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Old 07-12-2013, 06:46 PM
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I will, in the next 3 months, be dragging my 1992 Ford Escort Hatch (3,400lb) behind my Ram on a car dolly. Data is as follows:

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Dolly weight-400
stuff in the car weight-400
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What can I realistically expect as far as mpg? I know towing my 7,000lb Bayliner I get between 8-10, 12 if I am on flat ground. But this is not a 7k lb boat, and it is not sticking up like a sail behind me. The car will be drafting the truck and it weighs half what the boat does loaded. The only reason I am asking is so I know how much money I need to budget for my move back to DFW for fuel. Its 2100 miles. If I can expect better than 15 mpg, then I dont really need to worry about changing my budget. With me, the wife, the dog and camping gear in the truck bed (1000lbs with all of us and gear) we average 20mpg hwy on a bad day.

As for the car, the weight could change. I havent decided if I am going to dolly it, or flat tow it. Flat towing setup is $250 cheaper than renting a dolly.
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I'd guess 12 give or take 1/2 mpg, based on my truck (same as yours) and towing my 3200 lb bass boat and 5500 lb camper.

I think 15 is dreaming, as my boat doesn't sit any higher than the truck bed w/exception of the motor, and I get 13.5 with it at best.

Personally, I'd budget for the 8-10 you know you get, and if you don't need it, stick it back in the bank when you get there.
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Well I guess it also depends on what kind of MPG you normally expect for that type of driving.

I get 12 - 14 MPG pulling a tall 6 x 12 cargo trailer. It's a similar weight to your proposed tow but the wind drag should be more so hopefully that will help. I don't think >15 will happen though.

One thing, to tow that far I'd go with the flat trailer rather than the tow dolly. It's just a better and safer setup.
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Flat trailer costs as much to rent as I paid for the car. I was thinking flat tow as in a tow bar. 4 wheels on the ground, manny tranny in neutral, no tongue weight.

It costs $697 to rent a trailer from Uhaul, $347 to rent the dolly, or I can Pay $100 for a tow bar setup. No brainer for me.
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