Originally Posted by Franswa
Life's too short to spend time worrying about MPGs.... while towing my hotel suite on wheels (with kitchen!) from place to place
...whatever it costs...it costs.
I could always "go back in time" and travel by motorcycle with a pup tent strapped on the back of it... stellar MPG numbers there.....but that ain't happening!
Well, maybe. But what if you are trying to decide whether to by a Ram Hemi or a Ram Ecodiesel. A Honda Ridgeline or a Chevy 1500, with the 5.3.
Knowing the general mileage difference would certainly factor in for me as the price of gas slowly rises to an unpredictable number.
What if you are planning a trip across the country and have no idea of the mileage your truck gets. How do you budget for the trip?
What if your friendly Ford salesman tells you a new truck will get 30 MPG while towing and you are wondering if that's true?
If someone has absolutely no concern for mileage, they should get the biggest gas V8 they can find, preferably a 460 cubic inch model from the 1970s, and tow a 30' square front sticky. Then hook on a jet drive ski boat behind the trailer and cruise at 75 MPH on the highway.
It will be the difference between 2 MPG and 16 MPG with a Casita
behind a Modern TV, in other words eight times as much fuel. To me, that is a big difference worth considering when assembling your rig and planning trips.
Once you make the overall rig decision, then it's time to just get on with life and quit fretting about it. But you will at least know where you stand and how to budget.