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Old 03-07-2015, 10:55 AM   #43
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So, good thread for a starter but everyone needs to be able to size up their unique needs and check the manufacturer's website for their particular model making sure they look at the vital statistics, model, engine, cylinders, etc.

We have 1993 Ford Club Wagon, tow capacity 5,700 lbs and a 2008 Dodge Durange, tow capacity 6,700 lbs. We are currently "looking" seriously, finally, for a trailer. My motto is "No Boundaries". We have 3 adults, 2 large dogs and a guinea pig to haul.
Cathy, The list, as your writing suggests, is definitely not intended to be an end all. I believe it can serve as a starting point as it grows in length. It allows one to see what others are doing. In can serve to help one sharpen their view, for example I know just about everything there is to know about the tow vehicles I've used and willingly share that information with others.

I suspect others would be just as willing to share as I am.

It will get better with time. Two people have already added to their lines. As well I it may eventually get broader, containing more relevant information.

Now to 'no boundaries'. Most people have severe boundaries, often unrecognized by them. It's good to be conscious of one's personal boundaries.
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:37 PM   #44
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Latest update.

Interestingly most people drive 60 mph or less.
Norm, the chart works great. Thnxs

PS... thnxs to Mike for starting this thoughtful thread.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:00 PM   #45
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I find it interesting that no one who has a Chevy TV has posted.

Tow Vehicle: 1996 Chevy Suburban 4X4 (Retired November 2014- 285,000 mi)
5.7 L V8
Trailer: 13' Trillium
Towing MPG: 12
Highway MPG: 15

New TV 2006 Chevy Trailblazer 4X4 - 4.2L I6
Haven't had a chance to get out with the new TV, but I hope the MPG is better.

Thanks for the list Norm. I find it very informative.

Spanke
Thanks for adding the Chevys, interesting that there's not a single Subaru, I thought a rather popular tow vehicle.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:32 PM   #46
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Trailer and Tow Vehicle combinations

We now have a couple of Chevys but still no Subarus, diesel VWs or Corollas.The latest update is attached.
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File Type: pdf Tow Vehicle-Trailer Stats1 - Sheet1 (7).pdf (42.2 KB, 15 views)
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:30 PM   #47
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Latest update.

Interestingly most people drive 60 mph or less.
We are not in hurry to get from point A to point B. We enjoy the drive and outstanding outdoor views. And I'm happy to save a buck or two on the fuel cost
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:53 PM   #48
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Sergey,

I agree. I like saving money but I love a slower pace.
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Norm: It is about breaking the ties that bind me - no boundaries. A-liner used that slogan for a number of years. Personal boundaries is something entirely different from physical boundaries. And, your worksheet would have saved me a lot of time when I was doing research with our biggest problem being what is available in our area.
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Old 03-08-2015, 04:24 AM   #50
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Trailers and Tow Vehicle Combinations

Update - we now have our oldest tow vehicle, a 1976 Thunderbird with the biggest engine, 450 cubic inches, the engine may weigh more than the Trillium....


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What's interesting Norm, is that Tony is getting better tow mpg than a couple others listed so far.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:31 AM   #52
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Update - we now have our oldest tow vehicle, a 1976 Thunderbird with the biggest engine, 450 cubic inches, the engine may weigh more than the Trillium....


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...6oSPkw/pubhtml
For some reason could not access so here is my info:

2007 Ford Ranger 4 liter, V6 auto, pulling 13' Boler.

This is such a great idea!
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:23 AM   #53
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Fuel mileage

I toe a 16 ft scamp with a 2002 Montana V6 ( forget engine size) I did a trip to Branson Missouri last spring about 2000 mi round trip. I calculated my mileage at just under 17 MPG CDN gal. Some stretches were 21 mpg Cdn and one stretch with a head wind dropped to 13 MPG Cdn. 90-95 kmh ie 55-60 mph was best over that I suffered. The van handled the tow very well. I have no need to improve on that.
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Intersting statistics here, the variable appears to be the ratio of weight towing and size of motor in tow vehicles. Some of the smaller engines pulling trailers lose more than a third of their mpg percentage when towing while the bigger engines lose less percentage wise.
Smaller engines can afford to loose more and still use less gas as long as it is not too small.

Weight is important for larger models but the air we push is a bigger factor for smaller or lighter units.

Hookup counts as well trailer brakes or not, WD system or not, or swaybar or not, full trailer package or not?

We loose a lot but still better millage than a lot of Trucks or SUV's not pulling and they loose mileage while pulling so much to consider. If you can and it sounds like it pick your dream camper and then pick the best TV for you to pull it with.
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We now have a couple of Chevys but still no Subarus, diesel VWs or Corollas.The latest update is attached.
We have a Corolla but with dealer installed full tow package so not quite standard,
and get 20 plus mpg when converted from L per 100 km to US gal.
Drive at 80 to 90 kph

Except in a good head wind then may want to stop and smell the roses ha ha
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While small engines do take a mileage hit, there is still the advantage that when unhooked, the mileage goes up more than most large displacement engines. I have towed my Escape 56,000 miles at 15MPG (US) but I have 104,000 miles on the RAV4 so close to half of my driving is at the higher 22-25MPG average. Since most of that unhooked driving is while on trips with the trailer, I can't complain. Now, if only they made the gas tank bigger!
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