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Old 04-15-2014, 06:27 AM   #1
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Towing with a tail wind

Just towed 1,000 miles from Florida to Ohio. Typically my rig will get 10.3 mpg towing. On the last 350 miles I noticed it just seemed easier and I was getting 11 mpg.

Sure enough I saw flags along I75 showing a strong wind from the south. This really made the last 350 miles a breeze (no pun intended).

You guys also notice when towing with the wind?

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Old 04-15-2014, 06:49 AM   #2
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Yes; I have seen this many times but boy does it really lower my fuel mileage when I tow in to the wind. I tend to track all of my fuel mileage and this really plays havoc with my fuel mileage tables.

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Back in 1988, we were towing our Jayco FW with our Ford F150 with a 5.0. We went out west and hit about a 30mph side/head wind through hilly Iowa. Gas mileage was never good hauling with that truck, but I was sweating making it to each gas station as we were getting between 5 and 6 mpg. Even with twin tanks (about 40 gallons), it felt like as soon as we got going, we had to stop again.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:46 PM   #4
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I live near huge wind farms. When I leave with the RV, I have a head wind, When I come home, I have a head wind. The wind gods just do not like me. My first puller was a 165 hp cummins with 4.10 gears. Had to draft freight trucks if in a head wind just to do 60 mph.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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Just got back from Florida last week of March and fought a 45-50 mph wind all of two days. 3mpg in the ol duramax, 39' Jayco eagle. Needed to get home or would have stopped. Usually get 10-12 mpg.

What is a tail wind??????
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Lucky Guy, I drive from NE WA to S TX and back every year. I always have a head/side wind never a tail wind and it is up hill both ways! lol
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Tail winds are a godsend, and when you get one be thankful! I hate to plow the wind, weather in a car pickup, semi truck or motorhome. Headed south tomorrow, you guessed it. 30 mph winds are forecast out of the south. A side wind is worse then a headwind in most cases.
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Lucky Guy, I drive from NE WA to S TX and back every year. I always have a head/side wind never a tail wind and it is up hill both ways! lol
I hear ya! Went from AR to AZ last December and it was head wind the entire way. Coming back in February (going East) it was head wind the entire way again. Maybe I need to reverse my trips from now on
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Into the wind, 7 mpg or so and with the wind as high as 12mpg...yes it makes a difference. Just watch the amount of boost on the turbo and the exhaust temperature. As these go up...fuel usage goes up as well.


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