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I get around 10 with my 7k 5th wheel ,changed my injectors to ford 19# 4hole and now i get 12/13 on same trip. Going to add a CAI this weekend and see if i can around 14 hope so
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I have a 8.5x16 ft with 5' V-nose cargo trailer at about 5,000lbs. I get anywhere from 8.5 to 11 mpg depending on the speed and traffic. Usually average 10mpg. I have a cold air intake and a vivid linq.
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Well, I feel a LITTLE better after reading these. I just joined this forum and the only reason was to try to get advice on how to improve my mileage while towing my camper. 20' TT @ 4500 lbs. I'm getting 5-6 mph!! It's a 2003 SLT Quad Cab with a 4.7. Everything is stock. Somebody told me a K&N air filter might help. I'm seriously thinking about buying a 2500 just to tow this thing because i HAVE to get better than 5mpg. It takes all the fun out of camping if I have to spend $300 on gas to go less than 400 miles round-trip. Is there ANYTHING else I can do?
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I get between 9-13 pulling a 7000# TT with a 3.55 rear.
I now have a new TT since my earlier post and like you I am now pulling approximately 7K, maybe a little less with 3:55 rear and I am getting identical results as you.
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I am pulling a TT that goes just around 6600 lbs. loaded for a trip. Prior to having the Transmission completely overhauled and a shift kit put in it I was lucky to get 9.5 miles per gallon. Have been on 2 trips now with the rebuilt tranny and getting 11.5 to 13.5 per gallon depending on terrain. I live in BC can be very hilly at times. Oh by the way that is with a 3.55 rear end.
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Just finished a 400km round trip with 5 adults, bed of the truck loaded with gear and a 4300lb Travel Trailer also loaded with water and food inside. Averaged 12.5mpg, mostly highway with one section of back roads that is 10% grade up and down for about 1km each way.
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I get in the 13s just driving around. I can pull my 5k+ tandem axle boat and trailer and stay in the 12s in hill country
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I pull a 43ft flatbed gross weight 26k. From Tenn to Colorado to Texas I average 9. With the 5.9
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Well, I feel a LITTLE better after reading these. I just joined this forum and the only reason was to try to get advice on how to improve my mileage while towing my camper. 20' TT @ 4500 lbs. I'm getting 5-6 mph!! It's a 2003 SLT Quad Cab with a 4.7. Everything is stock. Somebody told me a K&N air filter might help. I'm seriously thinking about buying a 2500 just to tow this thing because i HAVE to get better than 5mpg. It takes all the fun out of camping if I have to spend $300 on gas to go less than 400 miles round-trip. Is there ANYTHING else I can do?
Ive heard a few owners complain about the 4.7 with towing, its a good motor, just not as powerful for towing as the 5.7 is. What year is the trailer, the older trailers (lets say early 2000's and older) weight more than the current models do at same length/configuration. Check your trailer brakes and tire pressure. Might be able to get some lower resistance rolling tires for the trailer to help.


Few things you could do to the truck:
1. Intake and Exhaust (may help open her up a bit)
2. Rear end change
3. Computer program
4. Use 89 Octane (sometimes this helps)


I'd hate to hear you replace the truck cause of the trailer...some people keep the truck and get a newer trailer because they are lighter. All depends on finances and how attached you are to each.

Have you checked the Trailer Empty and loaded weight in comparision to the VIN/RV sticker? Maybe lighten the load inside the trailer...

Just compliling ideas while im bored here at work,
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