Trip #3, a tale of two trips with the Lance 2285 and my EcoDiesel

Trip #3, a tale of two trips with the Lance 2285 and my EcoDiesel

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    Trip #3, a tale of two trips with the Lance 2285 and my EcoDiesel

    Well we headed out and i'll just get right to the good stuff. as always, everything is backed my EVIC readings.

    Left out of Sacramento, CA towards Truckee traveling on I-80E. For those unfamiliar, that means leaving from about 400' to the Sierra's at an elevation of 7200'. This drive includes several multi-mile grades of 4%, 5% and the biggest, a 3 mile 6% grade.

    Temp at time was 90F, trailer loaded, truck with family and more stuff and AC running entire time. Prior to leaving, maxed truck tire to 50psi and trailer tires to 51psi.

    All told, 12.5MPG over 90 miles at 60mph - this is pretty much all uphill with AC running. I stayed in tow/haul mode and the truck did almost the entire drive in 6th, dropping to 5th a couple of times. Never at any point did it drop under 5th (except for one point that traffic bogged down to about 25mph at which point it dropped to 3rd). Otherwise, the entire time, every hill, every single foot, never dropped below 50MPH unless there was traffic (ie semi's). There were several points that required accelerating from about 25mph to pass while up hill and the truck did this with NO problem at all. While cruising, even up hill in 5th, never exceeded 3K rpm. I did not need to keep pedal to the floor to hold 50-55mph, I would say I was right around 1/2-3/4 throttle. There was no sense of stress at all from my driver's seat.

    At the biggest grade, oil temp reached 260F but coolant never exceeded 233, and trans never past 176, all while still holding 55mph in 5th. In summary - this truck was cruising with no problems, no strain at all. Wonderful, stress free, easy trip up to the Sierra's.

    Now on the way home, this of course was silly because the majority of the drive is downhill, but for grins anyway the avg MPG was 24.5

    More importantly, how did the truck do going back down those grades? The answer - smooth as could be. On the big grades, I used the 'electronic gear selection' and had the truck hold in 5th gear, keeping RPM's to 3K and barely tapped the brakes.

    So the two trips together - about 17mpg over 200 miles up and down the Sierra's. Smooth, quiet, plenty of power when climbing. Just one more trip to show what a fantastic truck this is.

    The highlight of the camp - gentleman with his GMC 2500HD comes by and asks "how's that 1/2 Dodge doing" - when I told him it was the ecodiesel and that i pulled up the hills at 12.5mpg he laughed and said "my truck empty gets 11.5MPG"

    TL;DR - i just towed my 6K lbs TT 200 miles through the sierras and averaged about 17mpg.
    Last edited by jeffjcalweb; 09-07-2014 at 02:32 PM.
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    Thanks for sharing the experience.

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    Great report...3.92's right?


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    Fantastic. When you make an engine work it uses fuel. The beauty of this truck/engine/transmission combo is you do not pay a penalty when you are not heavily loaded. When you are, the transmission ensures you can get the most out of the engine. I think Ram should put this engine in a 2000 truck (a heavy half/light duty 3/4).
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    That's fantastic! Remind us how is your truck setup again?

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    My truck is 3.55 geared...

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    Laramie 4x4 short bed, air suspension, 3.55s. 265/70/17 Goodyear Adventures "e" load rated at 50psi.

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    Thanks Jeff! Love hearing reports like this. It really backs up what we're all feeling about this truck.

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    Jeffcalweb great report once again. I have traveled that stretch to and from Lake Tahoe in a Jeep Liberty. We went to the coast while on a skication and on the way back we caught a snow storm and that liberty invoked the Ol Pucker Factor for me. And I am very used to snow as I live in the snow belt of MI. Even in 4Wd it was squirrly and the mountainous roads were just a trip. I was trying to stay up with our friends that had a grand Cherokee who were leading the way. They had no issues. I was mentally exhausted at the end.

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    One edit, looked at my phone. When oil hit 260, trans was at 183. )

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