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Old 11-10-2018, 06:01 PM   #1
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MPG of truck carrying truck camper?

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Considering a truck camper. Would be getting a lighter weight model to use with ford-150 3.5l ecoboost with HDPP so as to have adequate payload capacity to carry one. I was wondering if anyone out there had real world data on what decrease to expect in mpg for the F-150 3.5l ecoboost if carrying a camper?
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EPA rates it at 16/22/18 mpg city/highway/combined.



Expect HALF when towing.....so roughly 10 mpg with Truck Camper mainly due to wind resistance
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:29 PM   #3
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Not sure on the particular truck. My diesel dually gets about 15.5 mpg with a flatbed with tool boxes. When I used to put my 11' TC on the flatbed my MPG would drop to about 10, maybe 10.5. That was driving mostly interstates at the posted speed limit.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:26 PM   #4
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Greetings Lstyles,

I just saw the title of your thread so I figured I'd post my numbers...

Truck is short-bed RAM 3500 Diesel, empty: 19 MPG
Same truck with camper: 12 MPG

On a small camper like mine I'd say wind resistance from the cab-over is what kills mileage more than weight.

Click on this link for some 'light' truck campers... https://capricamper.com/

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Old 11-14-2018, 06:28 AM   #5
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And it also depends on whether one gets a full hard side truck camper or one of the pop up styes from Northstar, Phoenix, etc. I myself am considering a TC and I am not considering any of the tall hard sides. Fuel economy is one thing, but also stability in serious winds going down the road in another.
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I don't know much about the truck in question, but for 15 years we had a '69 F-250 4X4 that I converted to diesel in 1980 using a 6-354 Perkins, and after it for the next 23 years a '89 Dodge Cummins W-250. Both were manual transmissions. Both hauled 11.5 campers, the later at gross was 11k lbs. Both got 15-16 mpg average at 70 mph with the campers on over the 38 years we had them. Nearly every Summer we traveled 7-8k miles coast to coast with them. When towing a trailer or toad mileage would drop 1-2 mpg, except the 23' 10' high car hauler which dropped mileage to about 10 mpg with the Dodge/Caribou. That trailer was actually too heavy for the rig and I ran in 4th about as much as I did in 5th.

Wind was only a problem a very few times. I remember once during a mid-west thunderstorm when we hunkered down with the rear of the camper facing the wind in a farm field entry area along a secondary road. That one was the worst, but we survived.

Now we have a 454 powered 26' Flair which gets 7.5 mpg towing a Tracker. Personally I liked the TC much better and would go back in a heartbeat, but I have a wife who differs, and her reasons are valid so we switched. We also have a 5.9 Cummins/3060 Allison 30' Monaco that I'm hoping to get 10+ mpg out of when we start using it.

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I don't know much about the truck in question, but for 15 years we had a '69 F-250 4X4 that I converted to diesel in 1980 using a 6-354 Perkins...

...Wind was only a problem a very few times.
I remember once during a mid-west thunderstorm when we hunkered down with the rear of the camper facing the wind in a farm field entry area along a secondary road.
That one was the worst, but we survived.

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I bet you cold tell some great stories of your travels too.

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Thanks Jake, we have been blessed to see and do more than I ever imagined growing up on a farm in WV.

I also spent 2 years in your part of the country at McGuire AFB during my 4 years in the Navy. I had a lot of fun fishing, hunting, and just traveling around NJ and nearby states. There were many memorable occasions there also. Life has been good!

Best of luck in your travels.

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Hi,
Considering a truck camper. Would be getting a lighter weight model to use with ford-150 3.5l ecoboost with HDPP so as to have adequate payload capacity to carry one. I was wondering if anyone out there had real world data on what decrease to expect in mpg for the F-150 3.5l ecoboost if carrying a camper?
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Not sure what truck camper you are going to find that can be carried with a ford 150. But I get about 7.5 mpg with a gas engine Chevy 3500 CC 4 door dually towing a bass boat and have an arctic fox 992 on the truck bed.

All worth the gas mileage.
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I know this thread is kinda old, but just a reminder to the OP that Living Lite, in cooperation with Ford, markets a line of Ford truck campers, aluminum structured and light weight, nice looking units, that an F-150 Eco Boost would have no trouble hauling if equipped with the right hauling/towing package.

Ford branded truck campers

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Hi,
Considering a truck camper. Would be getting a lighter weight model to use with ford-150 3.5l ecoboost with HDPP so as to have adequate payload capacity to carry one. I was wondering if anyone out there had real world data on what decrease to expect in mpg for the F-150 3.5l ecoboost if carrying a camper?
Thanks
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With my diesel 6.7L I get about 14mpg average with the Camper on it (Lance 825). Normally I get about 18 unladen. I cruise between 65-72 on the interstates. But remember, Diesel is more expensive than gas, so in the long run, it doesn't make one heck of a lot of difference. Plus the diesel needs DEF added about every 7 tanks of fuel or so.
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99 7.3 6spd manual

Empty: 17-18
Camper:11-12
camper + 7k lb trailer: 9-10


Thats with a 8.5' HEAVY arctic fox
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2016 Duramax dually empty 16-18 over 70mph.
With a 2012 Lance 855 11-11.5 with no wind, 9.5-10.5 with any frontal wind.
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I'm looking for a light weight TC also.

I want a hard side for 4 Season boondocking, stayed with a buddy in his soft-side and it was not a comfortable night at 35F outside. The 13k propane OEM furnace never stopped running and went thru 1 full 20# tank and half of a 2nd tank in 8 hours.

Here is one brand made for the F150, Ford engineering has worked with other brands to help OEMs produce light weight models.

1400 lbs.
https://travelliterv.com/truck-campe...e-floor-plans/
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