Have done our first distance towing trip in the Big Red Fire Truck.
From Melbourne to Cann River to Cooma to Jindabyne across to Bega and Merimbula to Lakes Entrance and a lot of hilly driving in between.
Highway cruising with the van and a lot of big hills in the Snowy and I'm happy with the economy.
2,000km's and an overall economy of 12.1 L/100k. The BRFT has 6,500k's on the clock now. Approx 750km range pulling the van.
NO DPF problems to date.
Van weighed 1.75 tonne, I know a fleas weight for what it can pull. But comparing it to the Hyundai Santa fe crd that would have returned an economy of the high teens or even 14's.
As mentioned I sit on 100kph on the highway and the engine oil and the auto temps hardly varied in the hills.
The big disappointment is the sound system in the Laredo, very ordinary. My cooks car is a 2001 VW Golf and that sounds better. Very hard to get a good balance between bass and treble.
AND the rear park camera is Ok during normal daylight but bright sunlight and dark parking is useless.
There really does need someone to take Chrysler/Fiat/Jeep/Dodge/RAM/Alfa etc to task and get them to provide equipment suitable for allround view.
Any lawyers out there in Jeep land want to take this on?? I'm with you if there is.
Anyways, Jindabyne and the Lake is great as is Thredbo, took the chairlift up to the top and walked the 6.5k's to the top of OZ on Kosciousko.
Legs and hammies were suffering for the next 2 days.
Could really see where the bushfires were there in the Gippsland area.
Summary; love the JGC Laredo crd.!!!