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Old 04-28-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Flat Tow Saturn Vue, What to expect

I currently have a 2003 33' Thor Infinity Class A with a Ford V10. I recently installed a 5 Star Tune, 87 octane / Tow program on it and it is running great. Last year, our first with this unit we did not tow anything. I am setting up my Saturn to tow behind and am wondering what I should expect my mileage to drop to. Last year I was averaging between 7 and 7 1/2 mpg on 1 to 3 hour drives. I know there are many variables, but I am looking for a ballpark figure. Thanks for any inputs you have on my towing this vehicle.

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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You will drop about 1 mpg while towing. I have the newer V-10 and averaged 8.5 - 9 mpg not towing @ 55-62 mph. Our first trip towing the Jeep is around the corner (hoping for 7.5 -8 mpg)

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Old 04-28-2014, 05:17 PM   #3
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I had a 2006 Winnebago Sightseer with the V10. I almost always towed my 2007 Saturn Vue. I averaged 7.0 mpg over the entire time I owned the coach. I would not expecting expect your gas mileage to go down appreciably.
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I would guess that if you tow on hills or mountains a lot you will notice a difference of 1 mile or more per gallon less than you get now. But if you travel mostly on level terrain you won't notice much of a difference. We tow a Captiva, which is a Chevy version of the Vue, in Wisconsin with a lot of hills and notice about 1mpg less than we get without the toad.
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I tow a 2008 Vue XE. Although I have not done the math with or without (since I don't go very far without the toad) I know that the mileage penalty is not significant. I can typically get ~ 8.x MPGs. What is immediately apparent is that the motorhome loves to run without a 3,800 lb. car in her wake.
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