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Old 06-06-2013, 09:19 AM   #191
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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.
Does this only apply to legal residents of Saskatchewan? Not sure how they would enforce these laws on outsiders.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:23 AM   #192
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All excellent tips.

I have stopped by several folks campsites for a chat when I see larger 5th wheels (10,000 and up) on 1/2 tons and even a few 13 - 15,000 pounders on 3/4 tons.

Mostly I ask about mileage and what their pin weight was. In every case, they say they get better gas mileage than me and that they have no idea since they never weighed it; however it pulls "just fine."

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.
I am completely with you on the MPG comment. I just roll my eyes and grin when I hear some of the numbers spouted out. Not sure if people don't know how to calculate mileage, or if they fudge their numbers by manipulating how much fuel they put in the tank, how they drive, and where they drive, or if they just think people are gullible enough to believe it. Maybe they coast downhill, look at the readout and then just use that number????
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #193
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On another note. Is the diesel investment really worth it?
Not yet; but the math says in 2 more years I will break even.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:26 AM   #194
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Does this only apply to legal residents of Saskatchewan? Not sure how they would enforce these laws on outsiders.
As far as I know just Sk but I think the rest of Canada is supposed to standardize on this method at some point.
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Calculating gas mileage manually is less accurate than with the trip computer. Typically , after the gas pumps shuts off, you can still stuff an extra couple of gallons in the tank. How do you really know how much gas is in the tank.

Wow, that was a big statement.. Now the feedback.
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Not yet; but the math says in 2 more years I will break even.
I just finished an 1850 mile trip up I77 to Canton Ohio and circled west and came down I75, 26 to South Carolina with my diesel. Overall I had 13.2 mpg. Lots of mountains hills so I am very happy with that. I will add that I only drive 55 to 60 so that helps. The diesel may never pay off the extra charge but it pulls so smooth and effortlessly that I feel it was worth it. We travel somewhere every month so it does stay in shape.
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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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Calculating gas mileage manually is less accurate than with the trip computer. Typically , after the gas pumps shuts off, you can still stuff an extra couple of gallons in the tank. How do you really know how much gas is in the tank.

Wow, that was a big statement.. Now the feedback.
I don't buy it. We've checked the math too many times over way
too many fill ups. Some vehicles might not vent the tank correctly and
they might have trouble filling the tank.
My tank fills.
If I click the nozzle more than once to top up it runs out the filler neck.
That is as full as you can get.
I know our "trip computer" is not that accurate.

Sure, you might be right on one fill up vs the computer.
I've gone 4000 miles and kept track of every single gallon of gas we
bought and done the math over the entire trip.
That trip I mentioned earlier with the diesel was figured over the entire
round trip which included at least a dozen fill ups.

I got what I got.
10.5 with the diesel.
9.5 with my gasser.
Both over long distances pulling the same trailer. I typically drive ~ 67 mph-
when interstate condition and traffic will allow.
If I slowed to 60 those numbers would un-doubtedly go up.
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When I bought a diesel I was under no illusions that it would pay for itself with fuel savings. I will save some on fuel, but additional maintenance costs will likely offset that. The fact that I can pull hills at 1600 RPM as opposed to 3200 RPM was worth it to me. Total revolutions is what wears an engine, not miles. If you tow regularly and have to run at much higher RPMs, your engine will see much more wear for a given number of miles.
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My combo. To the weight police, YES, I have weights. In fact I've weighed now several times. YES I am OK on EVERY rating. A 5'r and 1/2 tonne combo can be done and can be done within weight ratings. My truck is a HD Payload + Max Tow. Reese 16K manual slider hitch. The weights are also taken loaded with about 1/3 tank of FW, normal cargo in the 5'r and my Champ generator in the bed of the truck where it lives. In other words weighed as I normally travel.

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