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Old 06-18-2015, 11:44 PM   #1
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7.5 MPG!

1st trip of 187 total miles, mixed terrain, towing a 2000 lb toad. We were SHOCKED. It was a 3 day stay at Pinnacles National Park. This information may put a serious crimp in our dream.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:54 PM   #2
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Hate to hear that and hate to say this...that's actually pretty darn good with a toad.
Don't know what your speed was, but you could try to stay between 63 to 65 and maybe get a little more......maybe
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:26 AM   #3
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you didn't do any research at all or ever speak to any class A owner before buying one? That's about the same people get towing trailers with gas vehicles too. Just part of the lifestyle.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:31 AM   #4
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Looks like you got good MPG. I would expect 5MPG in that area.


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Old 06-19-2015, 03:12 PM   #5
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Wow. Thanks folks! Guess we will adjust our plans and stay a bit closer to home and do longer stays when we get there. No cross-country for us.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:07 PM   #6
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Why would it put a crimp in your plans, especially for a cross country trip???
Let me guess...your friendly good buddy salesman told you that the rig, even towing, would get 10 mpg "all day long"!!!
First rule of thumb...when a salesman tells you something, don't believe it.
Second rule of thumb...when a salesman tells you something, don't believe it.
Now, as to your gas milage...it is what it is. Your pushing a big 6 ton box thru the air at 60-65 mph, towing a vehicle. Your 7.5 mpg is actually very good.
As to your plans of a cross country trip, why not just go. Trip of a lifetime.
If your trip is 5000 miles, and you get 7.5 mpg, you'll use around 660 gallons.
If your trip is 5000 miles and you get 10 mpg (that the salesman told you you were going to get) you'll use around 500 gallons.
Lets say you pay $3.00 per gallon.
The difference between the two is $480.00. Heck, thats not even going to pay for three days in a motel plus food for the two of you.
So, you'd give up a great trip cause it's going to cost you $480.00???
These rigs are not cheap to run, and you just have to accept it. There is no magic formula, no magic "stuff" you can do to make it better. Even the difference between 55 mph and 62-65 mph is minimal.
Just go have fun with it.
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Why would it put a crimp in your plans, especially for a cross country trip???
Let me guess...your friendly good buddy salesman told you that the rig, even towing, would get 10 mpg "all day long"!!!
First rule of thumb...when a salesman tells you something, don't believe it.
Second rule of thumb...when a salesman tells you something, don't believe it.
Now, as to your gas milage...it is what it is. Your pushing a big 6 ton box thru the air at 60-65 mph, towing a vehicle. Your 7.5 mpg is actually very good.
As to your plans of a cross country trip, why not just go. Trip of a lifetime.
If your trip is 5000 miles, and you get 7.5 mpg, you'll use around 660 gallons.
If your trip is 5000 miles and you get 10 mpg (that the salesman told you you were going to get) you'll use around 500 gallons.
Lets say you pay $3.00 per gallon.
The difference between the two is $480.00. Heck, thats not even going to pay for three days in a motel plus food for the two of you.
So, you'd give up a great trip cause it's going to cost you $480.00???
These rigs are not cheap to run, and you just have to accept it. There is no magic formula, no magic "stuff" you can do to make it better. Even the difference between 55 mph and 62-65 mph is minimal.
Just go have fun with it.
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I was getting 7.5 with my Ecoboost and Fiver. I have a Diesel now and get 14. It didn't stop us at all. To sleep in my own bed every night and make my own food is worth the price of towing.
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Why would it put a crimp in your plans, especially for a cross country trip???
Let me guess...your friendly good buddy salesman told you that the rig, even towing, would get 10 mpg "all day long"!!!
First rule of thumb...when a salesman tells you something, don't believe it.
Second rule of thumb...when a salesman tells you something, don't believe it.
Now, as to your gas milage...it is what it is. Your pushing a big 6 ton box thru the air at 60-65 mph, towing a vehicle. Your 7.5 mpg is actually very good.
As to your plans of a cross country trip, why not just go. Trip of a lifetime.
If your trip is 5000 miles, and you get 7.5 mpg, you'll use around 660 gallons.
If your trip is 5000 miles and you get 10 mpg (that the salesman told you you were going to get) you'll use around 500 gallons.
Lets say you pay $3.00 per gallon.
The difference between the two is $480.00. Heck, thats not even going to pay for three days in a motel plus food for the two of you.
So, you'd give up a great trip cause it's going to cost you $480.00???
These rigs are not cheap to run, and you just have to accept it. There is no magic formula, no magic "stuff" you can do to make it better. Even the difference between 55 mph and 62-65 mph is minimal.
Just go have fun with it.
Grumpy
Grumpy presents an excellent case...do the math and look at the bigger picture...if you felt it was good to purchase an RV, why would you stay home for $480.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:50 PM   #10
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Grumpy: "Lets say you pay $3.00 per gallon."
You must not be in California. We paid $4.29/gal here. Granted we are in the "boonies". Costco is cheaper, but not worth the 45 minute drive there. No Pilot stations around for the Good Sam discount. We laugh when we hear about the National Average for gas. NOT HERE!


But you are right. That should not stop us. What the heck, you only live once, right? Go For It!
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