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    Posted: 16 Sep 2012 at 6:19pm
Hi all, Just got back from picking up a brand new HRE 171 and a one night camping trip. The pod is great but I only got 10mpg in my 2002 Toyota Tundra with 4.7 V8 and full on tow package. I didn't think that was too good considering my truck is rated for 7100 lbs. Anybody have any comparable #'s to throw out?
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What's your gas mileage without the rpod? Most people seem to get about 1/2 the gas mileage when towing. Your speed can make a big difference, too. At 70-75 we get 8 mpg. At 55-60, we get 13 mpg. Without the rpod, we get 29-30.
 
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We have a 2005 Tahoe with a Vortec 5300 V-8.  We have the tow package and we are rated to pull 6,900 lbs.  We have a 2013 171HRE which we recently had weighed without the tongue weight that came out to 2,800 lbs. with all our "stuff."  We get about 10 mpg towing.  I get real excited when the trip computer shows 11 mpg but then slowly drops to about 10.  We cruise between 55 and 60.  The rear end gear ratio is 3.42.  Hope that helps.  Safe Travels.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tsunami Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2012 at 6:47pm
The average mpg towing the Pod is about 12 to 12 1/2 mpg.  The major influence is the frontal area of the Pod not the weight.  Mileage seems to be about the same from the 150 to the 180 series regardless of the tow weight.
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Thanks for the quick feedback! I thought that wind resistance was playing a factor as the pod is kind of tall. We normally get about 15 to 17 in the tundra. Will probably have lots of questions in the future, look forward to corresponding with the "nation"
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Mine sucks too....10 to 11, can be worse if I speed up and use a/c.  Normal is 17-18.  Ethenol kills me...I lose at least 4-5 mpg because of ethonol.
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Let's face it, if we are going to tow something, it's going to cost in MPG.  Even though the Pods are light weight we still have the wind factor.Cry 

I've pulled with a 4cyl Nissian Frontier open bed and got about 9-11MPG and now I tow with a Yukon XL V8 (I'm told it's the larger stock engine), and get 9-11MPG.  Although I must say it's a easier tow, and my avg speed has increased 60-65 versus 50-60.  Add to the fact it's all uphill when I leave town and it never fails that I have a head wind coming home.Ermm
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kenn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 2:14pm
I've towed the 176 and got about 9-11 MPG and my 9000 lbs loaded TH and still get about the same MPG. Just like Lee said, it's the price you pay for convenience.

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We just got back from a 1500 km trip to the mountains. I drove between 90-100 km,55-60m per hour, TV is a 2001 3/4 ton heavy duty 6 litre eng. silverado got between 13 and 14 miles a gallon (imp.).
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Sounds like you had quite a trip.  I was very jealous of your mileage until I realized they were Imperial gallons.  For this dummy, could you refigure your mileage in us gallons, please.  Otherwise I may have to set my tv on fire.  Safe Travels.
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