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Just myself and my road bike. Left home with 400 miles on it, returned with 1900. Visited son in Wilmington NC , who rides, then visited elderly Mom in Western NC, where bike riding is good. Took one rear seat out, left one in. Bike traveled well with fork mount and front wheel mount (Bike Tights....available any bike shop) bolted to short piece of 2X6. This way fork and front wheel both well secured. Good, convenient, strong, tie down points. I like bike to be well secured in case of crash....don't want it taking my head off.

I usually go the speed limit, but not over. My GPS says 71 on the speedo is actually 70. BTW....my bean bag GPS mount sits well on dash. Far out windshield design keep GPS screen glare down. With auto trans engine turns 2200 at 70. Low cruising RPM is how you get good fuel economy, and smart auto downshifts easily on hills when in cruise. I got in the 27 or 28 range for each tank for whole trip, depending on whether or not I ran AC compressor and how fast I ran.....and depending on whether or not I ran into a head wind whole tank or had tail wind or side wind. The E is not very aero efficient, but side winds don't bother it as much as some other high profile vehicles I have driven on trips.

I was very impressed with the heating/cooling system. When necessary, the AC wil freeae you out. And when outside air is cool enough, you can bring air in thru the vents with fan on or off and be plenty comfortable....and take some load off engine and save some fuel. All my other vehicles have auto air systems, and I had forgotten just how nice and versatile the old manual controls are. All in all.....this vehicle suits my hauling and traveling needs just fine, and I kinda like it's "back to basics" design and content. I think it's a lot of vehicle for the money ($21,600 for 2WD EX plus taxes and registration....plus I did add factory mud guards). My wife thinks it's kinda crude, but to me that's part of it's appeal.
 

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Awesome! We travel from MD to the Mont Tremblent (Quebec) and the E has been great... we are thinking about a rode trip with the kids from MD to Disney World this summer as well! The E is most definitely the "ultimate road trip vehicle"!
 

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I love those trips. I've road tripped from Central TX to WNC with just me & my mtb in my '06 E before. I need to do it again. It's great to have all your stuff safe & secure and out of the weather. No reservations just go where the weather & the whim leads you. :) I too left just the passenger side rear seat in and slept seats folded down on the passenger side vs pitching my tent on a couple of days. Less setup time when I just crashed for the night & drove on the next morn.

My E is like a rolling personal bike shop. :lol: There's almost perpetually one bike inside of mine and my shoes/helmet/gloves/hydration pack stay in the back. The rear cubbies have basic tools & locks in one side, clothing accessories & backup gloves + 1st aid stuff in the other. My collection of road/trail maps are in the front seat storage. Just throw in clothes and I'm ready to ride. :grin: My wife thinks it's the perfect vehicle for me, but she's no fan. Too bare bones ulitarian for her I guess and she dislikes the rear doors.
 

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My wife thinks it's the perfect vehicle for me, but she's no fan. Too bare bones ulitarian for her I guess and she dislikes the rear doors.
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Cheyenne Wyoming or bust!

After years of promising to visit my sister...we have finally decided to make the trek west in JUL2010. We're gonna catch the last week of Cheyenne Frontier Days and visit my sister and bro-in-law. All thanks to the decision of a new purchase...an Element LX. Tampa FL to Cheyenne WY and back - 9 days for the trip...4 days on the road (2 up and back) and 5 days quality time. Should be fun...planning on doing a small documentary with some still pix for the trip. It's the perfect vehicle for the haul and anxiously looking forward to it every day.
 

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After years of promising to visit my sister...we have finally decided to make the trek west in JUL2010. We're gonna catch the last week of Cheyenne Frontier Days and visit my sister and bro-in-law. All thanks to the decision of a new purchase...an Element LX. Tampa FL to Cheyenne WY and back - 9 days for the trip...4 days on the road (2 up and back) and 5 days quality time. Should be fun...planning on doing a small documentary with some still pix for the trip. It's the perfect vehicle for the haul and anxiously looking forward to it every day.
That sounds like a great trip. I think I would allow a little more than 2 days to get there though.
 

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I just took a trip to South Carolina in mine. A little over 1200 miles total. I just bought mine in late September and already have over 15,000 miles on it.
 

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That sounds like a great trip. I think I would allow a little more than 2 days to get there though.
I would too... considering tampa, to wy. I once did a trip from Eastern NC to Lincoln, NE in 1 day, but it wasnt safe at all, also i did it in my Supra which had the MOST COMFORTABLE SEATS EVER!!! not to mention an additional 2 cylinders and a much higher top end (which i may or may not have tested a few times). At least one stop and sleep break should be in there. Considering youre that far south, and youre going a good 4-6 hrs past there, i would consider breaking it up into 3 days for sure.

!!!!!!!!Driving Tired is just as bad (if not worse depending on BAC) as driving drunk. The armed services loose several members a year due to driving exhaustion.!!!!!!!!!!!

I will soon be doing a trip from Raleigh to (the dead center) of nebraska. ~1400 miles one way. I have 2 days travel time planned (again one way) but i dont have to be there for 4 days which gives me a good buffer time and the ability to stop along the way as needed.

Again, i cant stress enough, DO NOT drive tired. Wyoming (in all of its velcro glove wearing goodness) will still be there if you need another day to travel.
 

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I find 800 miles a day comfortable in my E. I eat pretzel sticks while I drive to keep me awake and alert. I do it all the time. I have 70k on my 08.
 

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I just took a trip to South Carolina in mine. A little over 1200 miles total. I just bought mine in late September and already have over 15,000 miles on it.
We are taking a family trip to Hilton Head, SC at the end of June to visit my wife's parents. I'm looking forward to the trip this year. We finally have a vehicle that can make that trip. We've had to use my parents Explorer the last 2 times we went.

Let's see I bought the car at the beginning of the month and I think I'm close to 1,800 miles. It's that new car let's just drive around for the sake of it period. :)
 
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