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Old 01-12-2019, 10:55 AM   #15
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UPDATE: Over all a driving experience that was 8-10. I found if I didn't pay attention, I'd be going close to 70 because the handling, noise, comfort, etc was better than expected. I'd go for some clips at 55 and between 55-65 or so. I didn't use the cruise control until about 3 hours into the trip. At that point, it was a matter of some fatigue from the long day (up at 4am to fly to DAL, it was about close to 5pm by the time I hit the road to Lafayette). I hit the cruise around 61mph and holy cow if that wasn't a magic number! Semi-jetstreams were really manageable, apart from one or two truckers that like hugging the yellow line, and the overall engine performance and cabin noise was just awesome at that speed.

Stopped in Alexandria for a bit of a stretch and some caffeine and sugar. Only stop I made on the 7 hour journey home. Seating was that comfy!

Had one close call coming out of Shreveport with a pickup truck that seemed married to my blind spot. I was needing to exit and he was needing to enter the highway. He missed the memo on yielding and merging so I missed the exit. Did a exit and uturn that maybe added a mile onto the journey.

Lesson learned: take my time, know that the world is full of people who apparently have life saving brain surgeries to get to, and there'll be another chance up the road to get back on track.

Things I am marking down, that kept from being an 8 out of 10. Cab issues (dang it ford!):
First, the AC only blew hot at one point, had to shut it down and restart it to get a warm mix instead of blast furnace hot (even when cranked all the way to the left on the temp selector).
Second, ambient lighting is coming from instrumentation only. Maybe these things are driven mostly during the day, but I didn't like how dark it felt. I had a vw cc that had these really dim and pinpoint red leds that made an awesome difference in night driving. Gonna look into a similar add here I think.
Lastly and probably the most dangerous, Bluetooth connectivity. The head unit just would not stay paired with my iPhone. It was great for having my tunes, but I was also navigating with my phone, so getting the turn by turn over the speakers was helpful to keep my eyes on the road. Reconnecting is not a one click process so picking the phone up, getting the right menu selected and then selecting the right Bluetooth device was really stressful. I probably had to do that 10-12 times on the trip.

A final word on night driving up high....I had never been so panick stricken to see all the deer down on the shoulders of the highway at night. Good golly that upped my pucker factor to think of tangling with Bambi on my first voyage in the Willemium Falcon!
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:42 PM   #16
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Hey bdub - Glad to hear the Willemium Falcon performed well on the initial voyage! Regarding the AC, I think you may find that the dash AC is not Ford. The F53 chassis come with what they call "AC Prep" and then Winnebago installs an aftermarket AC. At least that's how it is on my 2018 Vista LX 27N F53 18K chassis... I have had the exact problem you described - only once - and corrected it the same way you did. Your manuals will tell you what AC is in there (dash, not roof).
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:06 PM   #17
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Hey bdub - Glad to hear the Willemium Falcon performed well on the initial voyage! Regarding the AC, I think you may find that the dash AC is not Ford. The F53 chassis come with what they call "AC Prep" and then Winnebago installs an aftermarket AC. At least that's how it is on my 2018 Vista LX 27N F53 18K chassis... I have had the exact problem you described - only once - and corrected it the same way you did. Your manuals will tell you what AC is in there (dash, not roof).
Thanks very much, IOS 3! Great insight...hopefully my gremlin got worked out as well.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:55 PM   #18
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A/C freeze up?

I seem to remember when stationed in South Florida quite a few years ago my E150 Club Wagon's A/C would occasionally freeze up when the outside air was very humid and ice would form on the inside heat exchanger. Like your issue, it would blow hot air and after shutting the A/C off for a few minutes (15 - 20) it then operated normally.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:43 AM   #19
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I seem to remember when stationed in South Florida quite a few years ago my E150 Club Wagon's A/C would occasionally freeze up when the outside air was very humid and ice would form on the inside heat exchanger. Like your issue, it would blow hot air and after shutting the A/C off for a few minutes (15 - 20) it then operated normally.
That sounds logical to me. I had the temp dial about 1/4 from full cool. It's Louisiana so humidity was definitely present. If it happens again, I'll take it in for sure.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:48 AM   #20
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Yesterday I added small things. Screens to keep the mud daubers from nesting in the water heater and furnace vents, picked up a big bottle of 409 from Costco. Also picked up a bottle of coyote urine from the Field and Stream store. The finance guy at McClains said he bought a bottle of that and sprays around the tires to keep the mice away when he has it parked. Who knew they sold coyote pee? At ten bucks for four ounces, those coyotes are living the high life! Anyway, sprayed that around and got some wind spray on my legs...when I went back inside the pups were certain I'd been cheating on them. I felt damn lucky one didn't cock his leg to remark my leg!
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Yesterday I added small things. Screens to keep the mud daubers from nesting in the water heater and furnace vents, picked up a big bottle of 409 from Costco. Also picked up a bottle of coyote urine from the Field and Stream store. The finance guy at McClains said he bought a bottle of that and sprays around the tires to keep the mice away when he has it parked. Who knew they sold coyote pee? At ten bucks for four ounces, those coyotes are living the high life! Anyway, sprayed that around and got some wind spray on my legs...when I went back inside the pups were certain I'd been cheating on them. I felt damn lucky one didn't cock his leg to remark my leg!
dbub, you will do well because of your great upbeat attitude. Thanks for sharing all of your experiences. I would almost guess that you are Cajun? Love to be around them when we work projects there. Seems like the sun is always shining.
The pups might be happier if you simply put a LED rope light under the rig. Better smell and the word is the mice don't like the light. I put TomCat bate out for them.

Happy trails and many of them.
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dbub, you will do well because of your great upbeat attitude. Thanks for sharing all of your experiences. I would almost guess that you are Cajun? Love to be around them when we work projects there. Seems like the sun is always shining.
The pups might be happier if you simply put a LED rope light under the rig. Better smell and the word is the mice don't like the light. I put TomCat bate out for them.

Happy trails and many of them.
Hey thanks a lot jerichorick! I'm an inport to Cajun country, but you are right about these guys, always looking for an excuse to throw a party. I definitely want to look into ambient lighting. Have you had good luck with a certain product?
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I've found with both my Suncruiser and my pickup/TT combo before it that 60 - 62 mph seems to be a sweet spot both in terms of handling and efficiency (watch your tach). I wish they made a cruise control that wouldn't accelerate on short hills like overpasses.

And, slow down if need be to let the pesky blind spot drivers pass you up. The same goes for tail-gaiters. Personally, I like tucking in behind a big rig that's going my speed (but not too close) when cruising down the interstate.
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I've found with both my Suncruiser and my pickup/TT combo before it that 60 - 62 mph seems to be a sweet spot both in terms of handling and efficiency (watch your tach). I wish they made a cruise control that wouldn't accelerate on short hills like overpasses.

And, slow down if need be to let the pesky blind spot drivers pass you up. The same goes for tail-gaiters. Personally, I like tucking in behind a big rig that's going my speed (but not too close) when cruising down the interstate.
Thanks a lot Bob C. It's definitely an adjustment in driving style, but I liked it. I read your posts in the Towing section. After that and some additional reading and youtubing, I think I'll go for the brute elite system you advocated. I like the idea of integration as well as mechanical function versus electronic. I do wish there was a more elegant and integrated braking system then a clamp and some metal wire and pullies, but sometimes the best solutions are the simplest and that seems to be what I am reading when it comes to these products.
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