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Old 08-09-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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MPG difference between towing and not-towing?

hi there
i m new and luking for geting an airstream during winter
kud somebodi plz give mi an example on costs for towing a 20' safari...comparing with the cost yior TV wud du without the Aistream behind?

thenx a lot


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Old 08-09-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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With my Mercedes ML500 I get about 20 mpg without my Safari and about 14 mpg towing it.

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Old 08-09-2008, 05:14 PM   #3
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I have a 1996 F350 crew cab diesel. I lose about 2-3 mpg towing my Airstream, versus running empty. If we tow with my wife's 2003 F150 4.6l V-8 we lose about 5-7 mpg depending on the terrain.

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Old 08-09-2008, 06:09 PM   #4
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When we tow our Minuet (20 feet long and 2400 lbs):

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  • 16+ mpg towing.
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  • 20 mpg not towing
  • 9 mpg (or worse) towing
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:36 PM   #5
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With our F250 with a gas engine and manual transmission, we get 14-17 not towing, and 9-13 towing 31' 7000 pound unit.
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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2005 F350 Turbo Diesel towing 2007 27'FB Safari

12-13 MPG Towing

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Old 08-10-2008, 05:36 AM   #7
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #8
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18-23mpg highway. 10.8-18.3 towing the 22'SS.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:54 AM   #9
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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4.7 Liter High Output engine towing 2007 19 foot Safari SE Bambi

Average MPG (based on the tow vehicle's monitoring system):
18MPG combined city / hwy without trailer.
15MPG combined city / hwy (including steep ascents and descents) with trailer.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:58 AM   #10
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:35 PM   #12
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I get 13.5 not towing and 12.5 towing my 31 foot airstream. I get 9 towing my 24 ft race trailer. roughly 11000lbs maybe 12000lbs. I check my fuel economy, by filling the TV up then driving till 1/4 tank then fill up again and devide miles and gallons including decimals. On board computers are simply vacuum guages and arent always reliable.

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