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Old 08-25-2014, 02:51 PM   #11
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I got 14.5 mpg Philadelphia to Cape May and back .. Vibe 6504 pulled with 2013 Ford Explorer V6. Mileage is about 10mpg on city streets, but goes up dramatically on the highway.
I also found better mileage on highway. I had a ODBCII reader relaying information to my iPad mini while driving and would get 14 to 16 on level roads...(not many around here though... LOL) and 8 to 10 in urban areas. I had much better mileage going (14MPG) (downhill...) than I did coming back (10MPG) (uphill). Also, got stuck in 6 mile back up, 1/2 on a mountain side, for an hour.

Thanks for the tip on the storage, I did notice a 'push' from the back when large trucks passed and the only difference between this trip and the drive home from the dealership was the items in the storage compartment. I had given that some thought before I left but I can't imagine there's more than 150 to 200 pounds that I've added back there. I'll move more weight to the truck bed or in front of the axle on the TT next trip for comparison.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:25 PM   #12
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We moved our spare tire on to a rack I built just in front of the axle under the floor. Have not towed it yet after this change but curious to know how it effects towing. We have averaged about 13.5 mpg on a 1500 mile trip. We are towing with a 2012 Ram 1500 4.7, 3.92 differential.
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:53 AM   #13
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Hey, Ptownvibe:

We are doing the same thing in terms of moving stuff from the storage area when we are parked to the bathroom when we are on the road because of swaying. I also use some plastic bins
to make it a little easier.

I have a BlueOx anti-sway hitch, and the sway was still pretty harrowing before I figured out we needed to move stuff around.

Did you have any other advice about this? You mentioned moving the setting on the sway bars...

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Old 10-01-2014, 05:46 AM   #14
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x2 re: what ptownvibe said. I do the same, use plastic bins for storage and move to front bathroom area or truck bed. Seems to also work best by NOT GOING OVER 60mph.

My mileage on trip from Lititz to 1000 Island KOA (Henderson Bay) was between 13.5 - 14.0 mpg.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:57 PM   #15
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Thanks, blubear - it's still a pain to schlep everything to the bathroom, but at least I know it's not just me.

I also find it's an issue when I get to higher speeds, and there are times I do find myself going at a pretty good clip (over 60 MPH - usually right around 66-67)




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Old 10-03-2014, 05:21 AM   #16
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I hear you on that one EB..it is a "pita" to move things in an out of the front bathroom, but the storage totes make it somewhat easier.

My 2nd "death sway" (on I81) last month on my way home from 1000 Islands was more than a reminder to keep my speed around 60!
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:08 PM   #17
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I too have a 2012 V-Cross 275 fiver and the 15" tires that came on it are rated at 65 MPH. Just letting the 70 MPH V-Cross 275 owner know that he will get a little better MPG at 65 MPH.
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Aside from slowing down, considering I already have BlueOx sway bars & in addition to Flower's suggestion about mounting the tire underneath, are there any other adjustments that can be made to perhaps avoid needing to move everything to the bathroom?

Is there an adjustment to make on the sway bars? My dealer told me to attach them at the 6th link in the chain. Also, do/should the sway bars also distribute the weight? My beloved husband follows me in his car (we are moving back to Cali & have both of our vehicles, I am towing the 6504) & he really notices the sway when I am passing other vehicles or trucks are passing me.

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Old 10-03-2014, 10:27 PM   #19
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Im now worried... When I bought my Vibe 6504... the dealer said "I think a stabilizer will be overkill" and the sway bar is only on one side.. different from anything I have seen before.. but ok.. I'm female.. they can pull stuff over on me....

Maybe because I have a 2009 Ford F150?
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Nan - I believe your TV (bigger then my Frontier which is a short bed too) should help out a lot yet I still think the single axle will contribute to some possibility of swaying. You should be fine. Still wouldn't want to "push" the speed. Just IMHO.

EB - I don't have the BlueOx sway bars so I don't know about adjusting, maybe someone else does here. Sounds like a wonderful traveling experience heading to CA
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