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Old 04-23-2015, 04:11 AM   #1
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I'm Johnnie and am very new to RVing. I have always wanted a pop up camper trailer and finally bought one in January. I fell in love with it, but by about the 3 trip with it, I began to realize it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I quickly got tired of the issues of putting it up wet, as my last 2 trips was raining. Then the last trip, it rained constantly 3 of the 4 days I was gone. The exhaust fan on the roof began to leak, and I had to put the trailer up wet again. I also was tired of setting up "house" after setting up the trailer, then having to unpack everything again when ready to put it down. Anyway, at the end of March, I traded it in for a 2015 K-Z Vision travel trailer. This is much better in some ways, and just as bad in others, but I'm starting to figure it out. My biggest issue right now is I have a trip planned for Ohio next month, and I've also bought a 2015 Ram 1500 with a great tow package, but when I'm pulling the trailer, I'm only getting 8-9 MPG. At this rate, it will cost me approx. $700 for gas there and back. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong while towing or if that MPG is just that bad. Anyway, I'm glad to be here and looking forward to meeting some of you guys and getting your advice! Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:38 AM   #2
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Good morning, you didn't mention which engine your RAM has, the mileage you are getting is about normal for a gasser towing a trailer. The best medicine is to ensure you check your tire pressures and keep your speed in the moderate category. I.E. 60 MPH or so. My F250 towing a trailer, i was happy to get 8 mpg, it had a 5.4 liter and was towing a cub camper.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:31 AM   #3
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I've got a Hemi 5.7L V8
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Hi Johnnie! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome aboard. Hemi's are not known for their fuel economy.
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That sounds just a little bit low for MPG. How long is your KZ trailer? Is the front cap aerodynamic? How much does your trailer weigh?

Gas engines...or any engine for that matter will not get much more than 12 - 15 mpg while towing anything substantial.

I had a 2011 F-150 5.0 litre engine towing a 5,500lb camping trailer. I got between 10.2 and 10.5mpg. If I had a tailwind I got 11 mpg. Driving the truck solo I got 19mpg. I would tow at 65mph.
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We tow a 2015 Grey wolf 26RL, 5700# dry with our2013 Ram 5.7 Hemi, 3.55 gears, average around 11 mpg.
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Welcome from just west in Weatherford. I towed my rig with an F-150 with the 5.0 for a while. It's not the weight as much as pushing all that air outa the way. I got 7 - 11 mpg with it, depending on the wind and terrain. With my new Ram diesel, I get 13 - 14 mpg. I tow at a constant 65 mph unless passing a truck. I never exceed 70... The set-up and take-down gets easier with practice. I can be set up or ready to roll in about 15 minutes. This doesn't include picking up and packing in the trailer. We pretty much put everything back as we go so there's never much of that to do.

Have fun and safe travels...
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