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Old 08-31-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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Best TV for MPG with 20 footer Airstream ?

Posted a question yesterday, elsewhere but only one answer so far.....
So can you beat or come close against the Mercedes ML350 BLUETEC DIESEL pulling a 19 or 20 foot Airstream newer model at 24 MPG.
Cheers for now, let the fun begin.
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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Yes.... apparently the Jetta turbo diesel will do better than the Mercedes BT. Forum member Andrew T. was using one at their dealership Can AM, and did a write up all about it.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:04 PM   #3
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Might want to look at the new Dodge half-ton diesel pickup. Reports of getting very close to 30 MPH with no load, so I would think that pulling that small of an AS would not cause a big hit to the MPH.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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Impossible to answer such a question as no one alive or dead has driven every possible combination. All you will get is very biased opinions. Le the arguments begin.
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If high MPG makes you feel good, great. But don't confuse MPG with overall actual savings.



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Old 02-05-2015, 04:22 AM   #6
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Best MPG I've achieved with my 2013 ml350 bluetec 6cyl pulling my 19ft airstream is 18.
I normally get around 30 without the trailer.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:49 AM   #7
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I dont believe you can do better than rhart above states. All around all things considered thats where you should be. Not what I tow with, but I have different goals and that is a great combo. You will be amazed how capable the MB is. FYI. CanAm set mine up also.


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Old 02-05-2015, 09:05 AM   #9
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For me this is the best of all the posts here. Two years ago I bought a 2005 F250 V10 2wd with 38,000 miles on it for $10,000 on Craig's list. By my figuring I saved $30,000 to $45,000 instead of buying new, including the afor mentioned Mercedes. At $3.00 per gallon for gas the savings will buy 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of gas, or 100,000 to 150,000 miles of towing at 10 MPG. All this said, I may average 5,000 miles per year towing for 20 to 25 years of towing making me 84 to 89 years old. I understand that some of you out there will pick this all apart with your own way of thinking and that is OK. I try to use the KISS principle, Keep it short & simple, as much as possible.
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Maybe a 2015 F150 2.7L Ecoboost or 5.0 would be a good compromise. Then you have room put extras like reclining chairs, BBQ, bikes etc which would be harder with a SUV.

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Posted a question yesterday, elsewhere but only one answer so far.....

So can you beat or come close against the Mercedes ML350 BLUETEC DIESEL pulling a 19 or 20 foot Airstream newer model at 24 MPG.

Cheers for now, let the fun begin.

The question is narrow, not broad as to cost: a specific trailer, and what TV would provide the lowest fuel burn.

Has nothing to do purchase price of either vehicle, the TV model year, how much either is used, or other costs of ownership and operation.

The OP should specify travel speed, to be fair, and a general range of climate plus terrain.

The winner is going to be a turbo-diesel sedan.
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We have been using Jetta and Golf Diesels since 2006. We put 90,000 miles on the 2006 with most of that towing. We replaced it with a 2010 which has 40% more horsepower. Actually more horsepower and torque than the 6.2 Litre GM diesel V8's that we used in the 80's.

Today I would suggest the Passat. Even though it is a larger car than the Jetta it is just as fuel efficient as well as being very smooth and quiet. These usually run 23-26 MPG towing an Airstream. The best part is the 45 MPG they run when not towing, if you want you can drive it like you stole it and it still delivers 40 MPG.

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On a smaller scale we pull or 17' Casita (3250#) with our Chevy Metro It gets 55 mpg Hwy and 30 mpg towing
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We get about 18 mpg ( imperial) or 16 liters per 100kilometers, with our full size chev pick up 4x4 extend a cab with a v8 engine (5.3 liter) at 55 mph .

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