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RE: Pa to Denver 454

By the way the 3500 RPM when climbing will help insure the 454 engine and transmission stay cool. When dragging out that Old Priest Run the engine temp gauge kissed the Red zone but did not enter it. I do not even remember looking that the transmission temp gauge. I learned this last year during my first season with my 454. It's an '84 and only has a 3-speed TH400, but when it started to get warm on long grades I instinctively slowed down and it got even hotter. One day it was getting warm again, but I need to get around a slow-moving truck in order to get to a left-side exit. I sped up to about 70-75 MPH and the coolant temp dropped like a rock! Now I've learned to keep the RPMs up when it starts to get warm. I have a trans temp gauge, too, but curiously it was never hooked up. No wires to the lights or the sender. It's on the to-do list. TurboJimmy that was interesting how you discovered how to keep a 454 engine cool in a MH. It was like on our 3 day of our 31 day trip in 2011 and we got off the Interstate and headed up to Mount Rushmore. I was pulling those first grades in 3rd as it dropped out of OD/4th on its own but the engine temp kept rising and I got very concerned knowing we were going to CA and back to KY. I got on the gas harder and it down shifted to 2nd and very quickly the engine temp not only dropped back to normal range but even a few degrees below normal. Clearly gas engines do not like to be lugged down on the hills. :) At Wide Open Throttle (WOT) ours will up shift at 4000 RPM. That is at 35 MPH from 1st to 2nd and about 58 MPH for the 2nd to 3rd automatic shift point at WOT. Not having an OD gear as in your case has almost not negative effect in a MH. We did a lot of miles in 2nd and 3rd gear on that 8000 mile trip to the Pacific Ocean. Mentally I use 4000 RPM as the red line since that was GM's programmed WOT shift point but from the best I could find GM actually considered 4500 RPM as the official red line in big trucks. Now we have the Ford 429 (same block at 460 in many MH's) and the red line is more like 5000 RPM it seems. It is in a 1989 Ford F700 truck with a 16' flat dump bed. Many complain that the big block V-8 engines are bad about running hot. Short of a bad radiator and/or fan clutch from my personal experience over heating is due to operator error of running them at low RPM's when under heavy load is is the case 100% of the time in a MH. :)
Gale Hawkins 01/24/15 12:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pa to Denver 454

We did 8000 miles back in 2011 with our 1992 P30 454 TBI chassis that took us in a loop from KY through Badlands, Yellowstone, Great Salt Lake, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Yosemite, Carlsbad CA, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Roswell NM, Tx and back to KY. The engine and transmission did just fine in the mountains and long grades. Did quickly learn to keep the RPM's no less than 3500 when climbing. The only time I got concerned was when by error we took the Old Priest Run into Yosemite that we had to pull in 1st gear and I think max was about 1800 RPM. That was the longest four miles in my life. A set of good spark plug wires would be good to have if yours is getting some age. By the way the 3500 RPM when climbing will help insure the 454 engine and transmission stay cool. When dragging out that Old Priest Run the engine temp gauge kissed the Red zone but did not enter it. I do not even remember looking that the transmission temp gauge. One thing that helped on that trip was we had just moved to metric tires which gave us a 2.5% lower gearing ration that helped with the hills and MPG. On the 5-30 mile grades I would get out of OD before we lost RPM because once the RPM is lost they are hard to regain. We did a lot of grades in 2nd gear so we could keep up our RPM's and to improve time and MPG. If you ever find your gas pedal on the floor on an Interstate you are in too high of a gear it seemed in our case. Engine braking was all we needed for speed control on that trip but in some of the parks that meant 1st gear in a few places but 2nd/3rd were fine for engine braking most of the time.
Gale Hawkins 01/23/15 09:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flexible roll-out 136w Solar Cell Deal

Wow that is a great price but too bad the company when bankrupt. What would something like that cost from a firm in business today?
Gale Hawkins 01/23/15 08:43pm Truck Campers
RE: 1947 Flxible Clipper RV Restoration

That is so cool.
Gale Hawkins 01/06/15 12:28am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Class A's with PTO?

I have seen generators made for a PTO on a pickup. Actually the manual with our 1992 Kohler 5000 Confidant RV generator shows two versions and one has a shaft driven hydraulic pump of the generator end of the unit. Not sure the application however.
Gale Hawkins 12/13/14 12:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel additive ---- WOW !

I add 4 ounces of gasoline to 1 gallon of diesel for my heater. Burns much cleaner and fires instantly every time. I'm no expert but, I think this sounds like a terrible idea. Again, I really don't know and I would ask the manufacture of the heater for there recommendation. Besides the fire hazard gasoline is a very dry fuel that gives no lubrication . I agree it sounds scary but in the old days MB diesel cars of added a small amount of gas to winterize the diesel I have read. There was a ratio but I do not remember it.
Gale Hawkins 12/13/14 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Driver of MH indicted in death of Police Officer

I think for some in that age group and younger are diving an overloaded truck for the first time in their life and just panic under stress. Every time we get in a MH we are are at a higher risk of killing others. This fall I used our single axle 1989 Ford F700 to help my brother get out his corn crop after he took off work for two weeks and it rained the whole time. That was not something I had done in 25 years plus he overloaded it when I was not there because we had built a 4' high box inside my 2' dirt/gravel sides. I got it to the elevator but that load was 24,000 pounds of corn because it is a 16'long bed. The truck actually moved it OK but I kept it down around 35 miles a left in the dark to miss most of the traffic. Now if it has been a year or two since driving the MH much I am rusty for the first 100 miles. A MH is a different ballgame than a car or pick up. When people are in the roadway that is a different ball game too. I do feel for this guy because I am sure this has changed his retirement plans totally.
Gale Hawkins 11/27/14 12:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Just a handy hint re battery maintenance

We are cleaning up ours and running three 24 hour Desulf cycles on our batteries with the B&D chargers to help them make it through the winter better.
Gale Hawkins 11/22/14 04:46am Tech Issues
RE: Small Engine Storage

Most just get shut off in the real world. I like to use something like Seafoam, Archoil AR6200, etc so I do not have to get the gas out.
Gale Hawkins 11/22/14 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: First Time Buyer...Updated 03/06/2006

Bill often the price point is important to new buyers hence the rubber roof. They are fine but still not fiberglass. Because of the invention of Eternabond a lot of fiberglass and rubber roof boo boo's are easy to fix. We beefed up our edges with Eternabond to give extra limb protection.
Gale Hawkins 11/03/14 06:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Costco vs Sams Club 6V Golf Cart Batteries

I'm contemplating switching from 2 12v to 2 6v but I don't understand why the 6v have an advantage. Can someone enlighten me? Also, am I correct that the 6v need to be wired in series...seems like that must be how you get 12v out of 6v batteries, but again, what is the advantage of the 6v? I had the 12v connected parallel. Thanks! d-mac1 I have contemplating do doing that as well for all the good reasons stated. One think that stopped me is my under the radiator rack for the engine and 2 house batteries would require some major changes. The big factor was it would rob me of having a back up starting battery setting next to my starting battery only requiring me to move the starting battery cables over to one of the house batteries. When the Nissan PU battery died I just robbed the new in 2011 Interstate engine starting battery from the MH and moved the MH starting cables over to one of the two house batteries after I disconnected it from the other house battery BUT there was no battery moving required. If I was running out of 12v house power every night then maybe yes to two 6v batteries but that is not the case. I like having two extra batteries that will start the engine if required. 6v batteries sure have their place but sometimes it is just for bragging rights. :)
Gale Hawkins 10/18/14 08:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof upgrade

Metal if it does not have holes in it is great. I would look at recoating it with something white that does not get hard and crack. EPDM needs to be glued down and it to wood I think most often.
Gale Hawkins 10/15/14 02:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

Tires should be changed early if one is loosing sleep over it. :) I agree usage history is important. I had rather a 9 year old tire that had seen 100 miles every month than a 4 year old tire that had not been moved since mounted. Setting fully loaded or over loaded for four years without moving is BAD in my book.
Gale Hawkins 09/28/14 10:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

I would not change them myself. I'd probably have them inspected. I did that with my original Michelins and was told they were fine. I ran them for 8 years and then replaced them. Looking back, what I should have done is just replaced the front ones and ran the rear tires for a while longer. The real safety issue is a blow out on the front. A blow out on the rear isn't going to cause you to crash. It may tear up some fiberglass, but that's cover by insurance. Agree with the above. I would replace the front tires for safety and go. I also agree, If you are concerned about it replace the fronts, a rear blow out won't wreck you. BTW Michelin says have them checked after 5 years and replace at 10. I don't know where this 5 -6 year stuff came from. It is an old husband's tale that is web enabled. :)
Gale Hawkins 09/16/14 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford v10 or gm 8.1 liter class A

Either engine will need to make some higher RPM's in the hills.
Gale Hawkins 09/10/14 11:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

Since the maker states 10 years max I would looking for a new set in a few years.
Gale Hawkins 09/10/14 11:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: trojan t-105

We replaced our Oct 2006 this year (2014) but if used on a golf course we would have had to replace in 2012. Six years is pushing the limits on this technology.
Gale Hawkins 08/29/14 10:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable gen running on the back of a moving RV?

Please share with us if you figure out how to overcome the dying issue from the lack of gas. That could save us a lot of $$$. :) Glad you are on the road doing great.
Gale Hawkins 08/03/14 07:26am Tech Issues
Looks like the TV is under the RV now after storm.

Looks like RV landed on top of TV.
Gale Hawkins 08/02/14 02:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: mud daubers

Had one nest built inside the blower motor and had the motor locked up. Had to put a wrench on the shaft to crunch it up. Had a whole house unit set in the attic for 15 years and it took hours to reclaim it when the central unit failed with an empty bank account. That was in 2005 and the bank account is still empty and the 1987 Sears 25,000 BTU unit is still humming by the way as I type. :) The 1992 units on the MH tested fine on a recent generator run. The pre 1995 units seem to run forever.
Gale Hawkins 08/02/14 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
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