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Old 07-27-2014, 12:37 AM   #15
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That's funny Dave about the semi's. Back in the mid 70's I was doing a cross country trip, no trailer and fell in behind a couple semi's just to keep pace with them...75+. They knew I was behind them and ran with them for about 50 miles and got to thinking about if this draft thing works. Moved over to the white line so he could see me and pulled slowly forward to him and moved in behind him. At about 50' I could feel the pull of the air bubble behind him and only had to use about half throttle for the same speed as he was pulling me. Stayed there for about 45 seconds just as a test and fell back, moved back to the white line so he could see that I was backed off at a safe distance and stayed with them for another 200 miles. I'm sure he knew what I was doing as when I had to go to another freeway I flashed my lights to him as a thank you and he flashed his trailer lights to me as a goodby. BTW, we were the only vehicles for miles. I would never do that with traffic around or towing a trailer. But dang it was a pretty neat feeling being pulled forward like that once you got through the buffeting/dirty air it was like a vacuum. Ah the things you do as an 18 yo teenager. At 60+ I do the speed limits or conditions now.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:03 AM   #16
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It's silver. We're color irrelevant people. Come for dinner in FL.
Norm and Ginny,
Congratulations on your NEW Honda!!!!! I know you guys are really enjoying the extra space! I think silver is a great color!
So, where are you taking it on the first trip?
Keep smiling, that will make your Honda last longer! Ha!
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Carl, I must say the Odyssey feels too big. Our youngest son thinks his electric Smart car would fit in the back.

(On the Smart car, it's totally electric with rather short range, 75 miles, but if it fit's your driving it's very cost efficient, the largest cost is the monthly lease of $139.)

Ginny smiles almost all the time.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:52 AM   #18
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Hey Norm, silver is a good color for FL sun. Good choice. Are you going to put your hitch and brake controller on? I'll bet you're anxious to try it out. You'll have to update your "Show us your rig" photo.

Dave you brought back a flood of memories! When I came back from overseas in 1970, I was stationed in No. VA, near D.C. but my girlfriend was back home near Detroit. I would go home on short notice to see her all the time. To save money, I'd frequently draft semi's on the Ohio and PA turnpikes. I had a VW Beetle and a Triumph Bonneville at the time. The trip was 525 miles one way. I left on a Friday night after work, and would be back for work on Monday morning with just pennies in my pocket, and a smile on my face. Drafting for hundreds of miles like that required total attention and fast reflexes, perfect for an adrenaline junkie like me, just back from the war. Now 44 years later I'm a little smarter and a lot safer. Thanks for reminding me, Dave!

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On the generally flat Interstate of the seacoast NH, the car was running in "ECO". I assume the engine is running under cylinder management in ECO.
Norm, this info may help.

In the past few weeks looking for another vehicle we test drove a number of Honda's that had the VCM engines. It was brought to my attention when test driving a 2010 Honda Crosstour. On the highway the engine started to stumble like it was about to run out of gas. I soon realized it only did this when the ECO light came on the dash. Curious about it I found this site that explains the VCM/ECO technology.
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I'm glad that my drafting has brought back such memories. For the record, the type of semi drafting that I do these days pulling as Scamp is at a good two second + following distance. Even there I am realizing a significant boost in MPG.
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ECO Mode,

I'm not sure that we'll ever be in ECO mode when towing except maybe on downhill runs but it makes a significant difference in miles per gallon. I was able to take a 20 ride this morning on non-highway roads with stop lights and get an indicated 28 mpg.

Now I haven't calibrated the accumulative mpg gauge yet the ability of the ECO, the shutting off of cylinders when not needed reduces fuel usage.

Before we bought the Odyssey I was surprised that it had the same mileage rating as our CRV even though the Odyssey is a 6 cylinder, Now I know why.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #22
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Yes Norm. I noticed that every time I slowed down the Honda's slipped into eco mode. It is an impressive system.
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If you've not seen it yet you can tap the pushrod on the odometer and it
will give the overall average. The monitor on the dash gives last trip mileage
and present trip mileage, but the odometer gives the overall mileage.
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Carl, There's a lot for us to learn.

I set it up so Trip A shows the mpg per fill up, it resets when ever you add fuel. I aee the gas fill up has a switch that mist provide the reset signal.

Trip B is set to keep an accumulated average over the life of the Odyssey or over a season or trip to Newfoundland.

I looked for the added transmission cooler. It's huge, The Honda has two radiators, one for the AC and another for the engine. The transmission cooler is mounted in front of these and extends across the front side of both.
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Congrats Norm and Ginny on the new Honda know you'll be happy especially with the extra room.

If Honda made a truck that could tow a fifth wheel it would have been my first choice.

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Honda Odyssey Reviews

A link to a long series of Odyssey reviews, Each review can be expanded.

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test - Performance
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D4,

Another towing function on the Odyssey is the D4 button on the shift lever. It changes the transmission from a 6 speed to a 4 speed. Honda suggests to drop into D4 on hills.

Our motor home had similar transmission functionality.
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The Oddy's really hold their value. A 2005 showed up on Kijiji this AM. It was top of the line with leather with 188,000klm's. Price was 10,500.
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