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« on: May 23, 2008, 04:04:29 PM »
I'm new here, and new to pop-up camping. I just bought one last night, sight unseen (it was only $150 - how could you go wrong?), and I'm wondering now about tow vehicles. Currently, neither vehicle we own will tow it, so it will stay down at the lake to use as extra sleeping space for overflow guests. But, in the next year or two, we need to buy a new vehicle anyway, so I'd like to get something we can tow with. Do any of you have a recommendation for a tow vehicle that gets good gas mileage? And, how much should I expect the mileage to decrease when towing? Thanks!


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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 04:46:19 PM »
Give us more details about the camper. If we know how big it is, then we can chime in about what might be used to tow it and all of your other questions.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2008, 06:39:36 PM »
We have a Jeep Cherokee that gets around 22 to 23 mpg normally and we have gotten around 18 to 20 on the highway with our 12 foot PU. More details on what yours is would help though.

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2008, 06:43:46 PM »
Most Fords and Chevys will pull an empty weight PU because they all have a 3500 base limit.  Dodge/Chrysler has a 2000 lb base

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2008, 07:27:18 PM »
I have a Chrysler Town & Country extended mini-van 3.8L that tows a Coachman 17 ft PU. On the highway by itself we get 21 mpg, towing we get 16 mpg. It has the manufacturer tow package: with tran cooler and larger radiator, and I added a Class 3 hitch. We have no problems, no sway.
If gas wasn't already so high I would reconsider giving up the Cherokee SUV I traded before I got the pu, but we like the added storage for large dog travel conveniences.

 Do any of you have a recommendation for a tow vehicle that gets good gas mileage? And, how much should I expect the mileage to decrease when towing? Thanks!


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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2008, 08:10:33 PM »
I get nine in the City and 17 on the hwy with out the pup, is that considered good?Smile  

I am keeping tabs on this thread, cause someday the TV is going to die and I am looking to get something that gets a little better mileage.

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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2008, 11:25:22 PM »
It all depends on what you consider GOOD.  To me 50 mpg is good towing a pu,,,but I don't see that reality ever happening in my life time.

To me good gas mileage is close to what your vehicle gets without towing.  My 4.8 liter V-8 Chevy Crew cab (2007) gets 21 on the highway 16 in town consistently, I get 16 towing.  I have LOTS of room for extra gear, our kayaks, and their equipment.  I can put two yaks on the pu roof, and three on the truck rack, and still get 16 MPG towing the pup and everything.  To me thats good...do I wish I could get better...you bet.  I'd like realistically 25 MPG towing and 30 not towing....I can live with that, but at 16 MPG and $4.00 a gallon, my 16 is hurting us badly enough to cancel traveling for 200 days of the year and staying local at the camp grounds.  When the 2007 truck, 2007 Fleetwood Niagra, and 2007 purchased Thousand Trails membership gets paid off, I'm hopeing gas won't be any higher than $4.50 a gallon or we just may hang the whole camping thing up....and we love to camp and kayak.  But we can't squeeze gasoline out of out pockets, and we don't own an oil well or refinery.....it surely is going to be interesting to what alternative CHEAP fuel we have to run our current vehicles in the next couple years.

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2008, 08:48:59 PM »
I know I didn't give much info, but I don't have much. We just bought the camper and haven't actually even seen it yet (long story). I know its a 1979 Starcraft, but I have no idea what model it is or what it weighs. I guess I was just asking in general. Is it possible to find a tow vehicle that gets in the mid 20's mpg? At least while you're not towing - I know it'll get less when we tow. I wish we could afford a Hybrid SUV, but thats not really an option. Thanks for your replies!


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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2008, 10:10:41 PM »
What kind of Hybrid SUV do you want?

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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2008, 03:33:51 PM »
We just got back from a trip. Our villager towed our Starcraft 8 90 miles to the CG, then came back solo. We averaged 22.5 or so MPG round trip. DW reminded me today that when we went to Florida 2 or 3 years ago, we got 29 MPG(pre-camper days).

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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2008, 04:03:52 PM »
we tow our 12" coleman with a jeep liberty and get 22-24 mpg out of it


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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2008, 09:13:05 PM »
1987 Volvo 240 DL wagon, 5-speed, 4 cylinder 2.3 litre engine, towing a 2500#1985 Jayco 10' PU.
Towing from PA to Cape Cod, I got 22 mpg.
Average without PU attached:  26-28 mpg.

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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2008, 09:50:00 PM »
I'll be picking my new Rockwood 1980 (~1600lbs) this week and I drive a Mercury Mariner AWD Hybrid.  I used to pull my 1900lb boat with no problem so I should be OK with the pop up.  I normally get 30.5mpg average...I haven't reset my mpg in two months so this isn't just highway miles.  I recently pulled a utility trailer loaded to ~900lbs, the wife, two kids, and the dog to the Outer Banks and I averaged 28mpg.  The tow rating for my truck is 1000lbs but I find that is a very conservative number.  The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is rated to tow 3500lbs but gets about 25% less gas mileage.

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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2008, 09:57:39 PM »
1900 lbs boat? That thing musta been bigger than the Mariner!!

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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2008, 11:55:33 AM »
Actually it was a 17' deep V Grumman ALUMINUM boat.  The hull was 900lbs, but when you add in the weight of the 50hp motor, trolling motor, two big batteries, anchor, filled livewell, 20gal of gas, all the rods and reels, tackle, and the galvanized trailer and spare tire.....it really adds up.

It was funny when I would launch or load the boat at the ramp because the truck would run off the battery and be super quiet...people would always ask me if the engine was running :-)

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