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Posted: 07/21/22 02:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Over kill? Hell yes!
But, I believe I would get around 17-18 mpg towing. With gas going through the roof, we are considering a 16 foot Scamp for long trips to visit family. (I don't fly) We used to travel in a 32 ft 5th wheel) Rather than to sell the truck which has 4 wheel drive and only 50,000 miles on it, we'd like to keep it. The truck gets 27 mpg hwy with 342 gear ratio, no wind doing 60 mph. It's comfortable and has a cap with a slide-out aluminum tray.
Is this a fair assessment? It seems to me that pulling a 2000 lb trailer with a low profile (7'.6") would be nothing to pull. I'm blocking most of the wind with the cap.

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I'll bet you could get that mileage pulling a 5th wheel Scamp !

Maybe check over here. Scamp Owners International

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Sorry, but if it's not a 3500 dually, the most you can tow is a pop-up.

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While there is certainly no issue...I wouldn't count on huge MPG increases.

A little different but...we have a V10 F250.
- Pull a 25ft camper and get around 9mpg.
- Pull an 8ft enclosed utility trailer and get....wait for it.... around 9mpg.


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A SMALL pop up too.


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27 mpg hwy...? Sounds like one magical Cummins...

I can get 22 on a perfectly flat road with no traffic in the most of ideal conditions.

That being said, I believe that any flat front trailer will have a major impact on your towing mileage. You are towing a sail, regardless of weight. Perhaps going up grade won't have as big of an effect, but you are still pulling a sail behind you.


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27 mpg hwy...? Sounds like one magical Cummins...

I can get 22 on a perfectly flat road with no traffic in the most of ideal conditions.

That being said, I believe that any flat front trailer will have a major impact on your towing mileage. You are towing a sail, regardless of weight. Perhaps going up grade won't have as big of an effect, but you are still pulling a sail behind you.


27mpg Really? You must be driving down hill all the time.


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Other than exaggerating your fuel mileage grossly, yes you will still get pretty good mileage towing a small camper.


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Speed has a lot to do with mpg. I don't go over 60, while most of the campers passing me do 70 and better.

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I towed a flatbed trailer with a SeaDoo, maybe 1,000 pounds total on a long haul for a houseboat trip. Still cost me 3 miles per gallon, 21 to 18 MPG. The truck had lots of stuff in the bed and there were plenty of grades. The best my 5.9 Cummins has ever seen is 24 MPG, flat freeway, no wind, empty bed except for auxiliary tank. My truck's sweet spot is 63-65 MPH in OD.

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