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Old 12-28-2020, 05:31 PM   #1
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1st trip Lessons learned

We took our first trip to the KOA near Marco Island. The AI ran like a dream, one we arrived I saw that the outlets were not working but thanks to this forum I knew to check the breaker panel and it was tripped. I learned that we packed way to many snacks and not enough food. The wife used the kitchen and her dinner was great, she learned that water use goes fast into the gray tank when washing dishes. The 2 inch deep Costco memory foam tv floor lounge worked great as a base for the couch and had a great sleep. The trip home was uneventful until 3 miles from home and heard a beeping sound that sounded like a watch alarm. It turned our to be an awning alarm, I let it out and then retracted it alarm went off thanks to the gentleman who posted to be aware of this issue, I have Velcro straps. It was just 2 nights but a great time. Last I only got 14.5 miles per gallon city highway, good or bad?
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Old 12-28-2020, 05:57 PM   #2
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... 14.5 miles per gallon city highway

You are doing better than some and worse than others. The marketing literature claims 18+ but you never know the conditions or slopes encountered during measurement. The published DOT compliance numbers are always overly optimistic with more descents than inclines in the traveled route, and don't include many stop & go segments.
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:25 PM   #3
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Congrats!

Sounds like you had a successful outing! 14.5 is about normal for city or non-hwy driving. Should be a TAD more on the hwy depending on how heavy it is loaded, tank levels, tire pressure and a bunch of other stuff.

We are headed down your way in a few weeks to Kissimmee State park for the new moon. It is a certified dark park (away from light sources) and you can really see the stars!

Hope to see you out there some time.
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Let me know if you really have a good night sky experience. Even though we were between conservation areas not really good star gazing, even on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean is a bust with all the lights.
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Old 12-29-2020, 10:58 AM   #5
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Our Interstate 2017 gets about 17-18 MPG on the highway and about 14-15 in town. Pretty consistent but could vary depending on elevation and wind direction. I'm very pleased with the mileage.
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Old 12-29-2020, 11:16 AM   #6
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Your city mileage sounds about right. The most I have seen in a loaded vehicle is 21.5 which was in a hilly environment on a smooth road doing about 55mph. The AC was off.

I bought my Interstate new in 2016 and I have never cooked in it. I never carry pots, and I never clean up. I might toss some stuff in the fridge to be heated up in the microwave, but cooking is not happening. Make it simple- get take out.
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:47 PM   #7
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Let me know if you really have a good night sky experience. Even though we were between conservation areas not really good star gazing, even on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean is a bust with all the lights.
We have been there before. It is really good for looking at stars. Last time we went it was almost a full moon. When we tried to get a spot during a new moon we had to book 6 months out. No better place in Florida and less you go out west you can't beat it.
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Old 12-29-2020, 04:27 PM   #8
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My 76,000 mile average is 18.3 mpg. (And 2200 miles per gallon of DEF.)
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:03 AM   #9
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About normal at 65mph.
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Old 01-01-2021, 06:18 PM   #10
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I learned that we packed way to many snacks and not enough food.

I feel compelled to correct you. Your quote about packing too many snacks is just not possible.


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Old 01-02-2021, 07:36 AM   #11
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Titus thanks for adding the DEF info, I had no frame of reference for consumption. I just poured it in and recently found the gage indicating the amount. Do you use the new premium DEF?
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Old 01-02-2021, 07:38 AM   #12
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My 14 year old agrees with you.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:09 AM   #13
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I am not aware of a 'premium' DEF. For a fluid to be marketed as DEF it must meet ISO standard 22241. Among other things, the standard calls for DEF to be 32.5% urea and 67.5% de-ionized water. There are also standards on what can and cannot be used to make the urea. (Farm granular urea cannot be used to make liquid urea.) I bought my first few DEF fills in 2.5 gallon jugs, and subsequently refill those jugs at truck stop DEF pumps. I am not sure of the quality control behind either the jug fluid or the truck stop fluid, and I suppose that 'premium' DEF may have more testing batch by batch to assure that it is what it says it is. Or maybe they claim that it has less contaminates/impurities. But other than than I can't see that it is really 'premium' (except perhaps the price). I suspect that more than anything the 'premium' DEF is a marketing ploy.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:13 AM   #14
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My DEF consumption works out to about 0.7% of fuel usage. This is on the low side of the rule of thumb of 2-3% of fuel usage. This low consumption may be part of the recent EPA crackdown on MB, though MB claims that their recall fix will not increase DEF or fuel consumption.
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Our Interstate 2017 gets about 17-18 MPG on the highway and about 14-15 in town. Pretty consistent but could vary depending on elevation and wind direction. I'm very pleased with the mileage.
We recently drove the 1600 miles from Tampa to Ontario, Canada (with a stop in NC) in our 2017 AI and with the cruse set at 72 we averaged 18.2 - Ok by me.
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Old 01-03-2021, 02:31 PM   #16
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I always set cruise and even tire pressure +2 above recommendation seems to consistently return 18 mpg on hilly terrain and 20+ on level roads. Mercedes has always done an outstanding job on calibrating their cruise control. We hope to head out in 10 weeks from Seattle and round the country for 2 1/2 months - our first long trip in our 2016 AI GT EXT we bought used in Austin, Texas and logged 4000 miles since September. Still an absolute newbie and just trying to understand all the basic operations. I always like to tinker so upgraded to Sumo springs and rear Bilstein shocks which made a noticable difference on ride caracteristics, added a 24" lightbar attached to where the front step is for rainy, dark nights and upgraded rear lights to LED with 3X flasher for brake lights. Added Pedal commander but have not driven it enough to have an opinion except wishful thinking of +10%:improvement: on fuel mileage, waiting to install aftermarket TPMS system. Found flexible 1$ baskets at Dollar Tree for overhead storage compartments that fit perfectly, added a Paper towel holder above Sink/Cooktop, simple coat hook bar between Bathroom/Pantry door and found stackable coleman coolers that fit well below front desk. Getting ready to replace sink - built in sink/faucet to tiny and replacing it with a 15x7" bowl (Direct replacement but 2" deeper) and regular faucet of to the right side in the back.
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[QUOTE=Papa16;2444719]We took our first trip to the KOA near Marco Island.
We are headed that way in March, and were thinking about that KOA, how was it and did you make it to any beaches? We are stopping over on our way to the keys. Thanks
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We spent a week in Naples last month. Vanderbilt Beach, with Delnor Wiggins State Park at the north end is a nice place to spend some time. While we were there it was too cold to swim, which kept the crowds down. We walked, watched birds, and flew kites. It was nice.
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Old 01-05-2021, 08:27 PM   #19
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Blomb, This was my first KOA RV experience so keep that in mind. The staff was great, the park was packed, the pool is heated, they have access to a river to kayak on. The showers by the RV in the front park of the park suck, you have to keep holding the handle down to keep the water going, the bathrooms are clean. There are bathrooms/ showers in the back of the park where the cabins are and those showers were nice. I made the mistake of going to the hotel area on Marco and no place to park the beast. If I would have gone north there is a park by the beach we’re I could have parked. Overall we had a great time and met some very nice people. Let me know your impression.
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Thank you,Papa16.
We are headed south in March and stopping there for a few nights.
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