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Old 08-11-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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Interested in 2010 Salem 26tbud

Just wondering if anyone here has tried to pull a 26tbud Salem with a Ford Explorer and if so, what kind of mileage did you get? Also, any comments from owners of this model and what they like or don't like about it would be great. We haven't been RVing since we were children so this is all new to us.
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First of all, what kind of Explorer, year, engine size, full or part time 4wd, towing package, anything been added or suspension changes. Next the camper, tongue weight and camper weight with all your gear, and water if you're going to dry camp. Then we can start to help. By the way, towing capacities for the Explorer are in the owners manual. Weights for the trailer should be in a cabinet door. At least that will get you in the neighborhood. Also if tou're worried about mileage towing, don't tow. You might get 8 mpg, with a tail wind.

I just looked up the specs on a 2008 Explorer, max trailer weight 7130. The gross on the Salem is 7800, empty weight 5880. If you can limit what you add or put in the camper it might pull it downhill, mileage more like 6, and with a short wheelbase sway is going to a problem that approaches dangerous all the time, don't even think about a windy day. You need more vehicle or less camper. An Explorer is better suited for something under 5000 pounds.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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I have the 26tbss which I believe is essentially the same camper. I tow with a 07 Ram w/Hemi. I would not even consider towing it with an explorer. Too big of camper for that truck. I sometimes wish my Hemi had just a bit more torque. I usually get around 8mpg.

Be careful, swaying campers are no fun at all!!!
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:43 PM   #4
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We have a V8, 4.6 AWD Explorer with tow package. We will likely be pulling with my husband's F-150 V8, 5.4 but we aren't sure how long we will have it. I know technically the Explorer should pull it but my concerns were the same as yours. Thanks for the info. If there is anyone on here with something like the salem 2010 26tbud that has a F-150, I'd be interested on what kind of mileage they are getting with that as well. Thanks for all of the comments!
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I'm towing 6500 pounds with a Work and Play 18LT, when the bikes are loaded. Weight wise will be close to the Salem. Last trip in to the mountains, I got 9.5 mpg. 100 miles of highway, and 50 miles of mountain road. I have a 2001 Supercrew 4wd, 5.4, 3.73 diff. We ran the air conditioning, and towed mostly in drive. The Work and Play is a rectangle box, very flat nose. No aerodynamics at all. Your mileage will be close.
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If there is anyone on here with something like the salem 2010 26tbud that has a F-150, I'd be interested on what kind of mileage they are getting with that as well. Thanks for all of the comments!
Mileage is a varaible depending on where and how you drive. I can say that I got 15.2 mpg coming back from an earlier camping trip.........but would have to admit that I only got 8.3 going to that spot.........about a 2500 elevation change and only a 70 mile trip.

According to my ScanGauge II, which I have pretty closely syncronized to the actual "at the pump" figures, I can get 11 mpg on the interstate at 65 mph, and the mid 11s on 2 lane roads at 55 mph. Both of those figures are on the rolling hills of the Piedmont section of VA. But throw in a stoplight every couple of mileson that 2 lane, and you can see that figure drop down to the mid to lower 10s. A pitstop or 2 on the interstate, traffic, and headwinds will drop that figure also.

My trailer is lighter.....around 5500 lbs. ready to camp. I am a very conservative driver.....slow starts, and I try to read the traffic and time the lights so I don't have to slow down or stop.......I think that is a big key to good mileage......don't loss your momentum. I also do not use the cruise very much while towing. I prefer to keep the tranny in OD, and if I see a hill coming that I know that it will shift down, then I do that manually.
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I too have the 26TBSS and your floorplan looks pretty much the same with the exception of the U-Shaped dinette (a nice change BTW). Gotta agree with the earlier post, if you're worried about milage you're prolly not going to be happy. If I'm lucky, I will get 8-12 mpg. If using E85 (dont know if your Explorer is flex-fuel), you can subtract another 10% but E85 costs less and rolls at about 105 octane.

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E85 is 85 octane rating. E90 is 90 octane rating. That's where your mileage goes, takes more of it to produce the same amount of power. That's also why it cost less, less octane. You will get better mileage with 93 octane, usually not better enough to offset the cost.
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Actually no...E85 is 85% (or thereabouts) ethanol and 15% gasoline. E85 has an average octane rating of 105 and it burns with more heat thus cleaner, yet you suffer some MPG. E90 (if you can find that...not an alt fuels industry 'standard') would be 90% ethanol and only 10% gasoline.
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In addition...despite the common belief, 93 octane (or 105 for that matter) does NOT equal better gas milage by definition. It may result is specific vehicles (which demand a hotter burn) running more efficiently and THAT may cause a slight increase in MPG, but the overwelming average joe driver gets zero increase in MPG alone by running a higher octane fuel. It's also not a bad idea to run a tank or two of 93 with a fuel injector cleaner every few months...that too will help slightly with MPG.
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