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Old 08-06-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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Honda Pilot and x17z

Recently purchased our first TT, a 2015 x17z, and pull it with a 2015 Honda Pilot AWD with a WDH. Knew gas mileage would drop, but was disappointed at 9mpg on our first trip. After returning home, we added a sway bar and lowered the ball height on the hitch, we'll see if that helps handling on the next trip. Any other insights, suggestions or experience using a Pilot to tow this model? How fast are you driving? Also wish the x17z's bumper could support a bike rack!
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:45 AM   #2
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That's not bad for a little V6 and a TT. Just due to the nature of pulling the trailer with a big frontage behind you, you will never get decent mileage with a gasser. It's been documented that you are going to get roughly 8-10 mpg, regardless of the tow vehicle or engine size.
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Congratulations! And welcome!

Mileage will be dismal towing any travel trailer. It's all about wind resistance vs. power. You are driving a brick, towing a bigger brick. Typically, depending on tow vehicle and weight of trailer one could see 8 mpg to 12 mpg.

My old rig was a 2003 Trailblazer towing a 2003 Kiwi 17a (ancestor of the X17Z). I often got 12 mpg. When I got the X20E and towed with the Trailblazer the first summer, I got 8 mpg. I get 10 towing the X20E with my Sierra.

EDIT: I just thought I'd ask what you are carrying in the back of your Pilot? Do you have kids? If not could you put the back seat down and remove the front wheels from the bikes and use a fork mount on a 2x4?
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:51 AM   #4
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I have seeing a lot of people report 10 mpg for gas powered vehicles.... I have the impression that if most of the trip is on a flat, the consumption will be very close independent of the "Rig" for most of the gas will be burned to brake the air resistance which should be pretty the same doesn't matter if you are towing a 30' travel trailer with a 6.0 V8 or a 17' travel trailer with a 3.0 V6.... an extreme case I saw was a BMW X5 (4.4V8) towing a 31 Airstream (8300 lbs) reporting 10 mpg too.... That being said I'm curious to hear other people experiences....
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Two boys; we stowed the 4 bikes in x17z, laid the dinette and sofa flat and stacked bikes on top, layered with blankets. It works, but it's a major pain and something eventually will get damaged/stratched.

Thanks for your comments! I was beginning to think I needed to get a different tow vehicle, but looks like poor gas mileage is just part of the camping package regardless of vehicle.
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Yep...We usually get anywhere from 8-11 MPG's depending on terrain and wind, and weather, etc...Too many variable in play. Worst we ever got was 7mpg going into 30-mph headwind through rolling hills....You'll be fine.
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Two boys; we stowed the 4 bikes in x17z, laid the dinette and sofa flat and stacked bikes on top, layered with blankets. It works, but it's a major pain and something eventually will get damaged/stratched.

Thanks for your comments! I was beginning to think I needed to get a different tow vehicle, but looks like poor gas mileage is just part of the camping package regardless of vehicle.
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Yep...We usually get anywhere from 8-11 MPG's depending on terrain and wind, and weather, etc...Too many variable in play. Worst we ever got was 7mpg going into 30-mph headwind through rolling hills....You'll be fine.
Any speed concerns? 60 - 65 mph?
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The faster you go, the more gas you'll burn, but with our midsize v6 tow vehicle, we do ok going 60-65. Keep it out of overdrive. If you hit the hills and heavy wind, and start to feel it struggling, go a gear lower--your engine might spin at 3500rpm's or so, but it'll be fine.
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Speed concerns?

Yep... plenty.. Don't be THAT GUY... in the fast lane, swerving around traffic, going 80mph.

Just the fact that you are towing a camper already puts you more into the danger zone for accidents. Take it easy... Only go as fast as you are comfortable with.. Your max speed should be no more than 65mph.. Personally, mine is 60mph (but that is just me).
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Just remember that wind resistance is exponential with speed... which means that double the speed may be 4 or more times the resistance power. So the difference between driving 55mph and 65mph (18%) can translate to a 30% increase in fuel consumption....
That is the reason why when driving @ 70mph (not towing) you are just touching the throttle and to drive @ 140 mph you are at maximum power...
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