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Old 11-03-2016, 12:48 PM   #31
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DeepVee,
You were very lucky to have found that coach and yes, Bushpilot, your comments sold me on the twin screw. Selling/trading my MH helps with the $ thing for sure. I have found a few that might work and one is here in S La. One always assumes the best must be some where far away and most are in the Midwest. Or at least some of the largest dealers are in there.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:01 PM   #32
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I THINK, if i had my choice - id go for (another) pre-emissions motor (no EGR or DEF), the mpg MIGHT suffer (slightly) but theres a lot less likelihood that something would go wrong.

I'd look for a coach w/ nothing shorter than a 3.21 rear....I turn about 1400 R's at 72mph and id love to be lower (mpg sweet spot)...and id really wish i could get those RPMs down a little more....ive got PLENTY of pulling power...even starting in 3rd gear.

I would eventually like to have the coach reprogramed to start in 5th gear & raise the cruise control (set) limit to 75 (mph) at the same time.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:08 PM   #33
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....I turn about 1400 R's at 72mph and id love to be lower (mpg sweet spot)...and id really wish i could get those RPMs down a little more....
Yep, we're 1450 RPM at 66-MPH and I wish we had a taller gear. I don't really run any faster than this unless I have to due to the RPM's.
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Yep, we're 1450 RPM at 66-MPH and I wish we had a taller gear. I don't really run any faster than this unless I have to due to the RPM's.
What rear gearing are you running?


I don't want to hijack this thread w/ RPM (mpg) discussion -
there is an older thread (showing my RPM's at various speed) -

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What rear gearing are you running?
I'm not sure. I could try to calculate it but I'm not sure if my top gear is 1:1 or an overdrive ratio. I assume I have an overdrive and a 3.XX gear.
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I'm not sure. I could try to calculate it but I'm not sure if my top gear is 1:1 or an overdrive ratio. I assume I have an overdrive and a 3.XX gear.
Good point & i knew someone would say that as soon as i was done typing it
...In full disclosure (while i also look for my 12th gear ratio ) -

Freightliner SmartShift ShiftControl can be supplied with 4 different tranny's
  • Eaton Fuller AutoShift,Identified by a four-position selector switch is marked "R-N-D-L" - with auto/manual slide switch (Figure 1)
  • ZF Meritor SureShift - Identified by a three-position switch marked "R-N-F" (older models) or "R-N-D" (newer models) - no slide switch on either.(Figure 2)
  • ZF Meritor FreedomLine - Identified by the R- N-D - with auto/manual slide switch (Figure 3)
  • Eaton Fuller UltraShift - 10 speed / 3 pedal (NOT SHOWN)

More info about the operation of each transmission can be found HERE
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Keep going guys. Glad I stirred you up. Love it.
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:47 PM   #39
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heres a 2 screw garage coach, 73k miles, with a (rare) rear bedroom.

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Nice but do not need a garage. Too old to dare ride motorcycles again and I know I would be tempted to stick one in the garage. Race cars and Hummers are much safer than motorcycles. Back to motorcycles. Some of the best times I ever had were on a Can Am Enduro in the woods. Still feel lucky to have lived through all that! Great times though.
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