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Old 06-25-2010, 03:56 AM   #1
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Fellow Jeepers,
It is almost 4:00am Central time, and I am about to embark on my first Trip with the Wrangler. Had her almost 10 months and today we are leaving Clarksville, TN. and heading to Yorktown, VA.
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Yorktown, VA.... that's 10 minutes from me, I am in Newport News on Fort Eustis. What brings you this way, vacationing?

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WOW! So, Friday morning my son and I hit the road about 4:30am. We got to Yorktown around 4:45pm. Top down for entire trip. (nose got a good little burn...) Hit the road headed back to Clarksville at about 6:00pm. At around 8:00pm, had to put the top up as my son was freezing in the back seat. (We now had my Daughter with us, in the front seat, picking her up was the reason for the trip.) At about 1:00am I had to pull it in for the night, just couldn't safely keep going. Hit the road again at about 11:00am yesterday, got home around 3:00pm. I passed out until about 5:30 this morning.

Now for the Rundown of my thoughts for the JEEP.

The seat was not uncomfortable until on the way back. Which is to say after about 12 - 13 hours of driving. My opinion here is that ANY seat would be uncomfortable at this point.

The top down was great, even at 13 - 14 hours of it. I would have left it down had my son not been so cold in the back seat.

I ride with the seat jacked up using the window area as an armrest. This is usually no problem, but on an extended trip such as this one I began having pain from my arm resting there. Would be nice to have an armrest that could mount by hooking onto the door with a slide mount going down into the window channel. (think of the old cupholders..)

The only weird thing that happened, was at one point my tire monitoring light was flashing for a few seconds, then stayed steady on. I pulled into a rest area, cheked the tires with a flashlight and checked the pressures, which were fine. When I got back on the road, the light went out after a couple of miles and never saw it again the rest of the trip.

All-in-all, a good trip, and the Jeep performed pretty good. While it may not have been a Cadilliac ride, I had no problem with it.

As for gas.... well, I averaged around 19 miles a gallon. Fuel cost for round trip was roughly $200.00.
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Sounds like a great trip. When I go up to north GA to play it is a 7 hour trip each way and I have always been impressed by the quality of the ride. I spend the summer topless and doorless but have not traveled that way yet - way too hot after 6 or 7 hours.

For the arm rest, check a truck stop. They have just what you described.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:18 AM   #7
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Half doors are way better than full doors when it comes to having a good armrest!
Glad you enjoyed your drive, and made it home safely.... Do you have a throw stashed under the backseat for your son? I can make one for you if you can't find one. But seriously, it is windier in the back, and a nice fleece throw will stuff under the seat easy, and is handy when the kiddos get chilly!
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Nice little trip.
We've done a few roadtrips; the longest was to Jasper, Alberta and had a 980 mile day incorporated into it.
Try Misch armrests; we've been happy with them.

btw, do you know Chris from Clarksville? We camp with him from time to time. Good guy for a LR owner...

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Sounds like a blast! I love trips in my TJ. Here is my one complaint, In my TJ, with a 4.0, I get 18+ mpg. Mind you, my Jeep is stock. Is the change to the V6 worth the 1 extra mpg? I guess it's debatable on both ends but it's good that you enjoyed the Jeep!
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Trip from n ky to flordia next week new 2010 unlimited cant wait
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Made a trip from Yorktown VA to Hot Springs Arkansas...no pproblems and smiles all the way.... but then I have never had a DD that provided a smooth ride.
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I spend the summer topless and doorless but have not traveled that way yet - way too hot after 6 or 7 hours.
Actually, on the open road, heat was no problem at all. I should have thought of sunscreen though, nose and forhead are pretty baked.

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But seriously, it is windier in the back, and a nice fleece throw will stuff under the seat easy, and is handy when the kiddos get chilly!
Yea, don't think of things like that being needed in the Summer, of course, evening air at 75mph would be a bit chilly. Nothing throwing the top up didn't fix though...


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Nice little trip.
We've done a few roadtrips; the longest was to Jasper, Alberta and had a 980 mile day incorporated into it.


btw, do you know Chris from Clarksville? We camp with him from time to time. Good guy for a LR owner...
Yea, I was planning on making the entire 1500 or so miles without a stop over, but around 1200 I started fighting fatigue and small attempts at nodding off. In the name of safety, I had no choice but to look for a Hotel.

Don't know your buddy, I don't meet too many folks, pretty much work and stay home.
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As far as mpg, I'm only getting between 17-18 and that's on the hwy only with the top closed. How are you guys getting this kind of mpg? (I've got a stock 4dr with manual trans and 3.73 gears). When i have the top down I usually am in the very low 16's for mpg
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When my jeep was stock, best I could do was 17mpg on 32's, automatic, and 4.10's. I drive like grandma on the street, and that was very little offroading.

I still drive slow onroad. With 35's, 4.10's, a superchip, and offroad once a week, I'm getting like 12mpg

I have no clue how folks can pull over 17mpg.
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Leaving for Florida on Saturday, from Kansas. Can't wait to see what it's like on a trip. Bet it'll be fun!
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As far as mpg, I'm only getting between 17-18 and that's on the hwy only with the top closed. How are you guys getting this kind of mpg? (I've got a stock 4dr with manual trans and 3.73 gears). When i have the top down I usually am in the very low 16's for mpg
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When my jeep was stock, best I could do was 17mpg on 32's, automatic, and 4.10's. I drive like grandma on the street, and that was very little offroading.

I still drive slow onroad. With 35's, 4.10's, a superchip, and offroad once a week, I'm getting like 12mpg

I have no clue how folks can pull over 17mpg.
Dunno what to tell ya. I have the 2 door with an auto, nothing done to her that should affect mileage... I did the trip top down, don't know how that affects miileage.....
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I think my jeep is broken.
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I think my jeep is broken.
Are you using cheap Wal-Mart gas?
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it's not ethanol either. I think being in 4wd alot has something to do with it. I went from 17 to 12. I'll give 2 to the tires...the rest has to be my chip and/or wheelin'. that seems like alot though. I'm running 93 pure gasoline. thing is I couldn't calculate after the tires since my speedo was all jacked up.

but even stock I could only pull 17. I guess my jeep is just a pig. it doesn't bother me, I'm just curious how.
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it's not ethanol either. I think being in 4wd alot has something to do with it. I went from 17 to 12. I'll give 2 to the tires...the rest has to be my chip and/or wheelin'. that seems like alot though. I'm running 93 pure gasoline. thing is I couldn't calculate after the tires since my speedo was all jacked up.

but even stock I could only pull 17. I guess my jeep is just a pig. it doesn't bother me, I'm just curious how.
Did you change the fuel with your programmer? Cause burning 93 is a waste if the engine isn't set up for it, and it may even contribute to crappier mileage. But ya 4WD eats gas like a mother...
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and the fact that the aerodynamics on jeeps are comparable to a cardboard box isnt helping either.

I dont think aerodynamics was even on Jeeps build sheet when they made the thing.
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I changed the programming for the 93 fuel. my mileage was sh*t though on the 87 program too I lost maybe 1 gallon moving to 93 octane, but the power boost is worth it.

it has to be offroading. how can I calculate MPG's off road?

it's crazy though it would pull my average down that low.
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You don't want to know your mpgs off road.... Just sayin'. I'd just guess that you are getting maybe 5mpg offroad if you're lucky, but it's just a guess, and in anycase offroad smiles per gallon matter more!
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You don't want to know your mpgs off road.... Just sayin'. I'd just guess that you are getting maybe 5mpg offroad if you're lucky, but it's just a guess, and in anycase offroad smiles per gallon matter more!
alright...my light is on right now. I've driven 178 miles since my last fill up. give or take, this is generally when I get gas. the 160-200 mile mark...so I'll calculate it tomorrow. it'll be 12-13 like I said. now, with this tank, I'm going to be a street queen and see what happens.

I know you wheel inferno, what's your average?
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I don't wheel much, so I have no clue what my mpg's are.. I don't know or really care what they are on road either. They used to be ok, but then I lifted it and put on heavy, heavy wheels and tires and my junk is off and I just don't care. I smile everywhere I go, and feed her as often as she wants and we are very happy together! 3:07's and a 3 speed auto and 33x12.5's are not a good combo for great mpg's....
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In my YJ I've gotten up to 19.6mpg. It's a 2.5 5 speed.
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I don't wheel much, so I have no clue what my mpg's are.. I don't know or really care what they are on road either. They used to be ok, but then I lifted it and put on heavy, heavy wheels and tires and my junk is off and I just don't care. I smile everywhere I go, and feed her as often as she wants and we are very happy together! 3:07's and a 3 speed auto and 33x12.5's are not a good combo for great mpg's....
I don't really mind either I'm just curious to see what it is I betcha that you're right though. it's got to be in the neighborhood of 5MPG's.
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Well honestly if you think about it, you get better mpg's going down the highway at 55mph than any other conditions (except downhill with a tail wind). So if you are going 3mph, starting and stopping all the time, all freakin' day, then the mpg's are gonna go way down. And then factor in 4x4 and the lugging up inclines and through the mud and you can probably just watch the gauge drop while you are going. I figure $50 for a days entertainment for me hubby and the kids is cheaper than the movies, and when we get home, we get to have all the other fun of washing the mud off the Jeep for the next two weeks and picking off ticks Whoo hoo! So all told, unless you are tearing stuff up out on the trails, in my opinion it still is a pretty inexpensive hobby.

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I agree.

SMACK HER. it's all her fault

this merits an apology thread I think
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As far as mpg, I'm only getting between 17-18 and that's on the hwy only with the top closed. How are you guys getting this kind of mpg? (I've got a stock 4dr with manual trans and 3.73 gears). When i have the top down I usually am in the very low 16's for mpg
I found that the trick is keeping the rpms around 2K...

Highest so far is 21.2

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