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Old 12-04-2008, 06:54 AM   #15
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I'll start.

Tow: '06 Dodge 3500 Diesel
Mileage empty: 20-22 mpg (flat & level, no wind, I-5 Freeway, 65 mph)
Mileage towing: 16-18 mpg (10.5 mpg min - High Sierras mountains, 98.9 mpg max - down hill wolf Creek Pass, CO.)
Trailer: 25B25RQ - 25' Bigfoot Rear Queen
Trailer weight: 6,828 lbs.
Is that with or without the canoe on top?


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Old 12-04-2008, 02:29 PM   #16
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Is that with or without the canoe on top?
The Canoe helps. It weighs 70 lbs. and breaks the wind. Also it stops the hum of the Yakama rack.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:57 AM   #17
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Ewww, going down the road with a canoe breaking wind all the time....
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:16 PM   #18
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Patrick Thanks for sharing the MPG chart. It is one of the most helpful post I have run into. Lee Senn
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:27 PM   #19
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Bill I travel mostly in the mountains. I am familiar with the route you took and the grade you would have encountered between San Luis and Paso Robles. I am curious as to how well the element did on that grade ? Thanks Lee Senn
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:11 AM   #20
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The Canoe helps. It weighs 70 lbs. and breaks the wind. Also it stops the hum of the Yakama rack.
Mike - when you're NOT carrying the canoe, if you want to quiet down the rack, spiral a snubber (aka bungee cord) the front edge of the rack. Mine came out to about 6" of rack showing between the snubber spirals. Someone suggested this for me, and I thought, PSHAW! But it really works!
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:17 AM   #21
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Mike - when you're NOT carrying the canoe, if you want to quiet down the rack, spiral a snubber (aka bungee cord) the front edge of the rack. Mine came out to about 6" of rack showing between the snubber spirals. Someone suggested this for me, and I thought, PSHAW! But it really works!
Thanks, I'll have to give it a try.

So what you're saying is just take a Bungee and wind it around and attach it at each end, Right?
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Thanks, I'll have to give it a try.

So what you're saying is just take a Bungee and wind it around and attach it at each end, Right?

The bungee breaks the airflow, and thereby the vibration. So, be sure to wrap so it will interrupt that flow (leave gaps). And just hook at each end.

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It would help if everyone posted mpg without towing for their vehicle as well.

Tow Vehicle:2000 Subaru Forester 5 spd manual transmission
Mileage empty: 27-28 mpg highway
Trailer: '70 Trailswest Campster, weight about 1000 lbs (hasn't been weighed packed but I don't carry much.)
Last trip: Washington to California down 101 and I5 and 99
Mileage towing 18-20 mpg
Speed 55-60 with trailer, 65-75 without.


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Old 03-01-2009, 11:06 PM   #24
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Lee ..My Element had no problem towing Questa Grade(grade north of San Luis Obispo ).
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:01 AM   #25
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It would help if everyone posted mpg without towing for their vehicle as well.

Tow Vehicle:2000 Subaru Forester 5 spd manual transmission
Mileage empty: 27-28 mpg highway
Trailer: '70 Trailswest Campster, weight about 1000 lbs (hasn't been weighed packed but I don't carry much.)
Last trip: Washington to California down 101 and I5 and 99
Mileage towing 18-20 mpg
Speed 55-60 with trailer, 65-75 without.
Tow vehicle -65 El Camino (this year) healthy 305 -5 speed
mileage empty - 19
trailer - 83 Scamp 1600# - loaded for the road (Compact weighs about the same by the way)
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:01 AM   #26
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It looks as if you do not have a cover for the bed of your El Camino.

According to "Myth Busters" you will get a slight increase in MPG if you cover the bed. Anything will do; rag, metal, or plastic.
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The aerodynamics may be vastly changed by the presence of that Rolling Air Dam closely following the bed...
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:45 PM   #28
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It would help if everyone posted mpg without towing for their vehicle as well.

Tow Vehicle:2000 Subaru Forester 5 spd manual transmission
Mileage empty: 27-28 mpg highway
Trailer: '70 Trailswest Campster, weight about 1000 lbs (hasn't been weighed packed but I don't carry much.)
Last trip: Washington to California down 101 and I5 and 99
Mileage towing 18-20 mpg
Speed 55-60 with trailer, 65-75 without.
Just returned from 5400 mile trip . Ont-Texas- Ont
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19' Bigfoot.
Average 14.6 Best 15.2 worst 11.2 Wind a bigger factor than hills.
Similar trip van only 23 MPG
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