Camper weight

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by cbbco, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. chuck s

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    Make a bold speed reduction and note the fuel use. It will be much better. Air resistance is exponential and at 75mph is 133% of what was at 65mph and 225% of 50mph.

    ST tires are rated for "the speed limit" according to my inquires. Proper tire pressure is paramount -- inflate to maximum sidewall pressure but age is a factor as well. Note my experience indicates travel trailer tires often have no excess capacity. No penalty fitting larger capacity tires.

    I violated my own rule regarding replacing Special Trailer tires ever four years and paid the penalty of a blowout (not mere flat) at the speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike late last summer. Not a question of tire pressure as they'd been verified at 50psi less than an hour earlier.

    Aborted the trip, fitted five (5) new wheels and tires, bought a good jack, and continued the trip without incident. Trailer wheel/tire shop complimented me on my driving skill handling the explosion. Must have been the Expedition 'cuz all I did was slowly pull over onto the shoulder. ;)

    -- Chuck

    PS: Those paved shoulders on the Turnpike are heavy with rocks and gravel as I discovered on my belly changing the wheel! But at least there are shoulders. Virginia thinks a white line and trees are just fine.
     
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    Don't forget the ditch of no return just off the pavement.
     
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    I thought the trees were planted to keep us out of the ditches! :)

    -- Chuck
     
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    I get 9-10 MPG towing. 65 mph is max
     
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    8.5 MPG towing almost 1,000 miles in 18 hours from Virginia Beach Virginia to the west suburbs of Chicago. 30'TT around 7,000#, stopped for gas about every 200 miles running 63MPH.
     
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    I pull about 6000# plus a family of 5 and got about 8 MPG at 67mph.
     

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