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Old 04-16-2018, 07:17 PM   #1
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First trip in a Diesel

My wife and I just purchase a 2008 Forest River Berkshire 390QS. We have been RVing in a gas Monaco 36D for 12 years. I know what we purchase is 3 or so feet longer are there any suggestions. We are excited but a little bit ??? you know.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:24 PM   #2
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First trip in a Diesel

My advice is just go slow, take your time, and enjoy... if you have mechanical concerns, take it to a Freightliner dealership; nowhere else (until you learn a bit about it)...

And tires are really important on these heavier rigs. Make sure you’re properly inflated. Technically the right way to do it is by weight per the manual.

On mine, I need to be somewhere around 105 psi...
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:28 PM   #3
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My wife and I just purchase a 2008 Forest River Berkshire 390QS. We have been RVing in a gas Monaco 36D for 12 years. I know what we purchase is 3 or so feet longer are there any suggestions. We are excited but a little bite ??? you know.
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Enjoy the torque. We loved our American eagle pusher. Diesel's are the only way to fly.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:59 PM   #4
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Enjoy we went from a 5th wheeler a 39.5 12’ keystone Laredo and are proud owners of a 11 390 RB Berkshire. My user name says how excited I was to own a Berk. I drove a 40 ft school bus for 6 years so an easy adjustment for me. My husband thinks it’s much less white knuckle driving then the towing. We bought it and drove from No VA to MA then continued to NH. We throughly enjoyed the power and pick up the diesel has.
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Now to tease you even more

If you think a Diesel Pusher is life changing, take an XLT out for a test drive. You want to talk about rock-solid driving - even in 40 MPH crosswinds!
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The Smoker is a tank... You may have a perm-a-grin on your face.... but remember, that you can crush anything that gets in your way. Enjoy, stay focused and watch your mirrors...
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Have you ever driven with air brakes? You'll come to love the exhaust brake, but you'll want to get a feel for how it works. If there's a large area where you can go to practice try to think of a large church or school lot, maybe an abandoned mall, where you can experience having the engine slow you down.

The exhaust break is a great benefit in general slowing in traffic or on an exit ramp, and an absolute must in controlling your speed on long downhill grades.
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Thank you all for your advice. will take it slow and enjoy
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Also, one other bit of advice that I can share; when my wife and I got our first Legacy/Diesel, we went down to “Camp Freightliner” in Gaffney, SC for training.

Our trainer was Mike Cody and he was AWESOME!

We walked away with a binder that we created just for our coach...

It was very reasonably priced. I would definitely do that again; no regrets. There is also huge value in being able to ask questions of a guy that has been doing this for 20+ years.
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When I did the switch from a gasser to a DP, I had to retrain my driving mentality.

In a gasser, when you are going up a hill, you press the gas pedal harder to gain engine RPM. In a diesel, it is almost the opposite. On level ground, you drive with the engine RPM at the "sweet spot", usually somewhere around 1100 to 1500 RPM's. Then, when you go up a hill, keep the RPM's steady and let the Allison transmission down shift for you.

How do you find out the "sweet spot" of engine RPM's? You can find the power curve graph usually on the Cummins web site. There is a level spot on the graph and that is the "sweet spot".
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