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Old 06-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #181
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Must be true since so many folks seem to have the same answer. I don't do that so much any more. Since I hate hearing that 3/4 ton gassers pulling 14,000 pound campers get better gas mileage than my 3/4 ton diesel pulling a 9,000 pound one.
Maybe those same folks who never got weighed also never actually
did the math on real MPG?

We briefly owned a 2500 HD duramax. I towed my little light weight
4000 LB (ON the scales weight) trailer to lower FL and back.
I got exactly 1 mile per gallon more with the diesel than I do with my
gasser.

We might upgrade one day after DW retires. Staying with our paid for
rig for now!
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #182
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I'm so glad we don't tow any more (seasonal)....all this math would split my hairs! Of course, I could just come here and get all the answers. That would work, as usual. Not my issue, but just sayin' ...Thanks (OVERALL) for being there with answers when we need them.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:18 AM   #183
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Highway, I get around 16.5 to 18 on average, depending on driving. Two years ago, took a ride to Indiana. On cruise control, the MPG went up to 21. When I tow, I usually see 13-14 mpg. This is not a fill the tank and do the math, I just look down as my dashoard and mpg indicator is right there. Not sure how accurate, but close enough.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #184
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Seeing that I used to tow virtually the identical set-up, I shouldn't post about my experience?

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Most definitely post your experiences, it's just that others insist the man weight his rig and he has repeatedly said he is not going to. Others say he should go buy a 3/4T, 1T, etc and he didn't at anytime ask for recommendations on how big a truck to buy.
Big difference from a guy posting his experience to one asking for recommendations on what truck to buy.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:24 AM   #185
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Highway, I get around 16.5 to 18 on average, depending on driving. Two years ago, took a ride to Indiana. On cruise control, the MPG went up to 21. When I tow, I usually see 13-14 mpg. This is not a fill the tank and do the math, I just look down as my dashoard and mpg indicator is right there. Not sure how accurate, but close enough.

Now I am REALLY !

At 11.5 MPG towing I need to sell my 3/4 ton and get a 1/2 ton and a bigger 5th wheel so I can afford to get to the campground!
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My wife's Maxima has onboard "real time" mpg indicator.
It's about 2-3 MPG overly optimistic. When we do the math the numbers
always come out less than the dash says.
YMMV!
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I see that I can look forward to some interesting discussions at Goshen. We are new to RVing and this will be our first rally.
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Highway, I get around 16.5 to 18 on average, depending on driving. Two years ago, took a ride to Indiana. On cruise control, the MPG went up to 21. When I tow, I usually see 13-14 mpg. This is not a fill the tank and do the math, I just look down as my dashoard and mpg indicator is right there. Not sure how accurate, but close enough.
My dashboard monitor is always a minimum of 1-2 mpg optimistic over the actual numbers. Calculated mileage is from 8.9-11.9 depending on wind and the right foot. Anything over 60 will produce under 11mpg every time and that's over several tanks.
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Now I am REALLY !

At 11.5 MPG towing I need to sell my 3/4 ton and get a 1/2 ton and a bigger 5th wheel so I can afford to get to the campground!

When I traded my camper a couple of years ago I took my 5000lb hybrid TT to the dealer. A three hour drive. I averaged 8 mpg's according to my truck's trip computer. On the return trip pulling my new 8000lb fiver, I averaged 10 mpgs. Go figure. There are strange forces in this world Herk, none stronger than this RVing vortex that has sucked my wallet dry and now my confidence I had with my lowly 1/2 ton pickup. On another note. Is the diesel investment really worth it?
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LSP Troopers do not weigh. However, Louisiana has an "enforcement" division, separate from state police which patrols highways for over weight/sized trucks. Only seen em deal with tractor trailer rigs and loggers. Troopers could request them anytime to come weigh one but I suppose the thought here is that there is a whole group of officers out there working on it already. This division was called "Weights and Standards" years ago but now are just "enforcement."
Thanks for the kind words. Loving retirement and ready to travel as a regular Joe.
Here in Saskatchewan we have the RCMP who do regular law enforcement and another group called the Highway Patrol who' main responsibility is commercial trucking as well as stopping and weighing any RV they believe is over weight for a number of reasons. Here if you haul an RV you need a certificate of safety compliance as well as your TV's registration has the registered gross combined weight if over 10,000lbs (yes we pay road tax here when driving an rv) and if your trailer is over 10,000 lbs you need either a G endorsement on your regular lisence or a class 1 lic. So the RCMP and highway patrol have many reasons to pull over RVer's.
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