Update: We just came back from a 2,400 mile trip to South Dakota from Texas. The dash repair held perfectly. I-90, East of the Badlands is a front shock test if ever one of those existed. Both the shocks and the dash connection did fine.
I'm thrilled this worked out so well. I had visions of $1,000s leaving my bank account.
It was great and also had its moments. We left Grand Island on Route 281 and then picked up Route 2. That was a wonderful and very easy drive. When we turned on to Route 83, there were a few grades but they will all very short. North of Valentine, the road gets worse and then a lot worse. The last 30 miles into Merdo were really bumpy and had a least 1 - 7% grade (dropped from 65mph to 45mph in less than 1/2 mile) We caught part of the weather that went through Valentine and that didn't help at all. It wouldn't have raised my bloodpressure even a couple of points without the rain and wet roads with a truck climbing up my tailpipe on the down hills.
Thanks again for all of the feedback. We'll probably take the same route down unless someone thinks Route 183 is better. I wish all of the roads that we get to drive were as good as the part from Route 2 to Valentine. It was terrific!
Great to hear! A buddy of a long haul trucker recommended the route. The trucker said that he had his truck up to 75mph on one of the downgrades. He made a point of calling us back to tell me that. I asked him about the % of the grade but he didn't know. I prefer to understand what I'm getting myself into.
I'd much rather worry too much than be surprised. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Badlands, here we come!
We had a change of plans and are now taking Route 83 from Nebraska into South Dakota, heading for the Badlands. I didn't bring my Mountain Directory West and was wondering if anyone has driven this road. Feed back says that it has "some steep grades" Up to 8% is fine for me. When it gets to be 9-10+, the pucker factor really goes up.
I'm glad that you found what may be your problem.
Your situation underscores why I bought and recommend VMSpc (I have no affiliation with that company)
1. Engine fault codes are captured. Cummins engines should not derate without setting a fault code. The fault code can give you an idea about where to look for the problem.
2. I run a laptop for our GPS (Street Atlas) because I like the much larger screen in the MH. I have VMSpc hooked up and running in 1/3 of the laptop screen. VMS monitors all gauges and can report on turboboost. It also captures intake manifold temperature which I like to watch during our Texas Summers. By keeping an eye on the turboboost, I'm hoping that I could see it slipping before a problem fully developed because of a leak.
I more than paid for VMSpc by repairing an intermittent speedometer problem myself using its data after a MH shop had failed twice making that repair. VMS also captured a code that was caused by a problem with exhaust brake that an engine shop would have had great difficulty in finding.