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Old 06-15-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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Been awhile...I know...


So far:
Been on the road a month now. Spent 10 days in So. Ill. for Dad's funeral and associated duties.

June has been more vacation-like. WA-OR-ID-UT-WY-CO-KS-MO-IL-KY-TN-VA-PA-NY-MA-CT-NH-ME-NB-NS.
Tonight is coastal camping in NB (New Brunswick, Canada).

Total miles this trip - 5987.4 miles
Total fuel (last night's calc) - 676.76 gal for an average of 8.35 mpg (last night's miles = 5655.0).

Towing mileage has stayed 6.0 - 7.5 mpg by hand calc after each fill up. The computer displays a more optimistic number by 1 - 1.5 mpg...cute.

Have discovered that is you want "bragging rights" you can always reset your computer's display while coasting down an incline in OD for AMAZING numbers!!!! However the start uphill will show reality very quickly!

Noticed today some oddities about mr. 5 speed tranny...tends to downshift when on a grade with no "following throttle" input from your foot. IE: let off throttle and try to coast from 55 mph on fairly good grade will result in downshift to 4th and consequently higher RPMs (NOT when desired!!). Actually saw 3700 RPMs today which scared the crap outa me!!! 70 mph downhill in 4th! Who knew!!

Love the integrated brake system. Love the power. Love the tranny (I think). Love the comfort inside. And the NAV system works pretty darn well for all that I've asked of it so far!!

Dislikes:

1. Mileage...but what do ya expect?? 55-70 (short spurts to 75) mph with essentially a 26,000lb GCWR and a 4.88 rear end...has a cost! 55 mph is the best mpg (8-9.5 mpg) but has a towing kickdown in gear selection vs torque. 65 mph plus stays in OD for most gentle to moderate grades but mpg is reliably 7-8.
2. Heat from exhaust is wrecking my trim on passenger side leading edge of Raptor. In high heat areas the added heat from the exhaust makes the trim soft and allows wind to pull the entire strip loose from the carriage. Not a nice flapper! Duct tape is holding but is weathering.
3. Exhaust heat is high enough to melt mud flaps...front of TH is paying the price for debris kick up.
4. Still wish I'd a gotten a TITANIUM TH. Solid rig AND aerodynamic!!(among other good touches!!)

Photo in Toyhauler section.

Time to eat...more thoughts as they occur in NS!
DS 060
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:44 PM   #2
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Been awhile...I know...


So far:
Been on the road a month now. Spent 10 days in So. Ill. for Dad's funeral and associated duties.

June has been more vacation-like. WA-OR-ID-UT-WY-CO-KS-MO-IL-KY-TN-VA-PA-NY-MA-CT-NH-ME-NB-NS.
Tonight is coastal camping in NB (New Brunswick, Canada).

Total miles this trip - 5987.4 miles
Total fuel (last night's calc) - 676.76 gal for an average of 8.35 mpg (last night's miles = 5655.0).

Towing mileage has stayed 6.0 - 7.5 mpg by hand calc after each fill up. The computer displays a more optimistic number by 1 - 1.5 mpg...cute.

Have discovered that is you want "bragging rights" you can always reset your computer's display while coasting down an incline in OD for AMAZING numbers!!!! However the start uphill will show reality very quickly!

Noticed today some oddities about mr. 5 speed tranny...tends to downshift when on a grade with no "following throttle" input from your foot. IE: let off throttle and try to coast from 55 mph on fairly good grade will result in downshift to 4th and consequently higher RPMs (NOT when desired!!). Actually saw 3700 RPMs today which scared the crap outa me!!! 70 mph downhill in 4th! Who knew!!

Love the integrated brake system. Love the power. Love the tranny (I think). Love the comfort inside. And the NAV system works pretty darn well for all that I've asked of it so far!!

Dislikes:

1. Mileage...but what do ya expect?? 55-70 (short spurts to 75) mph with essentially a 26,000lb GCWR and a 4.88 rear end...has a cost! 55 mph is the best mpg (8-9.5 mpg) but has a towing kickdown in gear selection vs torque. 65 mph plus stays in OD for most gentle to moderate grades but mpg is reliably 7-8.
2. Heat from exhaust is wrecking my trim on passenger side leading edge of Raptor. In high heat areas the added heat from the exhaust makes the trim soft and allows wind to pull the entire strip loose from the carriage. Not a nice flapper! Duct tape is holding but is weathering.
3. Exhaust heat is high enough to melt mud flaps...front of TH is paying the price for debris kick up.
4. Still wish I'd a gotten a TITANIUM TH. Solid rig AND aerodynamic!!(among other good touches!!)

Photo in Toyhauler section.

Time to eat...more thoughts as they occur in NS!
DS 060
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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Total miles - 6312.7 mi
Total fuel - 790.294 gal
Total mileage - 7.987 mpg

...and now I gotta start thinking about L/km ???

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Old 07-01-2007, 01:51 PM   #4
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We did Nova Scotia and New Brunswick last July. Went about 4200 miles with our v-10 van and tt. GCW was around 15,ooo lb by scales at first fill up. We averaged about 10.5 mpg when our ac didn't work and a worst of 8.5 with the a/c. Met some very nice and some not so nice where ever we went.

If you go through Truro, beware of Hollis Ford. In fixing some wiring, they broke more and it caused us to stay there 8 days instead of 3 or 4. Fortunately, we were parked at a relative's friend's house for the duration.

Overall, it was a nice trip.

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