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Old 02-03-2013, 07:42 AM   #43
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John,

This summer I plan to upgrade our water tank to a 20 gallon tank from the Scamp's 12 gallon tank, more in line with the black and gray tank capacities.

We always carry about a half tank of water, more when we know we're going into a boondock situation where there may not be water. Minimally we fill our tank just as we go into boondock. Twenty gallons seems to be enough for most of our situations.

Mpg is again getting more important. Gas prices at our corner gas station have increase $0.40 a gallon in about 2 weeks.

We used about 1000 gallons last year and that kind of increase amounts to $400 over 1000 gallons, not overwhelming but I fear just a beginning.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:49 AM   #44
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I have a Ford F150 4X4. I also get better mpg when towing my trailer. I believe it's due to the fact that I was driving highway with the trailer but usually do city driving without.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #45
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Just jumping in here a bit unprepared.
I have a 2005 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4, 5.7 Hemi, automatic.
It is a completely stock truck, I even buy original equipment tires.....ops it does have the leveling kit installed that raised the front of the truck so the truck sits level.

I use the on board trip meter to get my fuel mileage.

I drove 900 miles last spring to pickup my burro and then 900 miles home with a few night camping on the way.

I got better mileage pulling the trailer than not.....My wife and both felt like I drove both ways the same as I always drive......

I was a professional trucker for about 5 years and do tend to drive conservatively, I was thinking it had to do with the air flow kind of like the nascar effect when they team up......

My mileage went back down after I started driving the truck with no trailer.
OK, this should be a fun post to talk about!
My first thought was you must have the version of the Burro with the 4 cyl engine in it, eh?
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:11 PM   #46
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I got better mileage pulling the trailer than not...............
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........ I also get better mpg when towing my trailer.............
I guess I'm just not living right.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:49 PM   #47
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We fall in the slightly better under tow group too.

Although it's not a phenominal amount our 8 cyl Durango consistently gets at least 2 mpg better while towing...15 versus 13. After scratching our heads a bit we finally figured it's a combination of driving a bit more cautiously over longer distances under tow versus city type driving without.

One of the forum members told us that he'd bet the mileage wouldn't vary much with or without Li'l Scamp when we bought the bigger vehicle after the 1995 Chevy S-10 6 cyl we gave to our GrandMonkey.

He was right...the Durango hardly knows the trailer is back there...I often look in the rear view just to make sure I din't loose it somewhere.

Would love to see the fuel costs come down as that is usually our greatest expense while on the road. If we could realistically tow Li'l Scamp with our 30+ mpg 2007 Pontiace Vibe, they'd be a matched pair where ever we went. Alas...such is not to be.

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 PM   #48
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I reset the trip meters when I left home....checked it when I got there and drove home with out resetting the meter....I used the cruise a lot both ways.

I know my mileage is not effected much when I pull my car trailer unless I pull my 49 Packard over the rockies....that one killed my mpg

But the Burro was the first time the mpg went up.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #49
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In the last couple of weeks, I subscribed to: rvsue and her canine crew | Living on less and enjoying life more and enjoy reading your blog and also, I found it interesting to look through her "Money" section since she details things like fixed expenses and her monthly costs. It gives one a lot to think about, all the "what ifs" or at least her share of them.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:58 PM   #50
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Thank you Cathy for mentioning my blog here (and for following it, too!). I post my financial information so people can see how I'm "living on less and enjoying life more." I hope it's helpful.

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #51
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Thank all of you for sharing your stories. Hope to hit the road mid 2014. Getting the truck first. I am partial to Dodge or Toyota. Only two real requirements are A/C and power windows. A crew cab is a must as there are four footed babies traveling with us.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:37 PM   #52
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We have a 19 foot scamp, and have talked about what you are doing. Thanks a lot for your expense tracking. It sounds like your having a great time. How is your Scamp holing up with constant traveling???
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:10 PM   #53
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Thanks for all the great info! We will be retiring in about 9 months - plan on spending winters where there is NO SNOW and then heading back into Canada for the spring/summer/fall months. For the most part, we are considering full-timing in our Boler, using our Savannah Van as the tow/storage vehicle. Any and ALL suggestions are welcome.
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We have a 19 foot scamp, and have talked about what you are doing. Thanks a lot for your expense tracking. It sounds like your having a great time. How is your Scamp holing up with constant traveling???
The Scamp is holding up well, very well considering it's 24 years old. The only thing we'll be replacing this year will be the carpeting.

Over the years we've really only had trouble with the frame. We have reinforced it and it seems fine.

We have had the greatest time. If you go to the Scamp camp in FL stop by our place. Glad to have you over if we're in FL at the time.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:14 PM   #55
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Thanks for all the great info! We will be retiring in about 9 months - plan on spending winters where there is NO SNOW and then heading back into Canada for the spring/summer/fall months. For the most part, we are considering full-timing in our Boler, using our Savannah Van as the tow/storage vehicle. Any and ALL suggestions are welcome.
Anita and Ken,

We as well seek no snow in the winter and as well often head to Canada in the spring, for us typically to Newfoundland.

If you make it to FL contact me and stop by, we'd love to meet you.

I don't know what size Boler you have but I know a number of people who've accomplished a lot of travel in a Scamp 13. Life on the road is usually people dependent not rig dependent. Our west coast children have been very happy in their Scamp 13.
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Awesome! ours is a 13' boler. We have had it for over 12 years, but not travelled any distance. Can't wait for our adventure to begin. If you are ever in NW Ontario, give us a message -- would love to show you around
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