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Old 03-07-2019, 01:15 PM   #1
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7.5 MPG Towing Mini Lite with Toyota Sequoia

I cannot find the specific tow capacity on our Sequoia but in searching I find 7900# on the low end and 10,000# max. The 2509S Mini Lite we tow is 5170# empty from the factory with a 1624# payload capacity totaling (max) 6694# which is well below the towing capacity. Still, 7.5 MPG seems quite low. I was travelling at 62-65 MPH on flat highways and having to stop for gas every 2 hours!

I am thinking of selling the Sequoia and getting a Ford F150 w/EcoBoost 6 cyl. I've heard they will get 10-11 MPG while towing.

If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be happy to hear 'em.

-Rich
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:19 PM   #2
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I cannot find the specific tow capacity on our Sequoia but in searching I find 7900# on the low end and 10,000# max. The 2509S Mini Lite we tow is 5170# empty from the factory with a 1624# payload capacity totaling (max) 6694# which is well below the towing capacity. Still, 7.5 MPG seems quite low. I was travelling at 62-65 MPH on flat highways and having to stop for gas every 2 hours!

I am thinking of selling the Sequoia and getting a Ford F150 w/EcoBoost 6 cyl. I've heard they will get 10-11 MPG while towing.

If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be happy to hear 'em.

-Rich
Yep time to look for a pick up Your vehicle can maybe tow the weight but then again you may not have proper gearing to handle and get good mileage, Later RJD
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:21 PM   #3
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I cannot find the specific tow capacity on our Sequoia but in searching I find 7900# on the low end and 10,000# max. The 2509S Mini Lite we tow is 5170# empty from the factory with a 1624# payload capacity totaling (max) 6694# which is well below the towing capacity. Still, 7.5 MPG seems quite low. I was travelling at 62-65 MPH on flat highways and having to stop for gas every 2 hours!

I am thinking of selling the Sequoia and getting a Ford F150 w/EcoBoost 6 cyl. I've heard they will get 10-11 MPG while towing.

If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be happy to hear 'em.

-Rich
I use to average 8-10 mpg with my 2013 1500 Silverado V8 5.3. Towing about 7000 lbs and 28' of TT.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:30 PM   #4
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An F150 with a 3.5L EB and you won't know that your Mini Lite is even back there. I tow a smaller, lighter Micro Lite (4,000lbs fully loaded) and get between 11 - 15mpg depending on the wind with my F150 5.0L V8.

Be advised that higher level trim packages on a F150 eat up payload capacity quickly.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:30 PM   #5
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How far have you towed and what was the wind speed and direction? With no wind, at 65 my 18 F150 3.5L EB MaxTow SCrew 4x4 will get close to 10. With a heavy head wind- which it seems I get almost every single time we tow- it drops to 7-8 depending on wind speed. These numbers don't change much between my 5K TT and my 9.5K TT- it's more about wind resistance than weight.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:44 PM   #6
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Gas engines use much fuel when towing. What is funny is some lighter trailers cause the TV to get less milage. I had a 2000 lb lighter camper before I bought my current one. Same exact loading and towing conditions and same route I got .5 mpg more with my Wildwood. All that I can figure is the frontal aerodynamics is much better on my new one. With my previous truck (2007 1500hd 4x4 chevy 6.0 gas) I got anywhere from 6.5-8mpg depending on wind and hills. Your gas milage sounds about right to me.
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Wind drag is a bigger issue than weight on gas mileage. My Silverado 1500 5.3 and my Silverado 2500HD 6.0 both got/get about 10mpg with my Mini Lite.
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I have a similar size trailer (17RP 5500lbs max) and a 2009 F150 3v 5.4L max tow, crew cab, 6.5 box, 3.73 gearing. worst i got was 9 mpg and best is 14. average is 12. all towing is at 60 mph or below.

your gearing is going to be the killer here. but your mileage sounds about right.
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:08 PM   #9
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I have a similar size trailer (17RP) and a 2009 F150 3v 5.4L max tow, crew cab, 6.5 box, 3.73 gearing. worst i got was 9 mpg and best is 14. average is 12. all towing is at 60 mph or below.
That is really good! Pulled my previous trailer from SC to Florida with a 2010 truck just like yours. Got about 10mpg.
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My research suggests that bigger platforms will give you a better towing experience, but you'll always be in that 7-10 mpg range when towing trailer. SUV, 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, 1 ton diesel ... 7-11 mpg.

Yes, I'm sure there's a person towing 97,000 lbs up 19% grades and getting 37 mpg. But, on average, it seems to me that fuel economy isn't an outcome of a more capable TV. Safety, comfort, ease, speeds, stability, and a host of other things might be benefits ... fuel economy is relatively flat.

Good luck.
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