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Old 07-07-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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900 of the 2500 miles behind us with a stop in IN to visit mom and dad for a few days.

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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I sure don't envy you moving. What a job! Where in AZ are you moving to? We've wintered there every winter except for 2000 since Dec 1994. AZ is a very interesting state. There are some places where you can be in the desert and drive uphill for an hour to be in snow (winter, of course) and when tired of it, drive back downhill. Enjoy
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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We are headed to Sierra Vista, or Ft Huachuca, if you are familiar with the area. We've been down there before and know how neat AZ is. Last time we were there though, we had to tent it. Now we are living large in the 13'er and can't wait.

The Midwest is hotter than AZ right now. This miserable!

Where do you part-time it?
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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Ok, who is besting this, 38.5mpg in my VW Jetta TDI 2004 with a big Thule roof box towing our 13' Scamp? In awfully hot midday temps of 95-105• cruising 60-65mph. I am pleased.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #5
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I think it it the Thule attachment giving you less drag....
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:20 PM   #6
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I sure would like to get 38 mpg when I go camping. Even 25, or 20....

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:08 AM   #7
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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.

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:01 AM   #8
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Variation is milage might be because of different gas formulations along the way? I know that here they talk about the summer formulation and the winter formulation...usually while explaining a rise in cost....

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