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Old 01-30-2013, 10:03 PM   #15
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The difference in miles per gallon while towing our 8' wide Bigfoot or our 6' wide Compact Jr is 2 or 3 mpg.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:31 PM   #16
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Wow, that is amazing, what % change is that, I'm surprised it is that high of a difference.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:33 AM   #17
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The difference in miles per gallon while towing our 8' wide Bigfoot or our 6' wide Compact Jr is 2 or 3 mpg.
Width or weight?
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:48 AM   #18
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I like the look of the older Bigfoot 5ers. Every camping trailer compromises SOME features. The ones I can't stand are the trailers that compromise ALL OF THEM to the end of serving all purposes badly. Get a good bed or a galley where the frypan ain't on the floor or a livable dinette or something for your trouble and your XXX mpg or you might as well not have the darn thing. I realize that this is easier for singles, old fogeys, and empty nesters than it is for growing families.

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How you use your trailer is the other compromise; mileage vs. room; travelling vs. camping. I've tried to ease my wife into an Escape, but even though we tend to travel rather than camp, after the big windows and wide open spaces of our Bigfoot 5th, she says "just pay for the gas".
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:42 AM   #19
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Cam, like you I too struggle with those "sunk costs." I'll bet that besides all that expensive gas we burn chasing around, I could also save a bundle by doing something about several other lifestyle areas; for example, cable, entertainment, hmmm, beer/wine.

Guess I'll just pay for the gas and consider my spending habits as a feature of my personality.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:22 AM   #20
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I really like the extra width inside and would have trouble going to a narrow unit.
I'm sure the extra width hurts my gas mileage plus the need for wider mirrors pulling the Bigfoot.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:38 PM   #21
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I really like the extra width inside and would have trouble going to a narrow unit.
I'm sure the extra width hurts my gas mileage plus the need for wider mirrors pulling the Bigfoot.

I found the first FG campng trailer I ever entered slightly less conducive to claustrophobia than a submarine but not much. My wife and I are both well under 6' but enjoy the mileage-killing width of our trailer. I'd like to hook on to a Casita some time and see if my mileage increases appreciably (20%) with the major variable being frontal area of trailer.

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:06 PM   #22
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"Aerodynamic shape" at speeds under sixty is so insignificant a factor as to fall well down my list of considerations....if indeed I'd consider it at all.

Weight, however, is a different thing altogether!

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I neglected to mention the difference in height between the Bigfoot and the Compact Jr. Measured from the ground the Bigfoot is 8' high and the Compact Jr is 6'6" with the upper roof down for towing. That, added to the 2' extra width, and 1100 lbs. extra weight accounts for the mpg change. We haven't camped in the Compact Jr since we bought the Bigfoot. Not too hard to tell which we prefer.

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That first picture of your Bigfoot could be on calendar.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #25
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Two things to remember about molded trailers and better fuel mileage: 1) Slow down! 2) Make memories, you can't take it with you....
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Two things to remember about molded trailers and better fuel mileage: 1) Slow down! 2) Make memories, you can't take it with you....
Donna, i hope this topic comes up at the NOG in April. The "Slow Down" part is something i'm trying to get into my CariBear's mind as being a Win/Win.
Win #1) Slow down and see the view.
Win #2) Slow down and see better mileage.

She has a LEAD FOOT!

On a positive note, Our rig is soooo big already it should cast a wind break for the FG that is on its way to our driveway!
The van stands at 9.5ft tall and 6.5ft wide... Fully loaded for adventure...
The van gets ~16 to18mpg on the highway at 55mph.
And ~14-15mpg at 65mph ,(
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"Aerodynamic shape" at speeds under sixty is so insignificant a factor as to fall well down my list of considerations....if indeed I'd consider it at all.

Weight, however, is a different thing altogether!

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Francesca,
They're both very significant, but come into play in different ways. Weight matters most while climbing, as it takes more fuel to lift weight up a hill. Wind resistance matters everywhere, and becomes more significant with speed. Hold a ping pong paddle out the window at 20MPH flat to the wind and see if you can feel it. Do it again at 120, and you may get hurt. We cyclists know all about the effects of wind resistance and energy use. It is very significant at almost any speed and the largest drag bicyclist will experience. Heavy bicyclists know all about how weight effects climbing hills.
Slow driving will affect MPG always. Heavy vehicles hurt climbing.
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...We cyclists know all about the effects of wind resistance and energy use. It is very significant at almost any speed and the largest drag bicyclist will experience...
: ) My answer to the problem while cycling...my home designed/spun front-wheel-drive leaning trike. Way fun, even if its never been wind-tunnel-tested.

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and my FWD bike : )



I may not go faster but i get ooohhhhsss and aaaahhhhssss from the passer-byers : )
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