Still missing a lot of info in order for this to be useful data. Weight/roof rack/tires/lift?
Nope, don't add to the story, haha. Probably only running fairly light compared to others, like 7000-7500lbs... still a lot in the garage to install! I'll certainly collect data again once we have it fully kitted. Somewhat consistent message with others: drag is just a massive factor. A little slower means muuuch less fuel. I could even feel going west through the farmland that a small headwind would drop the mpg to 12-14. I'd imagine even a 7mph wind head on would be like going 65mph, then the benefit at 58mph is negated.Still missing a lot of info in order for this to be useful data. Weight/roof rack/tires/lift?
You got it. My last camper, which had a lot of drag, would lose on average 1 mpg for every 5 mph. The faster you go, the worse the effect. So far, this Transit seems about the same.drag is just a massive factor
Wind resistance is square function of speed.A little slower means muuuch less fuel.
Weight is a bigger issue around town when accelerating/decelerating frequently. Less of an issue on the highway to the extent that you can avoid downshifting on the up hills (or having to brake speed on the downhills ).Probably only running fairly light
My 92 y/o Mom drives faster than I do.I guess I'm like the new version of that Sammy Hagar song... but it seems I can't drive 75 either. I usually average closer to 82mph and get closer to 13mpg. Surprisingly, my 20-something boys drive the van slower than I do - though they drive every other car MUCH faster than I do. They get 14-16mpg driving ~72mph.
Mine is 93 and enjoys congested traffic. Considers it an entertaining challenge. And generally drives faster than meMy 92 y/o Mom drives faster than I do.
Our second home. Mammoth. Literally and figuratively. But really, the whole 395 corridor. Hope to meet you up there some day!Just got done with an 875 mile trip: Bay Area CA--> Mammoth Lakes ski area (via Rt 88, Garnerville NV) --> Lone Pine (CA - 395)--> Alabama Hills--> back to Bay Area (via Bakersfield and Rt 5). 2020 AWD LWB fully loaded, myself, wife 1 dog total weight ~9000lbs. We got overall 13-14 mpg which for us is typical.
BTW: The spring skiing was great, a bit hot in Alabama hills (~90 deg) but always amazing...
Be great to meet up. Later this summer we will be climbing Matterhorn peak (via twin lakes) and spending a few days in Hoover wilderness. Most likely will head down to Mammoth for a day afterwards, I'll let you know.Our second home. Mammoth. Literally and figuratively. But really, the whole 395 corridor. Hope to meet you up there some day!
Sounds great. If the dates work, that'd be awesome. We don't have any dates targeted - snow is the factor right now - but we've got hopeful plans for some good adventures between Toulomne and Mammoth, including Minarets and Banner/Ritter. I hadn't heard of Matterhorn before - we've done some runs out of Saddlebags heading that direction; but haven't gotten quite that far up yet. We might do a Conness loop this summer again.Be great to meet up. Later this summer we will be climbing Matterhorn peak (via twin lakes) and spending a few days in Hoover wilderness. Most likely will head down to Mammoth for a day afterwards, I'll let you know.
What speed on HWY? Anything on your roof?Just did a trip from Prescott to Santa Cruz, Ca. 1357 miles, 15.99 mpg after adjusting for larger tires (245/75/16) based on consumption. High roof, 148 wb, 4wd and 7500 lbs. Had both head and side winds through the desert. Driving in city traffic dropped the mileage to about 12 effecting the overall mpg over about 100 miles.
65 to 70 on highway, awning mounted to roof (no rack). 89 to 40 through Barstow, Bakersfield, Paso Robles, Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Same back. I always assume that I should get better mileage going North (curvature of earth is downhill), but always run into that Northwest prevailing wind.What speed on HWY? Anything on your roof?