We made it ... almost 900 miles.
Had a bit of a hot start problem (or other) held us up in Tennessee over the weekend. Sucked ... BIG TIME. More on that for us 6.5 owners when I get home.
Before we left, I found that the Thermo King a/c system had a leak (schrader valve), so I rigged up a pair of fans for the driver and co driver so it wasn't so bad. Not a big deal to repair ... new valve, evacuate and recharge when I get home
The bus rides and drives nicely, good power, a LOT faster than I thought it would be. No problem up hills. The brakes are more than up to the job. Although it has the stock driver's seat, it's very comfortable, I drove the whole trip, no aches or pains.
I love that I can park this bus in ANY parking lot. The two low clearance entrance doors allow very easy exit. This bus is really a good size for my loving and adoring wife, our two dogs (one medium, one small) and me.
Following 18 wheelers is somewhat dicey. When you are close enough that you can still see the driver's mirror, the air coming off the trailer buffets the bus quite a bit. I don't follow too closely so this is not a real problem for me.
The big windshield and wipers give a GREAT view. On the way up we passed through 3 thunder storms, non problems at all. HOWEVER, if you are planning to buy one of these, I have to say the A pillars REALLY suck, always in the way. Also there are situations, entering the roadway from a ramp for instance, when the body to the left and behind the driver really blocks the view, you really have to set your mirrors properly and depend on them.
It's a bit noisier than I'd like, so much so that communication with co-driver is difficult. Some Dynamat on the doghouse and better storage for tools will help.
I didn't keep good track of time, speed or gallons. Compared with the Garmin, the speedo is WAY off. I was traveling at an indicated 65 and the Garmin was telling us I was over 70. I was passing just about everything, so I think the Garmin is correct. I know I got over 10 MPG, close to 15, but I'm not sure how close. If I hold it to abo0ut 60 mph, I'm surfe I will get good mpg's.
The co-driver says the chair was comfortable enough, but needs an arm rest and storage for maps, Garmin, computer cup holder and etc. Gotta keep the co-driver happy. Also, there wasn't enough time to install a proper light for her. That get remedied when we get home.
It is amazing how much space the additional deck for the co-drivers feet adds. I think most people might be put off by the weight, but it does add a LOT of floor space by filling the stair well.
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