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Old 09-09-2013, 10:52 PM   #71
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Am pulling my 17' Eggcamper with 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Crew cab -Diesel. Best highway, not towing, 55mph, gives me 20-22 with cruise set. Towing the egg at 60,cruise set, gives me 16-18. 16 in the North Carolina Mountains. Never seems to need to downshift, torque is over 700. Allison 6 speed trans, said to be bullet-proof. This is my first diesel. Truck is rated to tow 13,000, so it is obviously never in trailer mode. It does not even seem to know this 2,000 lb. trailer is back there.
I bought the big truck because it seemed to get the same mileage as the compact trucks, but has worlds more room in the cab, plus the full size 6.5 bed. I can carry 2 bikes, 2 - 10' kayaks, Honda 3000 gen. plus other assorted gear in the bed; and seat 4 adults very comfortably inside. This truck is definitely overkill but if I ever decide to step up my egg size, this
will tow anything currently produced without breaking a sweat. Plus it gets about the same mpg as the small trucks if not better. However, the cost of diesel fuel is more. Doing the math, slightly better mpg, more expensive fuel, it probably all works out to be the same as having a smaller truck running on regular. Finally, there is the cost difference of this size vehicle. They say I should get 300,000 miles from this engine, I'm 62, this may be my last truck. I drive a Honda Civic as a daily driver. I do however feel extremely safe when traveling with the truck and egg.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #72
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I'm beginning to think that Hondas are particularly good at maintaining fuel economy while towing. Hmm, maybe I should look more closely at the Odyssey.
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There are plenty of people who tow with the Odyssey.
Yes, lots tow with Odysseys, just as lots tow with other similar vehicles such as Siennas and Grand Caravans. I haven't noticed that the Odysseys report any better fuel economy - both Nate's Civic and Norm's CR-V are unrelated to (and smaller than) the Odyssey.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:02 PM   #73
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Wayne, I looked up the cost of your Chevy Diesel. Yikes. Well out of my price range. Wish you well with it.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:40 PM   #74
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Pulling a 2500lbs (total weight) 16' with a Subaru Outback. On longer trips on various roads, freeway, large mountain passes and two lane side roads etc I generally average about 19 mpg (yup thats US Gallons) for the whole trip while towing - I generally travel at 65 mph on freeways and passes etc. Have had some trips of shorter duration were I have stayed off freeways and used secondary roads were speed limits were 55 mph or less & averaged 21 mpg.

The worst mpg average I have had on any trip was traveling on the west coast I5 in the winter and I only averaged 11 mpg over 3 straight 8/9 hour days of driving, due to a *big* head wind for a better part of the trip. For many miles of that trip the cars computer was saying it was getting only 7 mpg.

Lots of variables regarding what MPG's you might get when towing.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:40 PM   #75
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We have a 2008 Honda CRV/2wd/automatic and, with very careful driving, a max towing speed of 55-60 and locking out the o/d we have barely bumped up against 19 mpg when towing either the 13' Scamp or the 13' Lil' Bigfoot. That's about a 35% hit vs day-to-day driving.

I don't believe that later U.S. market CRV's are/were available with a manual transmission
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #76
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Guess we'll have to be very careful to not run out and buy just any CRV.

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Unfortunately the manual transmission is no longer available in the USA.

Bob, what pressure do you inflate your CRV and trailer tires to?
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Norm,
Thanks for the good wishes. My 27 year old special needs daughter and I are leaving Florida the middle of next week on a trip to Oregon and then down the west coast. Will be by far the longest trip yet.

I should also mention that I pull a 26' boat with my truck. So, it was not purchased just for towing the egg.
I'm encouraging my 29 year old daughter to look at the CRV. She is in the market. I plan to encourage her to install a receiver hitch. Very handy for bikes and a small trailer for moving. Glad to hear about yours giving you such good service.
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Have a great trip. Oregon is our favorite state. Love the coast and Crater Lake.
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Have a great trip. Oregon is our favorite state. Love the coast and Crater Lake.
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Hmmm. Your favorite spots are the west coast of the US, and east coast of Canada. Norm, I think you like the ocean!

Have you ever considered a boat? Lots in common with a trailer.

And to keep it on topic: Sail boats can have very good fuel economy.
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Hmmm. Your favorite spots are the west coast of the US, and east coast of Canada. Norm, I think you like the ocean!

Have you ever considered a boat? Lots in common with a trailer.

And to keep it on topic: Sail boats can have very good fuel economy.
A couple of years ago we spent a very stormy night camping in a Safeway grocery store parking lot about an hour north of the Golden Gate bridge. When we woke up the next morning there was a retired Canadian couple parked alongside us with a newer diesel pickup and 26 ft sail boat.

We inspected each others' rigs then had breakfast together nearby. They were headed to the Gulf coast for a winter of sailing and relaxation -- we on our way home. While there are similarities, there are also a lot of differences between cruising sailboats and Scamps.

One thing very apparent was the high quality of the boats fixtures and appliances. Since then I have replaced my stove, furnace and toilet with yacht quality. It's expensive, but oh is it nice!
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David I have considered a boat, Ginny likes solid ground under her feet.

Oregon 's coast has the ocean and mountains plus a small town ruralness, not like Newfoundland but similar
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We live a short 5 min bike ride from Port Dalhousie Marina. We see and hear the stories of expense, and maintainance.

We camp where there are trees. Not many trees out on the water. No boating for us.
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Unfortunately the manual transmission is no longer available in the USA.

Bob, what pressure do you inflate your CRV and trailer tires to?

Usually to the maximum pressure shown on the sidewall.....Currently 36 (TV) and 50 (Trailer) I believe.
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