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Old 11-08-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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I purchased a 1997 Safari Trek with the '96 GM 6.5L Turbo Diesel in Feb. 2011
Took it on a 3 Month trip into Colorado and New Mexico.
Had Lots of Problems - Lots of Tow Jobs - Lots of Repairs.

Now am home with most of the "Bugs" Worked Out and must decide whether or not to keep this rig.

My hesitations now revolve around it's ability to climb long grades and from that to whether or not I can tow a small 4x4.

The vehicle will climb up narrow twisty roads in 1st & 2nd just fine.
(5,000 ft in 15 miles)
It is when it comes to highway driving that I become concerned.
If the road is Flat, the RV wants to go in excess of 65mph, but when a grade is encountered, it starts dropping speed and gears down to first and approximately 25mph or less.

I am wondering if I should be looking at the Rear End Gearing.

Anybody have any suggestions?

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Old 11-08-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2! I'm afraid I can't help you, but surely someone will be on here soon who can. Hope you can get these issues resolved and back on the road. Good luck!

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Old 11-09-2011, 06:45 AM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us! Sorry to hear about your troubles on the new rig. I can't help on that but there are many others here who will jump in and steer you in the right direction. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:44 PM   #4
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We purchased a 24 foot diesel a month ago and promptly drove it 1400 miles home. We encountered a multitude of problems, though we jerry rigged our way and bought our way through them. It is a slow rig, we put in a PMD performance chip to increase horsepower. The cost of the chip was $50 and it is called a PDM #9.
Haven't tried it too much yet, although it seem to be peppier on the short stretches we've done. I can't imagine this towing over the Rockies, but on the flats, we will be rather a moving roadblock, and take the back roads.

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Old 11-27-2011, 04:55 PM   #5
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On my 97 6.5 pickup, when I had the injector pump changed, they set the timing on the low side of the specs and it drove like crap pulling my 5er, and got terrible mileage, if you have it set to the highest setting that is still within specs, you will find a huge difference in performance and mileage. also good intake and bigger exhaust helps also.

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