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Old 09-09-2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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Best MPGs While Towing?

Hey guys, Im wonderin what you guys AVERAGE while towing. I know, this will be an apples to oranges comparison as some of you are towing 31 footers with 1/2 tons and some 16 footers with 3/4 tons and so on. I just wanna basic idea essentially. You can say what you normally get and then your best overall, which most likely meant you were towing downhill lol. Dont forget to say what your TV and AS is if its not in your sig!
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:08 AM   #2
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Ill go first! Iv only towed mine once and got a whoping 9.5 mpg! My TV is in my sig
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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average about 14.5. high maybe 16. low, 13.5. 25' Excella, Dodge diesel. These are the hand calculated results after a fill up. I have seen the mpg indicator on the truck as low as 7 wnen pulling up grades in the Bighorns (was watching close as I was very low), and as high as 19 on level spots at slow speeds. Wind affects my rig a lot. Going west across the plains I usually average a couple lower than coming back on the same route.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #4
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We get about 14-15 mpg +/- pulling our 25' Trade Wind with our 1996 F250 4x4 crew cab diesel. Less if we're traveling faster than 60 mph, a lot less if we're climbing steep grades. Numbers are approximate since most of my long distance runs have headwinds/tailwinds.

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Old 09-09-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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I pull a 71 Tradewind with a 99 F250 with a Triton 350 and get between 9 and 12 mpg towing.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:33 AM   #6
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Pulling our 19' Globetrotter with our Honda Pilot, I averaged 14.8 mpg on the highway for about 120 miles, according to the on board computer.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #7
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We average between 16 and 18 MPG pulling our 1999 27' Safari with our Mercedes GL 350 diesel.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:36 AM   #8
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TV (not television) Mielage

I tow my 19' International CCD with a 2006 Ford F-150 5.4 liter heavily loaded. My most recent trip was to Burning Man and I got 11.8 mpg on the flat portion of the route from Seattle to Eugene. However, the mileage dropped to about 10 on the mountainous section from Eugene to Black Rock City (over 6000-foot passes). I try not to exceed 60 mph. My theory is that it takes about the same amount of gas (not diesel) to pull two tons no matter what the TV is. Diesels do better but diesel fuel costs more than gas.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:42 AM   #9
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Towed a 19 ft Bambi from FL to Vancouver Island and back last summer (2011), plus the Canadian Rockies...about 12,000 miles...with a 2010 Toyota Tundra (big V-8). We got between 12-13 mpg depending on the terrain. Speeds below 60 would actually get about 14 on flat ground. Bought a 23 ft Safari this year and got about 11-13 on trip to Canadian Maritimes...about 7,000 miles...Not a whole lot of difference between 19ft and 23 ft, but about 1,200 pounds different gross weight. Wind resistance should have been the same for the two trailers.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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pulling a 31 foot 1994 Excella with a 2011 Ford f150 with the gas powered 3.5 liter Ecoboost turbocharged 6 on fairly level ground in Ontario, I got 14.3MPG(US).
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:04 PM   #11
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Best MPGs While Towing?

  • 1999 GMC K2500, 7.4 Liter VORTEC, 4.11 Differential
    • 1964 Overlander (6,000 to 6,100 pounds)
      • 9 MPG Low (Rocky Mountains)
      • 12 MPG High (Plains of Kansas)
    • 1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre (3,000 to 3,200 pounds)
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      • 14 MPG High (Plains of Kansas)
  • 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, 8.2 Liter V8, 2.70 Final Drive
    • 1964 Overlander (6,000 to 6,100 pounds)
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    • 1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre (3,000 to 3,200 pounds)
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:19 PM   #12
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MPG data will be more meaningful if you include towing speed and terrain info. Thanks
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I think this is probably like asking, "What's the biggest fish that you ever almost caught".

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Old 09-09-2012, 12:55 PM   #14
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OK, I'll make everybody feel good about their MPG.

My tow vehicle is a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 D-max 4x4, crew cab, long bed, single rear wheel. When towing Lucy, I am also carrying an Outfitter pop-up truck camper. The truck and camper together weigh 11,000#.

Lucy is a 2005 Safari 25FB who weighs 7,400# ready for travel.

The average mpg while towing is 11.4. This is a cumulative average over 15,000 miles of towing in various terrains and conditions all over the United States. I keep fairly meticulous fuel mileage records and make my entries at every fill-up.

I have also noted that my average MPG when not towing Lucy is only slightly better at 11.9.

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