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Old 04-10-2022, 12:51 PM   #1
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Curious about fuel mileage for tow vehicles

I realize that many things effect MPG including terrain, weather, driving style, vehicle weights, weight distribution, etc.

I'm just curious what kind of fuel mileage on average people get with different types of vehicles and set-ups. If you are willing could you share the make and model of your tow vehicle, what engine it has, what you are towing and what miles per gallon you get when towing your trailer?

I'll go first: I have a 2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x with a 4.0L V6 gas engine. I pull a 21 foot Forest River Evo trailer weighing about 3800 lbs loaded. I get 10 miles per gallon when towing the trailer.
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Old 04-10-2022, 12:57 PM   #2
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Towing........10 mpg is pretty average regardless of tow vehicle/trailer

Towing a 'wind sail' (trailers)

3500 diesel 4:10 with Auto towing 13'4" 5th wheel at 34' and 14,000#
Avg...10 mpg
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:10 PM   #3
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Yup, average about 10 mpg. Mileage is affected as much by wind direction than incline. 2019 Yukon 6.2L gas towing a 24 ft. Outdoors RV 21RD trailer.
2019 Outdoors RV Creekside 21RD Titanium
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:19 PM   #4
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I have a 2017 F150 XLT SuperCab with a 2.7 Ecoboost engine towing a 2020 RPod 180 (max weight 3800 lbs).

I typically get 20-22 mpg when not towing and 14-15 mpg when towing.
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:33 PM   #5
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2019 Ram 3500 CTD towing an ORV 25RDS @9600lbs.
11-12 mpg on long trips that include all terrain and weather conditions.
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:45 PM   #6
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I have towed small runabout boats with V8 powered cars. Solo the car would get 25 mpg and 15 towing. Gas

Travel trailers I would get 19 mpg solo and 10.5 towing. Gas

On my 2012 F-450 solo was 16 and towing was 10.5. Diesel
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:56 PM   #7
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2019 F-250 XLT 6.2L gas towing 2019 ORV 23DBS at ~8500
Usually between 8.5 and 9.5 on longer trips with mountain passes and 9-10 on shorter trips without the mountain passes.
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Old 04-10-2022, 08:52 PM   #8
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3.5 Egobeast towing 8000 pounds. 11 MPG
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Old 04-10-2022, 09:05 PM   #9
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Gas Chevy Colorado 3.6 V6 towing 4400lb trailer with kayaks on the Pickup, been getting 11 mpg driving into higher elevations of the North East and 12-ish coming home. Best I clocked was 14 mpg on flat roads with a wind at our backs.
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Old 04-10-2022, 09:08 PM   #10
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2011 Acura MDX towing 6500 lbs at 70 mph around 9 mpg. 11 mpg at 55mph on the byways. Has a 300hp V6.
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Old 04-11-2022, 08:57 AM   #11
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Everything I have towed from an 8 ft enclosed trailer to my 30 ft TT and with several different vehicles, I would use the generality that you will get "roughly half" the mileage towing that you get on the highway not towing.
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Old 04-11-2022, 09:06 AM   #12
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2021 F350 Powerstroke averaged 16 mpg over the year I owned it. About 10 mpg towing a 16,000 lb fiver and a little over 20 mpg on long solo highway trips.
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Old 04-11-2022, 11:03 AM   #13
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Previous set up was 32' 12,000 Holiday Rambler 5th wheel with 2002 2500 Duramax. 10 to 12 towing, 18-21 highway empty and around 16 in town.

Current set up is 16,000 Nitro XLR 38' toy hauler with 2022 3500 Duramax. 8-10 pulling, 17-20 highway empty and 15-16 around town.
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Old 04-11-2022, 04:44 PM   #14
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2018 F150 3.5EB with a 3.55 rear. About 18 MPG in mixed suburban/xway driving, 20-22 freeway, and 10-11 towing a 20' SA 4000# toy hauler. The 50% drop in mileage while towing is about right. Faster you drive = lower your MPG.
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