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Old 06-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Gas Consumption Check, 1st Run

Did a mileage check on the Trillium/3.0L/5 spd. Ranger combo on my first run. Used 37.25L over 248 kms., which works out to 15 L/100K if my math is good. About 15.6 miles per US gallon, 18 per Cdn gallon. Total cost, with gas at $1.30/L (approx. $5.20 per US gallon), just a tad over $48 CDN.

Not bad - I allow about 11L/100K, around $35, over the same road with nothing being towed. "She's not hard on gas, gas is hard on money", as the boys say....
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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Did a mileage check on the Trillium/3.0L/5 spd. Ranger combo on my first run. Used 37.25L over 248 kms., which works out to 15 L/100K if my math is good. About 15.6 miles per US gallon, 18 per Cdn gallon. Total cost, with gas at $1.30/L (approx. $5.20 per US gallon), just a tad over $48 CDN.

Not bad - I allow about 11L/100K, around $35, over the same road with nothing being towed. "She's not hard on gas, gas is hard on money", as the boys say....
That is a bit better than my results, which I have been looking at this past couple of weeks. I did an 1100 Km round trip from Edmonton to Lethbridge (Alberta) for a ball tournament 2 weekends ago. At 102 Km/hr (65 mph) I got 15.9 litres/100Km on the way there. On the way home I pushed it to 115 Km/hr and my gas consumption increased to about 20 litres/100 Km. Last weekend I stuck to 102 Km/hr and got 18.2 litres/100Km on the way to Stettler (2 hours each way) and 16.9 on the way home. On the prairies, winds are always a factor.

I drive with a Chevy Uplander minivan, 3.9 litre gas engine rated at 3500 pounds towing. I get about 11 litres/100Km on the highway when not towing, so the difference is significant.

My 15 foot 1980 Trillium 4500 weighed in at 830 Kg on the scale at Claresholm, plus about 160 pounds on the hitch, for a total trailer weight of just around 2000 pounds. This is a lot heavier than my former 1974 Boler, which only weighed less than 1500 pounds and had a more aerodynamic shape, with resulting much better gas mileage.

I can get better gas mileage by driving about 95 Km/hr, but I canít stand that pace on the prairie highways. In places with towns closer together I could manage it.

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Old 06-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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Bigger trailer, bigger engine, higher speeds - it's surprising the result is as close as it is. The flat land probably kept the mileage as close as it was.Then again, the Ranger's so venerable that gas probably cost $0.25/ltr when she was new...lol...
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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Sheesh! Your Uplander consumes 11 liters for every hundred km driven at highway speeds? My '06 Silverado 3500 4X4 (Duramax diesel) drinks 10.2 per 100 km, and gets as bad as 16.1 when towing my 21 foot Bigfoot at 105-110 kph. (It can also get as bad as 16.5 when being used as a daily driver around town!)

For our US friends - 10 liters of fuel consumed per hundred km is 22.5 miles per US gallon. 16.1 liters of fuel consumed for every hundred km driven is 14.6 mpg
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Sheesh! Your Uplander consumes 11 liters for every hundred km driven at highway speeds? My '06 Silverado 3500 4X4 (Duramax diesel) drinks 10.2 per 100 km, and gets as bad as 16.1 when towing my 21 foot Bigfoot at 105-110 kph. (It can also get as bad as 16.5 when being used as a daily driver around town!)

For our US friends - 10 liters of fuel consumed per hundred km is 22.5 miles per US gallon. 16.1 liters of fuel consumed for every hundred km driven is 14.6 mpg
Thanks for the clarification, I own a Canadian built Pontiac with the original KPH so that part don't throw me but add the liters to gallon into the mix and I'm going to have to google to figure it out.

Our milage ran 20+ mpg last towing trip. But then we have a V6 and a Scamp 13ft at 60-65 mph. Trailer actually tucks in behind the Escape so I think wind drag is reduced too.

I too would find it really hard to keep under 110 kph on long stretch of our prarie states. Lots of CDs, double albums and box sets, sort of helps.
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Yup - I grew up in the Prairies (Manitoba) and I lived in Sask, Alberta and both N & S Dak at various times (As well as NWT, Ontario, and Quebec) before moving to the the Lower Mainland of BC.

My prairie habits must die hard as my "natural cruise speed" tends to be in the 80 mph (130 kph) range whether towing or not. Put the cruise control on "what feels right" and go. I sorta suspect that this may be one of the reasons why ST-type trailer tires don't work all that well for me!
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I just got back from the Southern interior Astro Van 4.2 pulling a 17 foot Bigfoot.

Speeds between 55-75 miles per hour. 9.73 Miles per US Gallon

11.68 Miles per Imperial Gallon

24.18 Litres per 100km

Not pulling two weeks ago I checked the fuel consumption 18.64 Miles per Imperial Gallon

or 15.52 Miles per US Gallon
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I just got back from the Southern interior Astro Van 4.2 pulling a 17 foot Bigfoot.

Speeds between 55-75 miles per hour. 9.73 Miles per US Gallon

11.68 Miles per Imperial Gallon

24.18 Litres per 100km

Not pulling two weeks ago I checked the fuel consumption 18.64 Miles per Imperial Gallon

or 15.52 Miles per US Gallon
In our recent SW/NW and the last trip with 99 F350PSD and Bigfoot 21RB we got: low 13.1MPG, average 14.3MPG, and high 17MPG with no mountains on one tank only. But those diesels smell, shake, have no Pizzazz, and we all remember GM seventies diesel disaster especially folks who were not born yet.

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One thing I did this past trip was not use the tow mode just wanted to see the difference from a previous trip that I had done with tow mode.

It was interesting that using the tow mode I was getting 14.3 Miles per Imperial Gallon.
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