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Offline tvtommy

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Tow rig preferences.
« on: June 24, 2017, 10:05:43 AM »
Out of pure curiosity, which do you prefer/use as a tow rig?

Van?
Pickup truck?
Other?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 11:07:04 AM »
Several threads on this subject already though I am sure things change (improve) all of the time.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2017, 11:11:46 AM »
I did two searches, one on tow-rig, and another on Tow_rig.

Nothing came back, which is why I posted the question here.

Apologies if I invaded your bandwidth.

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2017, 11:17:21 AM »
Search for "transport"
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2017, 04:43:35 PM »
I just tried "transport", got 4 pages of results about transport companies, items being transported, etc, but nothing specific on tow vehicles.

I'm sure there are better, but I use my 2004 Navigator for both my 18' flat and 24' enclosed trailers. With the enclosed 24', I get about 8mpg @ 65 mph. My brothers 2014 F150 Eco Boost got 9mpg with the same 24' trailer. I would like to know how a diesel powered Excursion would do.

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2017, 06:51:38 PM »
I just tried "transport", got 4 pages of results about transport companies, items being transported, etc, but nothing specific on tow vehicles.
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Think this thread might have some useful advice

http://www.concoursmustang.com/forum/index.php?topic=9695.msg57200#msg57200

As far as diesel (last two 7.3 PS in F250s)  on flat towing didn't notice a change in mpg if so not much. With a head wind or big hills I lost maybe 2 mpgs unless it was really bad but then it doesn't last forever
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2017, 07:12:24 PM »
That's perfect! Thank you.

Looks like I'm shopping for a used F-250.

Thanks again!
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2017, 07:48:24 PM »
I currently use a 1999 Ford E-250 with the RV package, E-350 suspension on a E-250 frame, 5.4 engine. It was a special order, sits four, sleeps two. Remove the bed and rear seats and I can carry a foot tall stack of 4X8 sheets of plywood, an engine and transmission or 8 bicycles - all locked inside. I get 16-18 mpg on the freeway without a load. With a trailer and load weighing around 7500 pounds, I get 12 mpg. A Van is the way to go. However, the new Transit Vans seem to be under-powered, flimsy and noisy. Just an observation.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2017, 07:53:15 PM »
My '99 F250, 7.3 gets around 11.5 mpg with my 5th wheel enclosed trailer (24' box). Seems like almost every trip includes mountains. I will find out how much better an open trailer is when I tow a Model A to Gettysburg PA next month. I normally get around 19 mpg without a trailer. I hope this helps.

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2017, 10:47:39 PM »
Huge help on all!

I'm going to rent an open trailer when I'm going to move the machines.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2017, 10:59:09 PM »
I forgot the "towed" part. I have an 18 foot flatbed dual axle. It's always being "borrowed". I've had in the past, a tow dolly for short hauling and a 17 foot single axle. They both got sold off for the 18 foot. An enclosed trailer was always too expensive and I didn't haul that far to shows. In other words, justify (at least to yourself) what you want.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2017, 01:03:23 AM »
I have a '13 Expedition 5.4L that I use to tow a 28ft enclosed trailer.  It handles the load ok, but the 7MPG pulling a trailer was a bit of a shock.  I would rather tow with an F250/350 diesel, but I wouldn't want one as my daily driver... so the Expedition is a compromise.  I use it for lots of other stuff and it seats 8.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2017, 09:09:25 AM »
I tow a 24ft enclosed trailer with a 2008 E350 van with a 5.4. Best MPG pulling the trailer was 10 MPG worst was 7 MPG. I have found it to be better not to use ethanol fuels when towing, that is when I got the worst mileage. I use the E85 for every day use and it works fine.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2017, 01:47:17 PM »
I have a '13 Expedition 5.4L that I use to tow a 28ft enclosed trailer.  It handles the load ok, but the 7MPG pulling a trailer was a bit of a shock.  I would rather tow with an F250/350 diesel, but I wouldn't want one as my daily driver... so the Expedition is a compromise.  I use it for lots of other stuff and it seats 8.

I'm a little surprised that your not getting better MPG. My 04 Navigator also has the 5.4L. My 24 enclosed also has a 2' V nose. I've towed it 2 trips up and back from Miami to the Orlando area moving my parents and for the most part it did not matter if it was full or empty, I got the same, around 8 MPG. I am sure this would be different if I was in more stop and go traffic. I also added the Reese load and sway control hitch system. Makes a huge difference in handling with both the Navigator and the trailer when driving on the expressways and the 18 wheelers come up from behind and pass you.

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2017, 11:33:34 PM »
Have the weight distribution hitch with the bars.  I'm guessing it fluctuates around 7-8mpg.  The trailer is finished on the inside too with cabinets in the front.  That and the extra 4ft in length probably factor in to the lower mpg.  The trailer also has the V nose.
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