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Old 09-27-2013, 08:41 AM   #11
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Wayne, the Ford is an 08 and the Avalanche is an 07. I have no idea about the gear ratios, both are equipped with the factory towing package. I had never pulled a trailer before, so maybe I just expected too much. That is why I posted on here to see what others have experienced. I thank you for your input very much.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:52 AM   #12
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Wayne, the Ford is an 08 and the Avalanche is an 07. I have no idea about the gear ratios, both are equipped with the factory towing package. I had never pulled a trailer before, so maybe I just expected too much. That is why I posted on here to see what others have experienced. I thank you for your input very much.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:08 AM   #13
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We average 24MPG normal use....and 16-17MPG towing @ 3,200# (TT + Payload)....

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Old 09-27-2013, 09:17 AM   #14
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I have a 2000, 23b Kiwi and a 2012 F150STX.... no power struggle and I get 11-14mpg at best pulling it with a full load in the truck (bikes, wood, 5 people, 2 dogs ect.) I have found that tire pressure, weight distribution from the hitch and excess weight in the TT can cause less mpg. I have done several things to the weight distribution better. One is I never travel with water in the tanks (or very little) I keep some in the truck if needed. I have seen people load everything in the TT because of the room....wrong answer! I have also seen the folks who, "don't want to forget anything", overload the TT. Also make sure of the placement of your hitch arm mounting brackets so that the chains are straight. Try to find the most level spot you can park in with the TT attached to see if your hitch is set at the right height as well. Hope this helps!
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #15
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Think of the trailer as a large parachute -- it was quite the change from towing our old pop-up. Towing the 17Z with our 09 Honda Pilot usually yields 9-12 mpg (usually get 21-22mpg). We usually keep the speed under 62mph on major highways.

Funny thing -- we got better gas mileage (12.7mpg) driving from Salida, CO to Durango, CO in the mountains (Route 50 to Route 550) than we got driving anywhere else.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:48 AM   #16
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When I had my '03 Kiwi 17a typically I got 11/12. 13 when the wind was behind me. Worst I got was 9 towing in head winds across SD and MN on the way back from Yellowstone. With the X20E I get about 11 (about 1k lbs heavier). Both trailers have been towed with my Trailblazer.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of variables but the best thing you can do to keep the mileage reasonable is limit your speed. Find the "sweet spot". With my Kiwi 17a the sweet spot was 62/63 mph. With the X20E my sweet spot is 60 mph. I can drop my mileage down to 8 just by running at 65. Every vehicle and trailer combo is going to behave differently from one another. Other factors are tire PSI on both the TV and trailer, proper hitch setup, and how much of your TV's payload is being used.
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DocBrown -- why not just plug in the Mr. Fusion to power your TV, or does that only work on Deloreans? 1.21 Gigawatts!
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:58 PM   #18
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My 07 Silverado is similar to your Avalanche. I have the 5.3 with 3.42 gears but tow a 5300 lb 26BH and got about 10 mpg (55-60 mph) on our last long trip.
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Wayne, the Ford is an 08 and the Avalanche is an 07. I have no idea about the gear ratios, both are equipped with the factory towing package. I had never pulled a trailer before, so maybe I just expected too much. That is why I posted on here to see what others have experienced. I thank you for your input very much.

Ah, being new to this I can see how it may appear they are struggling. What you are experiencing is towing, much different that just driving around w/out a trailer behind you. I would agree that it's like pulling a parachute, your vehicles engine and transmission have to work harder and will act differently when towing. Either of those vehicles should be fine pulling an X17Z.

Getting around 10mpg is fairly average for those vehicles, as mentioned by others, watch your speed as it has a big impact on fuel economy. Remember, trailer tires are rated for a max of 65mph, I personally never go over 63, typically average around 60mph.
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The mileage you are experiencing is about what I got when towing with my 5.3 1500 with 3.73 rear. 9-10 mpg with 11 being the best I ever got towing my rig. The 2500 with the 6.0 averages about 9.
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