Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
...My last trailer before my current EggCamper
was a 2010 Lance 1880, big and heavy and well built. But, like the bigger 19' Escape
, my gas went from 18 mpg to 8 mpg while towing. The dual axles will cost you triple in tolls. Dual pane windows
are nice but heavy...
This mileage hit seemed really extreme based on my own experience. I took a look at the Escape
forum and there was a thread specifically on 19' mileage estimates
with no one reporting anything like this. The estimates ran from 14-15 MPG for a V6 Tacoma to automatic at speeds of 60-65 MPH through 17.7 with most people averaging 17 in a variety of vehicles like RAV4 or Chevy Trailblazers.
There was guy was driving a 17'er and complaining about his 12.5 MPG, but he noted his speed was 70-75 MPH!
I think the bottom line is to keep your speed down if you want respectable gas mileage.
We're limited to 55MPH towing in California, where the bridge toll on a fourth axle
is a pretty incremental +25%, not triple toll.