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Old 07-26-2015, 01:22 PM   #21
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I have over 60k miles on my 2011 Georgetown, almost all of it towing a Toyota Yaris toad, and discovered that best mileage occurs with engine rpm around 2500. I drive with cruise control on and when I see a gentle hill ahead, I'll gently use the gas pedal to add a couple mph before reaching the hill. This lets me keep the rig in its highest gear rather than downshifting two gears to maintain speed on the hill. Steeper hills are handled by killing the speed control. Gas mileage runs 6.5-8mpg most of the time but does get a lot worse when bucking a 40mph headwind.

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Old 07-26-2015, 06:25 PM   #22
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On an earlier post there was a lot of discussion on the Ford V10 performance. The recommendation was to get the best results, don't let the engine run over 3500 RPM. just got back from a trip to Newfoundland(live in Lindsay, On) did 6100 km or ~3800 miles we averaged 8 miles to the US Gallon (37 litre to 1 US gallon) over the trip. I used cruise when ever it was practical. Whenever I came to a heavy grade, I disengage cruise and watched the RPM, keeping it between 2700 ad 3500 while maintaining 60 MPH.I noticed the performance at that RPM range was much better than when cruise would drop down a gear two and bring the RPM up to4500.
A lot depends on your diving habits and what you are comfortable with, but this is what I find best for me, hope it helps.
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Old 07-27-2015, 02:30 PM   #23
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We have a 2013 Lexington 283TS with the Ford V-10. We recently went from SLC Utah to French Lick IN towing a 6,500 lb aluminum car trailer (3,100 miles). The total weight of both units was just over 19,000 lbs. We have the Equalizer four point hitch. I have noticed a definite increase in power and response since we passed the 5,000 mile distance on the MH. I installed a Banks Power Pack System and a K&N air intake system about six months ago. I was looking for the extra 60+ more hp and the 75 fp of torque more than the gas mileage. It bothered me to have the engine at 5,000 + rpms going up steep grades in Utah. The Banks dropped my rpms about 2,000 rpms. The trip to IN we average about 9 mpg. We haven't been out with the MH without the trailer but are planning a trip to Colorado soon. I will let you know the average MPG. The question is, is the $3,500 spent on the Banks and the K&N ever going to pay for itself? To me, it was worth every dime. The male ego is such a fragile thing. CaboSnow
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:43 PM   #24
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Just got back from a shakedown trip and we only went a 100 miles with mountain driving and we avg. 8.1 mpg. Full of water and gas and all our supplies. Only 1800 miles on our V-10. I never took it over 70 mph and 4000 rpm. Also, we never ran the generator.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:20 AM   #25
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Just got back from a shakedown trip and we only went a 100 miles with mountain driving and we avg. 8.1 mpg. Full of water and gas and all our supplies. Only 1800 miles on our V-10. I never took it over 70 mph and 4000 rpm. Also, we never ran the generator.
Sounds pretty good for a engine that new !!!
With all the Crap going on with GM & Chrysler these days,,,
I am very happy to own 3 FORDS !!!
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Old 08-08-2015, 07:02 AM   #26
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Just another big Thank You! for all the help. I'm buying a ScanGauge and a K&N air filter. Other than that, I'm going to put a little effort into changing my driving habits - without worrying about it that much
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Old 08-08-2015, 07:46 AM   #27
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K&N filters are quality filters, but won't improve mileage. The computer has full control of the air/fuel ratio, and you aren't going to "sneek" extra air in to increase mileage. The factory filter is more than sufficient for the air needs. Controlling your right foot will net you the biggest gains of anything, and the ScanGauge will help train you there.
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Old 08-08-2015, 03:17 PM   #28
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K&N filters are quality filters, but won't improve mileage. The computer has full control of the air/fuel ratio, and you aren't going to "sneek" extra air in to increase mileage. The factory filter is more than sufficient for the air needs. Controlling your right foot will net you the biggest gains of anything, and the ScanGauge will help train you there.
One thing I know from experience is that the K&N filter will give you more power climbing hills. But like Dave says, no extra gas mileage.
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I have heard the trouble with K&N Filters is that people do not clean them properly ???
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:13 PM   #30
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The Ford chassis manual states to not measure MPG until you have 2 to 3 thousand miles on the engine as new engines loosen up and get better mileage after a few thousand miles. I have a 2015 3010DS and have been getting about 8.7 MPG so far without a toad but doing a lot of mountain driving.

Ditto. Coast to coast last summer in our 3010DS. Averaged 8.7 MPG (I keep a spread sheet and track every tank) This year driving in the mountains with several days of strong head winds, towing a Chevy Malibu, 7.1 MPG Average. (flat conditions, the toad made a nominal change in MPG)
Wind has the most effect, then steep grades and finally, driving speeds. Sometimes it is worth it to stay parked a little longer and wait for the wind to die down.


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