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Old 03-08-2011, 09:07 PM   #11
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we are trying to keep the weight low to help with the fuel mileage. I know it will help a little. I agree them more room the better, but we are looking to do a little longer distance traveling also, so weight becomes a factor.
i think you're under the misconception, that the trailer's weight is a big factor in mpg. in fact, it's the frontal surface area that is a bigger factor than its weight.
pulling a 4000lbs. barn door down the road, versus a 5000lbs. barn door, will not show much change in mpg.
and if you have a headwind, you'll see a bigger drop in mileage, no matter whether it weighs 4000lbs. or 5000lbs.
this is one of the big negatives about pulling a full-height trailer versus something like a popup or Airstream.
yes, weight can make a difference in mileage but it's minor compared to the air resistance of the trailer's frontal area.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:06 PM   #12
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I see your point. I am basing my thoughts from the fact of just 100 unnecessary lbs. in a car can make your car 2 percent less efficient when it comes to gas mileage, according to fueleconomy.gov. I agree the size of the "barn door" has a greater impact, but I am unsure if there is a huge difference in the frontal surface between the trailers. I am also hoping the van will keep some of the air flow off the trailer. I am just trying to keep it as manageable as I can. I don’t want to be the person who tries to pull to much trailer and ends up in a bad situation. I want to keep my family and others on the road as safe as possible.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:33 PM   #13
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If you have that large a family, and need a trailer large enough for all them, forget fuel mileage. If you have the 5.4 Liter engine, then maybe 9~10 mpg. If you have the larger 6.8 Liter engine, around 7~8 mpg. Since you will be weighing 15,000 pounds or more, 100 pounds will not affect gas mileage. Good luck and happy shopping.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:16 AM   #14
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I am just trying to keep it as manageable as I can. I don’t want to be the person who tries to pull to much trailer and ends up in a bad situation. I want to keep my family and others on the road as safe as possible.
Bikendan and windrider have it right.

My opinion is that the relationship between MPG and weight is not what you need to concentrate on. With regards to MPG, I believe that it is what it is. Unless you are full-timing it, there are bigger considerations.

I applaud you for making an effort to be safe and to make sure you are not buying too much trailer. Wish more campers did that up front.

So, if you are going to concentrate on anything numbers-wise, focus your efforts on making sure your trailer is not overweight your vehicle's GVWR, GCWR and axles ratings. Those are what really matter.

I doubt if it would be a problem considering the E350 van you said you are driving, but just make sure and run the numbers.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:05 PM   #15
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Holy crap!!! Nine kids. I hope we meet in a campground sometime. I grew up in a family of eight kids and can't wait to see how you camp. You are to be commended for even undertaking such a feat. What lucky kids to have parents like you. Good luck and happy camping. Old Guys
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:39 PM   #16
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We have a Salem 32BHDS it has double bunks across back plus a fold down couch and a separate single bed all behind one door. Then you could use your dinette and couch in living space for more beds. And then you also have a queen bed for parents in front of trailer. We only have two kids but it seems like we have nine. They have their only room basically and plenty of space as not to be under foot.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:29 PM   #17
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We have 7 kids. Not nine. I do have two other kids from an ex - but they are not with us on these outings.... so total nine kids, but only 7 camping. We will be a camping family of 9. Kids in order sddsssd.
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7 or 9.......still a good thing. Good on you and keep on camping. Old Guys
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