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Author Topic: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?  (Read 156 times)

Offline Sasquatch

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  • Year: 1976
  • Make: Executive
  • Chassis: Dodge M-500
  • Engine: 440-3
Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:54 AM »
Time for the real test on my 4 speed overdrive converted Executive motorhome.  I am leaving Friday to head to Las Vegas for spring break.  Yes, it is my spring break.  I hit 50 and instead of buying another sports car, I went back to college. 


For those of you who have not followed my story, I have a 1976 Executive on a Dodge M500 chassis that I have been building and customizing for 23 years now.  Family ownership goes back to my grandfather who bought it when it was only a year old.  Last year I did a major mod installing a A518 transmission out of a Dodge turbo diesel pickup into it to gain overdrive.  It was a series of misfortunes ultimately leaving me stranded in Kingman, AZ getting it rebuilt only to have it fail again in Mesquite, NV, but allowed me to limp home under it's own power.  It should be all sorted now as I found the root cause.  You can read the thread here:  [size=78%]http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?topic=14273.0[/size] 


Here is a general tour of the coach: [/size][size=78%]http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?topic=13664.0[/size][/size][size=78%] [/size]


[/size]Here is a general discussion on all my power and performance mods: [/size][size=78%]http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?topic=14311.0[/size]


I will try to update the thread as I travel and let everyone know what I am getting for real world mileage with the OD and power mods.  See you all on the road.
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Offline Berlin-Tioga

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  • Year: 1979
  • Make: Fleetwood
  • Model: Tioga
  • Chassis: Dodge MB400
  • Engine: 440
Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2019, 04:01 PM »
Good Luck for your journey!


Greetings from Berlin,


Ben

Offline LJ-TJ

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  • Year: 1975
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: D21
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  • Engine: 440-3
Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2019, 05:49 PM »
 :)ThmbUp Let the adventure begin :)clap

Offline Sasquatch

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  • Year: 1976
  • Make: Executive
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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 08:51 PM »
Getting ready...



Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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  • Year: 1995
  • Make: Itasca
  • Model: Suncruiser 32RQ
  • Chassis: Oshkosh
  • Engine: Cummings Turbo Diesel
Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 09:42 PM »
Safe travels, and have fun!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Offline LJ-TJ

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2019, 06:11 AM »
 :)ThmbUp She's one sweet looking ride. Thought I'd do is just for fun.

Offline legomybago

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 02:36 PM »
Hey alright!
Never get crap happy with a slap happy pappy

Offline LJ-TJ

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2019, 03:36 PM »
 :)rotflmao :)rotflmao :)rotflmao :)rotflmao Hoped that would work. Can't wait to here how the adventure's going. :)ThmbUp

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2019, 09:59 AM »
How is the trip going so far?

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2019, 08:38 PM »
Belay my last post!  I just realized from your other post under projects that you aren't leaving until tomorrow...lol!  Have a great time and safe travels!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Offline Sasquatch

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 06:55 PM »
I made it.  Other than a slight valve cover leak which I have fought for over 20 years now, the trip went VERY smoothly.





The overdrive worked amazing.  At 65mph, I was turning a nice quiet 2200 RPM's.  I never saw over 180 degrees and that was only on one brutal hill, the rest of the time it hovered between 130-150 degrees.


Plenty of power to climb many grades in OD without even downshifting to 3rd.  If I started loosing speed, a tap of the button and I am in 3rd and stayed right at speed.


Ok, fuel mileage......


Drum roll please.........


From Boise to Las Vegas, overall average: 8.67 mpg. 
Highest stretch was from Ogden, UT to Mesquite NV at 9.97 mpg
Lowest was from Mesquite to Las Vegas, BRUTAL head winds, 6 mpg
Boise to Ogden got 8.72 mpg.


I have traveled this route many times before over the last 23 years with this coach, and kept mileage records.  The OD gained me 1.5-2 mpg.  It also made the ride much more comfortable.  That is a huge improvement.





Offline LJ-TJ

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 07:31 PM »
 :)rotflmao Great shots of the Cats. Kinda gives yeah that warm and fuzzy feeling. :)ThmbUp Sounds like a great trip. Well done.

Offline Rickf1985

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 07:58 PM »
That is what I wanted to hear! both that you made it with no issues and that the gas  mileage went up. No bad mileage considering the terrain and wind.




WE ARE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 08:45 PM »
Awesome!!!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Online TerryH

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Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #14 on: Today at 01:58 AM »
Having followed and read and been somewhat overwhelmed by your transmission/overdrive modifications it is great to hear that you were successful.
 :)ThmbUp :)ThmbUp :)ThmbUp :)ThmbUp
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Offline Sasquatch

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  • Year: 1976
  • Make: Executive
  • Chassis: Dodge M-500
  • Engine: 440-3
Re: Boise to Las Vegas, will she work this time?
« Reply #15 on: Today at 11:42 AM »
I am really pleased.  There may be a little still left on the table.  I am splitting hairs now, I know that.  I have been trying for years to get this engine to run a bit warmer.  I use the special skirted thermostats, and have run both 180 and 195 degree versions and have a hard time getting this engine to run warmer than the low 170's when cool out and low 180's when hot.  That is a bit on the cool side for me.  I would love to see the engine run in the mid 190's.  That would be better for the motor and a bit better for efficiency.  I can not figure it out.  The thermostats check out when I test them on the stove, but I just can not get this engine to run warm.  It's a great problem to have when it is 100 degrees out and you are pulling a long grade though.  I am open to suggestions.  But again, I am splitting hairs.


I also want to optimize the air filtration system a bit as well.  There is always something to do...


Here is a video I shot while driving.  I had the cruise set at 65, foot off the gas, on level ground.  You can scan the gauges.  Look at the vacuum gauge... awesome.  Also, the transmission temperature gauge that is hooked up is the add on one to the right.  I need to figure out the original gauge and get it back operational.  I toggle the OD on and off and you can hear the noise difference the OD makes as well as watch the RPM difference on the tach.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehirGpzH6q4&feature=youtu.be

 

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