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Old 07-16-2014, 08:32 PM   #29
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2013 VW Touareg TDI pulling 16 foot Bambi
Not pulling at 70-75 MPH, get about 31 miles per US gallon. Pulling my Bambi at 60-65 mph with a canoe on top of car, this drops to about 19 miles per US gallon.

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Old 09-07-2014, 09:51 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by scamp View Post
What is your fuel economy while towing a 16foot sport airstream ,what's your tow vehicle ,engine ,trans ,rear axle ratio,and at what highway speed do you travel also fuel is it in litters,u.s.a. Gallon ,or imperial gallon,also what road conditions ,flat ,hilly,etc
Pulling a 2014 22' Sport with a 2014 MB ML350 diesel at 65 mph, got 17.9 mpg. The car is rated at 28 mpg highway, but on a trip like this without towing I would typically get over 30 mpg.

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Old 09-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #31
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I understand what the OP is going after, maybe I can contribute.

We tow with a 2011 Honda Pilot, mostly in Florida, where it is flat. We noticed when pulling our 1971 Shasta that it was aero limited. Same issue with the Bambi.

Running behind semi trucks we'd get 15-16 MPG, out on our own 9-11 MPG. So I purchased a roof-mounted air deflector.

Without the deflector, at 65 MPH, we'd run with the torque converter not locked, around 2700 RPM, 10-11 MPG (US Gallons). With the deflector, 13-14 MPG, fifth gear, torque converter locked, 2100 RPM. I did some calculations and with the purchase price for the deflector of about $350, gas at $3.50/gallon, it would pay for itself in 4,000 miles towing, which we have already surpassed.

I bought my deflector from Icon Direct, a Canadian company. Fast shipping, good service, I'd recommend it. I believe since we bought our deflector the number of models offered is lower, but still check it out.

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