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#1 OFFLINE   rmc523

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:49 PM

We just got back from a ~3000 mile trip going from Florida to Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and DC. We averaged 19.3 mpgs for the whole trip. Keep in mind that that's with 4 people, all our gear filling the folded down cargo area, front and rear air going, various heated seats going, computer plugged into the outlet, and the fridge going. Also once we got to TN, PA, and DC, that mpg figure would be affected by the mountains, traffic, and such.

In case you're wondering, what I personally did when driving (mainly at night) is I would keep the air cold at 60* to help keep me lively and even though I wasn't really cold, I've noticed that on long trips, putting the seat heater on can help you feel more comfortable as you travel longer distances.....like if my back/rear starts to get uncomfortable, I'll turn the heater on and it'll relieve the uncomfortable feeling......it's the best I can do without the Taurus' massage chairs, lol.


On the trip, in Northern Georgia (perhaps South TN?) on either I-75 or I-24, I looked in the rearview mirror and a Sterling Gray w/ white top SEL Flex was coming up behind me......anyway, we ended up traveling together (I was in front) for a good 15-20 minutes at least. When they first caught up to me, I saw them pointing and talking, and also saw some people in back lean inwards to look forward around the front seats. We would've continued on longer together, but my brother had to go to the restroom, so I pulled off. I was kinda hoping they'd follow me off the exit, but they didn't.....I waved as they passed, but didn't see anybody wave back (I think the excitement of seeing another one wore off by that time). I thought it was fun traveling together like that (even if they didn't care) and it was fun watching the people we passed look at one then the other as we passed, as I'm sure many haven't seen one Flex yet, let alone two at once on a road. I don't believe it was anybody here, but it could've been. Sorry for the rant, but I was excited to have it happen and to share my experience.

Even though we had to break off the highway (and out of the mini-convoy), when we got gas and went to the restroom, I spent about 5 minutes talking with someone else that was there at the station about the Flex and it's features....

Edited by rmc523, 06 August 2009 - 09:59 PM.


#2 OFFLINE   NCiceyflex

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:22 PM

We just got back from a ~3000 mile trip going from Florida to Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and DC. We averaged 19.3 mpgs for the whole trip. Keep in mind that that's with 4 people, all our gear filling the folded down cargo area, front and rear air going, various heated seats going, computer plugged into the outlet, and the fridge going. Also once we got to TN, PA, and DC, that mpg figure would be affected by the mountains, traffic, and such.

In case you're wondering, what I personally did when driving (mainly at night) is I would keep the air cold at 60* to help keep me lively and even though I wasn't really cold, I've noticed that on long trips, putting the seat heater on can help you feel more comfortable as you travel longer distances.....like if my back/rear starts to get uncomfortable, I'll turn the heater on and it'll relieve the uncomfortable feeling......it's the best I can do without the Taurus' massage chairs, lol.


On the trip, in Northern Georgia (perhaps South TN?) on either I-75 or I-24, I looked in the rearview mirror and a Sterling Gray w/ white top SEL Flex was coming up behind me......anyway, we ended up traveling together (I was in front) for a good 15-20 minutes at least. When they first caught up to me, I saw them pointing and talking, and also saw some people in back lean inwards to look forward around the front seats. We would've continued on longer together, but my brother had to go to the restroom, so I pulled off. I was kinda hoping they'd follow me off the exit, but they didn't.....I waved as they passed, but didn't see anybody wave back (I think the excitement of seeing another one wore off by that time). I thought it was fun traveling together like that (even if they didn't care) and it was fun watching the people we passed look at one then the other as we passed, as I'm sure many haven't seen one Flex yet, let alone two at once on a road. I don't believe it was anybody here, but it could've been. Sorry for the rant, but I was excited to have it happen and to share my experience.

Even though we had to break off the highway (and out of the mini-convoy), when we got gas and went to the restroom, I spent about 5 minutes talking with someone else that was there at the station about the Flex and it's features....


Hello
haven't got a pic yet but i just bought a flex almost identical to yours last night! Only diffence is ours has the 20" wheels...those 22" must be great. Have you had her in the snow yet?
Jennifer in NC

#3 OFFLINE   Flexinator

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:27 PM

just completed our second big road trip in our Flex...Black, silver roofed limited...it's great on the highways...we put over 3,300 miles on our flex, started in Oakville, Ontario, Canada (home of the Flex), and passed through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and into Manitoba. we averaged approximately 21 mpg on the trip. we love taking it on long trips and letting it stretch it's legs. it is so comfortable. we have the second row fridge, but also had a cooler plugged into the back, a dvd player running off the a/c outlet and at least 2 or 3 items plugged into the power points. the sattelite radio and sync system with our i-pod was such a treat as we plodded along with two overnight runs while the kids slept in the back.






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