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I drive in ECON mode 12 16.90%
I drive in ECON mode using CRUISE control 48 67.61%
I never drive in ECON mode 8 11.27%
I drive with CRUISE control and NO ECON mode 14 19.72%
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #15
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I`ll probably be the only one in this poll who use no cruise, & very seldom the ecno mode -- I drove OTR Trucks for years in the 60`s & 70`s & Interstate Highways, & 4 lane`s were few -- 300hp was a big horse, & exhaust brakes were unheard of -- In the 60`s the front wheels didn`t have brakes, just spindles -- I still use my foot as the cruise, & my finger to down shift on pulls, & down grades -- My fuel mileage on our 400ISL , 42ft Camelot, with a 4000lb toad is overall (52,000 miles) 7.6, & I usually drive at 65mph on the open road --The ecno mode, & cruise MAY help fuel mileage, but I don`t think so -- Bill Willard
Nope. There are two of us Bill....I have to be able to feel the "pulse", don't use it on my other vehicles either.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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Don`t know where I got the 52,000 lbs -- It`s 40,000 -- It`s a wonder somebody didn`t jump all over that -- Bill Willard
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Bill, did I read miles or pounds the first time? Dadgummit...now I'm lost again and forgot where I was.....
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #18
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i'm a relatively new owner, only had this coach for a year. After reading the FMCA article I started using ECON mode; on a trip home from Las Vegas (NASCAR) I checked my mileage for the first time; 280 miles 11.3 mpg; now that was w/o toad and of course "downhill" to San Diego, Ca. Needless to say I'm thrilled:,but wait, lets see what a 5000 # wrangler does to it.
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I printed a label that is on my dash just above the speedo that says "Econ Mode". It reminds me to turn it on. I don't use the Econ Mode in stop and go traffic because it stretches out the shift points and causes the coach to bog. As soon as I'm on the Fwy/Hwy, I turn the Econ Mode on. It does nothing for flat driving but will stretch the shifts out or hold 6th longer on rolling hills (this is where its suppose to increase your mileage). When I come to a major grade, I take it out of Econ and then watch my VMSpc monitor and down shift as needed.
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William, your right about the cruise. 1 can achieve better MPG knowing how to operate the gas pedal properly to compensate for upcoming hills etc etc. A cruise can not compensate for what it can't see unlike us operating the vehicle.
I use all 4 beings poll covers the whole range of road conditions
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Bill, did I read miles or pounds the first time? Dadgummit...now I'm lost again and forgot where I was.....
I`m screwed up as usual -- It is 52000 miles, & 40,000 lbs -- I can`t even read my own post -- Hope my wife don`t see this -- She`ll say, I`ve told you for years that you have CRS -- Bill Willard
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They have CRS baseball caps. deSanford
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #23
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The FMCA article by Brett Wolfe is a real eye opener. I cannot provide a link as you must be an FMCA member to access that page. Apparently you can have your Allison software upgraded to LBSS: Load based shift scheduling. The tranny will automatically select either the Econo or Performance mode based on load. I am going to call my Allison dealer next week. BTW: You are supposed to be in Econo mode most of the time. Even when in the hills. Makes a big difference to fuel mileage
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I agree with you Moisheh that was a very good article. The transmission stays in the overdrive gears REAL LONG. I used to climb hills is 6th gear overdrive going 55 mph. Now with a PYRO and BOOST gauge I don't do that any more as the EGTs really climb. Now I still stay in ECON mode, but I down shift to 5th overdrive (using the down arrow). I forgot to mention that this is while in CRUISE......towing my MINI Cooper. deSanford
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