Freightliner Cascadia.

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Harley T.'s Comment
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I am in the process of purchasing a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia with a dd15 505 engine and a dt12 transmission. It comes equipped with a 2.85 ratio rear end. I am concerned that this may not work well on Hills as we travel Coast to Coast through Tennessee, Kentucky Wyoming Etc with good size mountains. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions from current weight liner owners out there. Thank you. Also am I correct in believing that the 505 horsepower can be increased to 565 with a software change?

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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We don't talk about owning trucks here. We work hard to help people get a start in trucking with success. You should look here OOIDA web site. I did this from my phone so it's the mobile site. You can also Google OOIDA. Good luck.


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OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

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Pete B.'s Comment
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My company truck, Freightliner Cascadia also, has a smaller engine than what you’re talking about; it’s got the DD13. I’ve pulled numerous loads through the Appalachians as well as across the mountains out west, 76000-79000 lbs, with no problems other than having to do it slowly. Do you want to run with the Big Money Truckers and blow up the hills at 45, 50 mph, or just get up and over the mountains? What you’ve got will be fine. I feel that all that extra horsepower will just lead to higher fuel cost. Yeah, it sucks chugging up the hills in 7th, even 6th gear, but eventually I get there.

Harley T.'s Comment
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Thank you for your input.

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