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Old 05-26-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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Towing affect on MPG

I just bought a 2012 Winnebago via. I get ~15 MPG does anyone have any estimates on how MPG decreases while towiing a VW bug via a tow dolly?
I am new to RVing trying to prepare for trip .

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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I tow a VW bug with 2006 suncruiser on WH chasis. I set the cruise at about 62 mph. I don't see much difference in mpg towing or not. Still stays around 8.2-8.5 mpg.
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You are adding lot to weight to your coach. Milage impact will depend a lot on the terrain on your route. If you will travel in a lot of hilly/mountanous terrain, you might lose 2-3 MPG or more--if it is primarily flat ground, you may only lose 1 MPG.
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Do a ratio between the weight you carry and total weight.
This should gave you a fairly good idea.
My MH weight about 40,000 lbs and CRV about 3000. I barely see a difference (about 0.5 mpg)
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Do a ratio between the weight you carry and total weight.
This should gave you a fairly good idea.
My MH weight about 40,000 lbs and CRV about 3000. I barely see a difference (about 0.5 mpg)
I'm about 42,000 lbs, tow a Suburban, and see about a .3 mpg difference.
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300 hp cummins td, 28000 lbs pulling a 3500 tracker. Gets 10 mpg with, 12 without the toad
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I just bought a 2012 Winnebago via. I get ~15 MPG does anyone have any estimates on how MPG decreases while towiing a VW bug via a tow dolly?
I am new to RVing trying to prepare for trip .

Thanks
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On this setup, I would expect to drop 3-5 mpg on non-hilly terrain.

Just my opinion, based on experience with the View.

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A toad costs a ton less than driving a MH for touring. It pays for itself!
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I have a V10 Ford gas and have towed three different ways.

1. No toad. 6.5 mpg
2. Harley on aluminum trailer. 5.7 mpg
3. BMW Z3 on a tow dolly. 5.7 mpg
4. 2dr wrangler 4 down. 6.2 mpg

It really makes no sense as the jeep is the heaviest of the three set ups, I assume it is aerodynamics since the jeep 4 down is tucked in so close to the MH. The MH also seems to drive better towing, the extra tail weight seems to help in crosswinds and the aero push when semis pass.
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I believe the average is about one MPG.
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Remember once your up to speed the toad is just along for the ride. The most effect will be at your stop and go
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Just finished a 7 month, 7000 trip. 7000 on MH, 15,000 touring on toad. Imagine the fuel bill if all 22,000 was on the MH.
Nuff said
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