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Old 03-22-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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Do any of you use FLATTEST ROUTE Finder

I just found a very interesting site that I have never read anything on here about. It is called "Flattest Route Finder". Maybe all of you have heard of it maybe not. I just thought it would be very helpful.
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Never heard of it but if it is fuel savings you are interested in I have found that the average over the whole trip is no different whether on flat ground or steep mountains. Miraculously my mileage ends up the same even though the up hill portion of the trip has much lower mileage I make it up coming back down.
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Never heard of it but if it is fuel savings you are interested in I have found that the average over the whole trip is no different whether on flat ground or steep mountains. Miraculously my mileage ends up the same even though the up hill portion of the trip has much lower mileage I make it up coming back down.
Interesting observation! Thanks for sharing!
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I use it and GAS BUDDY, between the two you can plan a trip. Kind of limited to one leg at a time though.

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Only travel South, it's downhill all the way. Seriously, keymastr is right, my experience is the same.
If you really want to get better fuel mileage, make 55 MPH your maximum speed, accelerate slowly-like you have a raw egg between your foot and accelerator pedal, anticipate stops and slowing traffic by taking your foot off the accelerator so you don't need to use your brakes as much, etc.
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We don't like flat routes. The scenery is more beautiful in mountains.
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What's important is the scenic route with most things to do. Ever drove thru the midwest? FLAT. I've seen enough corn and wheat. BORING!
Been in flat FL all winter but lots to do.
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Never heard of it but if it is fuel savings you are interested in I have found that the average over the whole trip is no different whether on flat ground or steep mountains. Miraculously my mileage ends up the same even though the up hill portion of the trip has much lower mileage I make it up coming back down.
No gas milage was not a consideration. I am not experienced on sharp inclines and declines. Some with more experienced may not mind the sharp graded declines. It is something that is concerning to me driving down a 5 mile sharp graded roads. Until I get more experience I find this site helpful. Thought others would too.
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No gas milage was not a consideration. I am not experienced on sharp inclines and declines. Some with more experienced may not mind the sharp graded declines. It is something that is concerning to me driving down a 5 mile sharp graded roads. Until I get more experience I find this site helpful. Thought others would too.
Funny, we just got back from a snow skiing trip into West Virginia. The return trip was filled with 5 mile long, two lane curvy 9% downhill grades, switchbacks and sprinkled with 18 wheelers hauling coal, rock, and or lumber going both ways. Those suckers can fly! I'm not sure my dear wife has opened her eyes yet!

Try the mountains every once in a while and learn how to handle yourself, coach, your passengers and other travelers. I enjoy those challenges and we sure have had some "perfect" campgrounds at the top! One memorable campground the host was living in a old converted mini school bus. She came out to meet us when we arrived and said "how on earth did you get that 'big thing' all the way up here?" I told her "first gear most of the way"! She said "what about all of the holes in the road?" and I said "there was a road????"

Anyway, thanks for the tip about "Flattest Route Finder". I may have to investigate that to see how it routes us compared to the hills. Who knows, one day Sharon may love you for it!
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The # 1 thing to use to save fuel is to turn Off your Cruise Control. Don't believe me just try it.
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Funny, we just got back from a snow skiing trip into West Virginia. The return trip was filled with 5 mile long, two lane curvy 9% downhill grades, switchbacks and sprinkled with 18 wheelers hauling coal, rock, and or lumber going both ways. Those suckers can fly! I'm not sure my dear wife has opened her eyes yet!

Try the mountains every once in a while and learn how to handle yourself, coach, your passengers and other travelers. I enjoy those challenges and we sure have had some "perfect" campgrounds at the top! One memorable campground the host was living in a old converted mini school bus. She came out to meet us when we arrived and said "how on earth did you get that 'big thing' all the way up here?" I told her "first gear most of the way"! She said "what about all of the holes in the road?" and I said "there was a road????"

Anyway, thanks for the tip about "Flattest Route Finder". I may have to investigate that to see how it routes us compared to the hills. Who knows, one day Sharon may love you for it!
Thats a good story. I do plan on getting to the top with my mh. It may be nothing, just dont have any experience doing it in my mh. What ski area did you go too. I remember I took a bunch of kids sking in Canaan Valley back around 1984-85. Coldest wind chill ever recorded. The bus dropped us off at the front door. The girl who had ear rings got mild frost bite from the bus to the lobby on the ears where the ear ring served as a freezing coil. The lenses in my glasses fell out of the frames, all the drinks we had stowed in the basement froze and busted, and the diesel jelled in the bus. We got 16 inches of fresh snow. Got snowed in on Super Bowl Sunday and had to stay a couple of extra day cause we could not get off the Mt. I remember getting down the mt down in Harrisonburg it was 29'. Took my coat off. I could feel the air and it felt warm. Oh by the way the wind chill was 116 below. That was cold. I know it sounds like a story but this was real. Thanks for the help
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I used Flattest route just to see the grades on the highways I would be traveling. It had nothing to do with saving fuel. It was useful to me for that issue only. Now this:

Due to Google Map's new pricing, I have taken the site offline.
The source code is still available for viewing on GitHub
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I used Flattest route just to see the grades on the highways I would be traveling. It had nothing to do with saving fuel. It was useful to me for that issue only. Now this:

Due to Google Map's new pricing, I have taken the site offline.
The source code is still available for viewing on GitHub
WHAT???? Google map charging???
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I used Flattest route just to see the grades on the highways I would be traveling. It had nothing to do with saving fuel. It was useful to me for that issue only. Now this:

Due to Google Map's new pricing, I have taken the site offline.
The source code is still available for viewing on GitHub
Please be sure to explain that the pricing you are referring is for commercial users. Otherwise Google Maps is free for the rest of us.
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