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Old 04-09-2019, 02:17 PM   #1
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1st Trip in the new coach is complete

Had a very successful first trip this past weekend. All systems performed as planned. After getting 130 miles driving on the freeway I have to stay it drives very well. I have been reading for two years about the complaints of driving a F53 chassis with owners dropping 10k in suspension upgrades. I experienced none of that. Getting passed by semis didn't really do anything at all. Never felt the coach was all over the road. The ride was not harsh and I never felt excessive leaning in the least bit. This all on a bone stock chassis. And I was most likely light as I had no water and a light load. The tires were 90 PSI for max loading, so yes, they were over-inflated for the weight. Still drove very well. In any event, the one casuality was the door closer/shock that got ripped off and the mount bent 2 times by the wind pulling the door open quickly.



Does anyone have upgrades to this? or remove it? Seems very susceptible to wind gusts.

Here is hoping trip #2 this weekend goes as good.

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Old 04-09-2019, 07:33 PM   #2
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Nice! Good to hear on all. Is that the entrance door with the damaged shock? If so it seems an odd place to put a shock. Any idea what your mileage was on that GT5? I'm planning for 6 MPG whenever ours gets delivered.

I'll need to get a small external propane grill like that. My Amazon shopping cart is about to get more full.

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Old 04-09-2019, 09:05 PM   #3
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Ray,

I was getting between 6 1/2 to 7 on my last trip but that was pulling a trailer of about 3K pounds. Some hills around Lake Mead from Vegas to Kingman. A little better going there then coming back but I had winds both ways... tailwind there and headwind back. About 125 miles each way almost all freeway.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:03 PM   #4
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Nice. So maybe by me planning for 6 I'll get 8 and when the price of gas jumps to $4 I'll still be on budget.

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That's probably a safe bet. I'm figuring 6 1/2 to 7 is probably the best I'm going to get with that weight coach, especially when towing.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:11 AM   #6
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BTW, how is the noise level on the highway? Can you easily have a conversation with the person in the other front seat or do you wish you had headsets? Have you used a phone app to look at the levels quantitatively?

We never drove the GT5 but drove a Winnebago Vista and it's noise level was on the high side. Unfortunately I did not think to check the sound level with my phone.

And Eddy, yes, my Amazon shopping cart is rapidly closing in on $2,500 because I don't have anything to transfer from an old RV.

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In any event, the one casuality was the door closer/shock that got ripped off and the mount bent 2 times by the wind pulling the door open quickly.



Does anyone have upgrades to this? or remove it? Seems very susceptible to wind gusts.

Here is hoping trip #2 this weekend goes as good.

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Mine did the same thing on our first trip. I reinstalled it a couple times and then eventually just took it off.

Did you have any problems using the Blackstone grill with the quick connect propane?
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:15 PM   #8
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Nice! Good to hear on all. Is that the entrance door with the damaged shock? If so it seems an odd place to put a shock. Any idea what your mileage was on that GT5? I'm planning for 6 MPG whenever ours gets delivered.

I'll need to get a small external propane grill like that. My Amazon shopping cart is about to get more full.

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No idea about MPG.. Just watch the needle move LOL! Yes, it's the shock on the entrance door. It's not gonna last long that's for sure.
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BTW, how is the noise level on the highway? Can you easily have a conversation with the person in the other front seat or do you wish you had headsets? Have you used a phone app to look at the levels quantitatively?

We never drove the GT5 but drove a Winnebago Vista and it's noise level was on the high side. Unfortunately I did not think to check the sound level with my phone.

And Eddy, yes, my Amazon shopping cart is rapidly closing in on $2,500 because I don't have anything to transfer from an old RV.

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Noise level is not bad until you start to climb a grade and the RPMs start to climb. Overall I would say the noise level is what you expect from a gasser. I am going to upgrade the two speakers on the radio as they are pretty tinny. Oh yeah, the Amazon cart has been a busy place of late lol!! I did plan on 4k in electronics and accessories. I am still a little under budget but that won't last.
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Mine did the same thing on our first trip. I reinstalled it a couple times and then eventually just took it off.

Did you have any problems using the Blackstone grill with the quick connect propane?
The 22 inch table top Blackstone grill worked EXCELLENT! I have a 12 foot hose and it does take some time for the air to purge when you first hook it up. So be patient. It's low pressure. Love it cause it's easy cleanup and is not messy like normal grills. Plus you can't beat bacon/home-fries/eggs in the morning on it!! I picked up a folding grill table at Walmart that is half metal and half plastic. This way you place the grille on the metal half and don't worry about heat.
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