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Old 06-20-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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Hit the road and it was glorious...

Ok, so maybe exaggerated a little, but it sure was terrific. Headed out to Napa valley from Murrieta first thing in the morning 0 dark 30, hoping to miss traffic and we did. Me, dw, two kids and dw's dad. Going to visit family that we haven't seen since our wedding 25 years ago.

First big trip for us in Mrs. CC, 1000 miles without a hiccup or additional scratches. Headed up 15 to the 5 all they way there, I was a bit nervous about the grapevine but she powered right on through, exhaust brake down the grade worked great too. Kept her under 60 and was blessed with 18mpg. Did not expect that, but will take it.

Pulled up to the relatives house, auto level, auto satelite... Done. That was too easy. The family arrived rested, having been able to stretch out, watch tv, play video games, read, take potty brakes and nap. It was very cool not being stuck in a cramped truck or mini van for the trip. All 5 of us were very comfortable.

It was especially great to have our own space, when we were tired or just wanted to spend time by ourselves, we just excused ourselves and made our way out to our home away from home, with all our comforts and yes our own toilet. (Yep, I need my home base, well lets just say I had no issues.)

It is very true what they say, "when you have a coach your vacation starts when you leave the house." It was absolutely true.

I did get one request from dw's dad (in his 70's), "maybe we can make one rest stop next time." (I may have to consider it, hate to stop though.)

I really appreciate all the help and advice you ALL have given me with the new coach. It has been an adventure and quite a learning experience getting to this point of completing our first trip. Assuredly, my family has benefitted and have become closer to one another as a result. Thank you for volunteering your valuable time to help us noobees.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:36 AM   #2
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Glad to hear of the good trip!
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Surely you meant 8 MPG ?
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18mpg? I didn't get 18mpg with my Chevy Avalanche pulling nothing! My gasser got 5.9mpg in the hills of eastern Wyoming in 40-50 mph winds!
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Actually 17.3mpg... Kept it slow and steady. 55/60 mph, and hung out behind trucks when I could. I rounded up because I hit a lot of stop and go traffic on the way back which I am sure hurt my numbers.
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I left out "I'm jealous" in my previous post!
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I'd oblige on the rest stop request. It's nice to be able to get out and stretch your legs and walk for a little longer then 28 feet before having to turn around and sit back down again. Also a good idea for you to get out from behind the wheel every couple of hours and take a brief walk to keep the blood circulating in your legs and keep you mentally refreshed. In the grand scheme of things, it's 15 minutes out of the travel time. How big a deal is it to "get there" at a specific time?

Older folks, may not feel all too steady on their feet, especially if you're rolling down the highway, even on the smoothest of roads.

Also it pays to bear in mind when the roles were reversed and family road trips when you were younger had your parents stopping every other exit so someone could go potty, hmm??

Karma.... just sayin.

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Actually 17.3mpg... Kept it slow and steady...
Absolutely, positively NO WAY did you get 17.3 mpg with that rig. Unless you only checked it on the downgrade part of the route.
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Absolutely, positively NO WAY did you get 17.3 mpg with that rig. Unless you only checked it on the downgrade part of the route.

I couldn't get that in a VW Beetle! Maybe he turned the engine off and coasted down all the hills, or maybe his guardian angle was flying along back there pouring in fuel all the way........
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Glad the first big trip went well with all the conveniences of Class A travel.

One rest stop in 500 miles is not a bad plan even if just for a short walk around.

I think you might need to check the math or the tank gauge on the 18 mpg result.

My Jeeps only do 18 mpg. After keeping records for 11 years on our rig, my high has been about 9 and the low about 5. The eleven year, 63,000 mile average is 7.18 mpg including generator use.

Remember, short fills due to slope of the fuel station concrete, pump shutting off before the tank is full, foam due to rapid fill, will affect your mpg calculations because the tank does not fully fill.

However, I doubt any of those would create an 18 mpg result.

If your return trip, which will be downhill, is equally good, you will become a rock star!!

Keep on having fun.
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I guess I could be miscalculating the results. I have 110 gallon tank, I topped it off before I left. Auto leveling at the pump for good measure. The trip was 1120 miles I had not even burned 1/2 tank when passing by magic mountain but started hitting stop and go traffic all the way from there, down the 91 then cleared up at the 15. When I filled back up again same gas station and auto level it took 65 gallons to top off. By the way she weighs 25,600 lbs.

I was discussing with my friend today because it seem unbelievable, all we Can attribute it to is new tires that were probably over inflated causing less drag. all tires were inflated to 105lbs by the installer, whereas the fronts should have been 95 and the rears 90. Which i adjusted back down yesterday. I do also have a new charged air cooler which has no leaks. If anyone's air cooler is leaking you can bet on your mileage taking a dive. At least that was what I was told.

By the way, I am going to feel pretty foolish if I was supposed to divide my result in half or something like that. Yikes.
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I'd oblige on the rest stop request. It's nice to be able to get out and stretch your legs and walk for a little longer then 28 feet before having to turn around and sit back down again. Also a good idea for you to get out from behind the wheel every couple of hours and take a brief walk to keep the blood circulating in your legs and keep you mentally refreshed. In the grand scheme of things, it's 15 minutes out of the travel time. How big a deal is it to "get there" at a specific time?

Older folks, may not feel all too steady on their feet, especially if you're rolling down the highway, even on the smoothest of roads.

Also it pays to bear in mind when the roles were reversed and family road trips when you were younger had your parents stopping every other exit so someone could go potty, hmm??

Karma.... just sayin.

Glad you had a great trip!
Yes, you are right. Maybe next trip we should check out more the sights along the way, focusing on the trip and not the destination. Thanks for the idea.
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Absolutely, positively NO WAY did you get 17.3 mpg with that rig. Unless you only checked it on the downgrade part of the route.
I do not have any kind of onboard computer. I just filled when I left and filled when I got back. So it was a combination of coming and going. However I must say coming back my gauge barely moved, kept it right around 55 behind trucks... I barely had to put much pressure on the peddle. I was in absolutely no hurry, just enjoying the view.
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Glad the first big trip went well with all the conveniences of Class A travel.
Hey Dean. Thanks again for all your advice, you were a big help to me. It's all down hill from here.
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