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Posted: 02/15/21 01:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Purchased Cass A Traveller motor home Ford V10 Automatic. Would like hints for driving/barking in mountains, passes etc, all help and suggestions welcome ??????

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Use low gears. Generally the same one you used to ascend. Never ride your brakes. Slow down using your brakes and transmission to 15 to 20 mph below what you consider safe. Don’t use any brakes until you reach a speed just over what you consider safe. Pull off and let the brakes cool anytime you believe necessary. It is not a race. Learn to enjoy descending. Ignore those behind you until you can safely pull over.


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Posted: 02/15/21 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't try to do the posted speed.
Let the transmission shift down on its own, then when it starts searching for a gear select it manually.
Shift transmission to lower gear descending steep grades.


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Enblethen hit key points. Having lived decades at 9000' I'd add on ascents be happy with slower speeds. Those 18 wheelers in the right lane going 5 or 6 miles an hour, you may have to do that, depending on how your gasser behaves at altitude. You will lose approximately 3% of your horsepower for every 1000 ft above sea level. And I would reinforce the idea of using your transmission to hold your speed on the downgrade. Keep your foot off the brake. When you get up a few miles an hour faster than you like, that's the time to use the brake just to bring it down four or five miles an hour. That way they will be available should you need them in an emergency. Nothing worse than having hot brakes fail when you need them the most. An aside, those emergency off ramps will just about tear your vehicle apart if you have to use one. Truly last ditch option.


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When going down hill I use the tow haul mode weather towing the toad or not. if you hard tap brakes tranny will down shift if that is not enough hard tap again until you get to speed desired. Tranny will hold in that gear until you give gas and then will shift up again. On long grades I slow down at top so I can control the speed starting there don't wait until you going down to fast then start trying to slow down. If you need to use brakes I apply hard to get down to speed desired and let the tranny work after that don't ride the brakes. It's easy once you get use to your coach and controlling the speed.

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I believe the gasser doesn't have the Tow Haul mode where you can tap the breaks and slow it down like diesels. When we had a V10 truck and towed a travel trailer, we had to do the slow lane with the semi's and slow it way down, then pump the brakes at the end to keep them from seizing up.


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What I do climbing steep grades, is fall behind big rig that is doing what my MH likes. Going down the hills, go slower then big rigs to save my brakes. Big rigs have exhaust brakes to help them.
In some cases, I slide over onto the shoulder to let cars and whoever go by. Don't forget to use slow vehicle turn outs.

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Get familiar with the tow haul feature. It can save your brakes and more important things too.


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Allow extra time to go slower both up and down the hills. Enjoy the ride. Don't make it a race.
Check back in if you have any issues that did not seem to go as expected.


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ReneeG wrote:

I believe the gasser doesn't have the Tow Haul mode where you can tap the breaks and slow it down like diesels. When we had a V10 truck and towed a travel trailer, we had to do the slow lane with the semi's and slow it way down, then pump the brakes at the end to keep them from seizing up.


Our 2008 F250 V10 does and it works great. It would be shocking if a much newer MH doesn't.

I believe what you are thinking of is an exhaust brake. Since a diesel doesn't have a throttle to choke off, it gets very little engine braking effect. An exhaust brake has as similar effect but works by restricting the exhaust rather than the inlet. This is common on most newer diesels.

Worst case, if it doesn't, just manually downshift for a similar effect.


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