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Old 07-28-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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P30 7.4 report card after a long trip

Sometimes this info is useful so let me do some sharing.
We just came back from a very long trip around the US with the departure point being Montreal, Quebec:

· Montreal
· Mount Rushmore SD
· Beartoothpass
· Yellowstone Montana, Wy
· Lake Tahoe, CA
· San Francisco, CA
· Pismo Beach, CA
· Ventura, CA
· San Diego, CA
· Roswell, NM
· Dallas, TX
· New Orleans, LA
· Daytona, FL
· Montreal, QC

Odometer start: 188,037 km
Odometer end: 201,800 km

Type: Class A, Triple E, Commander 32 feet, 1998 GM 7.4, 16500LB with Banks system.
Generator hours start: 492
Generator hours end: 610

Best MPG: 9.9
Worst MPG: 7.6 with generator running (no tow and in the mountains at 11,500 feet)

Highest temperature: 113F (45C) Lowest 41F (5C) at the beartoothpass with snow all over the place

Most challenging roads (really really challenging), in order of difficulty

· Dirt road in Gardiner Montana to access a very remote ranch to go horseback riding (Hell's A Roarin' Outfitters). Last leg is 1 vehicle wide more than 10% grade with small rocks and trees hitting the motorhome. In first gear, pedal to the metal with the back wheels throwing rocks while spinning. Recommendation, don’t even try !

· Beartoothpass, like the alps a bunch of very tight S turns, requires lots of engine power, 1st gear all the last part

· Woodside CA to San Gregorio CA, well very narrow, so many S curves, trees would hit the motorhome, etc…

What broke:

· AutoPark black sensor switch in the middle of nowhere (WY), Thanks to Roger for calling me and giving a fix solution from the side of the road.
· Awning left arm. Replaced in Pismo beach in 10 minutes.
· Small hole in the rv main door because a gust of wind slammed it against one of the open compartment doors.
· Left convex mirror on the ground, thanks to duck tape a repair was fast ;-)

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Old 07-28-2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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Wow I don't drive that many miles in a year. I probably would have parts falling off.

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Old 07-28-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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Wow I don't drive that many miles in a year. I probably would have parts falling off.
i am hoping mine can just hold up over the first test drive
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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Pretty good trip with an old P30!
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Wow that sounds like fun,,,except for the narrow road and flying rocks.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:39 PM   #6
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Awsome trip, thanks for the info. Did you cross the Golden Gate Bridge in the MH? That's something I always felt would be pretty cool.

And what about your Arizona stops, looks like you forgot those

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