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Old 03-21-2010, 07:05 AM   #15
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Every tug and tow has a sweet spot for best mileage. And, I believe it's doubtful any two are exactly alike. Factors such as elevation, highway grade, tires and even the kind of oil used in the tug affect the mpg. It doesn't take too many trips to figure out the best speed for someone to tow, if the highest mpg is desired.

My combination in mostly flat freeway travel is 57 mph. And the fuel mileage can drop drastically with every 5 mph increase in speed. This was huge, when gas was running over $4 a gallon.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:02 AM   #16
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Last fall we planned to travel to Missouri to enjoy Thanksgiving with our daughter and family. About the time of departure, a major storm was developing over the Rockies on the most direct route.

So we drove the extra 700 miles of the southern route, picking up time by keeping in the 65 - 70 MPH range when possible. Our fuel use was 12 - 14 MPG over that leg and 18 - 19 on the more leisurely trip home towing with a diesel Blazer. Also the engine oil consumption was significantly higher as was the diesel soot on the front of the trailer behind the tail pipe.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:08 AM   #17
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Scangauge II is a GREAT tool. I have one in my truck also, I get 16 MPG when towing my Scamp at 60mph.

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Good info on the gauge here http://www.scangauge.com/
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