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 on: September 27, 2014, 10:28:05 am 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by ron.dittmer
I guess maintenance means filters and oil, etc. We just changed the oil and only ran the genie for 20 - 30 minutes for maintenance. Husband says he hasn't checked the air filter, so will do that before leaving for Acadia NP this coming Sunday.  I'm guessing with traffic congestion up the east coast things will not improve. We do have the e350 with a slide.  Any other thoughts will be appreciated.
Rose & Earl ThankYou
You are very welcome!

Yep, oil & filters, proper tire inflation, etc.

I have been using 5W-20 full synthetic motor oil since the second oil change.  Around here where we live, Quaker State full synthetic can be purchased occasionally on sale with a rebate for $1.99 per quart at Menards.  That brings the cost down to regular oil.  I would like to think that full synthetic oil helps a little in fuel economy, but I can't say for certain.  It does provide me with a little more peace of mind when engine braking in the mountains, watching the tachometer get near that red mark.

Full synthetic gear oil is available for the rear axle differential.  That too might help mpg a bit.  I would not change that oil until it's time, but am planning to use full synthetic then.

I do wonder if all the mounted RV accessories, roof storage, and things some people hang on their rigs, has a measurable influence on fuel economy.  General "weight" is always a factor too.  Don't bring along heavy things that you find yourself never using......but keep the spare tire and jack.  Smile

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 on: September 27, 2014, 09:40:35 am 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by BuffaloRose
Thanks Ron.  Can always count on you to help out on the forum. I guess maintenance means filters and oil, etc. We just changed the oil and only ran the genie for 20 - 30 minutes for maintenance. Husband says he hasn't checked the air filter, so will do that before leaving for Acadia NP this coming Sunday.  I'm guessing with traffic congestion up the east coast things will not improve. We do have the e350 with a slide.  Any other thoughts will be appreciated.
Rose & Earl ThankYou

 23 
 on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:21 am 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ragoodsp
I have heard thru the "grapevine" (very good source) that Born Free will be complimenting their Majestic/Imperial line up with a 33' coach built on the Dodge 5500 with the Cummins engine, that will give the consumer a choice between the F-550 or the Dodge, both exceptional chassis's.  The only issue is $$$, the upcharge for the diesel Ford and diesel gen set will set you back $18,000!.  Would love to see PC offer a 3100 on a Dodge 5500 chassis.

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 on: September 26, 2014, 08:15:28 pm 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by ron.dittmer
Every once in a while I will read a post like yours.  I can't explain why a few people get poor mileage.  The only thing I can suggest is to do what you can with driving habits and vehicle maintenance to see if you can influence it for the better.

Do keep in-mind that some people will claim great gas mileage.  I for example could say that our rig gets between 13 & 14 mpg on the open road.  Though true in one sense, it would be very misleading to proclaim.  If we travel on a level interstate highway with no winds and nobody near us (mainly night driving) at a steady 55 mph, our ScanGauge-II will be reading about those figures.  But keeping track of miles driven and gallons of fuel purchased throughout the duration of a vacation, we calculate trip averages of 9.5 mpg when towing our Jeep Liberty, and 10.5 mpg when not.  Also remember that we live in the Chicago area so much of our driving is done in the Great Plains where better mileage is achieved.

One other influence is generator usage.  Because it uses the fuel from the main fuel tank, the more you run the generator, the lower your gas mileage will calculate.

Oh yes, if your rig is built on an E450, most people seem to drop about 1 mpg due to the change in gear ratio in the rear axle differential.

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 on: September 26, 2014, 07:33:29 pm 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by BuffaloRose
I'm sure this topic has been discussed at length, but just feel frustrated.  We traded a 30 foot class A for our PC and hoped we would gain at least a little better gas mileage.  Both vehicles have the same Ford e350.  Our class A often got 9 mpgs towing our Ford Escape.  We typically don't go over 65 and are mindful of weight loads.  Have now driven our PC in various conditions, towing and not towing.  Our best mileage todate is 8.5 mpg.  How is it that the same motor on a smaller, more aerodynamic vehicle can't beat a 30 foot long shoebox driven much the same but with a heavier load? Very disappointing. pulling hair out

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 on: September 26, 2014, 04:06:54 pm 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ragoodsp
I posted a few weeks ago on the subject of PC offering a F-550 chassis and did not get much response.   With all the discussion of weights coming up recently I do not know why the 550 is not looked at as and option? I realize the engineering costs , etc...are significant but   the F-550 sure makes some sense to me as it would offer significant more load capacity, more comfortable cab area, diesel option, and a better ride.  I did very briefly speak with Kermit about this subject and he said he was sticking with the E-450.  Thanks

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 on: September 25, 2014, 04:50:57 pm 
Started by AMW - Last post by bobojay
We almost always seek out state parks and COE parks too. The senior discount helps a lot in the states that take them, and it's hard to pass up those $12.00 COE rates.

Again, beautiful rig Ann....

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 on: September 25, 2014, 09:59:06 am 
Started by AMW - Last post by Carol
Very pretty, Ann!  I do State parks a lot and, while the "quality" and prices vary a fair amount, they are usually pretty reasonable.  Usually a Camp Host is present, which I like.  The prices are lower than most private parks.  At a minimum electric hookup is available and often full hookup is, as well (although out West I found electric hookups were often not available).  The best part for those of us who travel with doggies is that State Parks usually have a lot of beautiful land surrounding the campground with assorted trails and network of roads--great for long dog walks!  Thanks for the tip on your stop at Henry Horton and good luck at your next competition!

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 on: September 24, 2014, 10:05:47 pm 
Started by AMW - Last post by AMW
Here we are in Henry Horton State Park, near Chapel Hill TN, not very far south of Nashville.  This is our second trip in the new PC, and our first time ever in a state park.  So I have nothing to compare it with, but what a beautiful place. Quiet, immaculate, easy paved roads and site pads, plenty of room between sites.  We have been here three days between last weekend's competition in Huntsville AL and next weekend's competition in Franklin TN.  I will be sad to leave in the morning, it has been lovely.

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 on: September 24, 2014, 02:53:53 pm 
Started by Margie - Last post by bhgareau
The attached photo was taken at Denali National Park last weekend. We always carry bear spray when we hike or travel around the state. I am not a gun advocate but bear spray is only effective at a distance of 10-30 feet. At greater distances avoid contact, at lesser distances a large caliber pistol is the only effective deterrent. In this instance we stayed in our vehicle and prayed that he would choose not to unwrap us. My wife had the bear spray at hand and I had the .357. He crossed in front of us and I took another photo. They are beautiful and majestic animals.

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