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Old 07-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Talking First Long Trip with 2109S

We have had the TT for a year but longest trip was about 4 hrs with a Honda Ridgeline. Leaving early tomorrow for Rutland, VT to Cape May, NJ with a Ram 1500 TV. Hopefully it is a uneventful journey!
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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You're just the person I wanted to talk to, lol. I've got a 2104S on the way and just so happen to have a Ridgeline...well, did until last week. I traded it for a Trailblazer with a little more tow rating. I'm real interested to see what mileage you were getting with the Honda while pulling this one. Just looking for an idea of how the wind drag and weight affected it. The Trailblazer got 2 mpg better than the Honda pulling 5 hours into the hills with our popup last week, so I'm hoping that will translate on the new trailer.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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I was getting around 8-9 mpg with the Ridgeline. What was most disturbing was that I was upwards to 4000 rpm. I towed with the Ram over July 4 and stayed under 2000 rpm. Much better for engine and my comfort level. Since tow was only an hour away and we did other trips with the TV I didn't track mileage. I will on this trip.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:02 PM   #4
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That's what I was afraid of when I traded it in. I pulled an unloaded V nose trailer with it and it stayed in 3rd at about 3500 doing 55 down the highway. I know that truck will pull at 4K all day long and not hurt it, but it IS a little unnerving. Now that I hear what you were getting, I think I may spend the money and have the rear gears on the Trailblazer swapped from a 3.42 to a 4.10. That should keep me in the 12 mpg range.

Kick that Ram out of overdrive and try it for a tank and see how it likes it. It'll probably get better mileage at 2200 - 2500 rpm pulling.

Edit: Never mind, I think they have tow/haul modes on them (not familiar with Dodge all that much). Computer should take care of all that. I wish the Honda had....loved the truck.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. Once I hit the highways (over an hour drive from here, NYS I87) I will have the chance to play with keeping it in OD for a tank and then Tow/Haul mode for a tank and see how it goes!
Feel like a mad scientist with this experimenting! I will post results!
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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let me know what kind of mpg you get out of the dodge. i have the same setup but a 2104s
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You have yours yet? I'm chomping at the bit here. Dealer called last Thursday and said the factory called and said they ran out of fabric and wanted to make sure the color they were going to put in was ok. Come to find out they were transitioning to the 2014 interiors and I'll be one of the transition trailers (so I'm not sure exactly what I'll end up with, lol). Evidently, Taylor Sand was last year's color and Kensington is one of the new ones. Same colors, slightly different pattern.
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You have yours yet? I'm chomping at the bit here. Dealer called last Thursday and said the factory called and said they ran out of fabric and wanted to make sure the color they were going to put in was ok. Come to find out they were transitioning to the 2014 interiors and I'll be one of the transition trailers (so I'm not sure exactly what I'll end up with, lol). Evidently, Taylor Sand was last year's color and Kensington is one of the new ones. Same colors, slightly different pattern.
You are going to like it. We saw one at the factory 3 weeks ago & the new ones are super, ducted heating & cooling, vaulted ceiling (slightly rounded vs. flat) LED lights, even had vent covers. DW didn't like the new decals on front but they were OK by me.
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We have almost the same set up as the original poster. Dodge and a 2109s. We took our camper to Northern Pennsylvania on almost all highway, somewhat hilly through the Berkshire mountains and around the Finger Lakes of NY and for the entire trip it averaged about 9-10 mpg. That was with the Tow/Haul button engaged.

We forgot to engage the button once after filling up to go to VT and made it about half way there when we realized the error and the only significant difference we noticed was the transmission temp was a little hotter than it had been towing to PA.

Overall the dodge goes from averaging 18-19 mpg unloaded to about 9-10 hauling the trailer... Not too bad, really. If we were going to haul the trailer daily we'd probably head back to the world of the cummins...
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #10
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I did get better mileage with the Tow/Haul mode engaged. For this trip here are the results:
Total Mileage: 963.1 miles includes driving around without trailer
Gas: 96.696 gal
Average MPG: 9.96 mpg
Total $ for gas: $355.70
Average $/gal: $3.68

I did get stuck in traffic, stop & go, for an hour around Newark Airport/Elizabeth NJ so that did not help the mileage. On one tank of gas, running with cruise control as much as possible & ~ 62 mph I got 10.49 mpg.

So, I am getting better mileage than with the Ridgeline and rpms where definitely running lower.
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