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Old 10-12-2013, 01:08 AM   #2017
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Looking for advice on exhaust braking

When to use it and when not to. From my limited experience, it is nice in heavy traffic or on slower roads. I suspect it costs in fuel efficiency as we don't coast as far.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:17 AM   #2018
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to bad you cant duct that heat inside , it is so much hotter then what come's out the vent's inside the coach
That is what a 90+ efficient residential gas furnace does. Recycles the flue gas to a second heat exchanger. End result is a 90 degree flue gas temperature vs a 250 degree flue gas temperature.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:47 AM   #2019
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When to use it and when not to. From my limited experience, it is nice in heavy traffic or on slower roads. I suspect it costs in fuel efficiency as we don't coast as far.
If you do a search on exhaust brake you will find many opionions as well as facts. Most important is NOT to use it on slippery roads. Some people love it and some don't, while some develop a throttle feathering technique so it does not activate when not needed.

Biggest value is to assist on downhill grades since a diesel does not have compression braking like a gas engine.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:51 AM   #2020
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We just got our 36.1 last Wednesday. I thought you'd like to know what was wrong/missing for your own reference:

* Scratch on bedroom TV (will be replaced)
* Bent metal on microwave door (will be replaced)
* No travel slide bars (to be provided)
* Spring keeps popping out of TV antennae crank (they keep ignoring it after popping it back in)
* Only one ignition key (they deny that there should be a second one)

Then, we also found this in the past few days:

* Door to monitor/control panel hinges not secure (I will fix myself)
* Side curtains not connected correctly on both sides (I will fix myself)
* Light bulb out on one fixture (I am surprised at so many bulbs - not LEDs)

I am not sure if it should, but the bedroom thermostat doesn't work the furnace.

We're still going over everything. It will have to be winterized in a couple weeks.
Congratulations and welcome!

If this is all you find consider yourself very fortunate. When you go through all the posts in this and other threads you will find many other things to look for that are not very obvious at first.

There is a great benefit to this forum and one of the early things I learned from it was that the bedroom thermostat does not do anything with the furnace.
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When to use it and when not to. From my limited experience, it is nice in heavy traffic or on slower roads. I suspect it costs in fuel efficiency as we don't coast as far.
I use mine on downhill grades only. Works great there. When my exhaust break activates so do my break lights. I don't really like that feature
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When to use it and when not to. From my limited experience, it is nice in heavy traffic or on slower roads. I suspect it costs in fuel efficiency as we don't coast as far.
I turn it on and leave it on. Towing I get 11 + or - mpg and have gotten as high as 12 a couple of times on long felt stretches of interstate @ 1600 RPM. Therefore if it has a negative impact on fuel mileage it can't be much or not measurable.

As for turning on my break lights when the exhaust break engages, I like the feature. I want people to know that I am slowing down. There are enough hot rods weaving in and out on the interstate and I do not want one of these idiots to sideswipe my toad if they do not realize I am slowing down via my exhaust break. If I piss someone off behind me because my break lights are coming on when the exhaust break engages they can co around...they would make me happy, happy, happy!

Bottom line, do what make you comfortable and enjoy your coach!
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We just got our 36.1 last Wednesday. I thought you'd like to know what was wrong/missing for your own reference: * Scratch on bedroom TV (will be replaced) * Bent metal on microwave door (will be replaced) * No travel slide bars (to be provided) * Spring keeps popping out of TV antennae crank (they keep ignoring it after popping it back in) * Only one ignition key (they deny that there should be a second one) Then, we also found this in the past few days: * Door to monitor/control panel hinges not secure (I will fix myself) * Side curtains not connected correctly on both sides (I will fix myself) * Light bulb out on one fixture (I am surprised at so many bulbs - not LEDs) I am not sure if it should, but the bedroom thermostat doesn't work the furnace. We're still going over everything. It will have to be winterized in a couple weeks.
Two full sets of keys.
Hallway thermostat runs the furnace. Bedroom thermostat only controls the rear AC.
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How did you folks know your water pump was bad or going bad, did it get louder, start to leak? And what did Thor replace with? Is it quiet er and pump more(concerned how loud it's getting)? Any advice.....spent all week in New Palazzo and love it(few problems...but pay hyper-attention to the items that have been mentioned in this forum! Love this forum
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Hey guys first time poster! Im thinking about the palazzo 36.1. I saw one at the pomona rv show yesterday and dealer was offering 20% off, which is right around 168k. What are these going for before fees? Its a 14 by the way. Thanks!
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How did you folks know your water pump was bad or going bad, did it get louder, start to leak? And what did Thor replace with? Is it quiet er and pump more(concerned how loud it's getting)? Any advice.....spent all week in New Palazzo and love it(few problems...but pay hyper-attention to the items that have been mentioned in this forum! Love this forum
Most problems I've seen on the thread have been from cracks/ leaks. I've no had a problem (yet ).
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When to use it and when not to. From my limited experience, it is nice in heavy traffic or on slower roads. I suspect it costs in fuel efficiency as we don't coast as far.
I leave my exhaust brake on all the time. Works great for down hills and in traffic. I've been told not to use it during wet or on snowy roads. It might cause the back end to come around if the tires loose traction as the transmission down shifts. Wet roads means standing water and/or heavy rain.

So far I'm averaging about 10.5 mpg with a tow. At time, I'm getting up to 12.5 mpg. From what I can see the exhaust brake has had little impact on fuel mileage. I'm happy with that.

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Hey guys first time poster! Im thinking about the palazzo 36.1. I saw one at the pomona rv show yesterday and dealer was offering 20% off, which is right around 168k. What are these going for before fees? Its a 14 by the way. Thanks!
Make an offer at 30% off.
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Make an offer at 30% off.
x2 I would say between 26 and 30 % would be the goal
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