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Old 02-27-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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Better on gas?

With fuel prices skyrocketing I was wondering which is better on gas: (1)driving a motorhome or (2) driving a truck and towing a similar sized and weight trailer or 5th wheel? I'm sure alot has to do with the type of truck you use to pull these beasts but I was just wondering how they do. I've only owned a motorhome and I get about 8 mpg in my class A, C's probably do a little better but I don't know that for sure. With gas prices headed toward $5/gal should I sell my baby for a 5er? I'll do anything to save gas, I'm even considering going solar just to save a few bucks on my generator use. Can anyone enlighten me?
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At the present we have a gas motor home and average 7 mpg while towing a car on a tow dolly behind us.
Prior to the motor home we have a diesel one ton Chevy dually & a 40 foot 5th wheel. We averaged 11.5 mpg
As to say one is better than the other is just personal choice. We happen to like the motor home. It just fits into our life style best.
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You should also consider how much you use your toad once you reach your destination, driving around in a large truck probably won't compare to a smaller toad pulled behind a motorhome.
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From a fuel usage point of view, I think the motorhome/toad combination is better than a 5er/TV combination. The latter may get slightly better gas mileage between destinations but using the TV for errands and sightseeing would use much more fuel than a toad. JMHO.
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You should also consider how much you use your toad once you reach your destination, driving around in a large truck probably won't compare to a smaller toad pulled behind a motorhome.

That's a good point. I mostly tow a small boat to lakes and sometimes without towing anything. I use this as my toad (hey, I'm still young haha!!). It gets 150mpg . Okay, I think my 90 Bounder MH does a little better on gas than those big pushers with slides and everything. My max weight is only 15,000 lbs (GVWR) and empty it's only 12,396 lbs (UVW). I do agree with OSP1268 that I do like motorhomes better because it's more comfortable while traveling and you get a better view however, my trips have been kinda short lately (because of gas costs). Luckily I only live 15 miles from a nice lake and lots of boondocking places close by too but I'm hoping to save up for a longer trip. Thanks for the replies, I was just curious about the difference on fuel use.
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On top off that, boats are notorious for bad fuel mileage. Get a sail boat!
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For just travelling, the MH would get lower MPG, but, as noted above, once parked the TV for the 5th wheel will get much lower MPG than a toad.
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We put more miles on the coach than on the toad during the travel season, so the coach mpg is the most significant fuel cost item for us. I think the truck and trailer is a hands down winner. Most diesel pick-ups get decent mileage when not towing anyway. Probably nearly as good as my GMC Acadia (19 mpg hwy).
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We tow a Mini Cooper...the MH has not moved since November here in Tucson, while we have driven the Cooper all over the place. For us, the coach is better since we make up for the mileage with the Cooper.
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We're not giving up the MH so it really doesn't matter to us.
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