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    so the new sprinter has a pretty neat instrument cluster which includes a daily trip computer.

    basically it tracks your total miles, average speed, miles per gallon, and driving time.

    i thought it would be interesting to see what the results would be. so this afternoon while sitting in friday traffic and talking to "my buddy steve" on the phone. i was telling him where i was and where i needed to get to.

    told him how traffic sucked and i had 1 more job to get to prior to the bank that closes at 6. it was 5:45 and i just pulled up to the plugged up toilet call

    out comes the customer with a video camera it wasn't for me, but i was smiling she asked was that a special plunger of course it is. it's the one that will open the toilet and get you flowing. needles to say i got to the bank 5 minutes later

    so here is the first of what an average day of driving looks to me.

    rick.

    first and second shot while sitting in traffic still trying to get to the toilet call.





    after the toilet call and bank, i finally get home.



    notice the days total mileage, total driving time, average speed and average miles per gallon. notice what time it is too

    so how much down time do you spend behind the wheel?
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    Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 03-21-2009, 12:16 AM.
    phoebe it is

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    Re: I can't drive 55

    I couldn't do it. It'd be like trying to tame menopause, and that's not going to happen.

    Can't stand traffic that drops you to nothing.
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    • #3
      Re: I can't drive 55

      How many times do I have to tell you Rick your driving on the wrong side of the road again.

      Tony

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      • #4
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        Good ol So Cal traffic.
        I just got back from Houston. I don't even want to talk about that traffic. Makes LA traffic look like a cakewalk.
        Anyway, I got so fed up with the damn traffic there, I went and bought a Garmin GPS with the lifetime traffic alerts. It completely changed my driving experience. Only problem is it often reroutes you a few miles out of the way which of course uses more fuel, but at least you're not sitting in traffic.

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        • #5
          Re: I can't drive 55

          does it work/ monitor the traffic on city streets or just the caltrans freeway traffic?

          i don't drive many highway miles.

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            Re: I can't drive 55

            It's all the traffic. It's basically a plug and play device. There's very little description in the literature about it. I learned more about it from the online reviews than I did from whats supplied in the box.
            In the settings, there an option to turn traffic "on" or "off". It receives the alerts via FM frequency which is inline with the power charger cord. It just automatically reroutes around whatever traffic info it receives. It's not perfect but I know in many cases I would be sitting rather than moving. If you're interested, the model is 265T. For another $50 or so, theres the 265WT. The W cannotes wide screen (4.3" vs. the standard 3.5") and the T is for traffic.

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            • #7
              Re: I can't drive 55

              Depends on what time of day it is

              Going towards the city in the morning and away from the city in the evening are the nightmare times.

              If I were to travel from New Orleans Superdome to Kenner where I live during the day, I could make the trip in about 15 - 20 minutes. Between 4 and 6pm it could take me an hour or more. Taking city streets is sometimes worse.

              If I do 6 jobs in a day, I spend approximately 2 to 3 hrs in my van.

              Thats why I like working Saturdays, traffic is light.

              Hey Rick, did you ever post pics of the completed stocked Sprinter?
              Last edited by HebertDrainCare; 03-21-2009, 01:38 AM.

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              • #8
                Re: I can't drive 55

                Originally posted by Twicepipes View Post
                Good ol So Cal traffic.
                I just got back from Houston. I don't even want to talk about that traffic. Makes LA traffic look like a cakewalk.
                Anyway, I got so fed up with the damn traffic there, I went and bought a Garmin GPS with the lifetime traffic alerts. It completely changed my driving experience. Only problem is it often reroutes you a few miles out of the way which of course uses more fuel, but at least you're not sitting in traffic.
                Driving in Texas makes me crazy.Everybody is doing their own thing all over the place.People doing 90 all the way to the right,some guy towing a trailer at 45 in the fast lane.Also,it seems like everytime there is a highway improvement some fat cat has some scatterbrain idea to use lights,signs or daily direction change to screw it up.Why can't the state get on the ball spend a little money and get a uniform system.They definately got the room.Sorry,just wanted to run half the people off the road when I was visiting little sister out there.

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                • #9
                  Re: I can't drive 55

                  So what size sprinter is it?

                  I drive the a 2007 Sprinter 3500 with a 14ft box.

                  Make sure you call ahead for any services so they can get the parts in.

                  The company just spent $600.00 on an alternator that took three days to get in. Brake parts took four days and weekends don't count. They say they stock oil filters and fuel filters but I have my doubts.

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                  • #10
                    Re: I can't drive 55

                    It's all about timing. I left Santa Clarita for a project on Wilshire and made it in 30-mins. Of course I left at 5:00 AM.

                    Mark
                    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                    • #11
                      Re: I can't drive 55

                      I spent one Saturday driving around LA and Hollywood Hills it sucked. The scenery was beautiful but if I had to do that everyday during the week some drivers would suffer the wrath of my road rage.

                      We have some of the worst commute times in the country here but luckily I live and work inside the Capital Beltway. Traffic is much worst coming from and going to suburbs. Cross town traffic during lunch hour is bad but there is always another way around. What pisses me off is whenever the President decides he wants to escort his kids to school or stop by the Pentagon for a briefing the entire traffic grid shuts down for a 30 car parade. It takes a half hour before things return to a normal flow. I think DC has passed a law that there should be at least 5 major road construction projects going on all at the same time.

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                      • #12
                        Re: I can't drive 55

                        I like to think I do a lot of work, but when I analyze it, most of my day is spent driving around and talking on the phone.

                        We don't have the degree of traffic you do in the metro areas. I don't know how you take it. We serve an area that is a corridor maybe 50 miles or so long along one state highway with branches out as much as 20 miles to either side. I probably drove 120mi yesterday. I typically put about 20k mi/yr on the van. Going out now to do one at the edge of where I will go w/o charging, about 40 mi from here will be an hour each way. Judging from Rick's dashboard that'd be an 8hr round trip there.
                        This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.

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                        • #13
                          Re: I can't drive 55

                          My daily drive average is about 41/2-5 hours with average speeds of 60-70. truck gets about 9-10 mpg on the highway. I have very little work in the Louisville area, I run all of the distant accounts because of abilities to get the equipment up quick. My average day is 12 hours with actual time of 5-6 hours physical work.
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                          • #14
                            Re: I can't drive 55

                            Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                            traffic sucked and i had 1 more job to get to prior to the bank that closes at 6. it was 5:45 and i just pulled up to the plugged up toilet call
                            Your time on the streets of LA are better served by the following:



                            If you have a need for more speed/chicks try this:

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                            You will need to track your total miles, average speed, miles per gallon, and driving time your self

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                            • #15
                              Re: I can't drive 55

                              Originally posted by papadan View Post
                              My daily drive average is about 41/2-5 hours with average speeds of 60-70. truck gets about 9-10 mpg on the highway. I have very little work in the Louisville area, I run all of the distant accounts because of abilities to get the equipment up quick. My average day is 12 hours with actual time of 5-6 hours physical work.
                              Dan, you need a Huey loaded up with your tools. That would cut your drive time to a third what it is now or less.


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