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View Poll Results: What would be lowest mileage you would go? (mpg)
13-15 4 1.68%
11-13 14 5.88%
9-11 55 23.11%
7-9 78 32.77%
5-7 61 25.63%
4-5 19 7.98%
3 4 1.68%
2 2 0.84%
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:18 PM   #1
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What is worst gas mileage before it gets absurd?

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Someone recently said if you are concerned with mileage, you're in the wrong sport! Obviously if you RV, you already committed to buying A LOT of fuel. So....what is worst mileage you would tolerate before you would say, 'that's absurd' if it was any lower? For context, a recent 300 mile round trip RV excursion, gas here is 3.15/g for regular here. At my usual minimum mileage of 11 mpg towing, 86 bucks for fuel. Acceptable. But say I hypothetically got only 1 mpg. Fuel bill for same trip would be $945. I'm pretty sure this would be unacceptable to most of us. So......how low would you go????
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:23 PM   #3
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I had to add it. The site does not let you build the poll until you start thread. dumb.
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For me, if I am getting anything under 8, I would be worried that something is wrong with the truck. Of course conditions vary and there are some extreme ones where this might make sense, but even my old worn old truck with over 270k miles on it got more than 8 to the gallon!
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Well…my summer spot is at 9k feet and at some points 10% grade. I fill up at bottom of the mountain. Pulling about 8k I’m getting 3-4 mpg!! Click image for larger version

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Old 07-27-2021, 02:19 PM   #6
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What is worst gas mileage before it gets absurd?

For me, it is less the $/mile and more about how often I need to stop for gas. Right now I get about 8mpg which means that my light turns on around 2 1/2 hours (2011 Tundra which has a 26 gallon tank). Seems to add more than 10% to my travel time. If it got worse I wouldn’t be willing to go nearly as far as I do
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For me, it is less the $/mile and more about how often I need to stop for gas. Right now I get about 8mpg which means that my light turns on around 2 1/2 hours (2011 Tundra which has a 26 gallon tank). Seems to add more than 10% to my travel time. If it got worse I wouldn’t be willing to go nearly as far as I do
2-1/2 hours is about the range of my bladder. Gas stops are welcome about that time.
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:16 AM   #8
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I have been down this road before. Before I bought the TT I was a boater. Had a 30' cruiser with twin 350's for over 10 years. I love boats but got out of boating when gas prices got so high that I couldn't afford it anymore. Getting 1 or 2 mpg cruising gets real expensive real fast. After two years without any recreational toy I bought the TT.

When I first started RV'ing I had an interesting discussion with a camping neighbor who had, according to him, over 20 years RV'ing experience. He said that over the years he had pulled every combination you could think of - - small TV/light RV; small TV/heavy RV; big truck/small RV; big truck/big RV; gas TV/diesel TV; bumper pull/5th wheel, etc., etc..

The gist of his observations? No matter his setup, he averaged 12 mpg. I have had similar experiences.
My understanding is that big Class A's and C's get considerably less which is one reason I would never consider one.
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:26 AM   #9
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At 65mph I'm getting 9 to 11mpg on my Durango RT V8 Hemi. If I drive 55 I can get 10 to 12mpg. That's pretty good I think.
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When I go thru california its easy math.5 dollars a gallon fuel ,10 mpg.= 50cents a mile.reason I havent gone that way heading south for winter.
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I have had as low of 9-11 MPG with my truck and trailer when towing into a 40 MPH head wind in Texas, leaving Amarillo going home.

Most of the time my truck with the trailer attached will deliverer between 11 to 12 MPG when towing at 65MPH. In 6th gear turning 1,600 RPM's with boost pressure around 10PSI. Don't forget I am towing a 13'-6" wind brake behind the truck, a Cedar Creek 5th wheel.

I also do not worry about fuel cost it is just part of RV-ing to me. I have paid as high as $4.75 in 2008, at a Flying J in SD., to a low of $1.94 the next year (2009) towing up to WI. This year so far I have paid as high as $3.14 in MI towing the trailer when attached.
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No, but most sane people have their limit on how much they are willing to dish out, and the majority on this poll say that's 7-9 mpg, which actually surprises me so far.
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Since I have the trailer and truck now. It does not matter. I am going camping. FYI. Flat terrain, no wind at 61 mph. 11-12 MPG.

Before I bought the Trailer if I had known it would be under say 7 MPG I would be scratching my head a little. Hmmmm
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I clicked on 3 by accident. I meant to click on 4-5.

I average around 9 mpg, and have had as low as 6 and as high as 12 for a tankful of gas. If I were averaging below 6, it would make me seriously reconsider owning an RV.
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Thanks for explanation! I know guys with giant motorhomes that only get 4 mpg on highway if they try to keep up with flow of traffic. I'm guessing that may be the lowest mpg tolerable, but there are always a few deep pockets that cost is no object for, hence the one, two, or three mpg choices.
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I've seen 7 MPG when boondocking deep in the woods or climbing 11,500 ft. mountain passes. That made my eyes pop a bit.
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Just got back from a 7500 trip with F350 and Cedar Creek 5er. average mileage for the trip was 9.8 as we were in the rocky mountains a lot. We saw Diesel fuel as low as $2.89 in Nebraska, $3.19 in the upper midwest except Illinois $3.45. Montana $3.39, Salt Lake $3.75, southern Utah was the highest at $4.09. Here in the Phoenix area it's $3.09.
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I've seen 7 MPG when boondocking deep in the woods or climbing 11,500 ft. mountain passes. That made my eyes pop a bit.
Sometimes my Scan Gauge shows 3-4 mpg going up hills, but then going down it can be 18-20 mph. I only look at trip mileage now.

Total miles driven divided by total gallons purchased. All that really matters is the size of the credit card bill at the end of the month.
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Voted 5-7.

We did the car road-trip/motel/hotel and condo thing for years. Never more! Got our RV to be done with that kind of travel.

We have planned our high mileage trips for the next few years and hopefully gas prices will stay moderate. When gas prices get ridiculous, and I think we'll see $5-6/gal minimum national average as the new baseline, we'll just not be able to travel as far.
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