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Old 02-01-2011, 05:32 PM   #31
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This past Sept we took a trip to Colorado with some friends that have pushers, and when we went from Silverton to Moad, UT I was leading the way and was afraid I was holding them up, but when we got to Moab, my cousin said his wife was wondering why I was going so slow up the mountains, and said he had his on the floor too! So its going to do ok up mountains. Just slow.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:44 PM   #32
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Thought so. My old Class C had the V-10 and did the same thing. It was slow but make it up all the mountains. I waved at all the trucks that passed me!
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:16 AM   #33
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Hey all, I just picked up my new 2011 378, and drove it home via Cajon Pass in So Cal, had a 35 mph headwind, it is a 6% grade, set the cruise on 58mph, and it never slowed down. I had a 8.1 GM in my last rig, and when I test drove the new one, I thought the GM had more power, but after climbing that pass, it went faster than the old one.

In my experience, with this being my 6th class A, I have always, since the first 8.1, I have passed diesels coming and going. They may have some advantages, but I like the gas. By the way, the new Ford Chassis 2011, really handles and rides better than my Workhorse did.

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Old 02-03-2011, 08:37 AM   #34
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Hey all, I just picked up my new 2011 378, and drove it home via Cajon Pass in So Cal, had a 35 mph headwind, it is a 6% grade, set the cruise on 58mph, and it never slowed down. I had a 8.1 GM in my last rig, and when I test drove the new one, I thought the GM had more power, but after climbing that pass, it went faster than the old one.

In my experience, with this being my 6th class A, I have always, since the first 8.1, I have passed diesels coming and going. They may have some advantages, but I like the gas. By the way, the new Ford Chassis 2011, really handles and rides better than my Workhorse did.

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Congrats....we have yet to take any trips of length. And living in North Florida we won't be seeing a large hills for awhile. Although we are taking the rig down to St Augustine Camping World this Saturday to have a winegard sat dish installed and we will be climbing and decending a large steep bridge with a significant grade. I read the Ford manual and I will use the tow/haul mode with the cruise set and see how it does. Suppose to more effectively maintain speed going up and then down. We shall see....
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:09 AM   #35
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We picked up our new (used) 2010 330TS on Wednesday and drove it home yesterday. No hills were I live, but it did great. I like to stay between 60 and 65 for the best gas mileage (?) and had to hold it back from doing 70!
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:57 AM   #36
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I was really impressed with the difference using the tow/haul feature, it makes a significant difference in the pulling power of the coach.

We are heading to San Diego for a week's shakedown cruise Sunday, then to Anza Borrego State Park for four days. Really looking forward to using it.

I am disappointed in a few things. First, there are no compartment lights. I can't believe they would cheap out on something so useful. Also, the lack of wall light switches is really aggravating. My wife has to use a wooden dowel to turn them on and off.

I think if they would listen to their customers and spend a few hundred dollars more on a coach, they would see dividends in sales and customer satisfaction.

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Old 02-05-2011, 04:00 PM   #37
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Forrest......

As soon as we get our rig back, there are some mods I'm going to make.

As far as compartment lights...........IF we arrive anywhere after dark, it would probably be due to situations beyond our control or poor planning on our part and pushing too far for the day's travel. But undoubtedly it will happen. I figure if it does, there are only a few essential compartments I'm going to really need access to under the cover of darkness. The shore line cord one, the water/sewer one, and maybe the propane one. These ones are the minmum for getting the services you expect for full service camping. I'm planning on possibly hooking into some 12V source for compartment lights which would be connected to my parking lights. No need for a flashlight, just a temporary feed while the parking lights are on, and then they're off when I kill the parking lights.

Not sure where all the lights are that your wife can't reach without a wall switch. Our unit is well equipped with wall switches for all the lights, except for a few extra ceiling lights in the bedroom, which are overkill for lighting in there. The only inconvenience for my wife is the power switch for the stock fan unit in the bathroom.
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