The images below were taken during 2008. They show us and our
Casita during some
of our adventures.
We sold our 2003 Chevrolet pickup in February and bought a
2007 extended cab with a smaller (4.3 liter V-6) to save a little on fuel and
also to give us more room in the cab so we could take friends and/or our two
Golden Retrievers. Our 2007 pickup
gets better mileage than the 2003 with the 4.7 liter V-8 on the highway without
the trailer, but uses a little more fuel when towing the trailer. However, since most
of the miles are
without the trailer we are happy.
We did find the V-6 a little underpowered while towing the
Casita on some of the very steep mountain roads and at altitudes about 9,000
feet, but we just used a lower gear and had no problems. We have a 4-speed automatic
transmission in the pickup with a 3.23 ratio differential. We also have a transmission
which helps keep the transmission from overheating.
With the trailer the pickup averages from about 11 to 14 mpg
depending on a variety of variables including winds, altitude, type of road,
and speed. Without the trailer the
pickup has been averaging from about 16 to 21 mpg depending on some of the same