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Old 12-29-2014, 02:59 PM   #11
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Also gas prices have taken a favorable turn lately. Don't know if it will last but might be worth adding to your equation .

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Old 12-30-2014, 01:26 PM   #12
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It also has to do with being realistic in expectations. With a towing vehicle, gear set ratios gvw, transmission, engine design, maintenance and driving habits all play into factors. Also remember that you are towing a parachute behind the tow vehicle. I believe that all the previous post are very factual and you will find that you will be extremely disappointed to down sizing living space and comfort. Also depends upon your life style of comfort and convenience. If you're only interested in a sleeping area, nothing more than that, it may be a choice. But if you're like 99% of most people. I think that you would highly regret it.

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Old 12-30-2014, 02:07 PM   #13
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El Camino Man, your 2003 Salem 25RLSS @ under 7,000 dry is already one of the smaller, lighter 5ers, so I can't see how much MPG you would save by going a tad smaller. Also, the resale value on a 2003 isn't all that great, so I don't see how you would save by trading it in for something else, especially a newer Scamp...

IMO you would be better-off keeping your Salem & trading-in your 1996 F250 Powerstroke Diesel for a F150 Ecoboost w/HD package. The EB gets better mileage, especially when not towing, and uses gas vs. diesel. In our area, 30 gallons of gas is $56 compared to $100+ for diesel... However, due to the hitch weight of a 5er, you would have to get the HD package...
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:51 PM   #14
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IMO it not so much about the weight. Once you get 10,000 pounds of trailer rolling down the road, it doesn't take much to keep it rolling. It's more about how much effort it takes to push the nose of the trailer against the wind and turbulence as you go down the road. At one time I had a 21 ft Terry 5er, but you could barely sit up in the bed and it was a devil to make the bed. In that case, the nose of the trailer had a dramatic slop to the front and it didn't have much wind resistance. The air literally came over the truck cab and right over the trailer. It did get reasonable gas milage, even better that the 18 ft. bumper pull I had before it. Again, the air turbulence created between the truck and the front of the bumper pull affected my MPG. I would not downsize for the gas milage alone. I don't think you would save that much and you would pay the price of reduced storage and living area.


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