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Old 03-14-2014, 02:01 PM   #1
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Aerodynamics and fuel savings

Here is a picture of a nose cone (www.nosecone.com) attached to a travel trailer. Something like the picture here is about $728 plus shipping. You install it (DIY) or drive to California and have the company do it.

It can even be installed (for those with a window in front) with a hinge across the top of the nose cone with pressure gas shocks to lift it like a hatch and fastened at the bottom with those rubber hood latches found on tractor trailer fenders.

Just wanted everyone here to see that it is available for our units, even the 7' Swifts's Part Number NC58-RM2 (They will trim to 84")

Spoke with their service dept. Here is a snippit of our conversation:

"No more white knuckle driving" is the best comment! The comments always include, "less trailer sway when being passed by a big truck, I no longer have to watch my rear view mirror and grip the wheel tight when a big truck is coming from behind". Fuel economy improves by 10 up to 20% depending on gas or diesel power. The trailer is less affected by wind. Able to climb hills easier and with less downshifting. More power!!
Kathy Rose.

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Old 03-15-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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Don't see the need. My W Hawk pulls easy without any sway at all. Wondering why I would want to spend this amount of $$$'s to bet on a 10 0r 20 % fuel savings. Product looks like you bolted on one of my grandkid's plastic splash pool.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:26 AM   #3
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I might consider it if I was a snowbird who took my TT from Michigan to Florida every year. Even then, I would think it would take years to pay itself.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:42 AM   #5
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Looks like the same product that is added on flat front semi-trailers, see them often going down the highway.

IMO the manufacture's claims may be a little on the aggressive side, but I'm sure it would improve on some wind resistance characteristics. After all most FW's and some TT's (i.e.; Eagle) have rounded front caps.

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Trucking fleets use items like these because they can realize the efficencies due to the volume of trucks in their fleet. Would take a few years to recoup the savings this may or may not produce. I seriously doubt an individual would see a 10-20% mpg increase using this item. At the end of the day you are till dragging a parachute behind you and the drag will always be present. SLowing down is still the most effective way to increase your mpgs.
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I've often wondered how effective the spoilers are that you see on roof top of TVs ahead of the truck bed and TT
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You will not own the RV or drive far enough for that to ever pay for itself.. I have a highrise campershell on the back of my truck that does the same thing as this does (no I did not buy it for mileage gains but for storage security) It makes a difference in mileage but not enough to justify it as a fuel saving feature.
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You guys are all correct. It will take time to pay itself back. But thats not the point. The point is this product reduces drag which pays back in fuel savings on every fill up. I am only showing other owners whats available. New owners who complain about fuel costs can realize savings with this install. Some new mfgs know the reality of aerodynamic and the proof is in the shapes of the fronts on many of the newest models on the market. I know, from experience, when i pull my trailer, my fuel economy is cut in half. That means $50 min on each fillup. If i travel to South Florida and back to Canada (Toronto) thats roughly 6 fillups down and 6 fillups. Saving 20% is huge, especially for Canadians with an $0.89 dollar exchange. If i can save $10 to $15 bucks each fill, my trip will save me one fillup.

Anyway, this was posted to show owners that there are options and that paying attention to aerodynamics is real.

What you choose to do with this info is up to you.

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Let's us know how it goes over time Scott.

Thanks for the interesting post
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