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Old 04-28-2011, 10:12 AM   #31
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When traveling distances, we use the interstates and (other than Cali where cars/trailers are restricted to 55) we drive 65mph max. Our mpg stays consistent at 9mpg. Haven't gone faster than 65, so can't tell ya what the mpg does there
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #32
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Ditto Crabman and tafische. Just accept it, mileage sucks when towing. We got 10 to 11 with our big diesel towing our former TT at just 6000#, and we brought this new one, about 9000#, 975 miles home last week and got 9 mpg. And the week before last we drove that truck 2000 miles and averaged 17 mpg not towing. My guess is the lower mileage with the new TT is more due to its being a foot taller than weighing more. My personal opinion is that the real advantage to pulling with a diesel is they're made to work hard, less so on the fuel economy. And at 40 cents a gallon more than unleaded, any advantage in mileage is given back in cost. But there's no reason this engine won't go 300k.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:06 AM   #33
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My last trip I kept it at 60 MAX and let my GPS calculate mileage.. 13.11 mpg Going from SoCal to Sask Canada via Montana 1999 miles. Way better than the 9.5 I got on the way down..
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:13 PM   #34
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That is pretty good mileage Seann. Next fall you will be going down on the map all the way. You should be good for 15mpg. :hihi:
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:46 AM   #35
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120 mile trip this last weekend in my rig. Programmed the Cortex for heavy tow, kept it no more than 65, very hilly terrain, averaged 8.8.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:38 AM   #36
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tahoe 5.4l towing jayfeather 5800lbs GVW - 590 miles each way last weekend from northern IL to knoxville, TN. 9.8 mpg on the way down, 10.7 on the way back up. I stayed at about 62-63mph both ways - the difference was that I used the cruise control heavily on the way down and not at all on the way back.

The truck liked to downshift on smaller hills with the cruise on. I could let the speed drop and avoid the downshift when manually on the gas pedal.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:52 PM   #37
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tahoe 5.4l towing jayfeather 5800lbs GVW - 590 miles each way last weekend from northern IL to knoxville, TN. 9.8 mpg on the way down, 10.7 on the way back up. I stayed at about 62-63mph both ways - the difference was that I used the cruise control heavily on the way down and not at all on the way back.

The truck liked to downshift on smaller hills with the cruise on. I could let the speed drop and avoid the downshift when manually on the gas pedal.
A Ford 5.4L in a Tahoe?

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That is pretty good mileage Seann. Next fall you will be going down on the map all the way. You should be good for 15mpg. :hihi:
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:11 AM   #39
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I think a half ton, i.e. F-150 or 1500 would give you a better all around towing experience, and should give you 10+ mpg in all around towing. I get 10 towing a 6500 lb trailer. Good gas mileage is hard to achieve even with some of the lighter trailers due to the frontal surface of the trailer and wind drag.
You were right, again! Shortly after the original post, we traded for a Ford F-150.
We get 10+, and can do the speed limit.
We made 15 trips this season, some long, mostly local. The new truck and the 17z made for an enjoyable season.
As for now, I have winterized the 17z and am looking for my snow shovel. Darn.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:43 PM   #40
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mileage

I tow a Skylark with a 2010 Toyota 4 runner, v6, 4.0. Should be similar engine to your Tacoma. This past summer we did about 10000 miles going from NH, coast of Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and then down to NC etc.
I averaged about 14.5 miles pulling the trailer. Had no water in trailer and we travel light.
No matter what I do, my mileage seems to stay right near that area. When travelling is dips down, goes up at times but in all near 15 per gallon. Am very pleased.
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