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Old 04-14-2015, 12:15 PM   #239
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First Interstate trip

We drove up through GA on I-95 and cut over to Charleston on Route 17. The Interstate was crowded with trucks and RVs. I put it on cruise at 60 mph. We were getting good indicated mileage in the mid 20's.

It interested me that when we got off 95 and onto 17, a four lane comparatively deserted highway our indicated miles per gallon dropped to the mid 19s. I wondered if difference was due to a drafting effect on the Interstate though I do not follow closely.

Regardless I filled up when we got to Charleston and the calculated mileage for the entire trip was 20.8 mpg. It seems we get better miles per gallon on the Interstate. That will be our last Interstate segment until we get to NJ.
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Buck Hall Campground--Marion Nat. Forest

We camped at Buck Hall Campground in Francis Marion National Forest, last month. It's right off RT 17 about 30/35 miles north of Charleston, SC Site w/hookups=$20 less access pass=$10. And the camp host was in a 16' Casita.

Even if you are not spending the night there, it's a short access road to the campground off RT 17, so a pull-in to look around might be worthwhile for future reference. It's on the water--we liked it.

Oh, and Litchfield Restaurant, 12223 Ocean Hwy, RT 17., Pawley's Island, SC--open for breakfast & lunch (it's actually in a small town north of PI named Litchfield Beach) On the Left side of Rt 17 going north/east.

Going Rt 17 most of the way?, or the Outer Banks (ferries) route--US 70 to NC RT12, etc.?

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Buck Hall Campgnd, Francis Marion Nat Forest

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We camped at Buck Hall Campground in Francis Marion National Forest, last month. It's right off RT 17 about 30/35 miles north of Charleston, SC Site w/hookups=$20 less access pass=$10. And the camp host was in a 16' Casita.

Even if you are not spending the night there, it's a short access road to the campground off RT 17, so a pull-in to look around might be worthwhile for future reference. It's on the water--we liked it.

Oh, and Litchfield Restaurant, 12223 Ocean Hwy, RT 17., Pawley's Island, SC--open for breakfast & lunch (it's actually in a small town north of PI named Litchfield Beach) On the Left side of Rt 17 going north/east.

Going Rt 17 most of the way?, or the Outer Banks (ferries) route--US 70 to NC RT12, etc.?

Mark

We'll stay there next year thanks for the tip. We take 17 all the way. We're stopping to spend time with Ginny's sister at Surfside Beach and a check with my doctor in New Berne, NC.
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We drove up through GA on I-95 and cut over to Charleston on Route 17. The Interstate was crowded with trucks and RVs. I put it on cruise at 60 mph. We were getting good indicated mileage in the mid 20's.

It interested me that when we got off 95 and onto 17, a four lane comparatively deserted highway our indicated miles per gallon dropped to the mid 19s. I wondered if difference was due to a drafting effect on the Interstate though I do not follow closely.

Regardless I filled up when we got to Charleston and the calculated mileage for the entire trip was 20.8 mpg. It seems we get better miles per gallon on the Interstate. That will be our last Interstate segment until we get to NJ.
Did you have it on cruise when not traveling on the Interstate?
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Old 04-14-2015, 04:18 PM   #243
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Did you have it on cruise when not traveling on the Interstate?
I drove virtually the entire distance on cruise at 60 mph. The ride on RT 17 from exit 33 on I 95 in SC to just south of Charleston is almost light free, just one or two lights and I only recall stopping at one. The traffic was very light.

I was wondering about the drafting factor while driving on I-95. Though not scientific it seemed that the mpg indicator increased whenever a vehicle pulled in front of me. When we got onto 17, I was feeling more confident in the observation.

One more observation, the gauge indicated mpg was less than the calculated mpg which seems to be the norm for our Odyssey. One other factor that's different from our drive down is we now use synthetic oil, no claims, just a reference point.
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It's difficult sometimes to tell whether you're moving slightly uphill or downhill over the course of a few miles. Perhaps you were on a downhill stretch. Or the wind shifted.
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Mike,

Coastal South Carolina is pretty flat and the road is almost Interstate straight with virtually no 'interstate overpass hills'. There was no apparent wind.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:42 AM   #246
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Ginny and I were chatting about the Odyssey over breakfast.

It has turned out to be a good purchase so far. It gets better miles per gallon then we would have hoped, it's the most comfortable and quietest vehicle we've owned in quite a while, and backing up with an automatic is definitely easier than with a standard.

Someone suggested that Ginny could now be a soccer mom. Well it could carry a good portion of a soccer team with room for their equipment and easily carries any thing we need for our trips.

One nice feature we didn't care much about was comfortable seating for six real adults. I must admit we've used it a number of times.
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Norm, we really like our Odyssey as well.
I could use more knee room, but I have that problem no matter what I drive........lol
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Norm, we really like our Odyssey as well.
I could use more knee room, but I have that problem no matter what I drive........lol
You must be taller than me. I drive with the seat not all the way back. I've come to like the upright seating.
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We camped at Buck Hall Campground in Francis Marion National Forest, last month. It's right off RT 17 about 30/35 miles north of Charleston, SC Site w/hookups=$20 less access pass=$10. And the camp host was in a 16' Casita.

Even if you are not spending the night there, it's a short access road to the campground off RT 17, so a pull-in to look around might be worthwhile for future reference. It's on the water--we liked it.

Oh, and Litchfield Restaurant, 12223 Ocean Hwy, RT 17., Pawley's Island, SC--open for breakfast & lunch (it's actually in a small town north of PI named Litchfield Beach) On the Left side of Rt 17 going north/east.

Going Rt 17 most of the way?, or the Outer Banks (ferries) route--US 70 to NC RT12, etc.?

Mark
Mark, we stopped at Buck Hall. The very nice Host told us he didn't allow trailers like ours...of course he had a Casita and there was another there as well. It's a lovely park and we will stay there on our way south in the future. The host told us not to tell anyone about the park...they only have 14 sites.

We also saw the Litchfield Restuarant and I'll take Ginny on a breakfast date in the morning. Thanks for the great tips.
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Buck Hall , misc comments

"Mark, we stopped at Buck Hall. The very nice Host told us he didn't allow trailers like ours...of course he had a Casita and there was another there as well. It's a lovely park and we will stay there on our way south in the future. The host told us not to tell anyone about the park...they only have 14 sites."

The host (in the Casita 16) at Buck Hall told me that they are often full, so a reservation may be needed sometimes. They do have an overflow area with no hookups.

There was a Trillium there when we were there, (about March 22?) and a home-made mini stick built retro type trailer.

And, Of course, we won't tell anyone about this campground....oops.

There do not seem to be many campgrounds with hookups on the East Coast where you can use an Access Pass like at Buck Hall.

From what I've read, the engine cylinder management system in the Odyssey seems like it works pretty well.

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MPG readout

How do the Odyssey Fuel readout guage readings compare to the actual mileage taken after a fill-up?

The 2014 Subaru Outback readings are right on the money most all of the time when compared to actual fuel used.

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How do the Odyssey Fuel readout guage readings compare to the actual mileage taken after a fill-up?

The 2014 Subaru Outback readings are right on the money most all of the time when compared to actual fuel used.

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Generally it seems to be pretty accurate though on the Interstates it seems to read low, I've noticed this towing and not towing.

We went to the Linkletter Restaurant for breakfast, we both had fluffy pancakes. We were there around 7AM and mostly the regular crowd, working people chatting getting ready for their day. Thanks for the tip.
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