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Old 08-23-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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My normal trans temp is 190 empty. Towing 17k 210 degrees

The 210 degrees seems high to me, but I run a different engine.

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:25 PM   #12
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The 210 degrees seems high to me, but I run a different engine.

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Just got back from a trip and it is high. 180-190 normal towing the 27.5K rig, up to 210 going up 6%+ grades (Lots of those here in CO).

Don't know what it runs with no load as I don't normally use it for anything but camping!
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My normal trans temp is 190 empty. Towing 17k 210 degrees
The Alison in the pickup temp varies and climbing hills can run it over 200. Over trans temp 200 the fan pitch will change to increase cooling.

Normal flat towing, the temp is 170 -190.
Rain can drop it in the 160 range.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:08 PM   #14
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Not sure how the Berkshire's two transmissions compare with the pick-up temps but mine is the 2500 in a RB 340 and if the temp creeps up I am usually in the wrong gear.
I also use simple green to clean the radiator and the transmission cooler. I always surprised how much crud come out. I will say I have only had mine one year and only around 9000 miles so not a expert at all here.
All the newbies take a look at Camp Freight Liner. It's a two day class at the service center in SC. It's also the best place to get your yearly service done and done correctly. They will answer questions all day and night. Most bring their spouse and I think that would. Be a big help.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:51 PM   #15
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Check this out, assuming you have an Allison transmission:

Former Allison Transmission Fluids Engineer (Mr. TranSynd) - Page 40 - Chevy and GMC Duramax Diesel Forum

HZJCM8 was the fluids engineer at Allison Transmission before he retired. He has some really good information on the Duramax site pertaining to the Allison transmission. Looks like 147 is nothing for this transmission.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:51 PM   #16
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Finishing up our trip to Arkansas. We camped at Petit Jean State Park and it was a hilly, kinda mountainous drive up to it. My trans temp stayed between 194 and 205. No toad.
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transynd has a flashpoint of 450 degrees according to hzjcm8. sounds like 210 would be no problem for a short amount of time.
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