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Old 07-28-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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P30 7.4 report card after a long trip

Sometimes this info is useful so let me do some sharing.
We just came back from a very long trip around the US with the departure point being Montreal, Quebec:

Mount Rushmore SD
Yellowstone Montana, Wy
Lake Tahoe, CA
San Francisco, CA
Pismo Beach, CA
Ventura, CA
San Diego, CA
Roswell, NM
Dallas, TX
New Orleans, LA
Daytona, FL
Montreal, QC

Odometer start: 188,037 km
Odometer end: 201,800 km

Type: Class A, Triple E, Commander 32 feet, 1998 GM 7.4, 16500LB with Banks system.
Generator hours start: 492
Generator hours end: 610

Best MPG: 9.9
Worst MPG: 7.6 with generator running (no tow and in the mountains at 11,500 feet)

Highest temperature: 113F (45C) Lowest 41F (5C) at the beartoothpass with snow all over the place

Most challenging roads (really really challenging), in order of difficulty

Dirt road in Gardiner Montana to access a very remote ranch to go horseback riding (Hell's A Roarin' Outfitters). Last leg is 1 vehicle wide more than 10% grade with small rocks and trees hitting the motorhome. In first gear, pedal to the metal with the back wheels throwing rocks while spinning. Recommendation, donít even try !'s...h&z=16&iwloc=A

Beartoothpass, like the alps a bunch of very tight S turns, requires lots of engine power, 1st gear all the last part

Woodside CA to San Gregorio CA, well very narrow, so many S curves, trees would hit the motorhome, etcÖ!2d37.3271651

What broke:

AutoPark black sensor switch in the middle of nowhere (WY), Thanks to Roger for calling me and giving a fix solution from the side of the road.
Awning left arm. Replaced in Pismo beach in 10 minutes.
Small hole in the rv main door because a gust of wind slammed it against one of the open compartment doors.
Left convex mirror on the ground, thanks to duck tape a repair was fast ;-)
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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Wow I don't drive that many miles in a year. I probably would have parts falling off.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:46 PM   #3
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Wow I don't drive that many miles in a year. I probably would have parts falling off.
i am hoping mine can just hold up over the first test drive
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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Pretty good trip with an old P30!
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Wow that sounds like fun,,,except for the narrow road and flying rocks.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:39 PM   #6
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Awsome trip, thanks for the info. Did you cross the Golden Gate Bridge in the MH? That's something I always felt would be pretty cool.

And what about your Arizona stops, looks like you forgot those
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