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Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:00 AM
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

Sentra, I always wanted to ask you about that big dob that you use in your avatar..
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

Herm, It's an 18" Pegasus mirror, f/4.2 Nightsky.
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

ohh nice mirrors.. years ago I saw details on Jupiter that compare to a Voyager picture (with the color saturation toned down) using a Pegasus mirror (I think in a Starmaster dob).. sometimes we get exceptional steady seeing in South Florida.
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

John Hall trained Carl Zambuto, so he makes some great mirrors. Mine has a .992 Strehl ratio, and is a superb mirror.
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

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Taking my Ford Ranger home on Friday from San Francisco to San Diego (close to 600 miles). On my way up I hit an all time high of about 24 mpg. Are there any reccomendations other than the basics for such a long trip? I rarely ever drive this far so I don't know if there is anything different I should be trying. I'd love to see 30 mpg and make the drive in almost 1 tank, but I figure that would take some serious modifications. Thanks guys.
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set the cruise around 55.

block main part of your grill (google grill block).

unload everything you can, lighter is better.

don't use the radio or a/c.

when you do use a/c, recirculate your air.

make some cardboard air foils.

don't get caught up in stop and go traffic. transcend it by anticipating the waves. there was a really useful study done about this entitled "traffic wave experiments" by a professor at university. google it.

stick with the concurrent traffic flow. this air will assist you safely, unlike "drafting" would.

inflate tires.

disabling daytime running lights would help quite a bit, too.

keep your windows up.

lower your driver's seat as low as it will go (height-wise).
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

I'm not sure that last suggestion will help with mileage if you are in a (non-convertible) pickup truck.
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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

Hi All:

An extra stop or two and there goes those hours. 70 or more on Cruise does not average 70.

Our time is worth no more than anyone else’s but a needless waste of resources is a waste that never comes back.

I have been driving the I-5 at 50 to 55 mph for years and as long as you follow the rules, you are good to go. RR at all times and take it easy. An accident from 70 in your Ranger and you are dead. From 50 to 55 mph, you may even be able to avoid whatever the problem ahead is.

On our way to CA on Dec. 29th, we and hundreds of others were held up for over an hour from a ejection fatality when an SUV rolled over on the I-40 just west of Shamrock, TX. If that family had been going 55 to 60 mph instead of 75 +, they may have had a chance

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Re: Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

...so...

How did this trip go anyway?
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