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Old 06-28-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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fuel mileage

We just returned from 2600 miles in four weeks. Really disappointed in mileage. Went from San Diego up the coast of California and Oregon, into central Oregon, Hood River, Bend, Reno, Mammoth and back to San Diego.
Drove around 60 and averaged under 13 with no towing. Friend with us with similar MH on sprinter frame averaged around 16. Ours is a 2010 (6 cylinder) and his was a 2007 (5 cylinder)
I recently purchased this used with 12000 miles. I found a chip in the glove compartment so it looks like he may have changed the computer specs to tow a Chev. HHR
Any ideas on how to improve mileage?

All in all, I LOVED the vehicle!

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Old 06-28-2016, 02:02 PM   #2
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I see a lot of mountains on your route. Also keep in mind how much you are carrying and at this time of year you can get a northerly wind on that route.

Once you get out on the flat open road, that number should improve.

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Old 07-01-2016, 09:03 AM   #3
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Only time I see near 15 is on flat terrain with no head or side wind. Typical all around mileage is closer to 13.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:01 PM   #4
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I average 14 mpg including a 2 month trip through the western states. Not pulling anything.
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:01 PM   #5
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I get 13.5-15 while towing a Honda Fit over the Sierras and Rockies. Then over 15 on tailwind days.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:59 PM   #6
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We drove 900 miles from North of Seattle to Sacramento not pulling anything but going 65 to 70 and got 14.5 then the next weekend we went north to Redding and back driving 65 to 70 and not pulling anything and got 14.5 in our stock 2014 24R with 4,000 miles on it. Was hoping for better but not yet broken in.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:14 AM   #7
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I think its a myth getting better milage after "broken in"....but 14.5 in my book is ok.
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:28 AM   #8
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I just traded in my Solera which was a 2010 model built on a 2008 chassis.

I charted the mpg over the 6 years I own it. My driving has been all east coast and seldom flat, i.e. east coast hills and or mountains. On interstates I drove around 60 mph, seldom if ever seeing 65 mph.

The average mpg over that 6 year period was 14.2 mpg.

If people say they get 15 or 16 mpg with these, esp. with mountain driving, I question the math.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:21 AM   #9
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Just pulled in to Vegas from Bend Oregon with our 24R. Stopped in Sparks at Marina RV park. Kept speed at 65 and got 14.6. Not towing this trip and fairly light loaded. Gues that's all it will do.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:46 AM   #10
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Same as you

Originally Posted by jngspencer View Post
I get 13.5-15 while towing a Honda Fit over the Sierras and Rockies. Then over 15 on tailwind days.
Similar RV pulling the same Toad and about the same mileage. I'm not unhappy about it at all. It's a 11,000 pound vehicle with the aerodynamics of a barn door (perpendicular to the wind) pulling a 2500 pound car. Anyone expecting 16-20 mpg with these things is overly optimistic.

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