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Old 05-20-2014, 08:47 PM   #51
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Thx Dick ... We're gonna have to meet up sometime, somewhere in The Valley!
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:28 PM   #52
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Our last trip

We just returned from a 4400 km (2750 mile) trip pulling our 5.0 with our 2011 Frontier. We traveled from Calgary, down through Montana, Idaho, Oregon, up the coast to Washington, up to B.C., and back along highway 3 to Calgary. Whew!

We went up (and down) a LOT OF PASSES, and avoided interstates at all cost. If I did it right, there is an attached pic of our rig at the top of Lolo Pass in Idaho. We also pulled up the Kootenay (Salmo-Creston) pass, which is higher and steeper (5823 ft).

We never felt under powered, but we did not push it either. I just calculated the mileage for the trip -- we averaged 19.7 miles per imperial gallon (16.4 mpg US), which we are very happy with.

Does anyone else track their mileage?

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Old 06-04-2014, 07:38 PM   #53
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We just returned from a 4400 km (2750 mile) trip pulling our 5.0 with our 2011 Frontier. ... I just calculated the mileage for the trip -- we averaged 19.7 miles per imperial gallon (16.4 mpg US), which we are very happy with.

Does anyone else track their mileage?

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We usually get about 14 to 15mpg with our rig. 2008 5.0 pulled by 2011 Frontier Pro-4X.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:50 AM   #54
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We don't have the 4 wheel drive, which might explain the difference

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Old 06-05-2014, 10:47 AM   #55
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We don't have the 4 wheel drive, which might explain the difference

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I think so too. My understanding is that 4wd vehicles get a little worse mileage than the same 2wd even when not using the 4wd feature.
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My understanding is that 4wd vehicles get a little worse mileage than the same 2wd even when not using the 4wd feature.
Yes, due to extra weight and extra moving parts (because some parts move even when not driving the vehicle). Also, 4WD vehicles tend to have different tires with more drag (due to blocky tread patterns and extra width), although that is certainly not required for 4WD. 4WD vehicles also tend to be set up to sit higher off the ground than the 2WD version of the same vehicle, creating more aerodynamic drag (although this would not be significant while trailer towing). All of these factors probably apply to the Frontier to some extent.
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