Originally Posted by mokibrabrant
Hey Lornashinske. How's that 8.2 Liter four stroke detroit fuel pincher working out for you? Guess you aren't breaking any land speed records but has it been reliable.???
Doing just fine. On the interstates, it keeps up with the loaded semi's both up hill and down hill. David & I found out several years back that running the US and more developed State highways was easier on us (particularly me) than running the Interstates. I even shave over an hour off bypassing Atlanta via I-75 to Macon/US441 (By Pass Athens)/US23/SR28 on into NC) On the US highways, the traffic tends to be lighter and you have fewer people trying to run you over for various reasons and there are lots of semi's on them who have figured out the same thing we did. The bus is not a lightweight vehicle nor is it an easily maneuverable vehicle. So no, I do not think it wise to run it over the 60-65mph it can do on the flats (much slower uphill). But running flat out also hurts the fuel mileage. I currently have more time than money. Nothing has been done to the engine since it was bought. Also except for the 1700+ mile trip thru Hell where we were on Interstates from Dalton, GA until we got off I-20 in Odessa/Midland, TX (I-20 TX in the summer, never again) and the trip to Roswell, it's not been on the road much. Before we left NC, a local diesel mechanic we knew looked at it (the same one who worked on our DD8V71N65). Said it looked good. Said it was a good engine for the bus. I do need to replace the radiator hoses if it ever warms up and dries out at the same time (got more white stuff last night). It cranks up on a single starter batter no matter the weather. Other than the 300 mile round trip to pick up Das Mel, the next trip I make will be to head back east (currently it stands at 2822 miles mostly on the "blue" highways, some interstates where it can't be avoided and will take over a month before we stop).
Since the bus tends to stay parked most of the time, I'm not terribly worried at how fast it can go. I have gotten the 22 ft Class C up to 80+mph and realized that if some fool got in front of me, I would have run the little speck over before I could stop. The Class C is much lighter than the bus. I would rather not think about what something would look like under the bus. I will stick with low MPH and high MPG.
To be honest, I find interstate driving incredibly boring and tiring. It's hard to just pull off anywhere you feel like it. The roads are not in that good of shape anymore. I avoid them as much as possible because I also do not make that good of time anymore. It's a bit harder to do that in the west but once I leave this place, I really don't think I will be back out here again. At least not for a long time. The Primary/Secondary road system in the east is much nicer and I still find "The Next Exit" book to be handy even though I am not on the interstate because I am crossing over them every so often. I can look at see what is at the exit that I will be crossing over at. Sometimes, I find that a side trip on the interstate yields a restaurant or truck stop. But usually the exit I cross over at has everything I need.
I still remember my parents traveling US441 from FL to NC because I-75 was not completed enough to run it the whole way. I still like running 441 as it's a good road thru some great little towns. Over the years, I've been on the entire length of 441 down to Belle Glade and over to Boca. Haven't been past Boca on 441 that I know of.