MPG?

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  1. nightowl

    nightowl Active Member

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    I know Estes runs PeopleNet and was just wondering what it shows for your average MPG each night. I have PeopleNet at my current employer and I usually get 7.0 - 7.4, sometimes a little more sometimes a little less depending on the circumstances. I just wonder this because we’re told that turning our trucks up would send fuel mileage skyrocketing. I can’t believe we’re getting that much better fuel mileage than you guys are with your trucks turned up....
     
  2. Frootloop

    Frootloop Well-Known Member

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    I get 7.0-7.5 with a glider kit on a bid run on flat ground. My buddy at RL carriers claims his gets similar MPG running 5 mph faster than I on a regular basis.
     
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  3. NiteVizion

    NiteVizion Active Member

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    Automatics get les MPGs from my experience. 10spd manual with about 75k gvw I can get 7.5-8 with just a few hills.
     
  4. NiteVizion

    NiteVizion Active Member

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    Of course I use cruise control as much as I can.
     
  5. a9faninnc

    a9faninnc Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The only way I can even sniff a 7mpg day is pulling vans or empty set.Quite a few hills and a couple mountain pulls on my run,though.Usually low to mid six,depending on weather and weight.
     
  6. NiteVizion

    NiteVizion Active Member

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    You have a cummins or a maxxforce?
     
  7. a9faninnc

    a9faninnc Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cummins..
     
  8. NiteVizion

    NiteVizion Active Member

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    When you pull hills do you rev to high hell or keep it around 1.5k? Progressive shift or no?
     
  9. drummerforhire

    drummerforhire Well-Known Member

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    Cummins 10 spd. Hilly terrain half the trip. 6.8-7.5 depending on how heavy I am. Usually over 7 pretty consistent. Truck runs 67 on cruise and I can bump it up to 69 for a few miles to get around the ABF drivers a little quicker. I shift around 1500 and run it up to 1600-1700 on steep hills if I'm heavy.
     
  10. M3ATY

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    Loaded I'm usually right around 7.3 at 67mph for a majority of my trip. If I'm empty or have a light van I've seen it get up to 8.3.
     
  11. nightowl

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    I didn’t really think the extra few miles an hour would make a big difference in MPG’s....
     
  12. NiteVizion

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    I’m thinking it doesn’t. If it did why would Estes bump them up like that?
     
  13. NiteVizion

    NiteVizion Active Member

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    But then again this outfit does a lot of things that make me scratch my head. Right side of my head is bald.
     
  14. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Stop complaining, I carry my dandruff in my pocket!
     
  15. NiteVizion

    NiteVizion Active Member

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    I carry Velcro
     
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  16. drummerforhire

    drummerforhire Well-Known Member

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    We tried out some Freightliners with 15 liter Detroit motors. Mine was set to 67 and got almost 8mpg every day and pulled like crazy. I don't know what they didn't like about them but we're still stuck on these ISX Cummins. Better than the Volvo motors at least. And the MaxxForce motors but a 4 cylinder gas motor would be better than those.
     
  17. nightowl

    nightowl Active Member

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    Estes bumped their trucks up in 2000 because of terminal 029. The mileage and cost was also their excuse before that though. I also figure if it made that much of a difference in cost, UPS would not run their trucks the way they do. They are one of the biggest cost efficient company there is.
     
  18. NiteVizion

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    Yeah but they turned them down to 65-66 about 5-6 years ago and turned them back up last year.
     
  19. Frootloop

    Frootloop Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean turned up because of 029?
     
  20. nightowl

    nightowl Active Member

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    But 65-66 was still faster than they were prior to 2000, and the fact they turned them up higher proves to me that there’s not much difference in the MPG....
     

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