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Old 03-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #11
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Wind resistence plays a big part of fuel economy. A tent trailer would be a big help. A V8 would even be better. Diesel would be way better. With what you have reduce oversll weight keep speeds to 55 is about all uou can do.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #12
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Welcome to our world. I think most of us wish we could get better MPG while pulling. Keep the trailer and TV as light as possible and travel slow. Down hill if possible.
My dad told me about going to school, up hill both ways. I still haven't found anything like that.

Anyone that I've talked to that pulls a TT says they get anywhere from 8 to 10 MPG. That seems to be the magic range. A long time ago I had a 27' popup and a 92 Dodge Dakota to pull it. I got 16-18 mpg with it. That was a low profile trailer and a V6/manual TV. Since I've gotten the full size TT/full size TV it's been 8-10 MPG.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #13
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Actually I hear some have had great success by installing a set of inertial dampeners both internal and external. I would think that you only need an external dampener to help with gas mileage.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #14
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You're not going to get a lot more mileage with a bigger truck/engine. You probably will increase it some, but unless you move up to a diesel (and I'm not advocating you get a diesel to pull that small a trailer), which pulls its torque at much lower RPMs, you're probably not going to gain a lot. What you will gain is a much more stable towing experience and something more suited to towing. What you're running into is not so much the weight of the trailer, but that big flat wall that is causing wind resistance.
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If you don't tow a lot, the price of the vehicle change will dwarf your present cost of fuel. If you are going to change vehicles anyway, then that's a different story. Other factors are how far you tow, frequency, terrain, etc. Is this a daily driver as well as tow vehicle. Lots of factors.
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If your Honda Pilot tows acceptability, don't worry so much about the fuel mileage when towing. The other way to look at it is the miles towed verses total miles put on the vehicle per year. At 18 mpg unloaded, you're better off than most of us.

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My Tundra gets about 11 (+/-1) when towing. I have the smaller 4.6 V8 engine and I think my trailer is in about the same weight range as your trailer. The speed limit when towing is 55 here in California.
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My Tundra gets about 11 (+/-1) when towing. I have the smaller 4.6 V8 engine and I think my trailer is in about the same weight range as your trailer. The speed limit when towing is 55 here in California.
That's probably more about driving 55 than anything else.
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If your Honda Pilot tows acceptability, don't worry so much about the fuel mileage when towing. The other way to look at it is the miles towed verses total miles put on the vehicle per year. At 18 mpg unloaded, you're better off than most of us.

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If your Honda Pilot tows acceptability, don't worry so much about the fuel mileage when towing. The other way to look at it is the miles towed verses total miles put on the vehicle per year. At 18 mpg unloaded, you're better off than most of us.

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X2! (Unless, of course, you are trying to justify a full size truck with the DW!)
Ditto X3

A good part of my daily driving is 25 mph with several stop signs which affects my daily mpg. Recently I checked my mileage on a trip to Las Vegas and I actually got 22 mpg which is something I have never seen in this truck. Of course I wasn't towing....

While your towing mpg might suck your daily mpg doesn't look so bad to me either.
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