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Old 10-19-2010, 03:49 PM   #71
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Jesse,
I tow a 17 ft Fiber Stream with a Ford F250 long bed. It is also equipped to tow a gooseneck or haul a camper should I so choose. I have solar panels on the camper shell rather than the trailer so I can reach to tilt and clean them. I never have to use shore power or a generator. I also have a 55 gallon water tank and pump in the pickup and spare wastewater capacity. I carry tools and hardware to cover almost any breakdown situation. I can dry camp for two weeks with no external energy or material inputs. Everything I own can go with me. I am about as self contained as one can get because, for me, I want there to be more to the camping experience than trotting between power/water sources.

This is why I use a truck. I average 13.5 mpg towing and never exceed 55 as that's the law here, not to mention being what's responsible. When I am home I drive a Ford Fiesta and have a blast getting +/- 40 gpm.

Just wanted to point out that those of us using full sized pickups for TVs can have good reasons for doing so, not just preference.

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Sounds like you use your truck to the fullest!
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:41 PM   #72
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The absolute best speed to tow your camper is ZERO:

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Old 10-20-2010, 12:01 AM   #73
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LOL, to quote someone,
....I CAN'T DO 55!!!
(unless, that is, while we're draggin our Trillium, LOL)
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:50 PM   #74
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Is there a speed that gives the best MPG or does it depend on the TV.
The speed issue has been well covered but I've had very good results with decreasing our wind resistance with a deflector mounted on my van roof racks. Two years ago I got 12.3 MPG average over 6,000 miles between Toronto and Brownsville Tx. Last winter with the deflector added I averaged 15.4 mpg(about 25% improvement) for the same trip. I made the deflector from used plywood and painted it for a total of about $25, thinking that if it didn't work I could use it for a campfire. Bill
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:07 AM   #75
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Hi: All... Seems that we've put this issue to bed many times!!! Here's a pic of me getting the best fuel mileage that I can.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:30 AM   #76
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Hi: All... Seems that we've put this issue to bed many times!!! Here's a pic of me getting the best fuel mileage that I can.
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Alf,

I think you may be getting the worst mileage possible in that picture.

Your rig is not moving = 0 miles...
Your grill is operating so you are using fuel (maybe a water heater too)...
MPG = miles divided by gallons...
Since the miles are zero, and zero divided by any number is zero, you are getting 0 mpg or the worst mileage possible! ;-)

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Old 12-05-2010, 09:32 AM   #77
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Hi: Andy B...But I get better sausage that way!!!
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:09 AM   #78
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Maybe this has already been covered; but if so, I couldn't find it. I've read that trailer tires are rated for a maximum 65 MPH tow speed. Our Lite House has 8 inch tires. Does the 65 MPH rule still apply with the tiny wheels?
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:27 AM   #79
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Maybe this has already been covered; but if so, I couldn't find it. I've read that trailer tires are rated for a maximum 65 MPH tow speed. Our Lite House has 8 inch tires. Does the 65 MPH rule still apply with the tiny wheels?
oooo doubtful. but then again I make it a habit to tow 55mph and my Scamp has 15" wheels. I'm more interested in better fuel economy than getting someplace 20 minutes sooner. YMMV

Why not check with the tire manufacturer just to be certain. If it was my trailer, I'd want to know. And then please post your results here
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Maybe this has already been covered; but if so, I couldn't find it. I've read that trailer tires are rated for a maximum 65 MPH tow speed. Our Lite House has 8 inch tires. Does the 65 MPH rule still apply with the tiny wheels?
The 4.80x8 tires that I just looked at say maximum 55 mph on the sidewall, but with small wheels it is not just the tires that may limit speed. The bearings spin faster because the wheels have a smaller circumference. For example at 65 mph my 14 in tires rotate at 795 rpm. Those 8 inch tires would be rotating at 1410 rpm at the same 65 mph. You would have to slow down to 37 mph to have the 8 inch wheels spin at the same speed as the 14 inch wheels do at 65 mph.

I personally would not feel comfortable using any tire to it's maximum rated capacity for either speed or load. I am sure the tire makers include a factor of safety in their maximum ratings, but common sense tells me that a tire used to 50% or 75% of it's maximum will last longer and have a lower chance of a blow out than a tire used to 90% or 100% maximum capacity. That was one of the main reasons I went with light truck tires rated at 115 mph and a maximum load more than double what I will place on the tires.

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