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Old 03-21-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Just returned from Fort Myers Beach. Appx 1250 miles each way. Ford Flex towed our EggCamper just perfectly. I found that it worked better for me to lock out overdrive. With only 1400 miles on car, I was a little disapointed with mileage on the way down (13.7 MPG), but on return trip it increased to 14.2 MPG, close to what we averaged with the Dodge Nitro, so much happier. This mileage is for traveling round trip on the secondary roads. We travel less than 150 miles on Interstate 95 each way (hate that road). I am hoping for 14.5-15 MPG after putting a few thousand more miles on the car.

PS: no weight distribution or anti-sway bar necessary.

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Old 03-21-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
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How fast were you driving? I bet that speed has a big impact on your MPG!

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Old 03-21-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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60-63 mph
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:41 AM   #4
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Additional info on towing capacity. With AWD will tow a max of 4500 lb. with a weight CARRYING hitch (10-15% on hitch). With FWD will tow a max of 3500 lb. with a weight CARRYING hitch: 3500-4500 lb requires a weight DISTRIBUTING hitch. This info is per owners manual.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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Slow down to 55mph and I bet you beat 15mpg
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:18 PM   #6
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And to think that I was unhappy with 24 MPG!
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:11 AM   #7
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I agree with you mcbrew (bet it is the need for speed) we pull at 80 kph / 50 mph
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:45 PM   #8
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I like the ford flex...Im jealous
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #9
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I used to try to stay "with the flow" of traffic on the interstates, (about 70 - 75 mph around here); but now that I have learned that the camper tires are only rated for 55mph, I'm going to slow down to that speed and let the others pass me by. I'm anxious to see if my mpg improve with this new approach - my mpg was 15-16 while towing, and 20 -21 without camper. My dear wife tells me that now that we're retired we don't need to be in such a rush and that we should slow down and enjoy the journey.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:43 PM   #10
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I used to try to stay "with the flow" of traffic on the interstates, (about 70 - 75 mph around here); but now that I have learned that the camper tires are only rated for 55mph, I'm going to slow down to that speed and let the others pass me by. I'm anxious to see if my mpg improve with this new approach - my mpg was 15-16 while towing, and 20 -21 without camper. My dear wife tells me that now that we're retired we don't need to be in such a rush and that we should slow down and enjoy the journey.
I believe all trailer tires are rated for 65mph. I keep our trailer around 57, never over 60. It helps the gas mileage and is more relaxing.

We're big believers that the trip is at least as much fun as the destination.

From another retired couple,

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Old 04-07-2011, 06:32 PM   #11
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Yes, you're right. I did mean 65, not 55. I have found myself going as fast as 80 while towing the camper, but I'm going to really try to keep it down to no more than 65 from now on.
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