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Old 02-20-2013, 02:56 PM   #15
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When we purchased the Snoozy, Alan at the Lil Snoozy factory, said to expect 5 to 7 miles reduction in mpg with a six cylinder and 4 to 5 mpg with an eight cylinder. I am not sure if it is worth the saving. I really like the F150 eccoboast (23mpg hwy). I am not sure if it is worth it. I would love to hear what others are getting towing their FG trailer.
The Ridge is a very respectable vehicle, probably more reliable than the Ford pick up. It may take many years to get back any savings in fuel useage.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:31 PM   #16
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It seems like the posts I've read previously from Snoozy owners have all indicated about 15 mpg if not a tad better. But I think they mostly drove around 60 mph, and wind resistance penalty rises substantially at higher speeds.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:06 AM   #17
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I tow with a half ton chevy 4.3 V6 at no more than 60 mph and still get only 15-17 mpg. Not towing I get 25mpg. A smaller V6 has very little low end torque for towing. The ford ecoboost V6 gets up to 25mpg when not towing. According to trailer life magazine who reviewed the F150 ecoboost last year it only gets 15 mpg towing but it does have enough low end torque to do the job well. So sure it gets good mileage when not towing but otherwise there are no mileage gains to be had. Toss in Financing, Insurance, repairs and maintenance and depreciation. It will be a long time before any savings accumulate.
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Small Thought.

We use an engine monitor to tell us what gear is best to tow in, where the engine is most efficient and as it turns out where more torque is available.

On our tow vehicle we find that 4th gear at around 3000 rpm produces better mpgs than 5th. I don't know if this applies to your Ford, but it does to our Honda.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:01 AM   #19
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Thanks for for all the comments. We have decided to keep the Honda and slow down. We will be reducing the amount of stuff that we will be traveling with. I am sure my mpg will increase.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #20
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Small Thought.

We use an engine monitor to tell us what gear is best to tow in, where the engine is most efficient and as it turns out where more torque is available.

On our tow vehicle we find that 4th gear at around 3000 rpm produces better mpgs than 5th. I don't know if this applies to your Ford, but it does to our Honda.
Norm and Ginny,

I am curious about your engine monitor. Is it a separate piece of equipment and does it plug into the diagnostic tool socket?

Can you tell us a bit more about it?

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:21 AM   #21
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Thanks for for all the comments. We have decided to keep the Honda and slow down. We will be reducing the amount of stuff that we will be traveling with. I am sure my mpg will increase.
Sounds good!

Once you get used to taking less stuff and still want to improve on the fuel saving check out the Jetta diesel. 30+ mpg.... towing an egg could just about make anyone happy.

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Ultra gauge

A link to our Ultra Gauge follows. We've had ours for a couple of years and mount it right in front of the RPM gauge and behind the steering wheel so basically I can see it at a glance. It plugs right into the OBD connector and gets it's power from it.

Somewhere in Preparing a !991 Scamp in Modifications I think there's a picture of the installation. If you can't find it let me know.

It appears they have changed a little since we bought ours. I recall the price was in the $60 ball park. We leave ours set so we can see engine efficiency and Instantaneous MPG.

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As to the VW diesel as a tow vehicle, it's certainly a realistic option.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:07 PM   #23
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As to the VW diesel as a tow vehicle, it's certainly a realistic option.
Agree Norn. I just wish the VW's had a reliability record like the yours and my vehicle. I did talk to Mr. T about using the Jetta to tow our 23'. We got the thumbs up. Politicians are saying that high octane fuel (which we use) could go to $7.00 a gallon this summer in Canada. Not...
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:20 AM   #24
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Thanks for the welcome, I purchased my bigfoot in Utah after looking thru the classifieds. I tow it with a Dodge Ram Rumblebee with a Hemi. We live in Northern California, Redding and do quite a bit of camping up here and along the Oregon coast. I have a problem with the rear window after a bump off a bridge, when a truck passed me and took all the air off the trailer.
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Welcome Loren and Debbie to the FGRV family.
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:34 AM   #26
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Loren,

We returned at the end of October from a 6700 mile journey through the west. I tow with a 2005 Ford ranger 4.0 V-6. My mileage varied from 11.5 to 16 MPH. Overall I got slightly more than 15. I found it is best with my truck to use overdrive at 70 and over and lock it out at less. You will notice some improvement the more you tow as one learns the best speeds etc. I plan on getting and Ultra gauge for my next trip. Being able to see instantaneous MPH is bound to help.
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Forgot to mention. Our trailer is a 2014 Lil Snoozy. The loaded weight is around 2800-3000.
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Sorry Floyd, I fail to see how 70 or 75 on a good smooth road can be any worse than 60 or 65. There are some roads where it is dangerous to drive slower when all the other traffic is faster. I agree with you on the fuel savings.
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