Originally Posted by Frederick L. Simson
Well, by definition I am not a hypermiler, but I can certainly appreciate the concept of efficiency. Generally I take a pragmatic approach to most things:
- I don't turn off mp the engine at red lights
, depending how long the light
is, it may take more fuel to do this. And then there's the added stress to the starter - cars aren't really designed for this.
- I don't purposely antagonize other drivers to influence their driving: sounds like a recipe for road rage
- in California (where I live) it is almost unsafe to drive below 55mph. But I don't go much over 60 when cruising.
- I have a standard trans and I do have the habit of coasting wherever safe and appropriate (this does a great deal to improve MPG).
- I do have a ScanGauge that helps me learn the big gas wasting tendencies (pretty much all hard accelerations and hills!!)
Lightening a trailer:
I don't really want to give up too much comfort (one of the reasons I like the idea of a trailer is comfort and convenience), but there may be some unneeded or unnecessary things:
- I don't think I need a TV when I have an IPad (works great for watching movies while traveling)
- I'm not sure if I need a full stove when there are many self contained lightweight camping stove on the market (there are even some ovens!)
- I'm not sure a microwave
would be needed, generally works fast but I'm not crazy about what it does to food!
- a jug of water seems to be plenty for two people over a couple of days (handy wipes are great as well!)
- bedding: I have a really nice set of lightweight down sleeping bags that zip together if needed (really warm and cozy!)
The things I like about a small stand-up trailer:
- a comfortable bed!!!!!
- a place with a table to eat, play games, check maps, read, watch movies, etc.
- an enclosed place to cook (even if its cold and raining).
- almost no set-up time, it's ready to go immediately (makes those spontaneous weekend trips even more enticing!!)
- you can leave the gear in the trailer all the time (again, ready to go at the drop of a hat!)
- it is safe (or feels that way)
- it is quiet (more so than a tent anyway)
- it is private
One of the reasons I want a trailer is so that I can have a good "home base" for my cycling events, without needing to pay for a hotel every time I leave my neighborhood. I'm an ultra distance cyclist and most of my events are all day events, so having a "sanctuary" waiting for me after a long hard day on the bike seems very appealing! Sometimes (most of the times) it's difficult to really rest in a tent, and then there is all the time required to set up and take down. Even a teardrop seems inconvenient for cooking or changing clothes (essential for my needs!)
Hope this clears a few things up (at least in terms of needs)...