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Old 05-16-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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UP So Far

We are currently in Williams, AZ for a couple of days. We have made it here in three driving segments. We left central TX for Lubbock and battled wind all the way, rarely using cruise and averaged 6.25 mpg and considered that very good under the circumstances. From Lubbock to Albuquerque, much more hilly but very little wind and we averaged slightly over 8 mpg, about .5 better than average and this was done at an avg altitude over 5,000'. The trip to Williams was a nightmare. We battled mostly cross winds ranging from 30-55 mph (according to wind advisories), almost never got into 5th and still averaged about 6.9 mpg. I'm looking forward to getting into CA (actually I'm not, as I normally try to avoid it like the plague) so I can get to a lower elevation and take advantage of my UP. UP at altitude really doesn't help all that much although there is a slight improvement in power. It's at lower altitudes that it shines for me. So after Yosemite, the trip up to Oregon coast should be a little easier other than a couple of minor hills/mountains.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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Golden you have picked a very nice town to stop at. We like that town and stay at the RV ranch. The pine country restaurant is very good food. With the weather moving your way from the las Vegas area you might get a little snow tonite. They say this storm is coming from the south west which is from the LA area. Kingman has the cheapest gas in that area. the ups programing will help you thru the next few hills. Good Luck and Travel Safe. JP
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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We also hit the wind in Williams, on Monday on our way to New Orleans. My homemade towguard, in its 7th season, got busted up real bad from the crosswind. Gave it a decent burial at the Route 66 RV park just east of Holbrook.

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Old 05-19-2011, 07:09 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by golden View Post
The trip to Williams was a nightmare. We battled mostly cross winds ranging from 30-55 mph (according to wind advisories), almost never got into 5th and still averaged about 6.9 mpg.
Given the conditions, that's great mileage!
For me, UP was not a big boost in mpg's, but by "the seat of the pants" I feel there is more power. When in "Cruise Cont." it keeps the trans. in OD longer.
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