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Old 01-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #29
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that way I have a Diesel in Old Gertrude. The good old Isuzu get around 14 MPG on the road
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:33 PM   #30
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J, forget to ask, but how do you tow the HD? Trailer it? Just curious.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:03 AM   #31
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J, forget to ask, but how do you tow the HD? Trailer it? Just curious.
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I use this thing called a Bike Tow

BikeTow - Take it with you

You drive the front wheel up the included ramp into the wheel chock then strap it in much the same as you would strap a bike into a truck bed. Then I put the transmission in neutral (I also disengage the clutch with a velcro strap wrapped around the lever and grip as an added safety measure), I put my Geza Gear towable motorcycle cover over the bike to keep rocks and other road debris off and away I go.

I originally towed in a 6X12 enclosed trailer but I quickly got sick of looking for pull-through sites or being forced to deal with a trailer once I got to a campground. Since I travel solo most of the time a 1300lb trailer can be a real handful. Not to mention it seemed silly to use a trailer that weighed twice as much as the motorcycle and the trailer didn't have the aerodynamic advantages of the Airstream. All this seemed as though it would hurt my gas mileage, although I never actually checked mileage once while towing that trailer. Other advantages to the Bike Tow are you don't have to tag it or pay annual taxes on it and the whole thing which easily is disassembled only weighs 70 pounds.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #32
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I use this thing called a Bike Tow

BikeTow - Take it with you

You drive the front wheel up the included ramp into the wheel chock then strap it in much the same as you would strap a bike into a truck bed. Then I put the transmission in neutral (I also disengage the clutch with a velcro strap wrapped around the lever and grip as an added safety measure), I put my Geza Gear towable motorcycle cover over the bike to keep rocks and other road debris off and away I go.

I originally towed in a 6X12 enclosed trailer but I quickly got sick of looking for pull-through sites or being forced to deal with a trailer once I got to a campground. Since I travel solo most of the time a 1300lb trailer can be a real handful. Not to mention it seemed silly to use a trailer that weighed twice as much as the motorcycle and the trailer didn't have the aerodynamic advantages of the Airstream. All this seemed as though it would hurt my gas mileage, although I never actually checked mileage once while towing that trailer. Other advantages to the Bike Tow are you don't have to tag it or pay annual taxes on it and the whole thing which easily is disassembled only weighs 70 pounds.
Jason,
That is one SWEET set-up! Thanks fro responding. So, how many days left at ToG???
Derek
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:18 AM   #33
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Zero, I decided Wednesday that enough was enough. I got up Thursday morning and loaded the bike, battened down the hatches and hit the road. Glad to have moved on to happier places.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:45 AM   #34
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My 1986 345, with electronic ignition gets 10mpg without towing and 8-9 towing a 2009 honda fit.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #35
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1994 LY 34-ft diesel - 13+mpg towing a small car between 56-58 mph (just after it kicks into 6th gear).

BTW, it's up for sale (bought a 32-ft Excella trailer & Dodge diesel pickup truck).
Sold in Sept/11 and I picked up the 1987 32-ft Excella with the 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 / 24-valve Cummins diesel. On the trip home I logged 16.6 mpg (at 55 mph - I drive a bit faster now).
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:47 PM   #36
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2011 Avenue. Trip from Fort Worth to Seattle, 17 mpg average. Best mpg was 18 and worst was 14 mpg. I was not towing anything and kept the mph to 65.

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Key west to Marathon and back (100miles) average 17 mpg with 8 wheels and 17,500lbs on a 345 1986 motor home with an 2008 duramax/ Alison 6 speed transmission.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:39 AM   #38
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Key west to Marathon and back (100miles) average 17 mpg with 8 wheels and 17,500lbs on a 345 1986 motor home with an 2008 duramax/ Alison 6 speed transmission.

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I two have a 1986 345 and never have I gotten a MPH that high, what was your average speed, any hills?

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:13 AM   #39
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I two have a 1986 345 and never have I gotten a MPH that high, what was your average speed, any hills?

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Note that KeyAir is running a modern Duramax diesel w/ Allison 6-speed transmission. That's going to offer a huge advantage in both power and economy.
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I two have a 1986 345 and never have I gotten a MPH that high, what was your average speed, any hills?

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No hills just about 20 bridges and 15kts of head wind on the north bound averaging 62 with max of 75mph. As for KeyAir he started a thread for me because he is just awesome! There is one guy out in Colorado that is doing a duramax swap (2004 LLY i think with the 5-speed) on a 31 with a new interior I think his will be the best MPG.
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D'oh! Too much multitasking. I think I was too busy being jealous of a classic moho with a modern diesel and confused AirRowan with KeyAir.
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