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Author Topic: 9216 Miles 907.6 Gallons  (Read 1049 times)
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« on: October 02, 2008, 10:44:59 AM »

I'll shed some light on mileage.  Keep the weight down and the speed down and you'll get better mileage!

With a 3126b Cat engine set at 300 hp and 860 lb-ft torque, an Eaton/Fuller 6 speed manual transmission and a fully loaded 25,000 lb truck conversion pulling a Toyota Tacoma p/u.

From Calif through Colorado on I-70 (10,660 ft.), I-80 cross country to Mass through Maine to Prince Edward Island then returning to Seattle and back to Calif.

9216 miles and 907.6 gallons diesel = 10.15 mpg

This was traveling with the cruise set on 65 mph

Crank it up to 70-75 mph and it'll drop 1/2 to 1 mpg

We're retired so what's the hurry, right?  Drive at 60-65.

By the way when we took this trip (June 15 to Aug 26) fuel was between 4.21 and 5.99 in Canada.





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USBUSIN was our 1960 PD4104 for 16 years Ustruckin' is our 2001 Freightliner truck conversion
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008, 12:27:05 PM »

Wow, that is GREAT fuel mileage.  I almost grabbed my calculator to calculate the MPG, but then you tell us.  He he he. Thank you. Bet she climbed hills great toos.

Now....if fuel was only .249 per gallon like I remember a zillion years ago, life would be perfect.  Send us all pictures of your rig...sounds interesting.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008, 12:49:55 PM »

Here HB of CJ is our rig:  http://www.thegooddeeds.com/TouringTheUSAandCanada.html  This is from our website.

Yes, she does climb those hills.  That six speed makes a big difference over the four speed of the 4104 we had for 16+ years.  Actually, the engine is rated to 10,000 feet and we get the same boost as at sea level.   No difference in performance at altitude.

Yes, I remember the days of gas wars at .199!  They even gave you green stamps, washed your windshield, checked the oil and tire pressure!  Some stations were even giving out silverware!  But, then I was only making $0.75/hour too!  It's all relative.
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008, 06:44:33 PM »

Wow,..wow....and...WOW!!  GREAT pictures.  With my "glacial" 49.2K dial-up speed, it tooks a long time to download all of your cool shots, but the wait was worth it.  Thank you.

Have you considered creating a calender or professional album?  Mary and I did the grand tour kinda way back in 1981/82, but all the pics have been lost and she's gone now. Oh well.

You are soosss lucky to be able to spend 6 months a year "on the road again" and live the dream so few of us can actually do.  Thanks again for the pics...and memories.   Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008, 03:21:26 AM »

Hi usbusin,

Great Photos of your journeys!

I really can relate to a few, Oregon and Arizona. Oregon is a beautiful state full of just about anything one wants to do, the coast is the best!

Good Luck in your ministry, enjoyed the site.

I can also relate to .199 in fuel cost, those were the days when you could put in a dollar and cruise all night. But that was a long, long time ago! Grin

Paul
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 10:11:27 AM »

Thanks, HBofCJ and Paul for your kind comments.  My wife and I are having the best part of our lives serving our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus with our music ministry.  If you read in our web site how we got into this ministry you'll see it was God directing us!  Hope to meet somewhere down the road.

Get out and put some miles on your buses (those ole girls love to be exercised!).  My old 4104 used to take several hours until all the oil got warmed up and then she'd just run and run and run.  Loved that little 671.  Enjoy this beautiful country of ours and the wonderful people you meet along the way! 
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