What are some of the tricks that you guys are doing to get your 1600km/1k mi tanks?
I see 55psi in tires, filling the tank to the neck, speeds seem to vary but i guess that depends on the mileage of your car?
I have to drive from Vancouver to Fort Mc Murray ~1600km once every 2 weeks , id fly it but i still need some wheels at home and it will probably be cheaper to drive than fly anyways!!!
Also has anyone made an FAQ on hypercruzing?
I just traded in my '11 Silverado HD with a 6L gas for a used 14 CTD.
Three main keys to my 1,000 mile tank were Time, Patience and Planning. I carefully planned and left lots of time. I knew I wasn't going to set any speed records because this was all about squeezing miles out of every drop of diesel.
Congrats on your "new" CTD, it's the ideal vehicle for long trips like yours. I'm not a math wiz so bear with me...all my comments are expressed in miles and gallons as opposed to metric.
I did four 250 mile trips across the desert between Los Angeles and the Arizona border. No city driving between trips and no rest stops. Each trip was about 4 hours or so.
I basically followed a lot of what Bradherr documented here (thanks Brad). I topped fuel to just below the rim of the filler neck. Tires were at 42 psi and had the A/C on the whole time. CC was set for 60 mph and stayed to the right with the trucks (California truck speed limit is 55 mph).
I was careful not to impede faster moving traffic. Paid attention to traffic both ahead AND behind. Planned lane changes so as not to use accelerator if possible (rather than speed up to pass, I found it was better to cancel CC and slow down for a short distance till faster traffic went by)
Kept stops to a minimum. Constantly checked GPS and traffic apps for potential traffic jams or road construction and changed route as needed to maintain constant, steady speed.
Weather was another factor. Favorable winds can really help, headwinds will kill mpg very quickly. Before leaving, I checked Weather.com to take advantage of tailwinds or made sure headwinds enroute were no greater than 10 mph.
Finally, I trusted reports here that the Gen 1 diesel, at 54-56 mpg would go 80-100 miles AFTER the Low Fuel light illuminated. It was very unnerving pushing that far past Empty, seemed like it would run out of fuel at any minute. Had a backup plan (towing insurance) in the event I pushed it too far (Did NOT want this to happen, diesels don't like to run out of fuel...air in lines...not good).
After the Low Fuel light illuminates, the computer will no longer tell you distance to empty. You will need to check odometer reading at that point, anticipate what the odometer will read at true empty and plan to end AT or very near a fuel pump. You don't want to be searching for a gas station with nothing left in the tank.
Be careful, stay safe and good luck.