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Old 08-22-2011, 02:30 PM   #15
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:51 AM   #16
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I think you will find that the V10 has an automatic "over rev" device i.e. it will not over rev. You may notice that there is no red line on the Rev counter.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:41 AM   #17
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We had a Ford v10 in a 35 ft coach and towed a Honda Accord and Civic, just climbing mountains in New England was a screaming expierence thought the engine was coming up from the floor plus it had no exhaust brake, you need to consider the downhil as well as going up. mileage was horrible 5-6 mpg. Mountains out west make the New England mountains look small. On small grades or flat cruising it was great with a smaller lighter coach you will probably do better. I drove a diesel and was convinced after a 1/2 mile that was the way to go for me.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:48 AM   #18
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Let me tell you a story. Last year we did a 6,000+ trip from Toronto to Riverside CA via a few places in Texas, Arizona, and San Diego. I was driving a 2008 Tiffin 42' tag, with the Cummins 360 (8.3) towing a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Our friends were driving a brand new Winnebago 35' something or other with no Tow. I keep my cruise control set at 67 mph 'cause the slightly underpowered Tiffin likes to keep the revs up in the mountains and sorta mountains. When we got home we compared notes. Our friends had spent only $400 less than us on fuel! We were both quite surprised (he was shocked actually) but, upon reflection, he did put in almost as much fuel as I did each time we stopped and I was paying a bit less than him for diesel. However, as he stated, I didn't have to put up with the constant screaming of that v10 (ford) that was sitting between him and his wife. He wouldn't do it again and subsequently unloaded the Winnie. There are so many good deals on gently used diesels out there that I don't think I would ever consider going back to a gasoline engine even though our first two coaches were both 8.1 Vortecs.
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The only time I ever unhooked the toad in my old pace arrow was summer before this, climbing teton pass into jackson.

That turned out to be 30 minutes at 4000 rpm in 1st gear, 25 mph. Mindnumbing, but not impossible or dangerous. She didn't get hot or cause me any problems. Going down was easy, they have good brakes and I kept her in 1st most of the time.

This was a 99, 275hp, 22k.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:58 PM   #20
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It shouldn't be a big deal, We have an 02 32' Class A gasser on an '01 Chassis and most of out toiuring is in the Washington and Oregon Cascades. Never had a problem with power.

Okay, sometines (like over 5000 ft ASL on Washington Pass) it was breathing hard and we were being passed by the college students in the hot rods. I always bear in mind that it's an 11-ton truck. If I comnpare my perfomance to that truck, it's not bad.

Would it beat a Porshce up the mountain? Hell, no, but the Porsche owner doesn't have luxury camoing accommodations for two of us and two Labs!
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My last rv was a 2003 Coachman 31 foot f 450 class c with a v10. We took a 12% grade switchback mountain pass for 7 miles with a Jeep wrangle toad. Kept the RPMs around 3500 to 4000 and she took it like it was no big deal. Got to the top and noticed she was pulling to the left and the smell of brakes. Turned out then left caliper was locked. Had to pry it open once it cooled down and later rebuilt it. But the V10 hauled the 31 foot MH, toad and locked brake up the 7 miles.
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