Cheryl and I took a trip to Canada for the month of June. We left our home at Rohnert Park Ca. up thru Oregon, Washington, Vancouver Island, up to the north end of Jasper N.P., down thru Banff, Waterton N.P., and back across the U.S. boarder into Montana. We toured Glacier N.P. then down to Bozeman Mt. and over to Billings, Mt. South thru Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and back to California.
Total miles driven: 5,887 miles
Total spent on fuel: $1253.00
Total gallons fuel used: 382 gallons
Overall average m.p.g. 15.4 m.p.g.
Best mileage between Lincoln City, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington. 16.3 m.p.g.
Worst mileage between Squamish, B.C. and Valemont, B.C. 14.6 m.p.g.
Top speed driven: Tried to not to go over 65 m.p.h.
Days on the road: 27
Nights spent in the SMB: 25
The only problem was driving from Billings, Mt. and Dayton, Wy. When I parked at Dayton there was some transmission fluid dripping off the pan on the bottom of the transmission. I checked to see if any bolts or fittings were loose, none were. The next morning I stopped at a dealer in Sheridan, Wy. There was no dripping when we pulled in. A mechanic went under the van came out and said the thought there was a leak thru the seal between the Atlas transfer case an transmission. I could see that was not the problem, I could see the fluid was up to the mark on the sight tube and realized he didnít have a clue what was going on. He pulled out the dipstick and said the fluid was a half quart low, It looked full to me. He added a half quart and I hit the road. We stopped at a rest area at Kaycee, Wy. and I looked under the van and the fluid was dripping again.
I went under the van and could see the fluid was coming off the top of the transmission, I figured, out the vent. So as we were driving to Casper, Wy. I started thinking, driving from Billings, Mt. to Dayton, Wy. the temp. outside was 96 degrees, we had never driven the SMB when it was that hot outside. The next morning when we drove into Sheridan, Wy. it was cool and no dripping. By the time we stopped at the rest area in Kaycee, Wy. the temp. was 96 degrees again. I stopped at the dealer in Casper and told the service manager what I thought, he said it could be expansion. I had him check the fluid, it was full. We finished out trip and no more problem and the dipstick still shows it full.
I will be doing a post on the good places we ate.
Also, I just finished updating our website with over 700 pictures of our trip.