2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Heads West

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Today’s expected 554 mile route. We are about 30 miles northeast of Dodge City, KS. as I post this.


    DTE is 250 miles and we are 917 miles out on this tank so we will have to fill up somewhere in TX more than likely? Have to look for a Shell Station along the route after posting this.

    And take over driving duties after Dodge City. Down to just 42.0 mpg right now. :(

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  2. RoadWarrior222

    RoadWarrior222 rockit serjun

    Yup those pay showers suck. I've met several kinds. That kind, sounded like it was best to get wet, soap and scrub while it's off and then pay for the rinse... and you can trade off quick on the rinse sometimes so your buddy gets wet free. Another kind, straight minute per quarter you can get away with just the two quarters with same trick. An older kind, was not straight time but was driven by water flow so you could turn it back to a dribble and eke it out, or manage to do your get wet, turn off soap and scrub and rinse all on the same quarter or 50c.

    Anyhoo, might have to dump some of those caps, they're dragging you down :D Though looking like you're hitting foothills of the Rockies now.



    Edit: Beware of that wrong toin in Albuquoiquie it's a doozie.
     
  3. Haha - pay showers. Multiple uses for the 34 gallons of water I used to carry in the bed of my truck
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A ton to update but it will be in a while. Final was 41.61 mpg actual vs. 41.0 mpg displayed after climbing from 660' to 3119' with 1,000 pounds in the bed, headwinds all day today, and we are heading to Amarillo for the night. :)

    Wayne
     
  5. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Hey, I stayed in Tucumcari. You are entering my favourite part of the drive :D
     
  6. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    Lived in Garden City KS for 3 years in late 80s. Did the Garden to Amarillo drive many times in the 86 Colt 4 door. 37-40 mpg at 60 mph. Good old 55 speed limit.

    Amazing results so far Wayne, can we get an updated Trip A shot of Distance/mpg display.

    I want to post it on a Tacomaworld.com thread for the non-believers.
     
  7. rhwinger

    rhwinger Well-Known Member

    Nice driving Wayne. Wish I was camping with you guys.

    Bob
     
  8. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Rah I wish I could camp with you too! I cook some mean campfire eggs and bacon :D got one of those sandwich makers you can hold over the open flame too. It's psychological of course but man does a grilled cheese taste wonderful out of one of those...
     
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Just an update but the second tank is sitting at 41.1 mpg after 800+ miles. We are in Prescott Valley, AZ at 5,200 ft elev. and will fill up and follow 89 and 60 towards I10 and jumping off again to take CA94 underneath the Laguna Mountains as we make our way to San Diego tonight.

    Was able to post all of the above with Mark driving but we lose to much FE when he does.

    Wayne
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Second fill details. 818.1 miles indicated/825.7 miles actual on 20.001 gallons = 41.3 mpg vs 41.4 mpg displayed. At 5,100' now and have to drive to sea level over the next 400 + miles. 41.1 on the first, 41.6 on the second. And a mile to fall over a short distance spells success in my book. :)

    Ton of pics later as we have to hit the road.

    Wayne
     
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Looks like 40 is a gimme. Good work , gentlemen.
     
  12. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    It would be interesting to see what the mileage would be travelling with the flow of traffic, which would probably 10 mph over the limited

    I know one time I was on a stretch of straight flat road , travelled at 50 mph on got just over 26 mpg, that was with a load truck with a cap on, and a couple of ladders on top
    That with chevy extended cab, 4*4, 5.3 l engine
     
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Airbalancer:

    We did that in Chicago from the Wadsworth Shell to the MAMA meet. It finished that first leg at 46.9 mpg.

    Wait until you see the I40 hourly updates. It just kept climbing the higher we climbed.

    Wayne
     
  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Why would anyone want to drive with the great unwashed masses ? I try to avoid 'em and they usually just fly past me with little fuss.
     
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2014 RAM 1500 Tradesman with the 3.0L EcoDiesel Day 4 - First Fill

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    Crossing into Oklahoma.

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    Guymon, OK Shell

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    Kearney, NE Campground to Guymon, OK Shell – 380 miles

    Day1s 198 miles + Day 2s 493 miles + Day 3s 380 miles = 1,071 total miles traveled on Tank #1.

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    Shell tank seal still intact.

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    Tank 1 aFCD – 41.0 mpg and 1.064.1 miles displayed.

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    Trip A/B - 1064.1 miles displayed with 1071 miles actual. Took 24.886 gallons when my Shell card ran out and another 0.923 gallons to top off.

    And the final is?

    We started from 660 ft. Elev. in Wadsworth, IL and finished at 3,119 ft. in Guymon, OK. Mostly light side winds from the IL/WI border to NE. From the NE/KS border almost all the way to the OK/TX border we were battling a 10 to 15 mph headwind right down the hood.

    And the final is again? 1,071 miles on 25.809 gallons - 3-miles into the low fuel warning - for a 41.5 mpg actual vs 41.0 mpg displayed.

    We were running AC all day since leaving the campground earlier in the day.

    What did we prove? Chevrolet and Ford have a long ways to catch up to RAM when it comes to the number 1 unmet need Pickup Truck owners want. RAM supplies with this little thing called the 3.0L EcoDiesel. And we've got 1,000 pounds of stuff in the bed too!!!

    Amarillo bound…

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2014 RAM 1500 Tradesman with the 3.0L EcoDiesel Day 4 - Entering Texas

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    Diesel and DEF pricing at a Shell in Stratford, TX.​

    A nighttime McDonald’s stop and we meet a horse named Sandy.

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    Wayne
     
  17. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Huh. I'd heard they were going to make DEF available at pumps but have yet to see it. Nice!

    Killer mileage. Makes my own 40+mpg seem rather impotent.

    As always, I love the extra photographs and the context they give.
     
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    A lot of Truck stops now have Bulk DEF dispensers and the price is really good too!

    Glad I had some pics to upload and embed.

    Just wait until I upload Day 5s. The ever increasing mpgs as the RAM reached its peak at 7,100 + ft. ASL elevation on each side of Albuquerque and again in Flagstaff will scare you. It scared us in a good way. :)

    Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo is coming too.

    Wayne
     
  19. fusion210

    fusion210 Well-Known Member

    This is obscene, I don't think you'd convince anyone of getting 40mpg in a truck!
     
  20. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I don't know if you needed to add any DEF to the RAM , but is it easy and, uh, clean ? Or is it like a VW or Mercedes ? Where is the tank/filler located ?
     

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