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Old July 10th, 2019, 20:54   #16
beechfront
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I just realized my last reply to this thread did not actually post.

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So anyway I did the trip and am back. Was about 7,300 miles round trip, 13 days. The Dempster portion ended up being 1,122 miles round trip after driving to Tuktoyaktuk.

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The car performed great. Would I have rather had a truck on that 1,100 miles of rock/mud/gravel? yeah. But I would not have wanted to pay the fuel bill getting up there. At 50mpg average I spent less than $450 on fuel which to me is just amazing considering how I drove. The 600+ mile range was extremely comforting as well. Only issue with the car was intermittent TPMS errors only on the Dempster which I assume was due to massive amounts of dust / mud. More of an annoyance than anything. Once back on hard top did not have another error.
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As I had said in my previous missing post... I had decided against the extra fuel and 3rd tire as did not have room for them after I got all my camping gear, photography gear, clothes, cooler, etc. in the car. No flats though was very comforting knowing I had the full size spare in there. I brought along some power service diesel kleen + cetane boost which I added as I got further north and the fuel sources were somewhat questionable. Probably didn't make a bit of difference but same with the full-size spare.... made me feel better.
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I also want to say that the extra power thanks to the tune (malone) was very welcome through the mountains and for extra passing power on the highway.
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Since this was originally intended to be more of a thread about mechanical aspects of taking a long road trip with a TDI... I'm not going to discuss the actual trip too much. I have another thread specific to the trip itself where I will post some more details/pictures of my travels if anyone is interested.
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