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Grit dog

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JimK-NY wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

JimK-NY wrote:

I had a 2010 Ram CTD and now a 2018 Ram CTD. There is a big difference in fuel economy. With my Northstar Igloo I was lucky to get 12-13 mpg on the open road. Now with the 2018 I am in the 14-16 mpg range.


Well, that is due to emissions garbage on the 2010 vs the 2018. This thread was about comparing a 5ver to a TT, not an old truck to a new one with the same camper.


First I have no idea about "emissions garbage". My diesels have run clean with good mileage and both emissions and mileage have improved.

Second, this is a truck camper forum. Why would this be the place to discuss 5th wheelers or TTs? The OP has already sold his trailer and asked about TC mileage.


Ok buddy, allow me to explain what I said more clearly as it went straight over your head.
The tier III emissions on your 2010 produces worse overall fuel milage apples to apples compared to tier IV emissions on your 2018. Nothing more. Nothing less.

And second, as you put it, the OPs question was asking about comparing mileage with his 5ver to mileage with a TT. I don’t make this stuff up…


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Just did 4K miles between 2 trips. 10.5 to 11mpg. 4.88 axle on 5500. 74 gallons with dual tanks so I look for lower cost when filling up. Cruise on 65 mph.


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I avg 13-14mpg now that I drive at a max of 60mph.


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I get quite a bit better with the camper over my 5th wheel. the fith if I range between 10.5 and 15 mpg depending how and where I am driving the camper I get 15 to 17mpg.

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Or to answer this a different way, fuel mileage is sooo subjective to begin with multitudes of factors that make direct comparisons not practical. Not the least of which are driving habits, locale, vehicle, size of camper, “optimistic” reports by fuel mileage “kings” etc.

A generic “10ft camper” could range from a popup to a Host or Eagle Cap. And that alone will make a huge difference.
If you’re thinking about a TC for fuel savings only, it’s not likely going to pan out as well as one might hope.

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As someone has already mentioned, fuel mileage is very subjective. Our truck/camper combo with the speed and how I drive returns 16 US mpg all day long. We towed a 26' Dutchman TT a few years back, mileage was less at 12 US mpg but we were carrying more stuff in our truck bed and in the trailer. GVW with camper on commercial scales is right at 12,000 lbs, GCW of truck and trailer was right around 14,500 lbs. No shortage of power either way but our truck with camper is more fuel efficient.


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My camper 'lives' on my truck. Avg ~13MPG. Diesel is ~$6 around here these days.

Seems like I'm always crossing a pass ether going, coming or both.


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I have determined beyond the shadow of a doubt, that getting to where you're going, and staying put longer, with fewer separate destinations in between than originally planned, will unequivocally lower your fuel costs.


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I had a 1999 f250 short bed with a 1997 Lance squirelite 165s i got 14 mpg. I got solid 12 pulling a 2003 wildcat fbs26 with the same truck. You can look up the specs of the 1997 lance campers to compare with what ever you get for a truck camper. That same 1999 f 250 got 12mpg pulling a car trailer with a ranger pick up on it across the western US
My guess is that your mileage will be very close to 12 to 13 with a bigger camper. The 165 is about the smallest lance camper they make, at least in 1997.
I have a 2002 Lance 1130 with a '06 f 350 drw now and I dont even check the mileage, it is what it is. I hate to say it but with fuel $7.00 plus it is starting to make sence to drive the honda and stay at a motel, in some situations. I really have to want to be in the camper to spend the extra money.

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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli wrote:

I have determined beyond the shadow of a doubt, that getting to where you're going, and staying put longer, with fewer separate destinations in between than originally planned, will unequivocally lower your fuel costs.


+1

My own personal rule is that I need to spend at minimum 2x the time at any given place then the time it takes to get to/from place.

Example: spend a day traveling to/from somewhere? Best stay there minimum 2 days. [emoticon]


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