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Old 01-03-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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Getting ready for first trip after loosing 500 pounds! Replaced 3,000 pound Jeep with 2,500 pound Fiesta. Hope to see at least a small bump in mpg.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:18 AM   #2
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Hee hee! Had me for a few seconds there.

Not that i would follow any diet.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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I'm with you Wayne!

In High School, I was thin, muscled, and fit.

In the Navy for 20 years I was within Military fitness specs.

As a Trucker, I worked my butt off so was is a pudgy, but still very fit.

Now in my final retirement, I'm Old, Fat, AND ugly, and I'm going to stay that way. Life is too short to not have well marbled T-Bone steaks with buttered spuds, and followed with a good helping of Ice Cream in front of the TV.

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Getting ready for first trip after loosing 500 pounds! Replaced 3,000 pound Jeep with 2,500 pound Fiesta. Hope to see at least a small bump in mpg.

I hope you see that bump, but if I was a betting man I would bet that it doesn't make even 1 MPG difference. Hope I'm wrong!

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I'm with you Wayne!

In High School, I was thin, muscled, and fit.

In the Navy for 20 years I was within Military fitness specs.

As a Trucker, I worked my butt off so was is a pudgy, but still very fit.

Now in my final retirement, I'm Old, Fat, AND ugly, and I'm going to stay that way. Life is too short to not have well marbled T-Bone steaks with buttered spuds, and followed with a good helping of Ice Cream in front of the TV.

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Ed, when I graduated from HS in 1957 I weighed 120 lbs soaking wet! I stayed that way for a long time, but my luck ran out! Now I weigh 215 lbs and my New Year's resolution is to get back down to 175 this year. All that weight has taken a toll on my knees and ankles and I'm concerned about other problems that could develop. Eat an extra bowl of ice cream for me and wish me luck!

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Getting ready for first trip after loosing 500 pounds! Replaced 3,000 pound Jeep with 2,500 pound Fiesta. Hope to see at least a small bump in mpg.
From Jeep to Fiesta you should not detect an MPG difference. Your toad weight is down by 17%, over-all weight down by about .2%, but the smaller tires have higher rolling resistance.

Close to a wash. Sorry about that.

After 1 year of F/T, I found about 250 lbs of stuff that had not been used or needed, only had a nice long ride. Donated all of it. Saw no difference except the handling improved a shade.
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Agree with Dave...you're not going to see any difference. Not over the long haul anyway.
I haven't seen an RV yet that got better mileage due to dropping 500lbs in load. As Dave pointed out, it's such a small amount compared to the overall weight of the rig that it just doesn't matter.

And...even if it did, it'd be maybe a tenth or two, and would that really matter? Going from 7.2mpg to 7.3mpg is about the cost of a burger over 10,000 miles

RVs suck gas, period. I always get a kick when a non-RVer asks me what I get for mileage while I'm filling up at the pumps. I usually say "Oh...somewhere between 22 and 24mpg"...then chuckle when their jaw drops.

Some of the newer DPs are getting 10 or so, and that would be a nice improvement over my 7-7.5mpg, but not willing to trade (spend another $30k?) to get that.

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Methinks little or no difference in fuel consumption will be realized.
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I agree with the previous replies. When I don't tow my 3500# toad I gain about 7/10 of a gal. per mile. So If I were able to trim 500# I would think I might save 1/10 of a gal per mile. Let us know what your results are.

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500 lbs.. Hah! you could probably empty it and it would still get the same mileage. Its more a factor of pushing 25,000 lb wall through the air at 65 MPH
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My sister in law always brags on her mileage on a Mini Cooper. When i consider her weight versus my weight, plus i am towing a Jeep. I get better mileage. Burns her up, but makes me feel better. Just saying, if you want better mileage don't drive an rv.
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You may or may not. I replaced a 4,000 pound Chevy Lumina APV with a 2500 pound Dodge Neon and the MPG,,, went down.

As it happens I do know why,, (Two reasons) but be aware weight is not the ONLY consideration.

So you ask "WHY?" (Since I said I know)

One reason is the shape of the vehicle, the Lumina APV (With rear spoiler) was shapped just perfectly to spoil the air flow behind the motor home so it actually was a free tow most of the time, On a big boxy ride like a Motor home there is a pocket of vacuum trying to pull you back as you drive down the road.. "Spoiling" the air flow breaks up this pocket, The Lumina spoiled to the same extend it added to the weight of the consist so it was a free tow. The smaller NEON does not do as good a job of spoiling air flow.

The second reason is that on the LUMINA, with decent ground clearance I opted for an AXEL LOCK, so when I towed, I twisted the collar behing the tire (wheel) and the right front wheel became freewheeling, Just like the rear (Front wheel drive on both vehicles) the left front spun the differential side gears but the Tranny . Stayed in park believe it or not.

On the Neon, I use the LP-1 Lube Pump, not only does this mean the Differential MAIN gears are spinning (Much harder to spin) but the transmission output shaft as well and many of the gears within, You tow in Neutral. This adds a lot of drag.
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Remember once you leave a stop light or stop sign that tooad is just along for the ride hardly any load there then .
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Oh, if you want to see a BUMP in your MPG.. Wash and Wax.. I'm serious about this, Wash and Wax.
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