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Old 05-29-2019, 08:07 PM
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I have ~ 38,000 miles on my truck (specs below in the signature line), and for those interested here are some towing mpg observations.

Total avg mpg = 18.9. I use regular gas (87 octane) and mainly commute 20 miles R/T to work. Elevation is 1,000 ft. I've driven a few thousand miles up and down the East Coast, and I routinely haul mulch, etc. in the bed about 10 miles from the shop to my house over a couple of steep hills.

I have towed from about 3,500 lbs to 5,500 lbs for 1,857.6 miles. Average towing mpg is 16.37. That's mostly highway with about 25% city and hills.

Just thought some might want to know.

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I'm starting to like what I see with the 2.7.
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That's really good MPG for towing. I just did a road trip from San Diego to Joshua Tree and back and averaged 12.2 MPG in my 2019 F150 XLT SCrew, 3.5L EB with Max Tow Package. Wish I was getting your numbers. I was towing a 5,000 pound trailer.
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That's really good MPG for towing. I just did a road trip from San Diego to Joshua Tree and back and averaged 12.2 MPG in my 2019 F150 XLT SCrew, 3.5L EB with Max Tow Package. Wish I was getting your numbers. I was towing a 5,000 pound trailer.
Is that a travel trailer though? He's not towing a sail into the wind.

I have a beast of a popup (toy hauler type) and get 14.5 with a lot of flat highway driving (Central CA to Southern UT). Drops to about 12.5 if I go to the Central Coast (Pismo, Morro Bay, etc.) going over the Coastal Range. I have a short commute (~5 miles) so we won't talk about in-town driving for me, especially in winter.
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Im happy to see 10mpg lol. but im pulling a full profile, 8k lb+ 36' camper.

good mileage pulling anything though, even low profile utility trailers cause a good bit of drag.
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Originally Posted by Georgia Terrapin View Post
Friends,

I have ~ 38,000 miles on my truck (specs below in the signature line), and for those interested here are some towing mpg observations.

Total avg mpg = 18.9. I use regular gas (87 octane) and mainly commute 20 miles R/T to work. Elevation is 1,000 ft. I've driven a few thousand miles up and down the East Coast, and I routinely haul mulch, etc. in the bed about 10 miles from the shop to my house over a couple of steep hills.

I have towed from about 3,500 lbs to 5,500 lbs for 1,857.6 miles. Average towing mpg is 16.37. That's mostly highway with about 25% city and hills.

Just thought some might want to know.

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Is this before or after correcting the LOM?
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Towing a 7x12 enclosed cargo trailer loaded with ATV's and camping gear, I average about 10mpg. I think I could do better if it weren't for the mountains.
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I get some of the worst gas mpg ever......trailer is around 5000 lbs and i put four in cab and 200 lbs or so in the truck bed...........my truck says i got 7.6 mpg last weekend!!!!!
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I get some of the worst gas mpg ever......trailer is around 5000 lbs and i put four in cab and 200 lbs or so in the truck bed...........my truck says i got 7.6 mpg last weekend!!!!!
Me, too, and live with it.
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Don't trust the computer fuel calculations. To be accurate you need to hand calculate.
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