8281ss first trip
Hallo, we took our new 2012 8281SS out for its first trip down to Florida. I must say, I am impressed with the handling of the trailer while towing it down the interstate. We have a Ram 1500 Mega Cab with Hemi. The 5th wheel is right at the edge of our vehicle weight rating. We packed it with lots of gear and I installed Firestone air support. To share the good news, we made it there (1390miles) and back. The truck burned a average of 9.2 to 9.5 MPG @ 65-70MPH.
When I drafted behind semi trucks it even went up to ! 10MPG ! @ 65 MPH.
The down side: the torque sucks. Next truck will be a Diesel.
To all you gasoline truck guys out there, FYI: It can be done. Take it easy and do expect race car performance. If you don't pull in hills or Colorado, do not fear the 5th wheel.