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Old 04-11-2014, 03:51 PM   #41
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Actually any truck...Every trip there's the fifth wheel combo's blowing by at 75mph while I'm safely creeping at 62mph...seems more people than not have no patience towing this houses ,)

Yep, but a 3500 is much less likely to be overloaded and over speed limits than a 1500. I know I'm overloaded when I got the whole family with me, so I drive accordingly. Some other people, not so much.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:59 PM   #42
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Remember, air resistance goes up by "the square". Drag (physics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Example: If you increase your speed from 60 to 65 mph, you increased your speed by 8.3% but the energy needed increased by 17.3%

(65/60)^2 = 1.173

Make any sense?

My favorite thing about going slower? I have to pay less attention to traffic. I just sit in the right lane and everybody passes me!
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:06 PM   #43
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Remember, air resistance goes up by "the square". Drag (physics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Example: If you increase your speed from 60 to 65 mph, you increased your speed by 8.3% but the energy needed increased by 17.3%

(65/60)^2 = 1.173

Make any sense?

My favorite thing about going slower? I have to pay less attention to traffic. I just sit in the right lane and everybody passes me!
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:22 PM   #44
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Thanks guys. I thought i was creeping at 68,lol.. I had no idea about the 65 mph limit on the tires. Another quick ?. I snugged the chain length out to 2 links on the LL hitch this time to try and cut out on some of the porpoising it was doing. Would putting more weight on the tongue of the trailer contribute to MPG's? We were snugging it up on 3 lengths before...
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:20 PM   #45
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Tow vehicle question.

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Kinda surprised to see that kind of mileage.... should be around 12...I have have a 2012 ecoboost with the 355 towing around 8000 lbs and I get anywhere from 10 - 12 depending on the terrain.. I stay at about 60 mph

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I agree... I just got a 2013 F150 ecoboost 3.55 to pull my 8,000 TT. I got it mainly for the 426ftlb of low end torque. My daily driving out ranks my need for a diesel and the cost to operate it.
I can't wait to see how it performs. I had a 5.4L
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:46 AM   #46
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I will try going between 60-65 on the way home and see if that helps. These new quiet Ford 250's at the campsite have me really looking..

I know that if we decide to move up to a bigger TT, I will need a diesel for sure.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:36 PM   #47
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Well we made the drive home last night so we would miss all of the traffic going through Atlanta. I kept it between 60-65(mostly 60) and still got 9.1 mpg's. Oh well it is what it is i guess.
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any difference in wind? That could have added back the extra wind resistance you took away by slowing down.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:38 AM   #49
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Well we made the drive home last night so we would miss all of the traffic going through Atlanta. I kept it between 60-65(mostly 60) and still got 9.1 mpg's. Oh well it is what it is i guess.
Yep...that's the life of towing (every tow there are different parameters that effect your mpg's )...it's only gas...enjoy the camping!
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Never could figure out why everyone gets their best mpg's on the internet.
No head wind.
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