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Old 05-27-2016, 10:12 AM   #15
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I have towed my combo in some very windy conditions even at 75mph and have had zero issues other than major fuel consumption!!!

Heading West on I-40 with a 40 mph head wind!

Shouldn't you refrain from taking pictures of that gorgeous dash, which looks like it could use a good dusting, while you are driving? How unsafe

Thanks Yall... Can't wait to hit the road this afternoon!
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:36 AM   #16
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Chertz,
How was the first trip?
I just towed 3.5 hours (2X) for my first time around Chicago from WI to IN, longest trip so far. Heavy truck traffic on I-294 and I-80 but the ride was solid as I could have hoped for. 10.8 mpg. Crazy part was $108.00 for tolls, more than I spent on fuel!
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Old 05-28-2016, 02:42 PM   #17
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Yep...they really ding you for extra axles.
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Old 05-29-2016, 05:36 AM   #18
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Shouldn't you refrain from taking pictures of that gorgeous dash, which looks like it could use a good dusting, while you are driving? How unsafe

Thanks Yall... Can't wait to hit the road this afternoon!
Who said "I" took the pic? :roll eyes:

Dusty, I agree. that's why I traded it in on the 15. This one is starting to get dusty, HMMMMM.
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The trip was great. Did 11mpg per the dash. Truck ran fantastic. I did lock it in 5th. At 70 I 6th gear she was only Turning 1800 rpm. While she was able to maintain it seemed happier in 5th at about 2100 with the wind
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:35 PM   #20
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DTE of 46 miles at 6.3mpg wouldn't be comfortable for me...
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DTE of 46 miles at 6.3mpg wouldn't be comfortable for me...

Especially when it's 26 degrees!!!!
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I fill up when DTE is at 150 ish. One time, and never a second time, I listen to the wife who kept saying go on. That was in the 99 that didn't have a DTE. If it did, it would have been on "ILN" I'm LaughingNow. She lets her light comeon, then punches the button and drives 35 moremiles, then looks for gas. Of course she will pass 20 gas stations in the 35 miles. One day she going to call, an I'm going to say what, can't hear ya. Bad connection.

I don't like to get my CTD down to 1/4 tank. The chance of getting debris in the filter, which you really shouldn't if you shop at decent stations, but the real chance of re-priming it on the side of the road. I know the new ones prime easier but the 99 required tools to reprime it and I don't wanna go that way if I don't have to.
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I fill up when DTE is at 150 ish. One time, and never a second time, I listen to the wife who kept saying go on. That was in the 99 that didn't have a DTE. If it did, it would have been on "ILN" I'm LaughingNow. She lets her light comeon, then punches the button and drives 35 moremiles, then looks for gas. Of course she will pass 20 gas stations in the 35 miles. One day she going to call, an I'm going to say what, can't hear ya. Bad connection.

I don't like to get my CTD down to 1/4 tank. The chance of getting debris in the filter, which you really shouldn't if you shop at decent stations, but the real chance of re-priming it on the side of the road. I know the new ones prime easier but the 99 required tools to reprime it and I don't wanna go that way if I don't have to.

When we're traveling great distances I like to fuel up when my truck hits half a tank. I thought about getting a saddle tank, but unless we're encountering huge hills the truck and the jeep usually need fuel at the same time.

Charliez, your story above would make me insane, especially on these common rail trucks. Ugh.
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Trip back home went off without a hitch. Without the 15+mph winds the truck ran great in 6th. Finished the return trip at 13.1 MPG... I was shocked to see how good the MPG's were with this truck and trailer combo... I didn't weight the camper, but its 11,750 lbs empty (per the mfg sticker, which is usually light) so I would guess I was somewhere between 12,500 and 13,000 lbs loaded.
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DTE of 46 miles at 6.3mpg wouldn't be comfortable for me...
Yea we really had to keep an eye out for fuel stations! But hey we got out of the COLD weather a lot sooner.
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Our rule of thumb for towing in winds is when we see the semi's pulling off the road, or signs saying "No high Profile Vehicles" we find a place to park it.
Heading north from Kansas City to Sioux Falls one day we got 5.8 running 60mph. Headwinds were around 40-45mph continuous. That fuel tank emptied mighty quick in the ole' Dodge we had then!
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Going from a gas class A to this setup,, 15 Silverado & 16 Cougar 5th, its night and day ! Been driving a truck for a living off and on for 37 yrs, the older mh would wear me out in winds.. Even after several suspension upgrades. Just back from our first big trip out west, dw would look at the grass and trees and say, hmm the wind is blowing huh? I'd just say didn't notice !! Loved it !!! Sure our Cougar is very aerodynamic compared to alot of trailers, (good thing) but we averaged 11.9 mpg on paper, cruising at 70 mph 90% of the time. (2757 miles) Duramax/Alison almost never came out of 6th gear. Nice !!!!
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I totally agree Monkey... Honestly these modern diesel's and modern trailers are just an absolute pleasure to drive!
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