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A little light towing

I took my Jeep to a business meeting and then on pick up my new tailgate trailer today.

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Leg one of the trip

Then I picked up a 12' enclosed with added height
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A little light towing

Nice mpg! How fast were you towing to get that?

And really nice trailer too.. Can I come to your next tail gate lol


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Re: A little light towing

Wow, jealous! I don't even tow anything...and I get ~17.5mpg with my v6. LOL
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Re: A little light towing

Read up as you can get even better mpg if you use sport mode (eco downshifts too late for hills and then has to go down two gears) and use manual mode so you can control the shifting. I had a 16' enclosed like that but loaded to the gills at it's 5,500 lb limit (had some plate weights, car and tons of tools inside) so was towing a total 7k lbs plus the GC was loaded with boxes. I was able to get 16.4 mpg average with towing through the mountains and doing 70-75 mph.
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I'll have to try it in sport mode. I had the boat hooked up (5000lbs) last week and was getting a hair over 18mpg but it doesn't grab quite as much wind as the extra tall trailer.

I think my cargo trailer mpg are due to the height more then weight. I can barely feel it back there with normal acceleration - but it grabs a lot of wind on the interstate (70-75mph). I pulled it 150miles, with a lot of gear in it yesterday. I couldn't feel the extra weight, but it was raining and watching the spray come off of it showed the huge amount of air it moves.


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That's why I love my diesel as I can tow a trailer and it does not affect the fuel economy or performance as much as it does the gas engines (having to keep 3-4k RPM to get up a hill). When I towed a Miata on an open trailer my highway mpg in my old WK CRD was the same as the WK Hemi would get normally.
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