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RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

dodge guy wrote: "I agree. But even for the enjoyment of driving the full install amount is worth it." If enjoyment is your goal I agree it's all worth it. My point is for the most part be it tuners, gearing, snake oils, or a plethora of other mods. If the goal is to improve MPG's those mods are never/seldom beneficial. Those mods can improve performance and make the drive more enjoyable. However they won't produce enough of a MPG improvement to provide any negligible fuel/cash savings once the numbers are crunched. i agree completely. MPG mods are generally stupid. I plan to do a gear upgrade because it will tow better but i think in this case it might also result in better towing MPG. I think 3.73 is a great compromise for highway cruising without a heavy load and with the V10 it will still get the job done with 5 tons of trailer, I expect i'll get better towing mileage with the 4.3
hertfordnc 11/08/21 06:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

I tow a 37' fiver at 13500lb. I get 7-8 towing and being conservative on the pedal. I get 10.5 at best empty with 4:30 rear gears on a 2002 f-350 4d dually using 87 octane. Thanks. Kinda' what i was looking for. I think she'll be a lot happier at 4.3
hertfordnc 11/08/21 08:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

If you are running ST tires, check the speed rating, many are 65. THanks for that- i just looked it up. Speed Rating M- good for 81 mph
hertfordnc 11/08/21 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

making progress. I'll look into hte five star tune
hertfordnc 11/07/21 04:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

That V-10 is going to suck gas no matter what! Going through modifications to get .3 or .5 better towing MPG's is futile especially if it decreases non towing MPG's. Now if you want to get better performance the mods maybe worthwhile. But the idea of doing mods to increase MPG's is futile and generally wont pay for themselves. It's going to cost you some $$$ to tow a big box down the road. THere is no way around the physics and gas dollars $$$ required 1 MPG is 10%, that's about $400 in one camping season so an axle swap (if i do the work myself) will pay for itself in a couple seasons. But i just want my question answered- what MPG, what gears, how much weight and what speed? i believe if my current cruise RPM is 2350 in 3rd and i swap gears so it's 2400 in OD at the same speed, i think i might get better MPG.
hertfordnc 11/07/21 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

I'm not bothered by people going slow. I just threw that in because i expected someone to mention it. Ultimately, i just want to know if a V10 can move 13,000 LB down a flat road at 70 mph and get 9ish MPG. Maybe it's not possible.
hertfordnc 11/06/21 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

Is there a question in here somewhere? The question is in the subject. I've googled and found those conversations but they seem to always leave out one part of the equation. It only helps if i have MPG, gears, weight and typical cruising speed.
hertfordnc 11/06/21 11:00am Class A Motorhomes
Real world MPG Ford V10, what gear and cruising speed ?

My question is actually about an Excursion but i figure there might be useful info here. In my conversations with owners of V10 Class A's and Class C's people have claimed to get the same MPG my Excursion gets empty (about 10) So i get 11 empty if i work at it and i get 6-7 MPG towing a 5,000 lb Hybrid. I have 3.73 gears, mostly flat East Coast. Mostly at 70 with flow of traffic. Truck will usually stay in overdrive but i usually drop it down. I think 4.30 gears will allow me to stay in OD at about 2400 RPMs. No, i will not go slower. I chose this truck and this camper so i don't have to. I travel with two boys and the difference between 60 and 70 is about an hour of campfire and setup time that we usually cannot afford to give up. thanks
hertfordnc 11/06/21 10:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/T P tires in front, Highway LT's in back, any problem?

Well folks, i certainly learned a lot in this conversation. Turns out it's all moot, the shop just called to tell me the slow leak on one of my GOOD front tires is a small sidewall puncture so i ordered two more Michelins. - PAINFUL
hertfordnc 06/29/21 01:31pm Towing
RE: A/T P tires in front, Highway LT's in back, any problem?

Fed regs require a P tire load capacity to be derated by dividing its capacity by 1.1 when mounted on a truck or trailer. A 2600 lb rated P tire capacity now = 2360 lbs so make sure that number fits the vehicle mfg GAWR requirements for that axle. Ok, i think this horse is dead. I just looked at the door sticker- "Front Axle Gross Weight 4300 LB" Really, i had been running LT's in the back and Ps in the front for 30,000 miles (12,000 towing. My question was about mixing highway tread (LTs) in the rear and All Terrain (Ps) in the front. I rembember the transition to radial tires and hearing that they did not mix well with bias ply,
hertfordnc 06/27/21 07:32am Towing
RE: A/T P tires in front, Highway LT's in back, any problem?

P rated tires should not be on any Ford Excursion's they can't handle the weight load. Ford recalled the OEM LT D rated tires and had us install LT E rated tires. Mixing P rated tires and LT E rated tires on the same vehicle is a accident waiting to happen. Yeah i don't love it. But they're in front, rated at 2600 lb.
hertfordnc 06/27/21 04:14am Towing
RE: A/T P tires in front, Highway LT's in back, any problem?

I currently have LT all terrains on the back. and a matching set (Firestone Destination) but the fronts are P. So,i assume the rears are stiffer. It handles like a 4 ton truck. I'm thinking replacing the rear with highway tread Michelins will have the same stiffness but better grip on asphalt.
hertfordnc 06/26/21 03:01pm Towing
RE: A/T P tires in front, Highway LT's in back, any problem?

THanks, that's what i thought. i figure i'll buy the other two by the time i'm due t rotate them.
hertfordnc 06/26/21 10:29am Towing
A/T P tires in front, Highway LT's in back, any problem?

My 2002 excursion had an OK set of All terrain tires i was hoping to get another year out of. The fronts were new, rears were in good shape but then i had a blowout. I want to migrate to Michelin LTX but i can only afford two this month. Maybe get the other two in the Fall after camping season. Is there any problem with this other than my truck not looking cool?
hertfordnc 06/26/21 09:32am Towing
RE: DO I need REALLY GOOD house batteries if i NEVER boondock ?

Scary, mid 90's. Hope he is not still driving. Hah!, No he's only in his late 70's works full time for the VA. The Coach is a mid 90's Holiday Rambler.
hertfordnc 05/29/21 09:46am Class A Motorhomes
DO I need REALLY GOOD house batteries if i NEVER boondock ?

I am advising a friend who lives in his Mid 90's HR. He's on a very tight budget and needs to replace the batteries. He is always connected to shore power and occasionally runs the generator. He thinks he needs to buy $500 worth of AGM golf cart batteries. I'm thinking one cheap, marine deep cycle would be perfectly adequate. THe only issue would be longevity but in a typical year the battery may never go through a discharge cycle. Is my logic sound?
hertfordnc 05/27/21 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best and worst routes across the Mountains ?

You have not mentioned if you have given this a Good Test Run - If you have not then you might make a couple longer Craig's list Runs into Say Florida to be sure all systems are go for the big trip, My Coach sat for 7-8 years with only short runs to the Beach and a few tailgates - 1-200 mile runs - I took off to the Rockies this Summer - Yellowstone - and we had a number of system failures - I'm in a DP so more to be concerned about - Air level blew - Alternator had to be replaced - Shocks had to be replaced, age and Bad Roads - Turbo almost fell off - and last but not least blew the Transmission - so sitting is not good. Again will try to follow your Adventure, Of course. A lot of balls in the air. I'm finishing the renovation of a new home, followed by rehabbing the current home for tenants. And i'm recovering from COVID (mild case but no energy) In the middle of that i acquired the coach. I get little snatches of time to mess with it. A new trans goes in the day after christmas. After that I'll start commuting to work in it. (gets the same MPG as my excursion) That will be a good test- lots of heat cycles and oil consumption. Hopefully a 1000 mile run on presidents day weekend. And then maybe a family trip for Spring Break to really test the process. But we did 5000 miles last summer in the Excursion pulling a trailer. We're pretty road worthy.
hertfordnc 12/16/20 10:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Best and worst routes across the Mountains ?

Couple notes on the old Revcon - Brakes - and Brake Lines - have them checked to be sure all is really in good shape - as you will make it up fine the going Down is the Issue. Couple years later my GMC developed pin hole - rust - leaks on the brake lines - loosing the brakes at 60 mph when traffic stops in front of you is a challenge - another story - but it required me to replace ALL the Metal brake lines on the GMC and the DW never felt comfortable again in that Coach. s Actually, i have a newly refirbished GMC. Well, it was newly refurbished in 2013 and my very dear friend became ill and gave it to me. I've have to go over the soft tissue but otherwise it's a fully updated coach, disc brakes all around, etc. Great links- thank you
hertfordnc 12/16/20 09:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Best and worst routes across the Mountains ?

Where at the coast? I would avoid the LA/Cal area if possible by doing the red rock country thru Moab Ut. then use I-15 / I-84 In 1946 my uncle moved from Massachusettes to Albany California where he had nine children and 28 grandchildren, and i have lost count of the great grandchildren. One grandchild is a flight attendant, he is the ONLY one of my uncles 50+ descendants who does not still live within 30 miles of that house in Albany. That is the actual goal of the trip and if we blow an engine in the rockies and pull up in a rental car it will still be a success. SInce i began this thread we already shifted the track- straight to yellowsotne and the down instead of Grand Canyon and then up. We will not add desert heat to the list of failure points.
hertfordnc 12/15/20 09:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Best and worst routes across the Mountains ?

Enough - of my stories - you need to be sure you have many cameras - take Hundreds of Images (Every Day) then store them so you can find them later - they will be Priceless. That's funny. I'm a photographer for the US COast Guard. But sometimes it becomes work and i don't feel like it. But this will be pretty well photographed. I am 60 years old. my boys are 10 & 13 - Wife is a teacher. When I retire in two years. we will have just three more summers with both boys. So this is bit of a practice run. Shoot across the mountains, see some sights, meet some family for hte first time. Drink Beer. After i retire these trips will begin on the last day of school and run until Late august. Unless we find we hate it. then we'll do somethign else. But my goal (which i do not share outload ) is ALCAN Summer 2023. And my real dream is West Africa- Morocco to Senegal 2025 (not real optimistic about that one)
hertfordnc 12/15/20 08:46am Roads and Routes
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