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Old 01-16-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default 2011 - Got anything planned?

The new year is upon us and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas or knows of
anything that may have been planned for anywhere this year?
Our current plans just include some more State Capitol visits, and one or 2 trips west
to the canyons, but that's all just in the planning stages right now.
We have an annual pass that's due to expire end of April, so we hope to be in AZ/UT sometime
just prior to that, probably for a week or two, to get our last kick at the can with it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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In April we will strike out for Arizona and end up at the BSG Social near Tombstone April 28. After that we are scheduled to attend the RV.net 8th Annual B Rally in Springfield, IL May 15 and we always go to Indianapolis for the Indy 500 Race on Memorial Day weekend. Other than that we haven't made any other firm plans yet other than our occasional short jaunts in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:19 AM   #3
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This summer we may be on the motorcycle more than in the camper van. It's always a toss up between motorcycle & tent, or camper van. Last year the van won out, since we just purchased it in April/10. We'll see. PS: I can't seem to get more than 13 mpg out of the van, I thought that was a tad low?
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:23 PM   #4
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What size engine? 307? 318? 350? 360? I'd think it should probably get better than 13mpg.
US gallons or Imperial? I can squeeze 20+ MPCG (4.5litres) out of my 2002 Chev 350 V8.
Think it translates to around 16-17MPUSG (3.8litres) .
Tune up, tire pressure, filters and oil changed or cleaned?
What else causes less mileage?
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The van is a 5.2L, or 318 cu.in., and the mileage is imperial gallons. The tailpipe is very clean, which indicates to me the fuel mixture is good. I'd thought it should be closer to 20 mpg as well. Thanks for your reply.
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The van is a 5.2L, or 318 cu.in., and the mileage is imperial gallons. The tailpipe is very clean, which indicates to me the fuel mixture is good. I'd thought it should be closer to 20 mpg as well. Thanks for your reply.
I'm thinking something like a dirty air filter, or oxygen sensors or something making it run rich, but
is undetectable unless you get it checked by a shop/computer scan.

You might be able to find one out there (computer engine scanner) and DIY it. I think some
people on this forum have added these things to their repertoir of electronic gadgetry. I think
they might be called scangauge and they can be purchased by Joe Average (like me) although
I haven't actually got one myself.
http://www.scangauge.com/
Might be worth a look?
UPDATE: They can be ordered and apparently shipped. In Canada there are a smattering of retail locations.
In the US they appear to be for sale at AutoZone and Camping World.
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My 1985 Dodge Royale 19' camper will get 18 miles to a gallon if I keep it under 60 MPH.It has 200,000 kilometers on it.That was the best I ever got and that was cruising around Florida at 55MPH. It has the 318 with the old three spd automatic trans. The newer ones (after '8 seem to be getting in the neighbourhood of 20MPG with fuel injection and the overdrive trans if driven conservatively.If I put my foot into it,fuel mileage can drop to 13MPG quickly.Just think of what you'd get if you were driving an old Wanderlodge or some other huge RV.

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If anyone is interested there are still openings to attend the BEE Social near Tombstone, AZ April 28th and the RV.net B8 Rally in Springfield, IL on May 15th. Here are the threads that discuss both on RV.net.

Tombstone B Social

2011 Eighth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B

The BEE Social is smaller and much more informal. Just a social gathering that will also have some B+s in attendance and I believe a Winnebago Via which is a Class A. The B8 RV.net Rally is larger with up to 50 Bs and is sponsored with sponsored and catered meals and scheduled entertainment. I is strictly limited to Class B conversion vans. Many of the people you will meet you will recognize online so it is a great way to put a face to the messages in forums. It is also a great way to look at other people's Bs and collect ideas, compare experiences or just look at something you might be interested in.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:23 PM   #9
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It seems like the fuel economy question is a common one. Maybe the forum needs a Fuel economy section, where we can all go to ask questions or search for solutions and recommendations.

As for the title of this thread, "Got Anything Planned?"; we will be taking a bit over a week, to attend a professional photography conference, followed by a drive to Reno for a wedding, and back home. All in mid April. The drive down the back roads of Oregon, to Reno, is easy and the views are spectacular.
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I hear Roadtrek is coming out with a new half year model known only as the
Smart-Trek, based on the uber-economical MB "Smart ForTwo". It features
fantastic gas mileage, but not much else. It sleeps one, uncomfortably, has a
hand held external only spray bottle shower, the galley is designed around the
Easy Bake Oven, with a Tupperware sink, a state of the art GPS toilet POI
file showing all the most secluded nearby places to run into the bushes, a
hand crank genset, and a GAF View-Master entertainment center complete
with the full Disney collection, including Bambi and Old Yeller, and the best of
The Beverly Hillbillies.

We have a wide open calendar, except I'd really like to see the next shuttle
launch (hopefully with a better low light digital camera, my old one sucks after
dark), and we thought we might then head west to the Tombstone Bee Social,
nearer the end of the month, but nothing is set in stone. I agree about gas prices
having an effect like they did in early 2008, but I'm also getting stir crazy with
this winter, so we'll wait and see for a bit longer. We will be mobile in April, one
way or another.
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