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Old 04-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #15
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I probably didn't save any weight in my coach, but I did move the heavy stuff forward and moved some heavy stuff from the enclosed to lighten the tongue weight. Over all, I did loose some weight, but also re-distributed it for a better ride and safer tow package. Gotta hit the scales again to see what changed and maybe adjust tire pressure.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:40 AM   #16
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We've found that speed and whether we are bring our TOAD makes a difference. All other factors don't seem to stack up unless a person is running out of room.

One question I do have is what do you feel is the ideal speed for traveling? Sure there are going to be a variety of opinions, but I'd like to know from the diesel engine experts at what RPM does an engine maximize fuel use.

Yep this is is hijack so if you know of another thread that already discusses that please 'show me the light!'
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:46 AM   #17
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With my Dodge Ram diesel truck and 5er, I wasn't too concerned about mpg. My motor got happy right at 72 mph and just purred. Below that and if felt like I was on CA roads. With my MH, I think I will try 65-70, depending on the wind, road, feel of the MH, etc.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:11 PM   #18
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When all done I don't think you'll be able to notice the difference. Slowing down will gain you more.
X2. Your primary fuel mileage determinant is wind resistance. Far greater impact than weight.
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Great, let's all do 50 and they will jack up the price of gas due to lack of profits.
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OP here: several comments about speed. I agree, slow. We usually cruise around 58 mph. faster if necessary to not block traffic (Try going slow on Houston TX freeway) and when traffic allows as slow as 50. We find 58 seems to upset the least number of drivers. This thread is was intended to address only one aspect of fuel economy. Tires, tire pressure, alignment, engine tune, gasoline, aerodynamics, weight, speed and more. I just feel weight will be the biggest thing I can control and get positive results in mountain driving.
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I guess my wife's 48 state rock collection is a no no.
You might better leave that alone, or you might be the one on a diet.
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If you have a lot or heavy items high up inside the coach, it can make you slightly top heavy, which would affect sway. From other threads, if you move the heavy items up front either inside or in the basement, it will soften the front end ride. I did that just last week, moving an unmounted tire one compartment forward(that was a job, - took several tries and a pry bar). The same with jacks, BBQs and tools. My rear compartments and the center shelf is almost bare, except for the items I want to have instant access to.
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