MTs little courier pickup

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by MT bucket, May 14, 2009.

  1. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Added another tank today over 36 mpg, not bad considering 170 miles out of the 530 were with an almost flat tire! just think what i could have had if i was more careful checking my tires!
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2009
  2. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    added another tank today burned 14.88 gallons going 550.6 miles for 37 mpg.
    could have been my first 38, but the 30 mph winds took a big bite out of my fe today
     
  3. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    It sure was good to be back on the road again today after a week off!
    here are some pics from a while ago of some traffic waves heading out of the metro on I94

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    looks like heading in was a fun ride too!:p

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    Busting through the quagemire!:rolleyes:

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  4. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Nice work, Michael! :D:thumbs_up:
     
  5. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Thanks Sean! i like this even better than hypermiling, though it is in a way saving gas for other people when I bust up a jam, or let people merge easily.
    here is another one from today on N bound MN100 in st louis park...

    Today I was in the right lane and encountered a jam that was clogging all three lanes on MN100 northbound everyone was too close to the others bumper.
    I came in with that big space in front and prevented more cars from feeding into the jam in the right lane, and soon as I got up to it it had disintigrated and the right lane became the fastest lane!
    then I came upon a merge point where people were bunching up again making it hard for merging and causing a new jam. I got this part on the video below.
    I let around ten cars merge in front of me, and poof! the jam was gone!:woot:
    I am not saying everyone has to leave room for ten cars, but if everyone did for one or two cars, traffic jams would be much less common!:flag:


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  6. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    I had a full pickup load today, got everything loaded up to the gills, even had to put some boxes in the cab, then i couldn't find any room for my cart. had to leave it to pick up later !

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  7. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I can't see the pics (blocked here at work), but I can just imagine it. And believe that a lot of people would have "needed" a full sized truck for it.
     
  8. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    They really should have called for a large pickup or a van. 2 more of those boxes and i wouldnt have been able to take it. they were lucky.with work scarce i cant afford to turn down any runs so i got creative in squeezing them all in under my topper. I had to turn down a good paying run last week when they sent me to pick up at a shipping place and they had a huge roll of bubble wrap that no way would even come close to fitting, I had to call dispatch and tell them to send a van :(
     
  9. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    I added 5 more tanks. my mileage is down a bit. believe it or not, that is a good thing:eek: why? because that means we are getting busier, more work means more time down town, and less time to putz around :)
    I have been taking my time to top off at each fill, the result is I can get more miles per tank!

    610 miles! whoo hooo

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  10. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

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    WOW burn a whole tank just to get from Minneapolis to Duluth? yikes!
    mabye they meant round trip? still terrible! only around 240 miles :eek:
     
  11. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Wow 1 tank to Duluth and another back ???

    How is the northland eh!!! ;) Is the lake still a beauty coming over thomson hill? That is a good ride down with DFCO. Not so good on the way back up;)
     
  12. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    yah, yabetchya!;)
     
  13. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    after I made a delivery I saw these piggy back beetles in their flowers and had to get some shots! :)

    Hey, can I get a ride?
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    Climb aboard!
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    Wheeeeeeeeeeee!
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  14. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    One big load, over 1000 pounds!

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    this load, rain , and hills were hard on the fe!
    beat the epa, but just barely at 27.5 mpg
    guess I got a preview of what my scangauge will look like everyday when old man winter comes to town! :eek:
     
  15. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Well I finally got around to updating my tanks after almost a year of slacking:eek:
    and it aint pretty. I had over a half dozen tanks fall below epa this winter:( it was painful to see, but I am glad I wrote down my miles and fuel consumption for almost every tank, because I knew some day I would want to calculate and see!:rolleyes:;)
    Even though my numbers are not impressive, especially since busness has picked up pretty good, it is still a good idea to keep it updated, every tank above epa is fuel saved that gets added on to the total for all the members here, soooooo........


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    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  16. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Your mileage, compared to anyone else doing a similar job, is outstanding! You are to be commended for right-sizing the tool for the job.
     
  17. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Thanks Andrew!, I agree, just that I know I can do alittle better. It is that balance I try to keep between saving fuel and getting runs done quickly. I am on call so the sooner I get empty the sooner I can get more work. I could get over 40 but it would kill biz, and burn me out too! But if I logged my tanks every month it would help keep my from sliding too far.
    I try to think about it this way, I do burn alot of fuel doing this, but if I were to quit, they would have to dispatch other pickups to get what I would have, that use twice as much gas, so I guess in a way I am conserving by driving all day! ;)
     
  18. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    added a tank today, best so far this summer at over 33 mpg. it did help that I went on a nice leisurly cruise to my Dad's 100 miles round trip at 38+ mpg ;)
     
  19. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Do you have an EBH for it for the winter? Might be a nice helper...
     
  20. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    No EBH in this one. I had one in my last vehicle but rarely used it, because I didn't want to get up at 4 am to plug it in!
     

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