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    Posted: 02 Jan 2024 at 5:03pm
Originally posted by JR

Well sounds like you have chosen a really good trip.  We have taken our 179 from Michigan in Februarys down to St Pete (visiting family) and then out to NM around Deming for the 5 years that we have owned our RPod.  We find that it is a good warm up in the spring.  We normally are gone for about 70 nights.  We are currently towing our pod with a Nissan Pathfinder (6 cylinder).  We use a weight distribution hitch and we are happy with the setup. But the low point is, as you have found out is the average MPGs, which I find is about 12 mpg traveling about 60 mph. 

When we had our 179, we pulled with a Nissan Frontier and the gas mileage was 9-12mpg depending on the weather and terrain. I wasn't as concerned about MPG as I was about range. We upgraded to an F150 with an ecoboost engine for our newer, heavier camper and the gas mileage is still better than the Frontier/Rpod rig. While that is mostly due to the turbos in the ecoboost, the 10 speed tranny plays a big role as well.
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Thanks for your input and I am sharing your thoughts on the Nissan but it still makes a good tow vehicle along filling our non-towing needs.  If we get a larger trailer then another tow vehicle will be in order.
 
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Just snagged a 2023 F150 3.5 ecoboost as well with max tow package (just in case I upgrade someday!!).  Havent hooked it up yet but looking forward.  I personally dont use sway or wdh with the rpod.  Besides blowing out two tires within 10 minutes of eachother a couple of years ago, have had zero issues towing with the 2010 F150.  Happy New Year.  Jon
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