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Old 09-01-2013, 03:02 PM
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I have a 2013 CC Sport, Hemi with 8 speed & 3.55 gearing. I recently picked up an aluminum tandem axle 7x12 v nose enclosed trailer (1550 weight). I am getting 10 to 12 mpg towing this empty at 60-65 mph. I'm a little surprised that it is this bad empty, I could see it possibly with two Harley's in there but empty?? I guess I didn't think there would be that much drag with the v nose. Truck has 2200 miles on it and gets 16.5 to 18 mix highway & town and 18 to 19 highway. I was expecting a drop to 15 with the trailer empty and maybe around 12 loaded. I ordered it with 3.55 as it was a good cross between 3.21 & 3.92 as I don't tow a lot. Just surprised I guess.

Does this sound about right for pulling the enclosed trailer?

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:26 PM
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Seems a little low for the 8 spd.
I have '13 with the 6 spd Hemi with 3.55 gears, my mileage seemed to start increasing after I had 5k to 6k miles on the truck.
When I tow my 18' bowrider boat I get about 13-14 mpg.
When towing my 23' travel trailer I get about 11 mpg.
Both sitting at about 60 mph.
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I would say it sounds about right, But there are a lot of factors to consider to

Speed
Hills or flat land
Head wind, side wind, tail wind
OD off or not
Is it a sharp v nose (5') or a dull one (2')
lots of start and stops or not

My 01 got 6-8 mph towing my enclosed sled trailer, 9-12 would make me happy with my new 13
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My 2010 quad cab ram 1500 with 4.7L, 6 speed, and 3.55's got 12mpg avg from orlando to deal's gap(north carolina) with 3 buells in a small enclosed trailer, I guess the total weight around 4000lb max. It was a flat front trailer, something like 8x6 I don't know exactly though. I cruised at 65-70mph pretty much the whole time. I've always been told v nose doesn't really make a difference. The drag is what's killing mpg, not the weight of 1 or 2 harleys. FWIW I get 20mpg very easy when unloaded.
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MPG whilst towing a trailer is more a function of aerodynamic drag than weight. Here is the thing, once the tow vehicle overcomes the rolling resistance, it takes very little engine resources to maintain the forward momentum. To get an idea of this, next time you are driving (with or without the trailer) switch your EVIC to monitor your fuel consumption and watch what happens when you go from stop to your desired speed and then shortly after you reach your desired speed. Aerodynamic drag on the other hand remains constant during the entire drive, because it is the amount of surface area subject to the air.
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