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Old 07-28-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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RPMs on 03 V10 6.8L

We just purchased a 2004 Minnie Winnie 30V, it has a 2003 V10 6.8. The RPMs on this when it downshifts seems really high. I've found lots of posts about recommend RPMs for the new V10s but not much on the older ones.

What would be a normal hill climb RPM and what would be redline ? I'm not a speed demon, more worried about making the engine laths long as possible.

Our first trip will be to WV on Friday so I'm sure I will be climbing ;-)

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Old 07-28-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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It is designed for high RPMs. In WV with the hills if you are going to have to have it down shift to climb. The main thing after it screaming as you go up a hill like they have is it likes gasoline.
I do not recall which of the early years had which problems. Overall it is a gas thirsty high RPM runner.
Search for spark plug for v-10 and it should point you in the right direction for the years you need to take care with.
Good wishes with your coach, enjoy.
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Pretty sure the spark plug blow out issues were resolved by 2000 or so.
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Had a 2010 pickup, it was by then but I did not know by when.
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I have a 2001 and I swear, the motor sounds like it's gonna climb out of the motor box and sit in my lap... but, it's given me no problems what-so-ever.

This motor's torque peak is much higher than the older V-8s, so it has to spin up to make power.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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I like to keep the rpms between 3500 and 4000 when climbing.
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Thanks everyone ! I will try 3500-4000 and see how it goes
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