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    • As others, we started in a tent and progressed to a pop up, small Scotty trailer, then kids got involved with school/sports activities so we stopped camping for a few years.  When they left home we got a 27' travel trailer to full-time.  We sold everything in the house and took off with no plans. We were downsized from our jobs and knew we wanted to travel.  We found the travel trailer too small and not insulated well.  Went to a 33' 5th wheel for 8 yr then to the 40' motorhome for another 8 yr.  Yes, the motorhome was more than we really needed but we relish our individual space and hobbies. We volunteered for public parks a lot.  So even though we had the motorhome we dry camped or boondocked on public lands 90% of our time. We took the motorhome on gravel roads up to 20 miles back. Then we used the Jeep to explore deeper.  We moved with the elevation so rarely needed the AC.  We never watched TV.  Our coffee pot was a stovetop and our toaster was a frypan.  We spent our time outside hiking or getting deep into the lands to explore and hike.  We only had 300w of solar - minimal. Although we didn't camp minimally in a small RV we did give up a lot of possessions from our previous life and never missed them.  It was a clean break.
    • I should have been more specific.  Clearly those who post of this forum are not likely to be in the majority of Americans who are overweight and especially not in the 40% group of obese Americans.
    • I know this might be too late but I have one and like it very much.  
    • Kirk, you have one of the best websites for full timers that I've come across, and I've read lots.    Excellent work. 
    • Was the mileage calculated or from the display? Our truck only has instantaneous, or lifetime average. If I want trip mileage, I have to calculate it. Detuning will definitely help, but if you drive by the boost gauge, you can maximize your mileage, and still keep the higher HP for just in case times. I think you have an OD iShift, so 3.08 shouldn't be hurting you any. Assuming you can keep it in OD, as much as possible. I don't worry too much about day mileage, or even trip mileage, as it typically averages out. 
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