Originally Posted by Tejon7
Congrats! I'm glad it was an uneventful trip!
Out of curiosity, did you end up driving at night?
Yes and no. Getting home became priority. I left at 4:30 pm (mst) and drove until about 11:30 and slept in a Walmart parking lot in Edgewood, NM. Hit the road again at 6:30 am until 1:00 am(cst) and stayed at a truck stop in West Monroe, LA. Left again at 5:30 am and got home around 1:00 pm.
Driving through Texas midday was rough. Being from the south, I’m familiar with warm weather, but hot is still hot no matter how you look at it. 100+ degree temps got the fan clutch engaged a few times on the bigger longer grades.
Left Flagstaff with a full tank (100 gal) and filled up in San Jon, NM. 545 miles, 99% of the time cruise was set at 62. 46 gallons = 11.8 mpg… but it was mostly downhill and I probably cut it off a little early after the first few foam spews.
Next fill up was in Tyler, TX about 550 miles. Cruise set at 65, but a lot of up and down hills and a little traffic. 60 gallons = 9 mpg but this time I filled it until liquid was at the top of the neck.
I guesstimate the final ~600 miles at 63mph used around 60 gallons, judging by the fuel quantity indication. Haven’t filled it up since I got home.
I’m figuring a solid 10.5ish mpg average with cruise set between 62 and 64. I’m overjoyed!!
The only “events” happened in the last 300 yards of the trip.
Turning into the neighborhood my cooler slid off the doghouse and fell down the steps, thus cracking the door glass on one side.
The other event was me “nudging” the neighbor’s mailbox as I attempted to back Chancho in the backyard under the cover of darkness. I straightened it out, no harm no foul.
So now I have a 40’ bus under an RV cover in my backyard. Brings a whole new meaning to “undercover”