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Old 01-14-2014, 10:44 AM   #169
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The other difference may show as more jingle left in your pocket at the gas pumps!
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:35 AM   #170
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So far, we have towed New Lucy about 1,000 miles. Most of the towing has been done with Olivia, the old Suburban. The gas mileage has been about the same as it was with the 25FB, about 9.5 mpg. This non-increase in gas mileage may be due to the fact that Olivia seems a lot peppier while pulling the lighter 23FB. I find that I am having a tendency to pull New Lucy a bit faster on the Interstate. I used to pull at around 65 mph. Now I'm at 70 or slightly above.

We haven't towed with the Duramax enough yet to gauge any mileage difference.

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Old 01-14-2014, 07:23 PM   #171
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Back in the 55mph days, the extra 5 mph from 55 to 60 seemed to use about 10% more gas. Taking the Gold Wing motorcycle from 70 to 80 in Texas takes the mileage from low thirties to mid twenties.

Higher speeds consume more fuel....the cube of the power to double the speed (from engineering somewhere in my past...)
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:00 PM   #172
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When I shopped between 23 and 25 I was told that the mpg would be about the same. One thing I like that you mention is the width. I am still getting used to hauling around such a mass. Ironic isn't it, we want a big space when shopping and looking inside but then comes the reality of traveling with it! The ability to see better on the sides is probably a good change.

@switz- you are right about speed and mph, especially with a trailer. In my more limited travel I can already observe about a 1mpg difference for each 5mph between 50-65 mph up to 12mpg@65mph for me in flat non-windy conditions- the computer says 13.x-14mpg but calculation says 12.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:39 PM   #173
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I pulled around a wide-body (2005 25FB) for over 120,000 miles, so I'm real familiar with how it looks from the tow vehicle. I realize that 6" doesn't sound like much, but I can sure see the difference with the 23FB.

I feel like I can thread a needle with my new "skinny" Airstream.

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Old 01-15-2014, 06:16 AM   #174
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My truck also has the lie-o-meter for fuel economy.

Nothing beats a real pencil with paper to generate some accurate records at the gas station.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:48 PM   #175
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On the '05 Suburban, I compute my mileage manually as the car's computer is not very accurate. The '11 Silverado, on the other hand, has a fuel mileage computer that is pretty spot on.

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Old 01-15-2014, 02:04 PM   #176
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We have no need for accurate fuel mileage records but the mileage meter is a good reminder of driving habits to save fuel. I've never been so careful with the gas pedal since having this in the truck.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:51 AM   #177
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We have no need for accurate fuel mileage records but the mileage meter is a good reminder of driving habits to save fuel. I've never been so careful with the gas pedal since having this in the truck.
I like the instantaneous bar graph in ours for relative comparisons of fuel economy regardless of what the digital computer displays.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:01 PM   #178
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We have now completed 30 nights in New Lucy, and we have towed her about 2,000 miles.

We are getting used to the the smaller trailer and are making her our new Airstream home. Even though we had a rocky start, she is beginning to grow on us. We have now completed most of the initial personalization items.

Lucy looks a little small when Fred (the Duramax) is doing the towing. On the other hand, she looks about as big as Old Lucy when Olivia (the Suburban) is at the helm.

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Old 01-26-2014, 06:21 AM   #179
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We have now completed 30 nights in New Lucy, and we have towed her about 2,000 miles.

We are getting used to the the smaller trailer and are making her our new Airstream home. Even though we had a rocky start, she is beginning to grow on us. We have now completed most of the initial personalization items.

Lucy looks a little small when Fred (the Duramax) is doing the towing. On the other hand, she looks about as big as Old Lucy when Olivia (the Suburban) is at the helm.

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Glad the 23FB is growing on you. We do like ours. I struggled with going for the 25 when we bought ours, but it would have required upgrading our tow vehicle also.. Not that much I'd change about it. The 14" wheels were a concern, but really haven't turned out to be a problem. (Knock on wood.)
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:46 AM   #180
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We got Lucy back home last night. We are going to complete the rubber flooring job. We are also going to cut some more silver insulation for the rest of the windows.

We have already removed the toilet paper dispenser and towel bar in Lucy's bathroom. Both were ill-placed and in the way.

Today, I plan to remove the magazine rack in the bedroom. We don't find it very useful and it is an obstruction.

The personalization of Lucy continues. We would appreciate hearing about how others have customized their 23FB's.

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Attached are a few photos of our ongoing customization. Nothing ground breaking in the various hooks and rails we have hung. The little organizer was our attempt at a nightstand for my wife (glasses, Chapstick, phone, etc). Didn't work too well. I have a new nightstand under construction. I have built a box that sits in the wardrobe (see photo). This is the part I'm a bit nervous about......I'm going to cut a 7"x14" opening in the side of the wardrobe (where the current organizer is located) to create a shelf/nightstand. I purchased some of the vinyl black trim used between the bulkheads and the side of the airstream to trim to the opening I will cut. Click image for larger version

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Thank you for the photos. I really enjoy seeing the customizations of others. Yours are especially design savvy. We especially like the disappearing utility hooks by the door. Where did you find those?

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