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Old 08-03-2013, 10:39 PM   #41
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And, just to meld it with another thread, you should clean the aerators on the taps in the trailer from time to time, because, just as the gas pump shuts down from back pressure, your fresh water pump will shut down if flow is restricted by debris in the aerator.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:02 AM   #42
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All gas fueled vehicles manufactured in the past decade or so use charcoal canisters (not filters) to temporarily store hydrocarbon vapors from the fuel tank. Under ideal circumstances the power control module energizes a purge control solenoid and engine manifold vacum draws the vapors in the the intake system and then they are then consumed in the combustion chamber.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:52 AM   #43
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And on the other hand, i've been at a few different gas pumps when it shuts off at only 1/2 tank! You drive away feeling like you aren't using much gas at all! Only to look at the gauge & get disappointed.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:02 PM   #44
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And on the other hand, i've been at a few different gas pumps when it shuts off at only 1/2 tank! You drive away feeling like you aren't using much gas at all! Only to look at the gauge & get disappointed.
That is why I check the gauge before I drive off. A few years ago I got gas at a station somewhere north of Valdez. They did not know they were out of gas and the meter said I had taken 20 gallons. My low fuel light turned off. But my gauge was still below a quarter tank. The owner went out and measured his tank--empty.

I also learned to fill early and often when traveling rural roads in Alaska. I had passed one station because I was down only a quarter of a tank--and the next three stations in Milepost were out of business or out of gas.

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #45
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Tire Pressure?

I am positive that when coming home from Chilliwack I saw a 2-3 US MPG increase when I inflated the tires to 47PSI. They told me at Escape to run at 42PSI for a better ride...but then...I started wondering who was riding back there?

Next time out I'll try the rated 50PSI, unless I hear a big negative here.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:32 PM   #46
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50 psi is the number I have always used.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:00 PM   #47
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When we picked up our used 5.0 in Chilliwack they told us to run at 40psi. We did that for a day or two and then went up to 45psi and it felt like it towed much better...less drag.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:57 AM   #48
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I too keep my trailer tires 50 psi all the time. In my mind I see no reason not too, and a few benefits for doing so, mainly less rolling resistance, and better lateral stability.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:10 PM   #49
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An interesting article in Consumer Reports August 2013. Speed does make a difference as does putting stuff on top of your car. Obviously towing makes a difference but drag and speed still have a big impact even when towing. See the following charts:
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I read someplace that it takes twice the amount of fuel to get a vehicle to 55 mph than at 35 mph. Just think we all could get 60 mpg if we drove @ 35 mph!!
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