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Old 10-30-2009, 06:21 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by lylevg View Post
Rich and Christina: Here is our experience, as limited, as it is.

September of ‘08, we purchased a new ’08 GMC Yukon ˝ ton hybrid (2wd). We have two daughters that live in Northern California, (San Mateo & Modesto). Every couple months we take a trip to visit them and the grandkids. We take I-5 from, our home in San Diego to Los Banos and then either the 152 to San Mateo or the 165 to Modesto. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that route, it includes two trips over the “grapevine”.

With an average speed of 70-75 mph, we get 22+ mpg. At an average speed of 55 mph we have gotten 25+ mpg. Around town I average 21 mpg and the wife gets 20. If you have driven a hybrid, you know, how you drive will have an affect your mileage.

In May, we purchased a used ’08, 28ft, CCD International. Since then we’ve taken a couple of trips:

The first one was to Los Banos, Toscano RV, (900+ miles round trip), to have some Warranty Service on the AS completed. For this trip we set the cruise at 55 mph, we averaged 14+ mpg round trip. At one point, over 200 mile stretch, we averaged 15+ mpg.

We just completed our second trip. We attended the Four Corners Unit rally in Albuquerque NM for the Balloon Fiesta (thanks again 4CU for allowing us to attend that great event). We went from Albuquerque to Monterey CA. We were gone for three weeks, and put 3322 miles on the odometer (average cruise at 62 mph). We averaged 13.4 mpg (this appears to be as much as 20 to 30% improvement over a gas powered, non-hybrid TV). We do however try to travel light with the AS @ 6200 lbs. By the way, the Yukon has a 6.0, 332 hp, with 367 ft/lbs of torque and a 308 rear end. In spite of the tall gearing (for better gas mileage), we have been over the Grapevine several times at the speed limit (55 mph).

Here are a couple of articles that may be of interest to you:

Lyle & Margie
I have been waiting for a first hand report of towing with a hybrid truck...very interesting. Mileage is on par with a diesel...unfortunately so is the added initial cost. But these 2 technologies certainly demonstrate that there are better (greener) alternatives for towing than gassers...and the significant torque advantages of both (the added torque of your hybrid seems to negate the need for lower final drive ratio based on your experience) sure make them a pleasure to tow with.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:32 PM   #30
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I agree with the comment about looking for a good deal on a used 3/4 ton diesel what with the economy being so bad. However, if you can do with the payload limitations of a 1/2 ton truck I think that a Tundra is the way to go. I paid 26K for a 2wd, double cab 5.7L with the SR-5 package. It has all the bells and whistles and has lots of power and torque thanks to the 5.7L motor and 6 spd tranny. With the 4.3 rear end it has plenty of power for acceleration and the 6 spd tranny has 2 overdrive speeds which helps fuel economy on the road. In 6th gear at 60mph it is only turning 1,600 rpm. We get 14 mpg towing our 66 24' Tradewind.

There are lots of TV that will do the job nicely. It is just a matter of finding the best tow vehicle for you.

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