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Old 08-26-2015, 03:32 PM   #51
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I started tracking miles, mpg, and time as these 3 values are available on my Jeep's trip odometer. I reset it at the beginning of a trailer trip, and record it at the end (usually). We picked up our trailer on May 28, and so far, we have logged 2646 miles and 16 nights. I added some calculations to the spreadsheet I keep on my phone (and Google Drive) and we have averaged 15.8 MPG and used about 168 gallons of gas. Interestingly to me, we have taken two trips up to the Sierra Nevadas, and we get about 2 MPG better mileage on the trip home to sea level from 8000 feet or so.

We will be camping for 30 days over then next two months and haven't planned November yet.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:45 PM   #52
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....Interestingly to me, we have taken two trips up to the Sierra Nevadas, and we get about 2 MPG better mileage on the trip home to sea level from 8000 feet or so......
Think of it this way: If you're going up a 10% grade, you're lifting your tow and trailer 528 ft. vertically in every mile you drive. (Mean ol' Mr. gravity at work.)
Going downhill, he's not so mean.
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:05 PM   #53
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Think of it this way: If you're going up a 10% grade, you're lifting your tow and trailer 528 ft. vertically in every mile you drive. (Mean ol' Mr. gravity at work.)
Going downhill, he's not so mean.
Hi: dfandrews... It certainly helps to understand the "Gravity" of the situation. Alf
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:34 PM   #54
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We logged 29 nights on our trip from the Comox Valley to canyon country in southern Utah, via the North Cascades Highway on the way down and the Olympics and the Coho ferry on the way back. We also spent a total of 12 nights earlier this month visiting Summerland and Wells Gray Park.

So the grand total so far in 2015 is 41 nights. We would have done a major trip this fall, probably across BC to visit a number of national and provincial parks in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but we're committed to volunteering for the good guys in the run up to the October 19 federal election.

We'll get in a few short trips on the Island before the election, and a longer one afterward if the monsoon season has not begun.
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:56 PM   #55
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Think of it this way: If you're going up a 10% grade, you're lifting your tow and trailer 528 ft. vertically in every mile you drive. (Mean ol' Mr. gravity at work.)
Going downhill, he's not so mean.
Yes, I noticed that the "miles of range left until empty" never decreased in the trip from Lassen NP to Red Bluff where I filled up some 60 miles later. For a while, it actually increased.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:13 PM   #56
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We've logged about 60 days so far this year . We are now on a 6 week trip to the west coast.
With a week at deer hunting we wiil be on the road approx 110 days this year.
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:09 PM   #57
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For those of you that have been on extended trips, are you finding space at the campgrounds or are you having to make reservations or change plans on the fly? What's the availability been like this year?
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Hmm, think I went through Falun - near Eau Claire Wisc?
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:54 PM   #59
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For those of you that have been on extended trips, are you finding space at the campgrounds or are you having to make reservations or change plans on the fly? What's the availability been like this year?
I did make reservations for some locations, but I could probably have done without. For most places I didn't make reservations and was always able to find a spot. I tried to travel on Sunday or Monday, which helped. Clackamette City Park in Oregon City does not accept reservations and it is very convenient to Portland, so I expected the worst. I arrived early Sunday afternoon and it was pretty full, but by Monday afternoon I was surprised to see the RV park half-empty, even though it was at the height of tourist season.

The popular national parks are different-- there you need camping reservations weeks or months in advance. Even isolated Great Basin NP filled up a few days after I arrived.
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:57 AM   #60
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Hmm, think I went through Falun - near Eau Claire Wisc?
Falun is located on Hwy 70, 8 miles west of Siren Wi , 9 miles East of Grantsburg Wi and 80 miles North of Eau Claire Wi. Town consists of a bait store ,auto repair shop ,about 8 houses
and a church. The town is so small that it does not have a bar ,a rare thing in Wisconsin.
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