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Old 06-28-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Fuel efficient tow vehicle.

Between now and February when we pick up our new 17b, I need to buy a tow vehicle with a 3,500 pound tow capacity. I have one narrowly framed question about fuel efficiency: what year, make, and model (4, 6, or 8 cylinder?) vehicle do you have, what do you tow, and what average mpg do you get while towing?

Gas at $3/gallon is not a big issue, but who knows what it will cost a few years from now. This info will be a big help to me...thanks!!
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:52 PM   #2
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2015 Ford F150 4x2 Supercrew, 2.7L Ecoboost V6, Escape 19, 16 MPG towing. (25.8 not towing)

Oh, and don't forget Steve - where and how you drive is a big factor in fuel economy.
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Old 06-28-2015, 05:31 PM   #3
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2012 Rav 4 with the tow package is an option. 23 mpg alone. 15 mpg towing our 17b with ac and solar panel.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:47 PM   #4
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2011 Ford Ranger FX4 4.0V6

Only two trips, less than 600 miles total, since getting our Escape 17B -- 16.7 US miles per US gallon <g> -- without any significant hills, but combination of city congestion and slow gravel roads.

Time will tell.

Side note: towed Boler 13 with '95 Ranger 4.0V6 5-speed manual for seven years, many trips throughout WA, OR, NV, AZ, UT, CA, long-term range 19-29 MPG, avg 23-24 (yes, that's US gallons). Replaced Ranger in 2011 with auto transmission (reluctantly, hate the damn thing!) because according to Ford manual transmission tow limit 1,200 lbs, auto transmission 5,600 lbs, everything else identical on truck! First thing that happened is that not-towing mileage dropped from 29-32 highway MPG to 23-25, and towing Boler dropped to 19-22 (avg 19.7) on 2,400 mile trip through out Eastern Oregon.

So, about a 20% hit just for changing transmissions. But if I can maintain 16-17 pulling the Escape, I guess I'll be happy enough.

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Old 06-28-2015, 06:49 PM   #5
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... what year, make, and model (4, 6, or 8 cylinder?) vehicle do you have...
One suggestion: ask what engine people have, not the number of cylinders. Often a model will have two or more quite different engine choices with the same number of cylinders.

For example, Robert listed his F-150 engine specifically as "2.7L Ecoboost V6", which is good, because an F-150 is currently available with three different V6 engine choices, varying widely in maximum power output and fuel consumption. Even listing just displacement (2.7L in this example) is not enough, because sometimes you'll find that there are two significantly engines of the same displacement; in the F-150 case one 3.5L is turbocharged (the EcoBoost - that's what Ford calls their current turbo engines) and the other 3.5L is not.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:56 PM   #6
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My Ranger is rated at 5,600 lbs -- but I'm not at all sure I'd want to tow something heavier than my 17B with it, or that I'd want to tow the 17B with a vehicle rated at 3,500 -- that's my personal comfort-level feeling.

Gas at $3/USgallon!? I (we Canadians) should be so lucky! This week we're closer to or even above $5!
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2011 Ford Ranger FX4 4.0V6


Side note: towed Boler 13 with '95 Ranger 4.0V6 5-speed manual for seven years, many trips throughout WA, OR, NV, AZ, UT, CA, long-term range 19-29 MPG, avg 23-24 (yes, that's US gallons). Replaced Ranger in 2011 with auto transmission (reluctantly, hate the damn thing!) because according to Ford manual transmission tow limit 1,200 lbs, auto transmission 5,600 lbs, everything else identical on truck! First thing that happened is that not-towing mileage dropped from 29-32 highway MPG to 23-25, and towing Boler dropped to 19-22 (avg 19.7) on 2,400 mile trip through out Eastern Oregon.

So, about a 20% hit just for changing transmissions. But if I can maintain 16-17 pulling the Escape, I guess I'll be happy enough.

Happy trails.

FX4 has the 4:10 rear end which adds to the "hit", reg. 4x2 has a 3:55 and the reg 4X4 has a 3.73

I've pulled a Classic 5.0 for 4 years with my Sport 4X4 (3.73) and average 18 mpg imperial, 3800 lbs total weight. Prior to that I pulled a 17B with it and averaged 18.5 mpg imperial, 2900 lbs total weight. I've found that weight has less to do with the mileage than wind resistance; wind resistance is a big hit. Not towing on the highway I get 23 and mixed driving gives me around 20.

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My Ranger is rated at 5,600 lbs -- but I'm not at all sure I'd want to tow something heavier than my 17B with it, or that I'd want to tow the 17B with a vehicle rated at 3,500...
Different vehicles with the same tow rating can have very different characteristics. A full-size truck with a big powerful engine might have the same 5,600 lb rating as the Ranger, and be much more stable and capable. One vehicle rated at 3,500 pounds (such as a short-wheelbase SUV) might be marginal for an Escape 17B, while another (such as my long-wheelbase Sienna) might very capably tow a larger trailer than that.

I would not assess the suitability of a tug based on only its rating. I see no reason to allow some arbitrary margin between the rating and the actual trailer weight.

I'm not suggesting ignoring the tow rating. It is a limit to heed; it's just not the full story by itself.
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Maurerl: your post raises a different question: I assumed one would tow a trailer with an automatic transmission. Is a manual transmission a viable alternative? Thanks.
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2015 Ford F150 4x2 Supercrew, 2.7L Ecoboost V6, Escape 19, 16 MPG towing. (25.8 not towing)

Oh, and don't forget Steve - where and how you drive is a big factor in fuel economy.
2014 Ford F150 4x4 Crewcab, 2.7L Ecoboost V6, Escape 5.0TA, 11 MPG uphill, 20+MPG downhill Averages 16mpg towing (21.2 non-towing) And, I typically drive around 57mph towing.
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