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Old 05-17-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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The little engine that could.

Proud of our small class a front engine diesel puller. We traveled a little over 800 miles from Nc just north of asheville to South FL with our toad (a civic), we managed 11.88 MPG overall.

My first real calculations using the new garmin to total "real world" data and not the speedo/odo (knew they we off, but that's a new and different subject).
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:21 PM   #2
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Wow...great mileage! Did you buy the civic as your toad, or already have it?
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:22 AM   #3
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Fortunately, my girlfriend already had the Honda and since it was towable 4 flat it was a simple choice. My 1963 falcon was a different story without extra work/money/parts and hassle. Plus the civic gets 30mpg.

After talking with family, I'm still surprised by the fuel consumption. My old Lincoln towncar could barely muster this in the city, and just about dead even with my fathers truck city & hwy.

Next project = more power
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That's great mps's with a toad behind. Let us know what the return mpg's as you will be going uphill when you head home. Take the average and you should be able to predict most trips.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:02 AM   #5
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It's been pretty consistent in mpg's as we've driven from San Diego - Fort Lauderdale - North Carolina back to Florida.
Lots of mountains both ways. I'm gonna double over receipts and mileage log from those and look for any changes.

Thanks again. Lots ahead to look forward to.
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Proud of our small class a front engine diesel puller. We traveled a little over 800 miles from NC just north of Asheville to South FL with our toad (a civic), we managed 11.88 MPG overall..
Our uncle had a Trek with an Isuzu 4 cylinder diesel and he went back and forth to Alaska 3 times. His only complaint was that his fuel tank was too small. He had to carry extra fuel in 5 gallon cans at the time. When the motorhome was sold a few years ago, he got just as much for it as he did when he bought it. It was loaded on a ship at Canaveral and transported to Europe. I'm sure that it's still running today.
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Our uncle had a Trek with an Isuzu 4 cylinder diesel and he went back and forth to Alaska 3 times. His only complaint was that his fuel tank was too small. He had to carry extra fuel in 5 gallon cans at the time. When the motorhome was sold a few years ago, he got just as much for it as he did when he bought it. It was loaded on a ship at Canaveral and transported to Europe. I'm sure that it's still running today.
I'll agree with his thoughts. At only 35 gallons, a full days drive can burn through all of it. So, a stop a day for gas on long hauls. It would be nice to slow down and stop but we needed to cover 3000 miles pretty quick to be with family.

This thing runs great and it just turned 60k miles. Lots more life left. Its really Sad to say it might not stay with us after all the wonderful experiences its provided us with.
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