Gas mileage ?

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Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:48 pm

I have a 5 x 10 x 5 Weekender, 1,340 lbs.

My Frontier, 2007 SE, 4.0 liter V6, automatic, gets 19-20 mpg on its own, 15 mpg with the Weekender.

My Dodge Ram 1500, 4.7 liter V8 gets 14mpg, regardless if I'm towing the Weekender or not. :roll:
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Postby canned o minimum » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:59 pm

Did "I" mention that I drive rather fast while towing my TD.. round 70mph on average...

Yeah.. I am CRAZY, but then... anyone who knows me.. knows THAT !

How many people do YOU know who drive around with their vehicle all dressed up in sum sorta theme.. with two mannequins in the back seat..

Who loves to pass up motorhomes and fifth wheel trailers at 85mph with a VW honk and a wave..

If ya ain't livin on the edge.. yer takin up TOO much space !
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Postby NathanL » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:14 pm

19 mpg without the trailer @ 70mph (speed limit here)
19 mpg with the trailer @ 70mph
17 mpg with 25' full travel trailer
18 mpg with 21' bass boat on tandem trailer
14mpg with 38' Fountain on triple axle trailer, which is right at the maximum tow capacity for my 3/4 ton truck (not @ 70mph, normally I top out at 60ish with the boat)


2000 Ford F-250 Diesel. I could probably flip my tiny trailer (weekender style) upside down and drag it down the road and still probably get the same mileage as it gets rolling down the road.
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Postby jerry101jlh » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:18 pm

I think I said I knew we could all agree to disagree on this one lol
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Postby Mightydog » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:50 pm

Our 2.0l 4cyl 2003 Suzuki Vitara gets 20mpg with or without the 1,150 tear drop behind it.
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Postby Constrictor » Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:12 pm

this is all great information! i have 2 trucks, one is a 6 cyl chevrolet full size gets 18 mpg and a dodge quadcab hemi 4x4 that gets 13 mpg. i have a 6x12 box trailer i use to haul rc airplanes in and both trucks get 9mpg while towing the box trailer. the wind restistance is the thing.
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Postby Brian L » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:48 pm

2000 Jetta TDI Little Guy Rascal
high 40's not towing highway speed 40-42 towing just back from Montanta, North Dakota and Minnesota.
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Postby Mayberryman » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:17 pm

I have a 4 wide Little Guy look alike weight at about 700 Lbs and I tow with a Scion tC at about 65 MPH. Car alone at that speed gets about 29MPG and with trailer about 25MPG. I do not consider the 4MPG loss to be bad. Oh yes, the car is a 2005 with 110,000 miles, or so on it.
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Postby Mukilteo » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:23 pm

I don't want to know the mileage I'm getting towing the trailer. I might get depressed and not go anywhere.
What kind of fun sitting at home be?
Some times you have to throw caution to the wind and say "The heck with it, let's hit the road. :D "
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Postby Mightydog » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:55 pm

It's not distance for you, Mukilteo. It's the speed! We've seen pictures of your trailer and the paint peeling off. I think that's caused by driving too fast!
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Postby Mukilteo » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:47 pm

That certainly would explain the gravel pitting fenders.
But I'm not so certain about the trailing end unless it was vacuum created by the speed sucking the paint right off.
I guess I underestimate the power in my "99" Nissan 4x4.
Must have happened when I hit Warp speed :lol:
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Postby CarlLaFong » Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:19 pm

I'm really amazed by the folks that have managed to defeat an empirical scientific fact. They have managed to get something for nothing. They should invent a perpetual motion machine next.
Though the mileage losses may be small with a larger, more powerful TV, they are there nonetheless. If you drive with empty pockets and then drive with a pocket full of change, your mileage will go down. It may only be measurable in nano gallons (is there such a term? There is now), but it is there and it is inescapable. More weight requires more power, more BTUs, ergo, more fuel.
I do expect my mileage to go down. I have a Dodge 3500 Cummins Diesel. I can get 22 running empty at legal speeds on the highway. I expect with a larger TD, that I have planned in my head (the plans and the voices sometimes argue with each other), I may loose 2 MPG. We'll see
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Postby emiller » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:18 pm

Every car or truck is with just the driver in it when they calculate MPG and is usually at 65 mph. Smaller the vehicle the better the gas mileage until you start adding weight. I thought I would get better mileage down sizing to a V-6 crossover which I did around town but I miss our larger V-8 full size truck that got better mileage and carried much more. I wish my wife liked traveling in our 15 MPG streetrod cause I would rather pull my trailers with it more than anything. 8)
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Postby CarlLaFong » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:40 pm

emiller wrote: I wish my wife liked traveling in our 15 MPG streetrod cause I would rather pull my trailers with it more than anything. 8)

It's all about weight and resistance. My 350/385 HP, full roller ZZ-4 Boss Hoss motorcycle gets 25-26 MPG on the highway. Of course, it only (only?!?!?) weighs 1100 lbs.
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Postby starleen2 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:54 pm

Mileage - the heck with mileage! I tow with a Jeep commander (the largest Jeep made to date!)
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