Ok, we made it to our new southern AZ home. Not really a vacation trip so we will have to head out after we figure out what work is going to be like.
Interestingly enough, my 38mpg was during the hottest part of the trip leaving the east coast. As we headed west, mileage varied quite a bit. 29 mpg in/around Ohio, 35 i/a Indiana, 32 I/a Missouri, 36 i/a Oklahoma and about 35 average the rest of the way to Arizona.
I am not sure why the large variance. We maintained the same load, same speeds, and same conservative driving style. Even with the NM mountains near Ruidoso, mileage was a good 35 mpg.
All in all, the Jetta TDI performed quite well leading the little Scamp
. And I recommend trailer brakes
for every journey. I hesitated before the trip about putting the brake kit on my car, but I sure am glad that I did. They made towing a lot less worrisome.
Lastly, the actual Scamp weight
was 1650lbs. That's about 400lbs more than expected. And total car plus Scamp was 5150lbs, the Jetta weighed in empty at 2900. That makes about 600lbs of cargo with me!. I did not weigh until we arrived, and now I am glad because I would have dumped some stuff had I know we weighed so much.