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Old 06-01-2011, 10:09 AM   #11
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Seems that low rpms in a high gear, and high rpms in a low gear suck the gas pretty bad when you are towing.

If you are able to make the low rpm/high gear choice because of tail wind, level or slight down hill grade, or drafting, that helps fuel efficiency a lot. But you have little power on demand.

High rpm low gear probably isn't the best choice for mileage, but under stress (and towing is a stress) it's the best way to go, IMO, in regards to safety and ride comfort. Plus, the transmission never has to hunt for the right gear.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:44 AM   #12
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Considering that ST tires on most trailers are only rated for 65mph, I would definitely not go over 65mph. I have had a tire fail on me because I did a 2400 mile trip at 65-75mph. It survived the trip, but after sitting for the winter, it had gone flat. When I inflated it, I noticed that the sidewall resembled a washboard. The excessive speed had obviously damaged the sidewall belts.

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Old 06-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #13
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Looks llike the concensus is drag so far (which I agree). With that being said has anybody ever slipped in behind an 18 wheeler and gained MPG from the drafting? Just curious...

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Old 06-01-2011, 10:35 PM   #14
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I think it is drag, I believe weight down low would be much easier to pull.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:39 PM   #15
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I wouldn't even tail gate an 18 wheeler with a m/c! (actually saw one hit the back of the truck once when the truck had to brake suddenly). Pulling from my science classes as a kid, but I'm guessing the only way you're going to benefit from drafting, is to be riding the driver's rear bumper. I'd rather eat the mileage rather than a trailer's bumper when I don't have the time to react and stop suddenly if needed.... jes' saying....
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:16 AM   #16
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Actually you would be suprised on the benefits of following a (slow moving semi) down a highway. For the people that have transversed the highways going across the plains states you know all too well that a you could get a headwind up to 50MPH. I can tell you that getting a large truck in front with a headwind your way you will save on gas :hihi:
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:20 AM   #17
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Leroy2u I have drafted, for a mile or so so there wasn't any benifit durived, but when I backed of I could really feel the turbulance when I got out of his (or her) draft, it was dramatic.
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Thanks Larry...
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Had 2 different travel trailers, both within 400 lbs fully loaded, same truck pulling, same length, the only thing different is the height of the Jayco compared to the other trailer. The height on the jayco is about 12-14 inches lower, have gone to the same campgrounds and the mileage is about 1 to 1 1/2 more miles per gallon. Did not drive any different with either one. Hope this helps Ernie
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