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Old 09-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #11
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There are tons of threads like this, and the consensus I see is, it's all about wind resistance. Ask an over-the-road trucker how much improvement they get running the trailer full or empty. It's pretty close. RV TVs just get ten mpg towing. Not a whole lot of variance for most, except for the known guzzlers, like the V10. My dually diesel got ten average towing our toyhauler empty, 5800# and ten with two quads on it. Same truck gets ten average pulling about 9500# with the new TT. I've run at 55 for a mileage test and couldn't improve over the 62 I normally run. I imagine if I ran a thousand miles at 55 vs a thou at 62 there'd be a difference, but probably not enough to warrant the extra hours in the cab.

I get about 13 mpg pulling 7800# of hay that's only about a foot taller than my cap. The hay load has about a fourth the frontal exposure as the trailers. And I got right at 17 on a 1700 mile trip not towing. This is all just my read and my personal experience. Your experience may vary.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:19 PM   #12
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #13
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cekkk - don't know about V-10s being "known guzzlers". Seems to me that my 11-12 mpg is every bit as good as others with averages of 10 mpg, don't you ? And when diesel is 70-80 cents higher per gallon than regular gas, well - you do the math. JMHO
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:49 PM   #14
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My Excursion--Wt 7360 pounds, Full of fuel, 75 lbs of toolbox. In town no tow 10- 10 1/2. On highway 13-13 1/2. Best was 16 mpg with tail wind. Towing with 9500 lbs of trailer 9-10 mpg going eastbound, 8-9 going westbound. If going into head wind can watch gas guage go down. But the Excursion does what I want it to do and it is paid for.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:37 AM   #15
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:02 PM   #16
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When towing the Heartland I had, even though it was about 1500 pounds lighter then the Jayco I got about 1-1 1/2 miles less per gallon. Because that trailer was about 14-18 inches higher. That made a differance when going into the wind.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:41 PM   #17
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When towing the Heartland I had, even though it was about 1500 pounds lighter then the Jayco I got about 1-1 1/2 miles less per gallon. Because that trailer was about 14-18 inches higher. That made a differance
Or could it just be that you were running 85 on the 10 racing to Barro's?!?
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:18 PM   #18
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When walking around the campground recently, I happened to notice that a lot of other RV's steps looked to be higher off the ground(bottom step). I had recently purchased those metal step braces that screw up and down and that is why I happened to notice. Any who, are Jayco's perhaps a little lower to the ground or is it my imagination?
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:57 PM   #19
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Craig never thought about that. you could be right.
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krackeer yep on the heartland we had to buy a step that they sell at camping world cause of the height.
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