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Old 04-27-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Need help /input. We have a F150 5.4 and just bought a 23FB micro lite. Took our firs

If so, what kind of mpg do you achieve?

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Old 04-27-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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Sorry. Messed up the post. We took our first trip and averaged 7 mpg one direction and 10.5 on the return. Does anyone have a diesel pulling 5000 lbs. if so what mpg do you average?

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Old 04-27-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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My previous truck & camper was an F250 SD diesel, pulling a toy hauler. Probably 7,000# when fully loaded with the bike, I was getting 8 MPG. The elevation change and wind direction plays a big part in gas mileage when hauling.
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:12 PM   #4
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My F150 with ecoboost averages 8-9 mpg while towing a rockwood windjammer
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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We get between 11 and 12 mpg at mostly hwy speeds (60-65 mph). Rig grosses just under 5k.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:14 PM   #6
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We get around 10.5-12 mpg pulling our 8500 lb camper with our diesel excursion. We get a little better mileage when we use our diesel f250. It has the same engine and tranny but gets better mpg. Probably because the truck is a little lighter than the excursion
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:42 PM   #7
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nearly everyone pulling a TT, with a gas engined tow vehicle, gets the same mpg range, 8-11mpg.
no matter length or weight of TT.

depending on conditions, you could get slightly higher or lower.
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:00 PM   #8
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couldnt it be because oth the front of the TT and nothing to do with weight or length. pulling a TT is like opening up a parachute behind u. the reason why 5th wheels get better mpg is because the air naturally flows over the top of the truck and over the 5th wheel. the difference in width and height of the trailer being pulled vs the frontal area of the tow vehicle will be the biggest factor in towing with all other things ie grade, wind, etc etc being the same
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:28 AM   #9
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My '12 Silverado 1500 pulling my TT @ 7500 lbs gets anywhere from 6-12 mpg.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:42 AM   #10
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Lots of threads on the board about MPG. All I can say is "Caveat Lector" (reader beware). MPG it right up there with sex and money as regards to the most fibbed about topics.

Having said that, identical tow vehicles can have radically different MPG results. MPG is dependent on:

1) Actual load on the tow vehicle - heavier - less mileage
2) wind speed - headwind; less mileage - Tailwind; more
3) frontal area of camper - more - less MPG due to higher drag coefficient
4) towing speed - faster; less MPG due to higher drag (even a 1 MPH difference can have a significant impact on MPG since drag effect is exponential)
5) throttle technique
6) Tire size and tread design
7) side area of camper - longer and taller - more wind pressure that slows the combination and the greater effect of crosswinds. (Max Q in space talk)

There are more, but these are the "biggies".

The upshot is SLOW DOWN and steady throttle. the difference between 55 MPH and 65 MPH can be as much as 2 or 3 MPG. The difference between 55 MPH and 75 MPH can be 5 or 6 off optimum.

When you are talking about 12 or 13 MPG towing best case, cutting that in half is a big shot in the wallet.


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