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Old 03-18-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Gas Milage w/ TT Sucks... any suggestions?

My current 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. Honda is rated to pull 4500lbs.

What other suggestions are there to increase mpg? May trade soon... any other vehicles (considering a Ford F150 or another SUV)? Will a V8 be an improvement?
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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I am was pretty much died in the wool Ford truck fan for over 40 years, but I am pretty much Toyota fan now. Yes, V8 will be an improvement.

You might see an improvement in mileage if you tow for a long trip, as the computer compensates with the air/fuel mixture. It might be worth a call to your Honda dealer to see if there is a chip that could help. You might also check a few Honda Pilot forums for tips on improving mpg when towing.

Best of luck to you,
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Gas Milage w/ TT Sucks... any suggestions?

My current 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. Honda is rated to pull 4500lbs.


What other suggestions are there to increase mpg? May trade soon... any other vehicles (considering a Ford F150 or another SUV)? Will a V8 be an improvement?
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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The presence of a V8 will also mean a larger heavier vehicle.

Sequoia SUV with a 5.7 V8. Fully loaded with a family of five and a dog and towing our 5,300lb trailer we get between 8 and 9mpg and sometimes 10mpg IIRC. Its a thirsty beast. Plus, I do not average 18mpg not towing. Something to consider if gas mileage is the primary requisite.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #5
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MY TV is a 2010 f150 FX4 normaly gets 15 or 16 mpg 9 or 10 with TT 5800 lbs. my thought is the 5.4 v8 has to work with less strain on it thus every thing just feels right. the extra money it cost to drive to the camp grounds is worth the peace of mind knowing my TV is handling all the extra weight.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
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Welcome to the world of towing!

Not sure what speed you're towing at. Fuel mileage towing improves maybe as much as 1 mpg by slowing down 5 mph. The issue is the drag from the frontal area of the camper more so than the weight. Of course headwinds have a huge impact on mileage.

I went from a 6000 lb TT to a 8400lb 5th wheel and the fuel mileage was only .5 mpg worse.

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #7
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I was mostly traveling 60-65 on the interstate hwy (6 hours total)...
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:03 PM   #8
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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.
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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.
Down hill both ways to the camp site and back home if possible again - like Escher's stairs.
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8.6 is good. Dont complain! Unless you have a low profile aerosynamic trailer dont expect much better.
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