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Old 06-12-2018, 07:31 PM   #15
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I'm in the "Push the accelerator down farther" camp. Actually I engage the cruise control and then let the coach do its thing and I sit back and enjoy.
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Thanks for the tips everyone. We bought our 06 Monaco Monarch SE 37 footer a year ago. Making plans for a trip out west soon. Just wondered the best way to hit those hills!
Out west here, on long grades, when you drop down to about 45 mph, turn on your 4 way flashers......most all 18 wheelers do...
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Well Chrisntina...... I have a gasser so my input would not do you any good here...... Except that it flat goes up the mountain passes with little to no problem....
Ours is a workhorse 8.1....
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Out west here, on long grades, when you drop down to about 45 mph, turn on your 4 way flashers......most all 18 wheelers do...
Thank you..that's kind of what I was thinking. Here in Alabama in the northern part of the state we have a few "hills" and that's usually what I do... Drop it into 4th or 3rd and follow the 18s.
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On my rig I've found 4th or 5th gear works great. If I get slowed down by traffic I push the throttle down a little bit and pass them.
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On my rig I've found 4th or 5th gear works great. If I get slowed down by traffic I push the throttle down a little bit and pass them.
Thank you...we don't have the hills that they do out west so 4th usually works good on our rig for our area. We are new to the to the class A but not to RVs. Our previous RV was a 31 foot class C with the Ford. It took the hills of Colorado with no problems.
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Some of the answers may depend on the size of the hill you are talking about, for smaller climbs, I take off the cruse control and as someone mentioned, I will try to pick up a little speed if i am on a down hill before a climb, if not I try to take a little run at in, to give my self a little rolling speed before I hit it, i shift down one or two gears. I don't try to go up them fast I do not like to push the boost to hard in my Turbo Diesel. I think is important to keep the RPMS up you stay in the TQ band of the motor and make it a little easier on the on the motor.
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I'll just stay in the right lane. Once speed starts it's drop I move from OD to D then when speed hits 45mph I'll move to 2nd gear (4L80E). Then hold speed between 35-40. In no hurry.
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Thank you...we don't have the hills that they do out west so 4th usually works good on our rig for our area. We are new to the to the class A but not to RVs. Our previous RV was a 31 foot class C with the Ford. It took the hills of Colorado with no problems.
Late wife and I went over Wolf Creek Pass. 10% up and 10% down, 10 miles of each with a Type C MH on Ford chassis towing a '95 Honda Odyssey on a dolly. Think the MH had a 351, I know it didn't have the 460. Slow going up though. Going down was faster though but burned the surge brakes out on the dolly.
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Late wife and I went over Wolf Creek Pass. 10% up and 10% down, 10 miles of each with a Type C MH on Ford chassis towing a '95 Honda Odyssey on a dolly. Think the MH had a 351, I know it didn't have the 460. Slow going up though. Going down was faster though but burned the surge brakes out on the dolly.
Wow...hate to hear that about the brakes on the dolly...our class C had the V10. It was a 1999 Itasca spirit..really enjoyed it, but we were ready to upgrade to the class A.
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Ours is a workhorse 8.1....
Your prior V10 Ford required a bit higher revs to climb hills than the 8.1 will need and the 8.1 won't rev as high as the Ford. I try to keep my 8.1 in the 3,600-4,200 RPM range (preferably in the lower end of that range) and if it is struggling and the RPM is dropping I select the next lower gear manually. You will know as the correct gear will require less gas pedal to climb the hill albeit at a slower speed.

The 8.1 will climb any hill you want, it is a great motor. Not sure what year your coach is but if you have the Allison transmission it is a great combination.

There is also a lot of help with things in the Workhorse chassis section of the IRV2 forums.
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Your prior V10 Ford required a bit higher revs to climb hills than the 8.1 will need and the 8.1 won't rev as high as the Ford. I try to keep my 8.1 in the 3,600-4,200 RPM range (preferably in the lower end of that range) and if it is struggling and the RPM is dropping I select the next lower gear manually. You will know as the correct gear will require less gas pedal to climb the hill albeit at a slower speed.

The 8.1 will climb any hill you want, it is a great motor. Not sure what year your coach is but if you have the Allison transmission it is a great combination.

There is also a lot of help with things in the Workhorse chassis section of the IRV2 forums.
Thank you..that's good advice.. Our rig is a 06 and do have the Allison trans.
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