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Old 05-23-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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First time out in my 31' Sovereign: 2000 miles

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First time out in my 31' Sovereign. Pulled like a dream! No problems at all. Thank the gods and Wally. 2000 miles total round-trip. Kansas City, MO to Cleveland, Ohio and back.

Suggestion: I ran 69 highway south out of Toledo, Ohio to Indianapolis. Highly recommended. Good highway. And I discovered Auburn, Indiana. That's the home of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenburg automobile museum. 200 of the nicest cars you have ever seen. Amazing cars. Well worth the time to check it out. Auburn was a nice town. Green farmland all around. Very nice drive.

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Old 05-23-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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YOU don`t have to yell,glad you had a good trip,just wish I could get the time.Dave
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Hello from Ohio and Florida and welcome to the forum. Glad you had a great trip - where are you heading next?
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:32 AM   #4
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:22 AM   #5
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My son & I went up near Cleveland to Canton, Ohio for a big Greek wedding. Hoo Boy! What a great time. The northern Ohio countryside is gorgeous.

We pulled out of Cleveland to Sandusky, Ohio for the roller coaster park. My boy got straight A's this semester. So he gets the good thing. <grinning>

We did the Dayton air museum. (highly recommended and free)

Hey Dave: I wasn't "yelling" when using bold print. "Yelling" is when you use all caps. Bold print is just bold print. I was playing with fonts.

The only challenge I had on this trip was the E40D transmission in my 2005 F250. I'm gonna discuss that on another forum this week. I fought 3-4 shifts constantly. The truck kept trying to get up into OD. More on that in another forum.

Next trip? Hmmm... A short haul down to my favorite little lake called Stockton in Missouri. 3 hour easy haul. Life if good!

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Only kidding on the yelling,you can`t yell on here ,it won`t let you.If the truck has the power to run in overdrive,why wouldn`t you want it to? Don`t know anything about the new Ford trucks ,can`t you just shift it down one and it should stay in drive.I just got rid of a 5.3 Chevy because it wouldn`t stay in od., it was always shifting up and down,even in tow mode. Good luck with future tows
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Well, I'll mention the issue with the truck trans here for now: On any truck, you don't wanna run overdrive with a heavy load like our trailers when pulling a grade, a hill, or whoopsy roller highways because it overloads the planetary gear sets of the 4th gear. Rather, it is much stronger and much preferred to run the 3rd gear. Reason: In 3rd gear, you are running the transmission with two clutch packs full of transmission fluid and pressure, a much preferred condition to running the overdrive gear set. The clutch packs can handle the heavy loads and don't wear out as quick as the planetary gear set. The trans can pull the hills without loading up and overheating (especially with turbo motors).

The E4OD is an electric (computer) shifted trans. Right now, it wants to upshift into 4th (O.D.) at 63 mph, no matter what I'm doing. I don't want this. I want to hold 3rd whenever I want it. I haven't modified this truck trans yet, but it's do-able. I'm gonna install a Baumman Controls trans shift controller and program the trans to my will. <grinning>

That's it. I need to write this one up on the trans thread. That's where I'll discuss this issue in detail. Best to all.

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