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Old 09-08-2014, 07:05 PM   #169
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We had a 7700 km (5800mi) trip this summer with our '08 Subaru Outback 2.5i pulling a '76 Trillium. We've never weighed it, but apparently it's about 1500lbs dry. Pretty well kept up with the speed limits throughout eastern Canadian highways, Trans Canada & smaller, mixed weather & wind. Some serious hills through Cape Breton, went slower & glad for electric brakes, but always felt powerful enough and totally in control. Overall average of 18.6mpg.

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Old 09-15-2014, 09:02 AM   #170
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Just back from picking up a 16' Scamp in Mineral Wells, TX and pulling to Austin and then to Mobile, AL.
1st afternoon (overnight in Lampassas) and then to Austin averages 28 MPG with our 2009 Jetta Sportswagen TDI with the DSG automatic. This was on Texas backroads in the hill country 58 - 62 mph.
Later from Austin to Mobile against a head wind driving ~ 65 mph we got right at 25 MPG on the interstate.
This is reading from the MFD in the car which is a little optimistic in my opinion.
The JSW towed great and had plenty of power and the DSG transmission behaved itself quite well. All together a great combo. The trailer was a little light since most of the appliances had been removed, but there was a window A/C and dorm refrigerator in th camper.
We plan to renovate the camper and rig it to meet our needs and keep it as light as possible.
Towing with the VW was a no hassle experience and the mileage was excellent.
When you look at the Diesel mileage you need to factor in the higher fuel cost and weigh it against the better torque. Torque wins, by the way. Also when you compare our mileage with other VW TDIs our wagon has never gotten much over 40 - 42 MPG on our trips and has (now) 211,000 miles +.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:52 PM   #171
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On our trip from Chicagoland to Backus, MN (about 560 miles) we averaged 27.4 MPG in our AWD 2011 Subaru Forester with automatic xmsn. (No trailer) I used the cruise control set to 72 mph.

On the return trip pulling the Scamp 13, we averaged 18.3 mpg without the cruise control, driving at 60 mph. The second half of the trip was with the cruise set to 60, and we averaged 17.1 mpg. The second half had some decent hills, and the cruise control down shifted to maintain 60 a couple times.


The brake on one side was too tight. The axle was too hot to hold after the initial trip. We took it to a local trailer shop and the Dexter warranty paid for an inspection, brake adjustment and repacking the bearings. On the next trip, we averaged 19.8 MPG. That's almost a 3 MPG increase! It tows and stops better now as well.

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Old 09-16-2014, 08:21 PM   #172
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JSW has to be one of the best compromises between 1) a nice spacious vehicle for ordinary driving, 2) great fuel mileage towing or not towing, 3) torque for towing power.

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