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#1 OFFLINE   Richandtd

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 04:49 PM

Well we picked up a 11m with a generator and put a ram 3500 under her with 2 extra leaf springs in the rear. It’s an 07 with a 5.9 Cummings 4x4 with duals the bed is 39” off the ground. We left the east coast driving thru the mountains cruise set at 55 and she maintained 55 up the mountains and 60 going down only using the jake brake leaving cruise set at 55. Now in South Dakota and all is going great in rest areas we run the Generator and A/C. The refrigerator is in 12 volt mode while driving. We stop at campgrounds ever night. All systems in the Caribou work great had to blow some air thru the Hot water heater at first but all good now. The torklift tie down system is rock solid and the 48” extension is built solid. Going from a class A to this has been intresting but we really like this setup. My last tank of fuel was 15.3 MPG but averaged 14.6 for the whole trip so far. This old TC was built solid. Just letting PPL know there can be a lot of enjoyment going the TC route.

#2 OFFLINE   Electrojake

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:47 PM

Welcome to the forum.

Glad you like your new equipment!

 

Got any pics?

I'm guessing it looks similar to this. . .

 

98_Caribu-11_M-0001.jpg

 

Happy camping, :)

-Ej-


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#3 OFFLINE   Richandtd

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 04:07 PM

Apparently my photos are too big

#4 OFFLINE   pscansetzer

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 06:12 PM

Well we picked up a 11m with a generator and put a ram 3500 under her with 2 extra leaf springs in the rear. It’s an 07 with a 5.9 Cummings 4x4 with duals the bed is 39” off the ground. We left the east coast driving thru the mountains cruise set at 55 and she maintained 55 up the mountains and 60 going down only using the jake brake leaving cruise set at 55. Now in South Dakota and all is going great in rest areas we run the Generator and A/C. The refrigerator is in 12 volt mode while driving. We stop at campgrounds ever night. All systems in the Caribou work great had to blow some air thru the Hot water heater at first but all good now. The torklift tie down system is rock solid and the 48” extension is built solid. Going from a class A to this has been intresting but we really like this setup. My last tank of fuel was 15.3 MPG but averaged 14.6 for the whole trip so far. This old TC was built solid. Just letting PPL know there can be a lot of enjoyment going the TC route.

That is an interesting tidbit you put in the post about the height of the bed off of the ground.  Without the camper on we are setting at 40.5 inches above.  I've never measured the drop after I put the camper on - will have to do that next time we load up.

 

Sounds like you got a solid rig and that is great to hear!  Just keep on enjoying everything it has to offer.  Camping and traveling with a TC is far better than anyway else that I have done. 

 

PS BTW I run with the exhaust brake on all the time - my mechanic tells me it helps to keep the turbo vanes cleaned out.  Don't know about that - but it sure works great going down steep grades, I just lift my foot off the pedal and she will slow herself down without ever touching the brake...

 

Again - enjoy the rig, the lifestyle and all the offerings - it is a great way to go!

 

Jim 


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Posted 31 July 2018 - 09:50 PM

My last tank of fuel was 15.3 MPG but averaged 14.6 for the whole trip so far.

That is impressive.
My truck is only good for 12 MPG when hauling the camper.

Glad it’s all working out for you!
Jake

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