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Old 08-16-2011, 06:38 PM   #15
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2003 Honda Odyssey LX (California Emissions equipment) 115,000 miles on the odometer
Not Towing:
  • 18 mpg City
  • 22-23 mpg Highway
Towing a 1978 Fiber Stream 16 with "High-Lift" axle
  • 16 mpg at 55 mph
  • 11 mpg at 70 mph
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:38 PM   #16
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2004 Jeep TJ wrangler....6 kms per liter towing a 78' 4500 trillium. 7.25 kms per liter not towing....yup it sucks,,,but gas aint gettin any cheaper, so todays gas is cheap compaired to what it may be next year. get out there..have fun!
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:38 PM   #17
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Certainly It would be hard to replace an existing tow vehicle. However, if you have one that gets good mileage, it does provide more money to camp or what ever.
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Yeah, and I was being a bit factious. Actually, I think there are a lot of other reasons to consider whether I was to purchase one vehicle over another. Towing the trailer would be NOT number one or two or maybe even three based on what vehicle I buy. I don't tow the trailer daily or even weekly, sometimes not even monthly. Every day driving, comfort, what STUFF I could haul... whether that's people, animals, rock, garden manure or junk, etc. And yeah, what it looks like and the COLOR are important to me. IF I was going to full-time and pulling my trailer, the MPGs race up to the top. YMMV
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:08 PM   #18
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07 Subaru Outback 4 cyl and a 16' Scamp side bath - every day coastal towing is 21.5 mpg with speed kept under 60. Recent tow of 3000 mile with *lots* of high mountain passes gas milage drops to 19.5 mpg US Gal. over the whole trip. No tow everyday driving combo city & highway is 23 mpg US Gal.

Like Donna I actually dont care/worry about it as I dont tow every day - it eats what it eats and the only reason I actually know what it eats is the darn thing likes to display it all to me on the dash :-)
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:37 PM   #19
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Hi: All...Just got back from a weekaway to "Fake Camp" with Son& Family. Mileage was 19.36 mi./ Imp. Gal or 16.5 mi./US Gal. all towing. 12,500 mi. on the clock and running 2000 RPM@ 55 MPH. +or- usually with OD off.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:06 PM   #20
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Don't know and don't care... it is what it is.. I'm not buying another tug to save a few MPGs. I'm still going camping!

YMMV
I'm with Donna, even though I should care but I don't. I pull with the Toyota p/u because it is the only truck that I have left, everything else is an SUV even the Jeep Grand Cherokee we just bought when we moved. I would like to pull my '72 egg with a '72 model American p/u but a decent '72 p/u costs more now than it did in '72.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:18 PM   #21
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11-12 mpg. Silverado Z71 4x4 and 16 foot scamp. Kinda sucks. Makes going places expensive.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:40 PM   #22
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....Like Donna, "don't know, don't care". Car alone seems to average about 8 mpg and we never bother to check milage while being 'pushed around'....
Doug, I wouldn't care about my mpg either if I could drive that setup! Very nice!
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I'm glad somebody posted this as I was a bit glum after our last trip. Our old Isuzu Trooper only lost a couple mpg when towing. But I put a new axle on our Boler since last summer and I figured that couldn't hurt.

We also bought a 2011 Honda Pilot this spring and just towed for our first trip... thought it would be better than ever.

21'ish mpg without towing, 14.5 mpg was the best tank I saw when towing. Typical was 13.5mpg. 11 mpg when I had a tank of ethanol somewhere in western nebrasky. Oddly, did better in the mountains than on the flats. I over shot (or under shot?) my estimates a bit, figuring I'd be "reasonably close" to my non-tow mpg like the old rig used to do. Not the case. Thankfully gas is a bit cheaper out west!
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:32 AM   #24
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Like others, I'm not overly concerned about fuel mileage as my vehicles are paid for. Besides, I am at the point in my life that if it's not unique, I'm not driving it.... (get about 15-16 with the El Camino towing, and maybe 12-14 with the Bronco towing) And I can't justify the $500+ a month for a new, everyone has one vehicle for a couple miles a gallon.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:01 PM   #25
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21'ish mpg without towing, 14.5 mpg was the best tank I saw when towing. Typical was 13.5mpg. 11 mpg when I had a tank of ethanol somewhere in western nebrasky. Oddly, did better in the mountains than on the flats. I over shot (or under shot?) my estimates a bit, figuring I'd be "reasonably close" to my non-tow mpg like the old rig used to do. Not the case. Thankfully gas is a bit cheaper out west!
I've noticed the same thing, and it's pretty consistent with my V6 Highlander. Only 10-11 mpg on the windy plains, but 14-15 in the mountains. I am obliged to drive slower in the mountains though.
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We probably all pretty much agree with if you have it keep it.

It's probably nearly impossible to pay for a new tow vehicle with gas savings. However the information provided is certainly beneficial to new members who are considering a tow vehicle/trailer combination.

I find the posts interesting mostly because we're on our second to last tow vehicle, considering our age, and are interested in another four cylinder with a manual transmission.

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Our 4 WD Tundra gets better gas mileage then my Jeep Liberty. Towing the Scamp, turn that option off once you kick it into tow and hope for a good tail wind.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:14 AM   #28
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I usually get between 13 and 17 mpg towing my 13, no bath Casita at 60-62 on interstate highways.

BTW, only a portion of I20 in far west Texas has an 80 mph speed limit. And it doesn't have much traffic.

I'd love to go slower and take the back roads and some day I hope to be able to travel that way but for now the time I have and the places I want to go necessitate highways at a speed that won't back things up.

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