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Old 11th September 2014, 03:21 AM
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Default Camper/caravan towing economy

Just a question to everyone, what sort of fuel economy are you all getting towing?
Im looking at particular semi offroad pod camper that weighs in at 560kgs to buy in the future and am just curious..

So basically, what vehicle towing what trailer weighing how much!

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Old 11th September 2014, 03:54 AM
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Gidday TI

I'll let you know when I've towed mine about 1,000+ kms ...

On a little jaunt around the Dandenongs towing the trailer fully loaded (but without the trailer tent) with two adults on board, I got about 10.5L/100 kms. However this is only very roughly indicative.

You need to read this thread over at myswag.org to get some ideas of relativities about this.

http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=5851.0

For some people, getting as good as 20L/100 kms is bliss. It horrifies me!

With a camper trailer, the mass will impact when travelling slowly (e.g. around the city; roughish off-road; etc) and the frontal area when travelling at higher speeds. Having a CT that's about the same width as your car, and not as high should have the least impact on your fuel economy. You need to ensure that the CT is not wider than your car, and that the track of the CT is the same as your car. According to an ex-army friend, it is not negotiable that both towing vehicle and trailer use the same size wheels and tyres, and the same wheel nuts.

Some of my thoughts on this subject in this post and the one following it.

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I got 13-14l per 100km with thw 2.5 in my forester while deiving into winds in summer with the a/c on. Varying speeds between 90-130km/hr...

Id say around 13... again there are many factors involved. This was a 500km trip. I only managed 400km before the fuel light came on.
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Gidday Taza

That sounds too high to me, mate.

Roo2 turned in around 7.3-7.5L/100 kms at highway speeds (between 100-110 kmh) with two adults on board going to and from Ballarat - air-con on all day.

RR over much the same route (to Clunes) with 4 adults up at the same sort of speeds and the air-con on gave around 8.5L/100 kmh.

Both are pretty ordinary around town on short trips (12-12.5L/100 kms), but considerably better on longer trips around town.
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Between Easter and Anzac Day this year, we travelled through the Flinders Ranges, to Arkaroola, then up the Strzelecki Tk via Moomba to Oodnadatta, then down the old Strzelecki Tk via Merty Merty, Cameron's Corner to Tibiburra, and via Broken Hill to Menindee and Wentworth, then home via Melbourne.

All up we travelled 4600kms, mostly dirt roads, towing a 420 kg Cub Camper trailer behind a 1990 carby 1.8lt L Series. Total combined weight of 1.8 tonnes.

Bitumen roads tyre pressures, car 34/36 psi trailer 20 psi. Speed around 100kmh (lol) when able to get there.
Dirt roads tyre pressures, car 20/20 psi trailer 20 psi. Speed around 80kmh.

Average fuel economy of entire trip including some side trips without the trailer was just under 12lt/100kms.

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Hi everyone. Thanks for the replies gentlemen! Thats pretty darn good. I get on average 10L/100kms general everyday use. I used to travel in a Falcon wagon that returned 13L so if i dont get any more than that im happy!

Impressed with the L series's economy Beigewagon, not bad at all!

Ratbag, the myswag link does not work, it returns a 404 error
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^ Sorry, I forgot. You need to register on that forum to view anything there. {DELETE THAT}

I got the URL parsing wrong - sorry. Fixed now.
Thanks for letting me know.

It is worth being a member there. Some really good info.
Just ignore some of the smart Alecks over there (did I spell that word right? ).

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about 12-13lt to 100k with a trailer load of wood
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12.5/100km at 100-110km/h towing a Hobie16 800km round trip. Boat and trailer weigh 450kg three people in the car with personal gear and food/"water" for 3 days.
The boat is also wider than the car by 500-600mm.
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^ Sorry, I forgot. You need to register on that forum to view anything there. {DELETE THAT}

I got the URL parsing wrong - sorry. Fixed now.
Thanks for letting me know.

It is worth being a member there. Some really good info.
Just ignore some of the smart Alecks over there (did I spell that word right? ).
Oops haha no worries RB!

I reckon ill sign up and have a peek in there Theres smart Alecks (no idea on spelling haha) everywhere on the internet, im used to it haha



Wicked! Im a bit surprised, thanks for the replies everyone, keep em coming!
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