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Old 09-21-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Gas mileage?

We have been traveling since May '13 in our AS Sovereign trailer towed by a Hemi Jeep.
Having traveled from Texas to Alaska (and we're currently driving south again visiting the Oregon coastline), fuel expense eats up about 1/3 of the total trip expense.
Our Jeep averages 10-12 mpg while towing the AS.

We want to continue our trip and head south all the way to Argentina!
It's not practical to tow an AS down there (small roads, shipping cost between Panama and Columbia, ...) + the fuel cost, so we're looking around to fix our 'issue'.

A class B or a truck with truck camper are the 2 main options at the moment.

A truck will give us 4x4 but bad gas mileage (around 12 mpg according to the dealer when a truck camper is on it).

A class B like the Airstream has no 4x4 as far as I know. What is the actual gas mileage you're getting?

Thanks. Tips on fixing our issue are welcome.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:55 AM   #2
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When we are driving with empty tanks, we get 23-25 mpg. Sometimes better than that,

Full tanks, 21-22 mpg.


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Old 09-21-2013, 06:09 AM   #3
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I get 15 to 18 in my Interstate.

If I were heading out to untamed area's I'd want something like this (4x4 yes, better mpg no):
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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I just completed a 1600 mi. jaunt around OR, WA and ID. Overall mileage was 17.7 MPG. Fully loaded, tanks full, driver only. Lots of hills and wind. I prefer the back roads so not a lot of steady Interstate highway cruising. I drive right at the speed limit. A couple of tanks I got near 19 MPG.

Keep in mind this is diesel fuel which can be higher or lower $/gal. compared to gasoline. My average cost for fuel was $3.94/gal.

Also, the new models with BlueTec are said to get a little better mileage.

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Old 09-21-2013, 09:39 AM   #5
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We've been averaging 15-18mpg in our 2014 Ext, at hwy speeds between 55-65+.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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Just finished research for a Jan/Feb 2014 trip to the tip of Chile. You might find this data worth reading:

World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices 2013| MyTravelCost.com

Diesel was subsidized in Mexico until recently. It is averaging ~$3.60/gal at the moment during the full price phase in. Once south of Mexico's border you'll encounter prices hovering around $5/gal until you reach Ecuador ($1.32/gal, the cheapest of the trip) and then returning to ~$5/gal again in Peru & Chile.

Improved fuel mileage will pay back handsomely given the total miles contemplated.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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There is a company out West that does a 4×4 Sprinter conversion. There may be others as well. Don't know if they'll convert yours, or if you have to buy one from them already converted.
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I get about 17mpg on average in my Interstate, when traveling on Interstate highways at 70mph. I get the same fuel economy when towing my Honda Fit hatchback (GVWR 3500 pounds) at 60mph.

Fuel economy naturally goes down when there are a lot of speed changes, such as on a winding, hilly road where there's a lot of up-shifting and down-shifting. Under those conditions (such as Scenic Byway 7 in Arkansas) I only get a little over 14mpg.

That's with the 3-liter v6 turbo-diesel. The 5-cylinder gets better fuel economy, as Doug&Maggie's Interstate amply demonstrates.

To be honest, though, I'm not sure even a 4×4-converted Interstate would be up to the task of crossing the Darién Gap.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #8
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Aside from our 5 cylinder, Doug swears by a periodic fuel tank additive called "Gum-Out", which can be purchased at Auto Zone, etc.

"It cleans the fuel injectors", he says.



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Old 09-21-2013, 12:33 PM   #9
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Aside from our 5 cylinder, Doug swears by a periodic fuel tank additive called "Gum-Out", which can be purchased at Auto Zone, etc.

"It cleans the fuel injectors", he says.

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Hi Maggie,
That's fantastic mileage! In addition to the 5 cyl and Gum-out, your 2500 chassis is lighter than the 3500 which helps with mileage. We averaged 17 mpg on our last trip (3500 chassis). You might want to hang on to yours
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:22 PM   #10
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Hi Maggie,
That's fantastic mileage! ......You might want to hang on to yours
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Ummm, not to worry.

We have the perfect travlin' machine, in our opinion. Couldn't love it more.



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Old 09-21-2013, 03:42 PM   #11
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We average 19.5+ on pure highway driving. About 16 around town. Our ride weight usually checks in about 10,100 pounds with our gear and tank configurations. We enjoy driving and would rate our style as 'spirited'. Our average highway speed is 75+ mph. Our mileage may improve at a lower speed, but I'd rather get there sooner.

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Old 09-21-2013, 09:34 PM   #12
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I get between 18-20 mpg. I've found that head winds, and use of AC cuts my mileage below 20. In the spring we made our first trip to Florida and consistently got 20+. This past summer we got more like 18 when using AC a lot.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #13
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I get between 17 and 18 mpg traveling at the speed limit spend on the interstates.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:40 PM   #14
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Our I3500 gets 18.5-20mpg (w/Renntech software), wet, 65-75mph, flatlands to the mountains, no toad. It is really a very good trip vehicle regardless of some of its minor shortcomings.
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