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Old 08-30-2011, 05:19 PM   #43
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I towed our 13' Scamp trailer out to Bonneville in Utah. A little over 450 miles at 67mph my 2004 Subaru Forester XT averaged 20.1mpg. It was mostly flat with a few hills out in the desert. I am pretty happy. My 1999 Honda CRV from West Texas averaged 20.8 over the 1850 miles it took to get it home. I traded the CRV as the tow capacity was 1000lbs and it was pretty low on power in the mountains. The XT pulls over hills like there is nothing there.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:23 PM   #44
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Speed - Split from What's your gas mileage?

I saw that this discussion went to a different issue, so I moved the speed centered posts to their own thread.

Let's keep this one to Gas mileage centered posts, please.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:55 PM   #45
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I towed our 13' Scamp trailer out to Bonneville in Utah. A little over 450 miles at 67mph my 2004 Subaru Forester XT averaged 20.1mpg. It was mostly flat with a few hills out in the desert. I am pretty happy. My 1999 Honda CRV from West Texas averaged 20.8 over the 1850 miles it took to get it home. I traded the CRV as the tow capacity was 1000lbs and it was pretty low on power in the mountains. The XT pulls over hills like there is nothing there.
I find it interesting that the CRV and the Forester were so close to each other in MPG's. Same driver, obviously, and both 4 cylinder engines. Pretty consistent.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:25 PM   #46
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On a side note, I am going to be test driving Subarus tomorrow. My next car will either be a Forester or an Outback. The Outback costs a little more, but I like the CVT transmission. Either way, it is nice to have more towing capacity than I have now!
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I would not tow with the cvt, my subie dealer advised me against it here in York. He wanted me to get the regular auto trans, he said it will handle towing better. I loved the outback with the cvt but could not get a towing package for the subie with the cvt. I could with the other set up. Subaru would not tell me why.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #48
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Suburau Towing

Mys son tows his Casita 16 with a Suburau Outback, automatic transmission, without any issues.

My choice as well would to not get the CVT transmission. To me it's simply too new. I'd rather it accumulated a few years before I lept onto a new technology.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:30 PM   #49
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Towing with my Ram hemi I get 13 mpg, same as if I'm not towing. But on the highway, the engine shuts down to 4 cyl and if I'm lucky I can get around 18-20. Sometimes when towing the "economy" light comes on but rarely. I have a tow mode which cuts off the economy and overdrive. But the truck was made to pull close to 10,000 so I feel I can safely pull 2500 in regular drive using od and economy. But it only works on highway,level and with a tailwind, then it cuts to 4 while towing. The slightest hill cuts in all 8 cal and my mpg drops. In the city where you have stop and go, 13. So, on an average I can say maybe 15 on a trip involving both stops and highway. I can't get a feel pulling with the Jeep yet, it is too new and not broken in, but expect about the same(I hope)
I think your mpg is affected by the mass you are pulling, by the amount of horsepower needed to move that mass and how often you stop and then have to start to get the mass moving. I think it takes less gas to keep it rolling that it does to get it rolling. If the mass is too much for the hp then your rolling mpg will not be different that your starting out but if the mass is light then you can the the better efficiency while cruising.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #50
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Mys son tows his Casita 16 with a Suburau Outback, automatic transmission, without any issues.

My choice as well would to not get the CVT transmission. To me it's simply too new. I'd rather it accumulated a few years before I lept onto a new technology.
Subaru has been making cars with CVT transmissions since 1987.
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I would not tow with the cvt, my subie dealer advised me against it here in York. He wanted me to get the regular auto trans, he said it will handle towing better. I loved the outback with the cvt but could not get a towing package for the subie with the cvt. I could with the other set up. Subaru would not tell me why.
I just bought an Outback with the CVT. They specifically say in the manual that you CAN tow with it. The only thing they mention is that in hot weather (over 104F) with a heavy trailer on long (more than 5 mile) uphill stretches, the system could start to overheat, in which case it will reduce engine output until the temps come back down.

In any case, I will be towing with mine. Subaru says it's fine. I will report any issues I may have.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:21 AM   #52
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Cooling transmissions

We had a similar situation in the motorhome, overheating on long hills. To resolve the problem I rerouted the output of the windshield washer to the front of the transmission cooler. I added a seperate switch to allow me to turn it on. WHen I saw the temp climb I'd simply give it a squirt or two.
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I just bought an Outback with the CVT. They specifically say in the manual that you CAN tow with it. The only thing they mention is that in hot weather (over 104F) with a heavy trailer on long (more than 5 mile) uphill stretches, the system could start to overheat, in which case it will reduce engine output until the temps come back down.

In any case, I will be towing with mine. Subaru says it's fine. I will report any issues I may have.
What kind of hitch did you get and brake controller? Does the Subie have aux cooling? I'd love to get a Subie but the dealer here was not cooperative in setting up the tow issues.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:11 AM   #54
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What does your Boler weigh and what mileage do you get?
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The actual total weight is about 2300 with fresh water and propane tanks full. Tongue weight is to light with empty propane tanks I can pick up the tongue by my self and walk the trailer around the yard? Propane adds about 76 lbs to the tongue. Like 200 lbs at tongue as 8% is 184 lbs. Did not make the long trip we had planned to Winnipeg so have no long trip data for mileage available

We live along the Niagara escarpment lots of short steep hills 3 to 5 city blocks long

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Toyota rates the car at 50/40 mpg real stats are 48/38 highway/city Imp gal or around 42/33 US gal Average is (8L/100km)
100=62 1 L / 10.9 Mi or 1 L / 17.5 km highway and
Actual average in area of 1 L / 7.8 mi or 12.5 km mostly in town
Towing 1 L / 5.2 mi or 8.3 km or about 20 mpg us around town, think would be better on a long trip only time will tell; if the valley hills avoided, mileage would be a lot better.
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P.S. Mto wants tongue weight and equilizer weight to get the tongue rating they use so 200 + 62 = 262 if i aim for 200 will be no more than 300 and that is fine for our car as it is setup
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:02 AM   #56
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I'm interest in how similarly sized trailers, the Casita 16/17, Scamp 16 and the Boler 17 can vary so much in max weight. We towed a Casita 16 2800/280, Scamp 16 2400/200 and your Boler 17 2300/200. Of course the Casita 17's are typically in the 3200/400 pound range.

Both Casita and Scamp had air conditioners and baths. The Casita has dual propane, the Scamp single propane.

Where are these weight differences?
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