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Old 12-13-2013, 08:05 AM   #85
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I did think about it........I'll double it, load up your Rig(max towing capability as mine is really close to full load) with a Gas V-10 in it and the gas has 15 more hp but I have over double the torque(1050), I am not going to loose, I pass the Ford V-10's pulling fivers and bumper pulls all the time on long grades. I also was a otr driver and that is why I made the first bet.
The reason you pass them is that most folks just don't want to run the 4000+ rpm's needed to get the peak horsepower. That is where DP's shine. BUT torque doesn't get you up the hill, horsepower does. Remember the definition of horsepower is the work needed to raise 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. And climbing the hill is raising the weight of your coach vertically at a certain rate (speed). If you run the numbers, you can calculate how much hp is needed to move your coach's weight up a given grade at a given speed. Another factor in climbing grades is the available gears to keep your rig at max rpms at the grade you are climbing. With the older four speed tranny in the Fords, there is a big gap between 3rd and 4th gear that often comes into play. Not sure how much better the newer 5 speed trannies are in that respect. That is why OTR rigs have so many available speeds.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:07 AM   #86
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Floor plan, floor plan, Floor Plan! If folks will notice...the DP floor plans are now really starting to copy gasser floor plans. TV across from the couch and chairs, not in the front overhead. A DPs floor plan with two parallel couches and the little TV in the front overhead never made sense to me. Why would you like to turn your head 90 degrees or lay down to watch? Nope, our 38 foot gasser is just fine for our full time use. Two lazy boy recliners, 40 inch HDTV, lot's of kitchen counter space, full size refrigerator, and much more on a completely comfortable chassis. Happy, Happy, Happy!

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Old 12-13-2013, 08:22 AM   #87
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Interesting: Horsepower vs Torque - Explained - YouTube I am the big guy described towards the end of the video....
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