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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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FL to CA to FL - Version IV

All is not doom and gloom with these trucks as they get the miles and recalls piled on them . Took a quick round trip to see the kids in SoCal from Florida. Did nothing special to prepare. Just fueled up and got on the road. Stayed for a few days running around SoCal and headed back. 2.5 days out, 2.5 days back. Man the fuel prices vary wildly across country - from $2.59 in TX, to an eye bleeding $4.29 in CA.... Piled on another 5435 miles.

Anyway, it performed flawlessly once again. No issues at all. About 500 lbs of cargo in the bed, 500 lbs in the cab with people, cattle dog, spares/tools under the back seat, etc. Normally doing around 70 - 80 mph (Texas) at 1500 - 1700 rpm. MPG was the best I've seen on many trips back and forth along the same route at 23.1 mpg (EVIC is + 1 mpg). I did have a Tonno Pro cover on the bed, so maybe it did actually help a little on the mpg. Or maybe it's just finally broken in! Put a box of DEF in when I got to CA for the trip home and the gauge never budged all the way back (2500 + miles). Anyway, what's not to like....


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23.1 is pretty darn good, I'd say.
I'll be doing that drive in reverse this summer to visit the parents. I'll probably have a little more stuff with me- we're taking the kayaks so we can enjoy fishing in FL, plus camping gear and some other stuff. Debating towing a small enclosed trailer for our gear, but not sure I want the mileage hit with an extra 1000-1300 lbs behind me. The added security would be nice though. Plus I'm thinking about taking some solar panels and a deep cycle battery so we can have lights in camp. Kinda tired of the white gas/propane lantern thing. Thinking about doing a 'practice' run- load the trailer with some of what we'll need, run up and down the highway for 50 miles or so to get an idea of what kind of mileage to expect. Use that to make my determination. If it stays 18 or above, I'll probably go with the trailer, however the last time I towed it (probably heavier than it would be for this trip), I was around 15 mpg. That might be a deal-breaker.
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You never really appreciate how big States like Texas and Montana are, until you drive across them from one end to the other non stop.
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You never really appreciate how big States like Texas and Montana are, until you drive across them from one end to the other non stop.


Or the length of California. This doesnít even mention Alaska which is bigger than them all

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Nice. Two weeks ago I was about 2700 miles in 5 days. I haven't had any issues with mine. Though I am jealous of your fuel economy. My lead foot doesn't help that though...
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Just finished a 1300 mile run with an average of 21 and change
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Is there a reason you don’t just fly? Or is it just the adventure of a road trip?
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23.1 is pretty darn good, I'd say.
I'll be doing that drive in reverse this summer to visit the parents. I'll probably have a little more stuff with me- we're taking the kayaks so we can enjoy fishing in FL, plus camping gear and some other stuff. Debating towing a small enclosed trailer for our gear, but not sure I want the mileage hit with an extra 1000-1300 lbs behind me. The added security would be nice though. Plus I'm thinking about taking some solar panels and a deep cycle battery so we can have lights in camp. Kinda tired of the white gas/propane lantern thing. Thinking about doing a 'practice' run- load the trailer with some of what we'll need, run up and down the highway for 50 miles or so to get an idea of what kind of mileage to expect. Use that to make my determination. If it stays 18 or above, I'll probably go with the trailer, however the last time I towed it (probably heavier than it would be for this trip), I was around 15 mpg. That might be a deal-breaker.
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I’m not familiar with other states, but California has a 10 mile per hour difference towing vs not towing. I would be doing everything humanly possible to leave the trailer at home! Just me though. I get the idea of security and extra space.
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23.1 is pretty darn good, I'd say.
I'll be doing that drive in reverse this summer to visit the parents. I'll probably have a little more stuff with me- we're taking the kayaks so we can enjoy fishing in FL, plus camping gear and some other stuff. Debating towing a small enclosed trailer for our gear, but not sure I want the mileage hit with an extra 1000-1300 lbs behind me. The added security would be nice though. Plus I'm thinking about taking some solar panels and a deep cycle battery so we can have lights in camp. Kinda tired of the white gas/propane lantern thing. Thinking about doing a 'practice' run- load the trailer with some of what we'll need, run up and down the highway for 50 miles or so to get an idea of what kind of mileage to expect. Use that to make my determination. If it stays 18 or above, I'll probably go with the trailer, however the last time I towed it (probably heavier than it would be for this trip), I was around 15 mpg. That might be a deal-breaker.
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Yea definitely a major difference when towing. I really have no complaints about the mpg I get towing as well. I've towed my Trailers several times along the same route. It's not just the weight, but also the aero drag that can make a pretty big impact on mpg. When I've taken my triple axle 30', I've averaged 13.3. That's with 4800 lbs of trailer and 1500 lbs of cargo. With my 18', I averaged 12.3. But that was with way more overall weight 3000 lbs of trailer, 5000 lbs of cargo, 2000 lbs in the bed, 500 + in the cab, etc. YRMV.




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We just returned from the Ormond Beach area. Diesel ranged from a high of $3.03 to as low as $2.89.
We lucked out and got some pretty nice weather. The truck owners really like those wide rims and negative offset.
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You never really appreciate how big States like Texas and Montana are, until you drive across them from one end to the other non stop.
Ain't that the truth! For Texas, I take it in one shot. From Orange, TX (right at the border) to Deming (NM) is a little less than 1000 miles. It's always the toughest leg of the trip.

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Is there a reason you donít just fly? Or is it just the adventure of a road trip?
Because flying sucks and driving trucks! I've flown more times than I can remember. And flying now-a-days is just no fun at all for many reasons..... When I've got the time, driving the truck with my wife and Cattle Dog, from Ocean to Ocean is great. Nothing like being out on the open road. Love it. Besides, can't take the dog and all the stuff I bring out with me on a plane.
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