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Old 12-07-2016, 12:49 PM   #1
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Just wondering what type of gas mileage is about normal while towing. I have a 2013 Honda Pilot 6 cylinder pulling FF139X about 3k lbs loaded, iam guessing..
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It depends a lot on the wind and the terrain. I average a little better than 10 mpg while towing (almost double that when not). Into a stiff headwind, it drops to 8.5. With a nice tailwind, sometimes 12! Add in some major mountains and things get worse. Weight is not the key issue -- it's wind resistance.

One trick is to keep your speed down. In Calif., the limit for towing is 55, which nobody observes. I keep it around 60 so that no one hits me from behind. Many folks tow at 64 or so. Your tow vehicle will let you know what speed it likes -- if it is happy, the tachometer will be at around 2000 rpm. If it is unhappy, it will rev up a lot higher.

Bad mpg is just the price of admission to the world of trailering -- gas is a lot cheaper than a motel and restaurant food.
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Just wondering what type of gas mileage is about normal while towing. I have a 2013 Honda Pilot 6 cylinder pulling FF139X about 3k lbs loaded, iam guessing..
There is a thread that might help you...

http://www.funfinderclub.com/forums/...eage-2040.html
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I checked my gas mileage once while towing and decided it's gonna be whatever it's gonna be. That trip was with the AC and in the foothills and was about 8.5 to 8.9 mpg. Our TV (Big Blue) isn't very fuel efficient anyway and only gets about 15 to 16 mpg unhooked. (I'm guessing).
The man's right. Keeping the speed at 55 and using the downhills to pickup speed for the next hill saves a ton. With our rig the cruise control is less than useless, even wasteful.....
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No matter what size trailer you are pulling or tow vehicle you use, you can figure your gas mileage will be between 8 - 11 mpg.
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I usually tow between 60- 65 MPH.

The the max tow speed of my ST camper tires is 65 MPH as printed on the sidewall of the tires.

It varies but an overall average is 10-11 MPG. Running empty, average is 17-19 MPG and TV is all factory stock w/exception of K&N air filter.
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Eagle, did the KN filter make a difference? Since we so often travel in the dust, I go through a lot of air filters. The KN is washable, right? (I could be confused here.)
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I get 10-11.5 towing 16,000 lbs
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Eagle, did the KN filter make a difference? Since we so often travel in the dust, I go through a lot of air filters. The KN is washable, right? (I could be confused here.)
I've run K&N filters in everything I've owned for years.

The K&N air filter made a difference in my 04 Ram 2500 4x4 with V-10 engine....power, performance and about 2 mpg.

I put a K&N in my '14 Ram as soon as I bought it so no way to compare with running a stock paper filter.

Yes, they are washable so never have to buy another air filter. K&N makes a kit with cleaner and oil. Spray on the cleaner, let it sit about 10 minutes, rinse the filter with plain water, let it dry and re-oil with K&N filter oil. Pretty simple. They use a cotton filter media instead of paper.

I wash the filter about every 5,000-8,000 miles and every fall before winter and -20 degree weather arrives.

Also, they have a million mile warranty. Had one that got a hole in it when rinsing with water, called K&N and they sent out a new filter. I sent back the old one in the box the new one came in, just affixed the prepaid return address label. Oh, the hole ~ to much rinse water pressure out of the garden hose I think ?? and the filter was going on 8-9 years old.

They have free shipping on orders over $10 here: K&N Air Filters & Air Filter Cleaning Kits
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Dang, my Pilot usually get about 22 mph on the highway. Towing I am getting 11 if I am very careful. The mileage was shocking I was expecting at least 17 mpg. Wow guess Ill just have to get used to it.... Years ago I had an Explorer with the 5.0 engine, I would pull a 5x7 trailer loaded with to the max, 4 kids, 2 adults and a dog. I didn't even notice a gas difference.
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