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Cross Country Towing Round Trip 6000 miles

I had hoped to find more time to do a daily blog-ish update for this trip. However here I am on day 4 of my trip just writing the first post. My gang of 4 (2 littles, my wife and I) headed out from our home in NC to visit friends and family along the US and end up in CA for a couple weeks where I am originally from. The whole trip should be around 6000 miles. I left with 6108 on the odometer and on our 4th night now we are ~7500. I am having to fill up once a day and the first morning diesel was 3.44, then 3.41, then 3.33, then 3.26 today in Oklahoma where we are stopped. We are going between 57-63mph and I am mostly using the tow mode so the gears don't hunt as much. I turn it off down grades and on flat travel. Gas milage for the first 2 refills were 14.1 each and then a 13.1 and then a 14.6. We had a lot of wind today coming right at us today and the computer is showing 12.6 currently with about 115 miles to empty when I gas up tomorrow. I am not taking the time to hand calculate any milage on this trip but I have done it in the past and found it was always within .1 everytime I did it so I have stopped. The last thing I will add is I am towing a Rockwood Mini Lite 2504s for anyone wanting specs. It is ~5200lbs dry and I am guessing about 5800lbs with our stuff in it and some fluid in the tanks. I will update again in a few days I hope and if anyone has questions I will try to answer them. Pray for us and my sanity as I drive a 2 year old girl and 5 year old boy cross country!
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Thanks for the report.

My folks dragged me and my two sisters across canada in a trailer like that back in the 70's. It was a great time and I'll never forget it. You're building some fantastic family memories. Oh, my dad had a 70's ish pontiac station wagon with a 454 4 bbl that got 5mpg towing. He was complaining that gas just hit $1 per gallon.
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Thanx for the post. Anxious to hear more of your adventure. Great fuel mileage.
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A quick post today. The gas price locator in the 8.4N works really well to tell you prices within 30 miles of your position and add it as a way point on your route in progress. I have found HUGE differences by going off the freeway just a few blocks or passing a big town to go to a little town 8 miles up the road.. Today the LOVES & FLYING J were both asking 3.85 for diesel. I went 1.8 miles off the freeway with the GPS and got Valero diesel for 3.35. I would have never known it was there with no freeway sign. A .50/ gal difference is a outrageous though for people buying off the highway. Just a heads up

BTW my 12.6 yesterday turned into a 13.1 by the time I filled up. I had little wind today and mostly flat and it is showing 15.1 currently 1/2 way through the tank I bought late this morning.

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This is "cool". Sure appreciate the information.


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Thanks 10%. I Finished with the best tank ever for this trip at 14.8 when I filled up today in Albuquerque, New Mexico (which BTW was $3.79 off the freeway and $3.25 about 2 miles in at a major grocery store). I find this milage odd since I climbed over 3500ft on this tank pulling dead weight up a hill. It must be the light wind yesterday and no wind today making that much of a difference. The 2nd half of the day we climbed over the Continental divide at 7200 ft and back down a little to our stop tonight at 6500 ft. This tank is showing a great 15.3 (with 2/3 tank to go) with lots more flat & downhill tomorrow! I am hoping the wind stays gone.
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The wind did stay gone. Got 15.4 on that tank. Refilled in Flagstaff AZ for $3.25 (it was as high as $4.09 in town). Showing 16.2 now going down from 6600ft to 700ft at Needles, CA for the night with 1/2 tank to go. (BTW never get fuel in Needles. Literally most expensive gas in the country according the internet. Currently Unleaded $4.29, diesel $4.89)
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Got the last tank in CA in Barstow for $3.55 and saw it as high as $4.29 in that town. Ended up with 15.3 on that one. Going over Tehachapi pass and down into Bakersfield netted 16.3 so far on this tank with about 2/3 to go. Heading to San Francisco Bay Area tomorrow for a couple weeks to park the trailer before heading home. I will report one more fill and total milage tomorrow for leg one of the cross country trip
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This is really interesting to follow, Thanks for this Firemist.
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Yeah, I find this interesting too. Must be getting old when we are excited about fuel prices!
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