two diesels were the slowest..and I have the video to prove it....

if needed I will re post them..
Who is driving a diesel pusher now??
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There was no need for me to pack bearings in a new trailer with approx 7K miles on it. Or so I thought! The lesson is to always inspect before a long trip. Even allowing for for approx 1,500 mile trip from factory, the manual says repack at 10K miles. As it was still under warranty, Dexter not only paid for the wheel assembly, they also paid for over half of the labor. They lady I dealt with at Dexter was great.

This is just one of the reasons I no longer have a TT. On the hunt for a Newmar or comparable DP motor home now.


Wow, that's pretty crazy. So brand new and the bearings failed. The quality in everything in general seems to be going down now A days. Sorry to read about this but glad you and your family are doing well.
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I speak only in truth and have videos to back the results,,, so many times I have heard that if you wanna get that trailer up the hill quicker,,, get a pusher



simpley not true... my v-10 pull the 6% grade 15-20 mph faster than any diesel pusher..



the problem I have with people talking out of school is people read this and believe it... then find out it was un true..



I took the same loaded trailer and pulled it up the same 6% grade.



I did it with 4 v-10's and 2 diesel pushers



this whole site is dp verse gas... dp'rs always come on the ford section and say how they go up the hills faster..



simpley not trure and no where has it been proven...



the two diesels were the slowest..and I have the video to prove it....



if needed I will re post them..

Do you even own a motorhome? You are so misinformed. Just saying.


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