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Old 01-28-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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Mpg with toad and with out?

Prefer to hear from someone with a gas motor home. But has anyone did the math?
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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5 - 6 MPG
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Are you saying it cost a gal per mile to pull toad ?
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I have a 35' gas and without the toad I was about 7.5 MPG. I tow a jeep wrangler and get about 6.5 MPG
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We also saw about 1 mpg drop with our 98 PA (Chev 454) for towing vs no towing.

With our DP, it doesn't really seem to make much noticeable difference.
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I ran the question about a year ago on the Ford Chassis Forum, those who were calculating over the long haul generally were saying 1/2 mpg less with toad.
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In our 1999 V-10 37ft Pace Arrow Vision, we get 8.2 mpg, traveling at 62 MPH ( 2500 RPM) regardless if I have the toad ( 2000 lb Geo Tracker) or not .
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I have a 2002 Mountain Aire towing a 1999 Dodge Dakota and get on average 6 MPG.
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Thanks for the reply's. I am working on my case for no toad. I under stand the conversance of having one. But considering the idea we do a lot of squatting and don't like to leave my rig unattended very long anyhow. Bikes can be more healthy and think renting a car or motorcycle when needed can be a good option!
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Using a tow dolly with Honda Accord on it I got 7.5 mpg hand calculated. But I poke around at about 55-60 mph as I'm in no hurry to get anywhere. Now I am towing a Wrangler 4 down, but have not gotten to really test the mpg.
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Homeless - we currently tow a Goldwing GL1800 on an open trailer behind our DP. Mileage remains the same and cannot even tell it is back there. So far it has worked out great.
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We have a 38' Damon Challenger with a Ford V-10 and tow a Jeep Wrangler. We get pretty much the same mileage (7.5mpg) whether we are towing or not towing. We usually travel at speeds around 65-68 mph on limited access highways. Of course more slowly on secondary roads. Hilly terrain while running maximum AC seems to have the most noticeable effect on mpg.

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Thanks for the reply's. I am working on my case for no toad. I under stand the conversance of having one. But considering the idea we do a lot of squatting and don't like to leave my rig unattended very long anyhow. Bikes can be more healthy and think renting a car or motorcycle when needed can be a good option!
We too are weighing the pros and cons of a toad. Since we're only three months into full-timing, don't have a conclusion yet. MPG is not a major consideration for us, but anyone saying that adding 10% of weight behind their rig has no affect on gas mileage is either always going down hill or not very observant. It would have to make some difference. Most reports I've seen come to about 1 mpg.

So far we've rented a car for one day and didn't even need to do that. We just wanted to combine some city exploring and errands. There has been one day I would have preferred to have a car when our dog needed to go to the vet. We made the best of it by taking care of a few other things while in town.

I really enjoy the nimbleness of a 32' rv without towing. I back up and otherwise maneuver in tight spots quite often. I rarely worry about entering parking lots or gas stations or boondocking areas. We plan by the week for shopping and laundry. If we run out of bread, we go without.

Like I said, too early to make a definite conclusion, but am getting along fine without a toad for our current traveling preferences. If we routinely stayed in the same place for weeks or months at a time I would likely want a car.
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We had a 35 ft gas with the 310 horse power. I had the 5star tune in it. According to our scan guage I got 8.3 without the toad and 7.6 with the toad. When I filled up, the amount of gas seemed to correlate with the scan guage.
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