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Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by scott.swanson, May 31, 2019.

  1. May 31, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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    scott.swanson

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    I am a new owner of a 14 Tundra Crew Max. We rented a camp trailer and had a great time, but the gas mileage was WAY worse than I expected...7-8 mpg. I know Tundra's aren't the best, but this seemed awfully low. The trailer was about 6500-7000 lbs or so, plus a little bit of gear. Anyone own a great family trailer, preferably with bunks, that they have had luck with? Any help much appreciated!
    Also, gas light goes on and says I'm on empty...put 20 gallons in. Is this normal? I thought the tank was 26 gal?
     
  2. May 31, 2019 at 12:51 PM
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    running the 38 gal tank here and there is a thread on how people seem to have a light go on with plenty left in the tank. i just think that this is Toyota being conservative with their low fuel warnings. you could take a 5 gal gas can with you run it to the absolute low and report back. my guess is with a 6500-7200 lb tt 8 mpg is right on the cusp on normal. low yes but normal maybe. my g.f is buying a 22 tt this coming Friday and will be about 4200 lb. i got tasked with hauling it and excited to see how it does. i will report back
     
  3. May 31, 2019 at 12:54 PM
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    scott.swanson

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    Looking forward to your report. We have kids, so need a bigger trailer, probably 26-30 ft with bunks in back so may have to sacrifice some mpg's.

    Good call on the 5 gal gas can. I'll try that.
     
  4. May 31, 2019 at 12:57 PM
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    Hbjeff

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    One thing I learned growing up. Research the areas you want to camp before buying a camper. You want to make sure you buy one small enough to fit in all those areas. Lots of campgrounds have max sizes on trailers
     
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  5. May 31, 2019 at 1:19 PM
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    Toyokuhl

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    thats a very interesting point... we will be heaidng down to Traverse city Mi for the 4th. that will be a headache

     
  6. May 31, 2019 at 1:54 PM
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    My parents didn’t learn from the 28 ft trailer. We couldn’t fit in a lot of max 24ft campgrounds in the sierras. Then they made the error again getting a 40 when tons more places maxed at 37....lol
     
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  7. May 31, 2019 at 2:01 PM
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    Did you average 7-8 both ways? I just recently got 9 heading to the beach and 12 coming back (not hand calculated).
     
  8. May 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM
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    It's been a while since I had this setup, but I seem to remember my '08 5.7 getting between 8-9 mpg when pulling this trailer. I don't remember the weight, but I'm pretty sure it was around what you were pulling. IMG_0377.jpg
     
  9. May 31, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    Grey Wolf 26BH here. Love it. Rear bunks. I'm still only around 9mpg loaded, all highway, some hills.

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  10. May 31, 2019 at 7:23 PM
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    I've got the 28BH. Love this thing.

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  11. May 31, 2019 at 7:24 PM
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    YeeYeeTundra

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    Just pulled my 24' bunk house this morning 200 mi., dual axle max weight 7,700 (actual likely around 6,500). Got 8.5 mi/gal. No significant hills, vast majority highway. I would consider my driving "spirited" as I believe tirerack puts it... I could've gone 5-10 mph slower the whole way, but the weight was packed correct/low wind/no sway and my wife was grumpy.

    Had a '14 CC before my '18 CC tundra and realized that the 38 gal tank is a must for me. I get twitchy when I see the range go below 100 miles. As @Toyokuhl said though there is a good size reserve. Tonight I had a range of 65 miles (which I rarely let happen) when I pulled into gas station. It only let me put in 26ish gallons in my 38 gallon tank. Shows you what I had left in a nut shell.

    I'm not suggesting you run out of gas, but with my '14 if I was making a long trip towing I packed a gas can. This is my 4th time out this year with TT, and it's glorious. My family hasn't looked back yet... Love to hear how it turns out for you - lots of good info from the guys and gals on this site.

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  12. May 31, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    Hell I got 9 mpg in my Tacoma when I towed my trailer to Texas from Florida. 7-8 wouldn't bother me a bit in the Tundra!
     
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  13. May 31, 2019 at 8:32 PM
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    IMG_1521.jpg Lots of variables.

    Wind, terrain, trailer profile etc...

    Towing a ~4500-5000 lb load (payload and trailer combined) I got about 11-12mpg heading from Riverside, over the mountain to Tucson last week.

    I did a run from Tucson to Yuma this winter with the Tacoma and got 15mph!! Helluva tailwind! Heading back a few days later 8mph into headwind!

    I keep it at 65mph max in 4th. No OD!

    Smaller Airstream and a tonneau cover may contribute to aerodynamics...

    LOVE towing with the Tundra!

    GM
     
  14. May 31, 2019 at 8:40 PM
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    I often wonder if farmers complain about their tractors plowing all day long and the fuel economy? Anyone a farmer? Asking for a friend....
     
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  15. May 31, 2019 at 9:01 PM
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    Is there a thread on pop up campers? I could not find anything in that regards. TIA.
     
  16. May 31, 2019 at 10:08 PM
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    We have a 5,500 lbs. dry weight 5th wheel and we get 9.5mpg on level roads running 60mph and 8mpg going 75mph. Pulling up steep grades, headwinds, and excessive speed can really cut into your mpg.
     
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    Tundyfundy

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    SUSPENSION: Bilstein 6112 coilover (1.9") w/ Powder Coated Springs and Spring Perch (TRD Red), JBA Upper Control Arms, Bilstein 5160's w/Billet Aluminium Reservoir Brackets, +2 Coachbuilder Shackles, Diff Drop Kit, Carrier Bearing Drop Kit, Brakeline Extensions, ABS Extension, Poly Bushings for Leafs, Coachbuilder Shims (2 Each Side), Coachbuilder Bumpstop Extensions, TRD Rear Sway Bar, TRD Front Sway Bar WHEELS AND TIRES: BF Goodrich KO2's 275/70/r18, BORA wheel spacers 1.25", TRD Wheel Caps,TRD Valve Stem Caps, Spare Tire Lock PERFORMANCE: Bullydog GT Tuner(Performance Tune), TRD Intake, TRD Dual Exhaust (with Modified Exhaust Hangers for Levelling Tail Pipe),TRD Brake Pads, TRD Oil Cap (US), TRD Radiator Cap, TRD Oil Filter, Optima Yellow Top Battery PROTECTION: PNP Engineering Type 4 Rock Sliders (With Full Dimple Plate) , TRD Skid Plate with ReadyLift Spacer Kit, Victory 4x4 LCA Skid Plates INTERIOR: Husky Liners X-Act (Front and Full Coverage Rear and Front Weather Beater Trans Hump), Interior LED Bulbs, WheelSkins Genuine Leather Steering Wheel Cover(EuroPerf), Clazzio Genuine Leather Seat Covers(BLK/DRK GRYwith custom stitching and embroidered headrests), Clazzio Seat Heaters (Front and Rear), Entune Startup Screen MOD, Entune Off Screen Mod, Tinted Windows with Windshield Visor, AJT Key Fobs,Eagle Claws Floor Mat Clips, Bodyglove Visor Organizer EXTERIOR: LED Brake Light Bulbs, LED Rear Turns, LED Reverse, LED Plate Lights, LED Cargo Lights, LED Third Brake Lights, LED Front Marker Lights, LED Fog Light Bulbs, Lamin-X Fog Light Covers (Yellow), V6 Triton Front LED Switchback Blinkers and DRL's, Phillips Ultinon LED Headlight Bulbs, VLED Universal Puddle Lights, VLED Interior Footwell Lighting (Front and Rear), Painted Red Tow-hooks, Bed Rail System, Blind Spot Mirrors SOUND: Noico 80Mil Sound Deadening and Noico 170 Mil Thermal Insulation (All 4 Doors, Roof, Floors, and Rear Panel, Dash). Hertz Uno K170's Component Speakers (Front Doors with Upgraded Sail Panels)), Hertz Uno K170 Coaxial Speakers (Rear Doors), JBL C1-075ct Tweeters (Total 4) in Side Dash and Center Speaker, JBL Stadium 5 Amp w/Remote Bass Adjustment Knob and Amp Rack, 12" Infinity Reference Subwoofer in Custom Enclosure w/ “TUNDRA” Logo, Fast Rings Foam Speaker Rings System(4 Doors)
    I tow a 6000lb Trailer with about 1000 lbs gear/water. I get anywhere from 8 to 11 mpg. So many factors but a large one is wind drag. The faster you cruise, the worse the mileage gets due to increased wind drag. Go max 65 and take you’re time getting to speed.
     
  18. Jun 1, 2019 at 3:29 AM
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    I have right about 11,000 miles on my 7500lb travel trailer (keep a log on phone) 8-9 mpg is what I get but who cares truck is working its ass off while you get to chill in the a/c. Plus tundra tows like a beast
     
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    Its not the weight as much as the air resistance, my travel trailer is only 21ft and weighs 2800lbs dry but I can only squeak out 10.3mpg, last trip on the way home I got 11.3 somehow. Its just the nature of the beast when towing mpg is going to suffer.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2019 at 5:13 AM
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    Here's mine for example, much smaller then the others posted above and I'm not getting much better or the same mpg. The small tank is a killer, my range is terrible now that we got a travel trailer.

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  21. Jun 1, 2019 at 5:19 AM
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    Not a farmer but tilled ground for food plots. 2 miles an hour and a disk in the ground makes that fuel mileage plummet but you have dirt flying. You shoud see the mpg when I bump it up to 2.5 mph lol
     
  22. Jun 1, 2019 at 10:23 AM
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    Yes the tundra sucks on gas. And it sucks even worse when towing. 8 to 9 mpg towing a 6000lb trailer sounds about right from everything I've seen/read. I have 1" larger tires and towed a 3500lb 21ft trailer got about 9mpg.... so it is what it is.
     
  23. Jun 1, 2019 at 5:55 PM
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    I was around 10mpg pulling my 5000lbs dry weight TT under 65mph.
     
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    Im headed to NY from OH tomorrow for our first trip in our new 22' travel trailer. Its dry weight is 4300 lbs with a gvwr of 7500 lbs. Trip is just over 250 miles with mostly level roads. Ill let you know what kind of gas mileage is when I get there. Our camper is a forest river cherokee greywolf 22MKSE. It has a queen bed at the front and 2 full size bunk beds in the back next to the bathroom.
    http://www.forestriverinc.com/rvs/travel-trailers/grey-wolf/22MKSE/3718
     
  25. Jun 2, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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    I just towed our 19ft trailer (3500lbs) through central Alberta to the Montana Border and averaged 28L/100km (8.7MPG). I was expecting better when I upgraded from my 2006 Tacoma but considering we don’t tow too often it doesn’t bother me.

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    I tow a Winnebago 1700BH and get ~8mpg. At one point on our trip last week to Yellowstone, the "Miles Until Empty" read 15 when we rolled into the station. The smaller tank size kills.

    That being said, the "Miles Until Empty" has never been able to adapt to when I'm towing. It will always read ~297 miles when full, then it'll fall extremely fast. It's probably closer to 180 or 190 total until empty while towing.

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  27. Jun 3, 2019 at 3:23 PM
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    Kinda interesting that people are getting the same mpg with a trailer with stock and bigger tires.

    These 5.7’s are extremely load sensitive
     
  28. Jun 3, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    Yeah its almost like you get to about 8mpg and that's the bottom of the barrel -- it wont get much worse from there no matter the load?
     
  29. Jun 3, 2019 at 3:38 PM
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    I average 9.7mpg at 65-70mph going from 4,800 ft to 1,550 ft and then back up to 5,300 ft (S AZ to Prescott, AZ and return). Travel trailer weighs about 6,600 loaded. Worst mpg ever was in W Texas hill country on I-10 with very strong head-winds...got 4.8mpg.
     
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  30. Jun 3, 2019 at 3:48 PM
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    Wow, love this forum! Thank you all for the responses. Taking a different trailer next weekend, about 2000lbs lighter. Doubt I'll see much of a difference, but it'll sure be fun to find out!
     

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