The Second Half and Final Results
Well, we made our maiden run with the Clipper. As outlined in the post "We Made it Half Way", the first part of the trip was a piece of cake. The return was (585 miles total) just as smooth. The MH ran good. The 454 had more power than I expected. The only thing I failed to do in my pre-trip, was to take a cable for the TV.
The first night I logged into this forum, a newbie, like myself, asked a question about fuel milage. Someone replied and said "If you have to worry about fuel milage, maybe you don't need a HM". I thought that was rather assine, so if that person happens to read this, I will give info on my fuel milage.
I ran 188 miles, all interstate and tried to maintain 60MPH (my cruise control died) so I had to do it manual. I recorded 8.56 MPG. The next segment was 163 miles on 4 lane, 2 lane, several towns, multi-read lights. I averaged 7.34 MPG
On the return I ran the 188 mile segment trying to maintain 65MPH and I still averaged 8.56. I was surprised at the lack of difference bwtween 60 and 65MPH. My next trip I will be pulling a 16ft. enclosed trailer. It will be interesting to see how that cuts into the average.
The downside of the trip: I was not completely satisfied with the handling. I mentioned this in another post and I have recieved a few suggestions I will be looking into. The trip conditions included some very brisk winds across my bow. I anticipated some sway or movement during this type conditions. That didn't bother me. However, the counter-steer didn't seem as smooth as it should. It hard for me to explain, but it seemed I had to counter more than I should and when the counter steering took effect, it was sudden. I still have not eliminated the possiblity I may have some play in my front end. I had it checked before the trip, but plan to have it looked at again. Any additional comments are welcomed.
Over all, I am pleased with the Clipper for a starter MH. We will be headed out again in less than 2 weeks for a 800-900 mile roundtrip pulling the trailer.
Thanks for all help.