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Old 04-24-2016, 06:56 PM   #71
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Try this; lower your avg speed to about 60mph. The fuel economy will increase to about 14mpg + not towing, more if you have a tail wind.

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Old 04-25-2016, 06:33 AM   #72
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I use an "Automatic" odb2 device

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Dear NessleJJ,

I would like to get an ODB-II engine monitor so I can keep an eye on the engine temp while climbing/towing in hot weather. Can I ask what make and model you have? (Anyone else feel free to chime in.)

I'm a techno-weenie, so use the "Automatic". You need a smart-phone to use it, but it is has features that none of the other ODB2 devices have. It logs your trip data (GPS map, statictics), rates your driving habits (hard starts/stops, better/worse mileage, etc.), where your vehicle (is in case you lose it), and it will even call your 'loved ones' if you are in an accident. You then purchase something like the Dash Command app, and the Automatic allows the app to access vehicle data directly.

It's a bit pricey, but they run sales on it if you are not in a hurry.

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Old 05-03-2016, 03:34 PM   #73
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First solid fuel reading after a couple of short jaunts within 2 hours of home: 13.98 mpg.

(Earlier readings were just in and around town, traffic jams etc., what do you expect?)

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Old 06-14-2016, 03:09 PM   #74
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Has anyone compared the Trekker cab verse the sleeper cab for difference in drag?
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:30 AM   #75
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Trekker MPG

We have put 1000 miles on a new Forester 2401S with the Trekker cap. Going north to Sault St Marie Ontario we had huge cross winds and have still averaged 15.1. We drive 60-63 MPG. Our next trip we'll be towing a Chevy Sonic. It has a Hellwig torsion bar and I added Sumo's. It really handles great. I have driven 600 miles with the Sprinter chassis with a conventional cab overhead, and I can feel a huge difference in wind and truck affect. My wife and I both feel it handles the winds much better with the aerodynamic cap. Since the engine is not broken in yet, it seems it may be helping the gas milage a bit as well, as we are happy with the initial milage.
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:54 AM   #76
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Great info. Looks great with the Trekker Cap, as well!

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Old 06-19-2016, 12:51 PM   #77
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wind noise is horrible on my "sleeper" cab.

I have the 2401 R with the bed over the front seats. It is so noisy at 60mph that I can't hear what my passenger is saying, and the SiriusXm is pointless. I had suspected the the aerodynamics are quite bad. I too was wondering if the Trekker cab would be better than my 14.5 mpg. The area is unused on mine. I have removed the mattress, ladder and the TV (never use that one) mainly to reduce weight because I am at GVWR without much camping gear. I can't use the space because the surface is slippery without any effective way to restrain the load.

If it would be practical, I would like to remove the sleeper, but the cost could be high, I am sure.
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Old 06-19-2016, 11:12 PM   #78
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We have a 2017 2400W (2016 chassis), and have put about 7000 miles on it in the last 2.5 months. Although it is not as quiet as my car, it is nowhere near as annoying to drive as you describe... We can carry on normal conversations, and we listen to the radio all the time, both talk and music. I would think removing the bedding from the sleeper would increase interior noise, creating an "echo chamber" effect.

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Old 06-20-2016, 12:05 AM   #79
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Forester MBS Fuel Consumption

We have a new Forester MBS with about 5000 miles on it with the front bed over the cab. We've been getting about 15.25 mpg traveling at 55 to 60 mph. we've found it to be pretty quiet in the cab while driving. The only time we've had a problem with noise in the cab is when we have high winds or very rough road.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:40 PM   #80
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