Straight Truck ALERT -
We have finally started hauling freight with our Cascadia and deadheaded to pick up the first load on September 14th. The odometer reading for our mile per gallon read out has us very excited about our new 2015 Freightliner Cascadia with a DD13 with a DT12 tranmission. This straight truck is not to be taken lightly as the empty weight is an impressive 30,800 lbs.
Our average load has been a light 1,387 pounds and we have traveled 11,771 since the 14th of September. On paper our high mile per gallon has been 14.021 and our worst fuel mileage has been 11.25 coming out to a very nice average of 12.13 MPG. Our average miles that we travel before we fill is 905 and we have one 120 gallon tank for the DD13 and we have an 80 gallon tank dedicated to our ONAN generator.
With the price of fuel for September our fuel cost per mile is .31 cents and this is figured on all of the miles the truck has traveled since leaving home. Our average fuel discount for those diesel fills was .49 cents from cash price through our companies discount program.
The new DT-12 transmission and OnGuard are still teaching us what works well and what does not. It is still a little frightening when the truck goes into coast mode, but it sure is fun watching the fuel mileage climb. We have the CC Band switch and the cruise has been set to unlimited so it will roll out till we touch the foot brake or the compression brake. When we are in a 75 to 80 mph state the rolling hills do not get us to that speed.
Winter fuel will be on us before we know it and that will rein in our exceptional fuel mileage for a few months but there is no doubt in our mind we will still have good fuel mileage.