300 miles towing

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Rogc
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300 miles towing

Post by Rogc » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:47 pm

Used the ds for its first real towing test today. 300 miles roughly 60/40 motorway/ A,B roads. Speed was kept to a steady 60 on the motorway at one point recording 27.6 mph after 100 miles. Final recorded mpg 26.2.
I expect the actual figure will be 2 to 3 mpg less.
As for the journey 30c outside very comfortable inside. Cruise and speed limiter used to the max. As for towing it behaved as expected. Adequate power to pull 1500kg up hill and used the paddle shift on the way down.
My only disappointment is the fuel tank size. I hate stopping at fuel stations off motorways with the caravan as its pot luck whether they have hgv type access. A 20 litre Jerry can did the trick though. That's about the only negative.
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Re: 300 miles towing

Post by Chippy » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:13 pm

Hi Rogc, I share your hate of having to stop on motorways to refuel. We’re generally underway in France and Switzerland and there it’s very much the same. A great tow car though.
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Rogc
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Re: Devon in the DS

Post by Rogc » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:37 pm

After the initial 300 miles with the tin tent on the back the DS has been earning its keep travelling around Devon and Cornwall.
For all those haters of the auto box, I have to say I think it's brilliant. Through the twisties, hill climbing/ descent it has proved utterly faultless. My only ongoing issue is with fumes during dpf regen. Same as previous rejected vehicle but less.
We spent 4 hours again in the vehicle today covering 120 ish miles. Returning 38mpg indicated. Actual towing mpg was about 25.

I will say that the seats could be a bit more padded, the cooled seats have been used to the max, and after the days driving I didn't feel exhausted. Overall a big thumbs up to the DS.

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Re: 300 miles towing

Post by BFGDSMan » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:36 pm

We always take one or two 20 litre cans with us on those big journeys for two reasons, a). the saving pays for us to stop at a BK or McD's and b). if we combine that with a wee stop or similar then we are only stopped for 5 mins and not maybe 15 or 20 at busy periods and can stop in a lay by rather than a service area.

Whilst I hate the pathetic (Ignenium not 2.2d) fuel size tank, when towing it's just right for us as normally the light comes on at 400km (approx 250 miles) which normally equates with 4 hours driving so a natural time for a mid journey break. Loo stop, tank and refresh the sandwiches/drink in the car and we're good to go again 10 mins later! Redruth to Harwich done in under 7 1/2 hours including two 10 min stops on the M5 and M4 proves the system works and we saved enough for our Fish and Chips before getting on the boat home :D :D
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