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    Posted: 30 Jun 2024 at 8:38pm
I'm wondering what kind of MPG some of you are getting behind your tow vehicle?

I tow my 171 with a 2011 Honda Pilot. It gets the job done just fine, but a recent mostly flat run from NC to FL showed 10.6 MPG for the nearly 1000 mile trip. And that's on the liar meter on the dash, not my calculation at the pump.

Whose getting better fuel efficiency, and with what tow vehicle? 

Been thinking about upgrading, either my pickup to one of the Ford ecoboosts, or my wife's Pilot for a SUV with better MPG, if there is such a thing.
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we tow our Vista Cruiser 23 foot with our Ford F-150 with the V-8 engine. Depending on the wind, we average 13.5 on our trips up and down the east coast. We had tail winds this last trip in the spring we averaged 14.5 down and 14.7 coming home.
we use exxon/mobile mid level gas. we average 60 mph. I use both the little trip computer in the truck and double check it
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We get 14 MPG towing with the 3.5L EcoBoost for the most part (depending). If we're doing hills, it will be a little worse than that. If we have favorable terrain/wind conditions, it can be a little more than that.

I use the lie-o-meter (which I have corrected through Forscan), and also have an app on the phone that tracks it on a per-tank basis. After correcting the lie-o-meter, it matches very close to actual.

When we're not towing, we get between 18 and 22. 18 when around town doing starts and stops. 22 when we are cruising on the freeway with favorable conditions.
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When we lived in NV we routinely got around 14 mpg towing our trailer with our F-150 2.7 ecoboost.  Now that we live in the east, all of our mileage is worse, and we get closer about 12.5 to 13 mpg towing.  I wonder if the gasoline formula differs and if there is more ethanol in the gas here.  We've lost about 4 mpg for regular driving compared to what we got out west.  
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We tow a small, fiberglass fifth wheel (tandem axle, 5500lb GVW) with a Ford 3.5 Ecoboost with 10speed tranny. We're having a bad day if we get bellow 12mpg. Usually closer to 14mpg in varied terrain and weather. The mileage you get with your Pilot is about what we would get when we pulled our 179 with a Nissan Frontier 4.0L. I know it doesn't make sense, but when an engine can spend more time in the lower RPM range, it's going to get better mileage.
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We have towed our 179 for 7 years with both a 2012 Ford Expedition v8 and our new to us 2022 F150 3.5L Ecoboost. We have always used regular gas with 87(?) octane and have not tried higher rated fuel.

 The Expedition V8 usually gave us about 9-10 mpg depending on travel conditions. We recently came back from a 3 week round trip from NC to Texas. Towing with the F150 Ecoboost was much easier and we averaged 14.2mpg over 2500 miles. When not towing, we just averaged 21.9mpg on a weekend trip to the NC mountains

 We find the F150 to be extremely comfortable, easy driving/riding  and a great tow vehicle.  We added an ARE camper shell and Bilstein shocks on the rear. Everything else is standard Ford 10 speed

 I hope to keep this F150 as our tow vehicle for the rest of our trailering days

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Same 177 has been used for 13 years, loaded weight is 2940 lbs. and that includes the 36 gallons of water located behind the axle.  Tongue weight is 340 and a Curt friction bar is utilized.  First 8 years - .'08 and '13 front wheel drive Explorer's - average was 12 mpg. Next two years '11 F-150 with the 5.0 V-8 Coyote engine - 11 mpg.  Last 3 years '17 F-150 3.5 V6 with ecoboost - 13 mpg.  In all cases 87 octane (a couple exceptions we went with premium but only saw a 1 mpg or so increase, not worth the added cost, also all above include a lot of driving in the Rockies) was used, our destination from northern Michigan.  Speed is normally 60 - 65 mph.
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