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Old 03-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #21
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that Honda is working pretty hard

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My current TV is a Honda Pilot (6 cyl, 250HP)
normally gets around 18.0 mpg
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with 4,000lb TT (Rockwood MiniLite 1809s) ONLY gets 8.6mpg?

we must face the facts
that Honda THING is working pretty hard
still even with trailer
seems you should get a little over 10 mpg
unless there are a lot of hills (mountains)

our Tundra 5.7
get's around 11 while towing
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #22
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And no matter HOW its sliced,or WHO slices it you can't beat the laws of physics.You put a big ol heavy chunk of anything on wheels hooked to your vehicle dragging behind you and it ain't rocket science,your mileage WILL suffer. Sorry,just my .03 cents.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:34 PM   #23
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I haven't towed yet with the Ecoboost F150 put the Silverado I had previously with a 5.3 V-8 would get about 20 mpg but when you put the 7000 lb. trailer on it; it would get about 10.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #24
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I haven't towed yet with the Ecoboost F150 put the Silverado I had previously with a 5.3 V-8 would get about 20 mpg but when you put the 7000 lb. trailer on it; it would get about 10.
Yep, that's pretty typical !!
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:16 AM   #25
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And no matter HOW its sliced,or WHO slices it you can't beat the laws of physics.You put a big ol heavy chunk of anything on wheels hooked to your vehicle dragging behind you and it ain't rocket science,your mileage WILL suffer. Sorry,just my .03 cents.
Agreed.......it don't matter if it's rated for 7000lbs and your trailer is only 4000lbs. Mileage will always suffer and will no matter what vehicle or engine you have. Including diesel. I have an 07 Dodge 2500 with cummins and my old trailer was only 3500lbs. I still saw a loss in mileage and the truck is rated for 12,000lbs. Mind you I only saw a loss of 2mpg but still a loss none the less. That being said....a v8 will certainly help and won't be so hard on the TV.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:25 AM   #26
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IMHO, you have too much trailer for the Pilot and if you're driving 65mph with the combo, you're causing the mileage to drop.

having a v-8 would help but only give you a couple of mpg more.

i average 10-12mpg pulling my 5000lbs. HTT with my 5.3 v-8 Avalanche.
not towing, i can get over 20mpg on the freeway with it.
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Slowing down a little will make some difference but otherwise: Welcome to the world of towing (or class C or A for that matter). Traveling with empty tanks helps keep weight down and therefore helps mpg a little. (We always have some fresh water on board because we like the convenience of using our own facilities when needed, but we top off the tank upon arrival). Watch rpms and let off the gas a little on uphills. If you can let speed drop a little and avoid a downshift, it will save a little gas. But none of this will add much to your mpg. IMHO, I wouldn't trade this lifestyle no matter what the mpg.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:15 AM   #28
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I am like Old Car was, pulling a 7000 lb tt with a 5.3 V8. Gas mileage on the interstate without a trailer behind, going just below 70 MPH, I get around 21 MPG. Towing the TT, I get around 11 MPG. I checked this yesterday... Getting the over 62 Discount at the state park, helped make up for some of the difference in gas funds.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:38 AM   #29
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...TV is a Honda Pilot (6 cyl, 250HP) normally gets around 18.0 mpg but with 4,000lb TT (Rockwood MiniLite 1809s) ONLY gets 8.6mpg...
Made the same mistake when I had a Trailmanor. I thought a V6 Tacoma would pull my TM with better mileage than a V8. Not true.

People with V8 F150s and Tundras got much better mileage.

Also, my GMC Duramax diesel gets around 18 MPG @ 70. If I drop it to 65 it steadies out around 21-24 MPG. Towing at 65 my big Puma TH (7,000-8000#) I get about 10 MPG. That's like pulling two of your 1809s.

Now if you could get the government to remove the ethanol from the fuel, your Pilot would probably get around 21 MPG, 10 MPG towing...
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #30
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Too much trailer for that Honda with a V6. That's the bottom line. Even more crazy is that you were driving 65mph with it.
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