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Old 01-05-2011
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Ok guys we are hopefully picking up the Red Ryder today questions.
1. Should we take it back across the mountains?
2. Should we take it back the other direction which is 180 miles longer but significantly less grades?
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Ok guys we are hopefully picking up the Red Ryder today questions.
1. Should we take it back across the mountains?
2. Should we take it back the other direction which is 180 miles longer but significantly less grades?
Thanks in advance.
Eddie
New to us 1980 31 Fc 250hp cat 3208 turbo.
If your brakes and in good condition and you follow the many suggestions provided on this Forum, you will have no problem.

1. Select a gear low enough to control your down hill speed. Take it SLOW.
2. Do not ride your brakes.
3. If equipped use the Retarder.

If your not comfortable with the hills, go around.
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Thanks Rick ,
What I was really concerned about was how well the coach will handle the mountains. Up and down. Doug will be handling the coach to start with but I will be be getting behind the wheel before we leave the mountains. Just to get the feel of it. Both of us have heavy vehicle experience. He was a ort trucker for awhile and I ran a 24 foot cabover flatbed for several years. How Does your coach handle the mountains? What kind of uphill speed can we expect?

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Eddie, Slow! There are few FCs that burn the up side of hills up. At times we have been down to 25 mph over the pass around El Paso. Most of the time 35 or so on long Interstate mountains. About the speed of a Schneider or JB Hunt truck uphill fully loaded. Your BB is a bit lighter that mine and if your 3208 T is healthy you should do better. If you guys have OTR experience you won't have problems with this. Just remember that few wrecks happen trying to go up a hill. You can go down a mountain a million times too slow but only once too fast.
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What routes are you taking coming back with your 'Bird?
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Great Reply! Will take all of that into account.


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I 70 to Knoxville I 40 between Knoxville and Nashville I 26 to I 95 I 95 home.
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I'm sure you know this, but watch the rpm's on the down hill side. You don't want to swallow a valve on that 3208.
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Listen to Rick.
He is right.
Start off slow at the top of the hill,do you know how to adjust the brakes?
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I 70 to Knoxville I 40 between Knoxville and Nashville I 26 to I 95 I 95 home.

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