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Old 03-07-2014, 09:55 AM   #15
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Congrats on the new trailer.

The Flex's sway control can only work to damp out oscillations once the trailer starts to sway, using the vehicle's stability control. Anti-sway on the hitch will help prevent the situation from happening in the first place.

If you ever want to upgrade brake controllers, it's an easy plug-and-play thing to do on Flexes with the trailer towing package.

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Old 03-26-2014, 07:03 PM   #16
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Karen and I are in Rockford, IL picking up our new CampLite 21BHS.

Here it is:



We went with an EAZ-Lift Elite hitch with a Husky sway control:



We head south tomorrow, and I'll report on how it tows behind FLEXIE!
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:27 PM   #17
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Good looking rig! Love the license plate.

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Old 03-28-2014, 06:47 AM   #19
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Thanks!

Made it safely to Peru, IN yesterday in blustery winds.



I've never towed anything this large before but it seemed to tow very well, with nothing scary in spite of the blustery winds and being passed by semi's.

A few comments on gas mileage to follow.
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Flexie has an indicator to show average gas mileage.

On the way up, we showed 20.6 and 21.5 mpg on the two tanks. Not bad with over 350 hp on tap.

Of course, we expected noticeably less pulling a trailer that size.

Still the results of the first leg driving south were a little disappointing:



That was mostly expressway, averaging about 55 to 60 mph. Engine around 2,000 rpm.

Yikes!

Of note is that we were driving into some very strong headwinds - probably 20 to 25 mph or more.

For the next tank we were headed mostly eastbound on state roads and did a bit better - 10.5 miles per gallon.

I will report on subsequent tanks on the way home. It's certainly worse mileage than I expected but it is what it is.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:01 AM   #21
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I wouldn't rely on the "lie-o-meter", but do a hand calculation and see if your computer is correct.
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Flexie has an indicator to show average gas mileage.

On the way up, we showed 20.6 and 21.5 mpg on the two tanks. Not bad with over 350 hp on tap.

Of course, we expected noticeably less pulling a trailer that size.

Still the results of the first leg driving south were a little disappointing:

(8.4 mpg) erk!

That was mostly expressway, averaging about 55 to 60 mph. Engine around 2,000 rpm.

Yikes!

Of note is that we were driving into some very strong headwinds - probably 20 to 25 mph or more.

For the next tank we were headed mostly eastbound on state roads and did a bit better - 10.5 miles per gallon.

I will report on subsequent tanks on the way home. It's certainly worse mileage than I expected but it is what it is.

BUT not to worry too much, 95% or more of your driving with the Flex will be non-towing, so you've got a big station wagon that will hold you the kids, grandkids and a small dog or two that gets 20 mpg. Towing - fergitaboudit!
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:13 AM   #23
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When I DO commission someone to restore an Airstream for me, I'll find out where that aluminum floor is manufactured and specify IT for the A/S.

You'd better get some warm slippers and thick rugs for any cold weather camping you do.

Happy Trails, Paula
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It seems that I get better mileage on state roads than on interstates.
I think there is less crosswinds and headwinds- the woods come right up to the edge of the road on state highways and interstates have that wide right of way and median- more open area = more wind.
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The winds are going to make a big difference. That said, I didn't get great fuel economy even when towing my little aerodynamic Argosy with a Flex - maybe an average of 12 mpg. Could be because I couldn't keep my foot off the fun pedal…

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Delayed just a bit leaving Peru, IN!

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I wouldn't rely on the "lie-o-meter", but do a hand calculation and see if your computer is correct.
Thanks for the head's up - I had assumed it would be pretty close.

First check predicted 12.4 gph, actual 12.8.

Will check another tank, but nice that, if anything, it was pessimistic.
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FastEddie. Funny to see you here..funny all us airplane guys have planes, boats, motorcycles and then campers. I just restored a 29 Airstream and have an F250 diesel ready to roll my bikes into. Probably headed your way this summer to camp and ride some. I think we met at a Cppp some years ago, and or SE Aero back in the early Cirrus days. My father in law Matt was always around from the beginning and I sort of hung around.
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