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Old 05-30-2012, 06:40 PM
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Big trip coming up; take her easy or go hard to expose weakness?

As the title says. I'll be driving from Middle Georgia to the Blues of Eastern Oregon in July-August-ish of this year. Just about right at 2500 miles, did the drive coming east in my last truck. All through the Great Plains, 9000'+ summits in the Rockies and over to around 4-6K' at my real home.

I'll be moving most of my household, plan on having the trailer loaded to max GVWR of 12K (Gooseneck 4horse+LQ). I'll probably be right around 20K GCW....So, opinions on throwing the Super Panty Dropper back in and driving her hard for the next month to let any weak spots rear their ugly head so I can fix 'em before the drive or just keep easy and hope all goes well?

This thought just popped into my head earlier, I will say still leaning towards taking things easy. Just don't know how else to test , by simulation, that big of a load (engine load) in my current environment of this flat state. They barely have hills here, more like big piles of dirt. Don't want to get stuck somewhere broke down paying ridiculous amounts of $$ for labor/parts, and with 2 dogs to take care of.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:46 PM
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Just drive it normal. Im taking a trip starting in June too. Florida -Colorado-Texas- N. Carolina-Florida. Its over 5,000 miles. Im not worried one bit. Will be pulling aprox 17,000lbs in the mountains of Colorado.
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Yea, I'm still leaning on taking it easy....Sucks being a 4th owner. But It's ran good for the 10k miles i've owned it and it's not puking coolant or anything. Couple oil leaks, should have the rear one fixed/figured out before long...Really don't care bout the front main as long as it don't get worse.
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Lol I would take it easy, just drive it normal and you'll be fine. Do you have a cts or any monitoring devices?
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Just the ScangaugeII at the moment....Should have EGT/Fuel pressure in June. Before any real towing happens. I usually take it easy whether empty or towing, and downshift early; I hate lugging an engine.
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Sounds like you'll be just fine for transfer season
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Funny because I just did studs and gaskets on my truck and also wondered the same thing.I have been taking it easy,just did my first trip not nearly the miles,you are going.I was pulling my rv @13k total weight 21k.Things seem fine,I just took it easy.
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As long as you are monitoring your temps and FICM volts and know that everything is good now, you should have no worries about that trip.
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