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Old 11-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Gas Mileage....

Ok so my question is for those folks with a TT that is pulled by a 1/2 ton truck. I recently went on a trip and maintained a 65MPH almost the whole way there (cruise control) and noticed my gas mileage was pretty bad (7.7MPG compared to 14MPG w/o trailer). I know my MPG was never great but has anyone else had similar dips in their MPG?
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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Normally get 20-21 @ 65 with no trailer on cruise, with trailer at 55-60 get 9.0-11.2.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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With my former 4500 lb TT being pulled with a F150 5.2L I got 10-11 MPG vs. 17 MPG w/o. Now with my 9000 lb 5er pulled with a F250 6.2L I get 9-10 MPG vs. 14 MPG w/o. Sounds you're about right. That's a pretty good size TT you're pulling with a 5.6L. Welcome to the club!
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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My combined total weight is about 15,500 to 16,000. At 65 MPH we get 10 - 11 MPG plus or minus depending on terrain and wind (better going downhill). W/O TT get around 18.

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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you're driving too fast. try slowing down to 60 and you'll see better gas mileage.

but normal mpg for a gasser pulling a TT, is between 8-11 mpg, of course depending on the conditions.
did you research this before buying a TT?
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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ok so it seems I'm not to far off and in compared to some, I shouldn't complain at all. I know that there are plenty of things that can change the mileage (weather, roads, weight) but I was just a little surprised at just how much. I know there are a few things that can help a little, but I didn't want to spend the $$$ on anything if there was something way off. From the sounds of it, the only thing way off were my expectations. Thank you folks for filling me in.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:37 PM   #8
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thanks for the post and yes I did research the towing amounts but not the mileage issue while hauling. I have about a ton between my TT and max haul weight and it pulls very nice until about 45 MPH and then it can be a little slow and hang at high RPM's more. So I assumed that with good weather, flat road and below 2500RPM I would be better that's all.
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If you tow @ 55 to 60, you'll find you get better mileage, probably around 1mpg better and if you go down to 50 -55 even better, but it seems like at 50-55 you could just about walk faster as EVERYTHING passes you.
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Ok so my question is for those folks with a TT that is pulled by a 1/2 ton truck. I recently went on a trip and maintained a 65MPH almost the whole way there (cruise control) and noticed my gas mileage was pretty bad (7.7MPG compared to 14MPG w/o trailer). I know my MPG was never great but has anyone else had similar dips in their MPG?
*Chuckles* Welcome to the gulp club :rollback:

I am thinking you can push 10MPG if you back off to 55-60 - just run at cruise at the lowest RPS possible

If I want to ROLL in my rig - I can do 65-70 (right at the tire rating) and I get 8MPG. Drop to 60-65 and it goes to 10MPG
drop to 55-60 and it goes to 12ish

At 55 I feel like folks on bicycles are passing me though - OTOH, DW and I have great conversations and in a couple years when we retire, whatthehellelse do we have to do? :rollback:
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