Gas mileage towing 16' Scamp - Fiberglass RV

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Gas mileage towing 16' Scamp

I am looking at replacing my 2002 Odyssey EX FWD with either a Honda Pilot 4WD or a Toyota 4Runner 4WD. Both are 2013 models and both have V6 engines, and are similarly equipped (and priced).

My question: is anyone towing with a 16' Scamp or Casita with either of these vehicles (within the last couple years - 2011 or later)?

If so, what gas mileage do you get with them - both towing and not towing?

We are torn between the two vehicles (4WD needed for back roads in National parks or forests, and for PA winters - not true 4-wheeling). The Pilot has more creature comforts and the 4Runner is a hardier vehicle. Both retain their value, but we want to run them for 200k+ miles.

Either will tow, but we are concerned about the hit on mileage while towing. Our Odyssey gets around 18-19 mpg not towing, and drops to 13-14 while towing (avg - with range of 11.5 to 16.5 on the far edges). We are hoping for better towing mileage from either.

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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We have a 2008 Toyota Rav4 V6 and get from 14-18 MPG. I'd expect the 4Runner to perform in a similar fashion, though YMMV.

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:45 AM   #3
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05 4WD 4runner 4litre 6cyl. towing 17' trailer (not Scamp) curb weight 3500lbs 400mi. round trip west to Catoctin Mts. around Thurmont MD and then north into the Alleghenies and home to DE via PA turnpike. 15.1mpg. I suspect that some play games with averages on the clock continuous with and including long periods of pre-towing deadhead milage or list the highest no. they've seen going downhill in a tailwind. I don't engage in these cheats but I don't usually make any attempt to separate a few unhitched miles as these grocery and sightseeing runs are usually short, involve a lot of traffic signals, and don't tend to inprove the towing no. Everyone has the same problems with E10 and winter blend etc., so I run midgrade octane gas (89). Price per gal. is part of the economy equation so you might not want to do that.

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:49 AM   #4
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Pull a 16ft scamp with a 3L V6 Ford Ranger, get about 13-15 mpg towing.
The Ranger gets 17-19 mpg without the Scamp.

My scamp is a little uneven to the TV so I need to get a lower dropped ball mount, but I'm not sure that will really impact mileage.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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When you mentioned 13-14mpg, what speed were you going and did you have anything else big blocking the air flow?

With our 2007 Odyssey and 13' scamp and a family of five we averaged over 18mpg on a long trip but we kept our speed down. We still got 15mpg with kayaks, bikes, and a firm head wind on another shorter trip.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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I tow a 3100 lb (actual loaded weight) Escape 17B with a RAV4 Sport (V6 & Tow Package). Over 33,000 miles towing, I averaged 15 MPG, 25MPG unhooked highway & 22 MPG around town. The gearing on the 4Runner is better suited to towing, so I don't think you will take as much a towing hit as I do with the RAV4, but on the other hand the overall unhooked MPG of the 4Runner is less.

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