19 MPG would be awesome. I'm only getting about 12.5 with mixed driving. I could do better tuning it but don't want to tempt myself with more power and encourage the motor to start breaking. I will fix things the right way on it as they are needed (studs, oil cooler, etc) but am content at the moment to just monitor how the engine is doing.
This is going to be a real quick trip for us, we are leaving next Thursday mid day and coming home Saturday night. We aren't going to hit any real tough trails since the other rig is a 2013 JKU Rubicon. He has put a ton of money into it but hasn't been able to decide on which lift to go with. We are going to play it conservative for both of our sakes and will go from there. We tried to hit a local trail last weekend but weren't able to find it since neither of us had been out there before.
12.5 was the norm until this last go around and I had to replace the FICM (rebuild is more correct) It was done by Ed the ficm guy LOL and he put a fleet "econo" tune in it while he repaired it. So no tuner hooked to it just a scangauge II. Seems like us 6.0 guys need more than two eyes. We need at least one to watch the road while the other two are watching hpop psi and deltas. I did the egr delete too, NO more $200 egr valves every 10k miles.
Thats too bad. I told my store exactly what I wanted to use it for and they said it would not be a problem. They said they had plenty of trailers and that I wouldn't even need to reserve it or anything. The only thing I might suggest is to call another store and see what they say. I know things can be more expensive in CA but it may be worth it to drive a few miles to pick one up from another store if they are okay with what you are wanting to use it for.
2013 JK (see info on left)
SOLD: 1983 CJ7
Utah Jeep Crew #178
I didn't read through the whole thread so don't know if you've made a firm decision yet but I flat towed my '76 Bronco when I had it from San Diego to Lexington Park MD with a 2dr Ford Explorer and a 5 spd. I pulled the rear drive shaft and left the front unlocked and didn't notice any tire wear. The Bronco had a 4" lift and 33x12.50 BFG Mud Terrains. I also ran into the kind of rain that seems to fall up instead of down, and in that storm a big uhaul truck pulled directly in fornt of me making me test the ABS on the explorer. I down-shifted here and there but maintained my speed no problem. I pulled the Bronco because it weighed about 200 lbs less then the Explorer even though the Bronco had the bigger engine. 5 liter vs 4. The Explorer also had better climate control. An expedition surely is up to the task of hauling a CJ.
I think I am close to deciding to flat tow it. It would save $400 up front. I tried doing a one way with uhaul and it was going to be $330 to Williams. So why not just tow it back and have it for seven days. I figure if I run nto trouble, I can rent one along the way, Williams, Kingman, Needles or wherever the wind takes us LOL.
$400 would buy my Edelbrock manifold and the fabbed aluminum valve covers I have been drooling over.
Chickened out, bought a trailer. It is a 16' Carson trailer, mid range quality. Towed good. I used a rachet binder on the back so I could fine tune the location of the Jeep. Found that an inch sag at the tow vehicle bumper provided the best feel, no wagging and not too much tongue weight. Got 10.6mpg towing, not bad considering it only gets 13mpg towing my butt around.