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Old 08-04-2016, 05:17 AM   #29
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Just to tag onto the manually shifting side. I had never driven a diesel vehicle until buying our Dutch Star 3 1/2 years ago. The first two years I let the transmission do it's thing. The result was higher engine temps and slower speeds up most grades. I learned from the guys on this forum and started downshifting just before the grade and the "need" to do so. My coach runs so much better!! I have read that the Allison won't hurt itself, or the Cummins and I believe that to be so. I am the old guy in the old coach that is hard to pass!

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Old 08-04-2016, 05:51 AM   #30
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Never been to the out west. So, nothing much to say. Just all the best.

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Old 08-04-2016, 08:10 AM   #31
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Hello and we just returned from a 7700 mile trip out west and all the areas you spoke of. First it was great however as soon as I started to do some climbing my coach started to get hot, long and short of it my radiator was clogged up. Cleaned the radiator and ran fine after. On heavy pulls I would drop gears to keep rpm about 2000 to 2500 which would help keep the temps down. Good luck and enjoy.

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