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Old 06-19-2014, 09:00 PM   #71
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Donna,
I read somewhere that every 100 lbs will impact 1% fuel efficiency. Thus another 2000 lbs will mean maybe a 20% hit. Thus 18 mpg could drop to 14 mpg.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:02 PM   #72
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I read somewhere that every 100 lbs will impact 1% fuel efficiency. Thus another 2000 lbs will mean maybe a 20% hit. Thus 18 mpg could drop to 14 mpg.
Better than 12mpg . I'll leave the heavy BBW grill and Dutch Ovens at home.... thank goodness for paper plates and a microwave! hahahahhahaha
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:04 PM   #73
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Inertia isn't good for fuel economy, because it takes power to overcome it to get going, and unless you are driving a hybrid with regenerative braking you don't get that power back when braking.
Brian, sometimes you make my head hurt...
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Brian, sometimes you make my head hurt...
Reality - not always as simple as we would like.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:18 PM   #75
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It will be what it will be. I'm not going to give up camping with my new all molded towable because of fuel mileage or size of tires or NOTHING. If I don't like my MPG, I'll figure it out (SLOW DOWN) or the tires on my trailer aren't rated for 80 MPH (99% aren't, SLOW DOWN).

Most important to me (YMMV) will be the journey, making memories and crossing off things on my bucket list... not getting a headache based on statistics or other "stuff." YMMV
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:24 PM   #76
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Donna,
You might want to have ETI leave out the tank level monitors, just for peace of mind. I find the more I know the higher my level of anxiety.
Ignorance is bliss.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:28 PM   #77
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Glenn, I thoughly understand. Sometimes technology drives brain stress. I'm so used to water in/water out... if the sensors die.. it really doesn't matter much to me. I use my eyes and my ears!

Sorta like knowing when there's problems with the tug. Because you can "feel" it in your butt or the bottom of your foot.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:16 AM   #78
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As I stated in a previous post its been my experience that the single biggest factor for us with mpg is to slow down. It seems with our set up that 100 km/hr seems to be a breaking point for mileage. If I keep it right at 100 or under and am not a cowboy on the hills we can get in the 13-15 mpg range but as soon as my foot gets heavy it gets bad in a hurry.
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Dave,
So if I'm hearing you right, your sweet spot is 62 mph or 100 KM/hour. I'm aware of the 55-60 mph sweet in the Ram and try to keep it there. Maybe I should also look at my avg mph speed. This 12 mpg number is for approximately 10 x 10 hour driving days or 100 hours @ 60 mph average. This means I may drive a little faster and when you consider fuel/bath stops it lowers the average. I'll have to do some more math.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:23 PM   #80
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If anyone is in the market for a new vehicle, I highly recommend the new Ram 1500 with the V-6 eco-diesel. We have a crew cab short bed, 4x4, 8 speed auto. With no trailer and driving on the highway we get 25 - 26mpg (Florida to Chilliwack). We just picked up our new 5.0 TA ( limited mileage at this point) and when towing it drops to 19 - 21 mpg. I would avoid the 'rambox & air suspension' option if you opt for the 5.0 as it creates interference issues with a 5th wheel hitch. As we head back to Florida, we will get more accurate mileage figures and will update.
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