We made it back to Phoenix and had a great trip. We added 3,700 miles to the Georgetown and it handled everything like a champ.
From sea level to almost 10,000 feet it ran great pulling my FIAT.
Mileage ranged from a very low 6.5 mpg to 8.5 mpg. Low was from climbing hills and head wind travel. I even took on a pass that has a 10% up and down grade for many miles. This was coming into Jackson Hole from the west over the Tetons and the pass was almost 10,000 ft. I will never do that one aghain.
Actually the Ford chassis and V10 worked hard but I made it up and my DW was ready to bail out a few times. Now going down the other side I used TowHaul mode and tried to keep my speed at 55 mph and had to stop a few times to cool off the brakes. This pass was the worst I have ever drove in my entire life. It actually was scarey and I consider myself very brave but this pass is not for any trailers or motorhomes. Most good highways I was cruising 60-65 mph. All the secondard roads 45-50 mph. Steering was right on after I had my front end alignment. I really don't feel I need and stabilizer aswas earlier thinking on buying.
So starting tomorrow I plan on checking my Georgetown from bumper to bumper and give her a good wash.
Being this was my first long haul trip I must say I'm very impressed with the Ford F53 chassis, engine and drive train. What I have found is not to baby the engine on the hills. I kept my rpms up and I had no problems passing diesel pushers with 350hp engines. I ran 2,200 rps at 65 mph on good major freeways. At about 2,000 rpms I could maintain 60 mph on flat highways. I think my cab noise was reasonable bt when I had to get on it climbing it became enough that it was hard to hear my DW.
I did have the sway bar mod fornt and back but did notice a typical binding sound or may be a sqeeking sound on hard turns. I looked at my front sway bar and didn't see anything wrong. I will keep watching.