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Old 01-29-2014, 07:55 AM   #29
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Can't tell a difference with or without, but look what MPG the toad is getting!

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Old 01-29-2014, 09:21 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Mody n Domy View Post
I think you will find that driving faster than 60mph or into a head wind or on hilly, mountain roads will affect your millage most. We have a 38' Workhorse gas MH and have gotten 5.2mpg (head wind) and as much as 8.6mpg (tail wind an a flat road). But we average about 7mpg just moving around from campground to campground.
I agree.

The funny thing though is I get BETTER gas mileage when I tow - because I tend to drive a little slower, accelerate slower, take hills at a slower pace, etc etc etc. This all goes to show that being light on the accelerator pays dividends and for me the toad makes me slow down for some reason.

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Old 01-29-2014, 09:30 AM   #31
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Same as others

I have kept gas log since purchase and over about 8,000 miles now. 2004 National Seabreeze 1341, Ford V-10, towing 2007 Chevy Malibu. My overall average is 7.4 MPG, has varied a little on different terrains, weather and stop and go traffic, but no very much. Have no measurable difference with or without toad. I pretty much run 55-60, with or without toad.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:48 AM   #32
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When my Gasser was new (8.1L 38' long) I did not notice any difference between towing and bobtail.. The "Towed" was a 1992 Chevy Lumina APV with an Axle Lock. So when towing it was a true trailer. It weighs 4,000 pounds curb weight, and it had a "Spoiler" for improved air flow. But I got 8mpg towing or not.

Then I waxed the motor home and MPG went up,, I will not say how much cause folks do not believe it but it's the 2nd vehicle that has shown that kind of improvement (it is also the 2nd vehicle I bought new, the other one was the other one).

Today I tow a 2001 Dodge Neon, 2500 pounds with a lube pump instead of an axle lock.. This costs me about 1 MPG to tow.

Different air flow, does not spoil as well as the APV did, plus the added drag of the transmission and differential ring and pinion gears as opposed to only the side gears on the APV.

ONE of the reasons I prefer the Axle lock to the lube pump, but alas, not practical on the Neon.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:04 AM   #33
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I tow a 2004 Honda CRV behind my 1999 fleetwood with V10. 50 to 55 on back roads and 60 to 65 on interstate and I average 8 MPG with or without a tow.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:09 AM   #34
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I vote for a toad. Some day your MH will brake down....perhaps in a very remote location. It is very nice to have a spare vehicle right there ready to go. Don't ask me how I know! I wouldn't worry about the difference in gas mileage.

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