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RE: Mileage observations

Lower rpm is usually better mpg, but there are many variables in the ECU that can affect this. If you drove a simple two cycle engine, then yes, lower equals less fuel, but on vehicles the computer changes fueling, timing, the vacuum changes, and the gears change. In general overdrive is not an efficient gear, the gear right under it is usually the most efficient gear in the transmission, and usually translates to the most efficient at the pump (assuming speeds are appropriate for the selected gear). In OD you cover more ground for the same engine rpm so you may get better mpg, but when towing you may not. Many variables. In a manual transmission, in a 5 speed for ex, 5th is an OD gear, and 4th is what is referred to as a one to on or 1:1 gearing. For every one rotation of the engine the drives shaft rotates once. This literally means that the gears in the transmission are not even used, they are bypassed, not turning. The "input shaft" is locked directly to the "output shaft", so really there is no mechanical loss from the transmission. This is why it is the efficient gear (because it really is not a gear). Similar gearing will happen in an auto trans. The biggest factor still is how the engine fuels at different rpms and at different loads. You may find you get worse mpg at too slow of a speed and this is the engine fueling differently. 55 is typically the sweet spot, but it is worth a few bucks extra to go a little faster when you do the math. Gear ratios for the Ford 6R140 1=3.974/2=2.318/3=1.516/4=1.149/5=0.858/6=0.674 I tow a 11,000 lb 5er at around 68 on the interstates and it runs in 6th gear. I will down shift to 5th to longer hills but doesnt on the short ones. So maybe I if lock out 6th I might get better millage??I wouldnt ever shift. Would running in a lower gear than the computer requires cause it to run hotter?
hotpepperkid 11/04/19 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mileage observations

Lower rpm is usually better mpg, but there are many variables in the ECU that can affect this. If you drove a simple two cycle engine, then yes, lower equals less fuel, but on vehicles the computer changes fueling, timing, the vacuum changes, and the gears change. In general overdrive is not an efficient gear, the gear right under it is usually the most efficient gear in the transmission, and usually translates to the most efficient at the pump (assuming speeds are appropriate for the selected gear). In OD you cover more ground for the same engine rpm so you may get better mpg, but when towing you may not. Many variables. In a manual transmission, in a 5 speed for ex, 5th is an OD gear, and 4th is what is referred to as a one to on or 1:1 gearing. For every one rotation of the engine the drives shaft rotates once. This literally means that the gears in the transmission are not even used, they are bypassed, not turning. The "input shaft" is locked directly to the "output shaft", so really there is no mechanical loss from the transmission. This is why it is the efficient gear (because it really is not a gear). Similar gearing will happen in an auto trans. The biggest factor still is how the engine fuels at different rpms and at different loads. You may find you get worse mpg at too slow of a speed and this is the engine fueling differently. 55 is typically the sweet spot, but it is worth a few bucks extra to go a little faster when you do the math. Gear ratios for the Ford 6R140 1=3.974/2=2.318/3=1.516/4=1.149/5=0.858/6=0.674 I tow a 11,000 lb 5er at around 68 on the interstates and it runs in 6th gear. I will down shift to 5th to longer hills but doesnt on the short ones. So maybe I if lock out 6th I might get better millage??I wouldnt ever shift. Would running in a lower gear than the computer requires cause it to run hotter?
hotpepperkid 11/04/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Macerator pumps

I use one at home with no problems. Pump 25' in a 3/4" hose. I grab a couple of beers and my chair and pump and flush away
hotpepperkid 11/02/19 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Things to do around Kingman, Az

Needles is having Ft Mohave days this week-end
hotpepperkid 10/25/19 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Things to do around Kingman, Az

This week end they are having street drags on Andy Devine (rt66) Closing off the street
hotpepperkid 10/25/19 11:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

No harm running the AC, but Gen sets should be exercised monthly not just once before storage. I have a portable gen and it gets regular exercise. I try to but put half of the max load on it for at least 15 min. So I gather up enough things, hair dryers flood lamps ect. to give me that half load. Some people never exercise them and than ***** because they dont run right after 6 mo of no use
hotpepperkid 10/12/19 10:05am Beginning RVing
RE: Campground Maximum Length

Dutchman that was a very good explanation! One little thing to add. When you put in length odd numbers can confuse some of the websites. Use multiples of 5 when entering trailer length. If you look for sites for a 37 foot trailer it may say there are none. If you immediately change it to 40 feet there may be some available. It all depends on how the site is set up. Yes just because the site is long enough doent mean you will fit, because of trees and or tree limbs. A tow trailer might fit were as a 5er might not because of the different heights. A 5er generally is taller than a tow trailer.
hotpepperkid 10/12/19 09:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Carlsbad Caverns NM

We stayed at the KOA and it is a long way from anything. It is 20 miles just to Carlsbad. Buds is your best bet if your going to stay a few days but I think I would stay at the one at the exit to the caverans if I was going to just stay one night it didnt look all that bad when we drove past it.
hotpepperkid 10/11/19 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Carlsbad Caverns NM

The KOA north of town is probably the best campground but it is 30 to 45 minutes to the caverns depending on traffic thru town. Coming from that KOA there is a by-pass about 10 miles South of the park that takes you on the West edge of town missing all of that down town area
hotpepperkid 10/11/19 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

I40 only touches very little of Nevada and 10, not even a bit. And 10 after California is one vvery very boring freeway. And exactly where does I-40 touch Nevada?
hotpepperkid 10/10/19 09:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Eternabond vs Dicor

Isnt Eternabond for TPO and Dicor for EPDM roofs
hotpepperkid 10/07/19 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing small utility trailer behind 5ver

Impressive, let's see him try that with my Kendon MC Trailer. Just because you cant. Farmers do that kind of **** every day
hotpepperkid 10/06/19 11:26am Towing
RE: Egr dpf delete dodge 6.7

Keep all the parts removed, as you may have to reinstall them some day. BIL did not and was unable to register his truck in Arizona. EPA is currently stepping up it's enforcement of deleting and handing out hefty fines. Only two places in AZ that have smog checks are Phoenix and Tucson all the rest of the state wouldnt know if you had deleted all that stuff they dont check
hotpepperkid 10/01/19 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: double trailers

Triple towing are not allowed in those two states for recreational vehicles. It's called triple towing (as it relates to RV's) based on how many items are in that attached group, not how many items are being towed. There are separate rules for commercial DOT trucking that are different for private RV's regardless what they look like or can be considered. It's doubles. You tow a trailer and you're just towing. That one trailer isn't a double, it's just a trailer. You add a boat behind it and you're towing double. Those FedEx rigs you see in some states with a tractor and three trailers are triples, not quadruples. Some states dont allow doubles towing period and most of them are on the East cost. Every state that allow them has their own licence requirments, some require a special licence and other dont. The licence required in your state is good in all the other states that allow doubles towing. You just have to pay attention to the length as each state has its own requirement you have to abide by
hotpepperkid 10/01/19 08:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Murfreesboro, Arkansas to Eureka Springs Arkansas

Looking for the best route pulling a 36' tow hauler from Murfreesboro, Arkansas to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Stay on I-49 until you get to Rogers and then take 62 to Eureka Springs
hotpepperkid 09/30/19 11:44am Roads and Routes
RE: East Bound I40

There is a little short 2 mile 6% coming into Kingman some 5% to 6% East of Kingman 40 miles and then 5% or so in the Williams/Flagstaff area, some windy down hill stuff West of Albuquerque other than that there isnt anything to write home about
hotpepperkid 09/25/19 03:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: I 40 from Gallup to Albuquerque

I've driven it in the last 30 days and construction isn't bad in the spots they have it. The biggest problem is when an accident forces a closure. The side roads can get pretty clogged with very slow going. Couple that with typical western interstate entrance ramps located somewhere down the road over that mounting in the distance, well, having an RV can be your saving grace. So people pulled into the campground on the West side of Albuquerque a couple days ago and said they sat for over 3 hrs about 30 mile West of Alb because of an acident. Later saw on the news 4 people were killed. Just be careful in the construction zones
hotpepperkid 09/09/19 07:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Ford F-350 Towing Spec

You must have very forgiving insurance. My brother had a call stolen and they accused him and stealing it. Thats nothing Someone stole the keys to my van years ago and insurance company would cover the cost of changing looks because they said my kids were drug addicts. I didnt have kids at that point
hotpepperkid 09/07/19 11:09am Towing
RE: RV'ing 100 Years Ago

There is a RV muesume in Amarillo TX it is worth a visit
hotpepperkid 09/06/19 09:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: I-70 through Colorado

many of the exits in mid-Colorado involve "roundabouts," those pesky traffic circles. ;) I HATE those things! We almost got taken out by one at the Morongo Casino a few years ago. They're great for locals who are used to them but for visitors who suddenly come up on them they are very dangerous. They are slowly infecting AZ, too. I hate them also I just take up both lanes screw them
hotpepperkid 09/04/19 01:50pm Roads and Routes
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