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First towing experience

Discussion in 'Towing' started by BeachBoy, May 17, 2010.

  1. May 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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    BeachBoy

    BeachBoy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, first time with the Tacoma and a huge trailer. I've already towed before;)

    22' Haulmark slope nose, 3000# empty.

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    Did 650 miles to bring it back home.

    I was getting 17-20 mpg going there (truck only) and 10-13 mpg with the trailer.

    With the trailer I was driving quite fast (65mph average) and there was a lot of hills driving through Idaho and Montana. I'm pretty sure I could get way better mileage at around 55mph and on flat.

    The truck handled fine, with the brakes and load balancing it was really good. up hills was down around 45mph, down hills around 75mph. Could hit overdrive on flat but I think gas mileage was worse on overdrive than keeping it in 4th (less rpm but more power required in D.)

    I am driving that trailer across the country (3000 miles+) mid June, this time loaded. We'll see how ti goes.
     
  2. May 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM
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    wiscdave

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    Thanks for the report.

    You know its back there with these trucks. I've found it helps to put some weight in the bed if you can to keep the trailer honest.
     
  3. May 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM
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    Jimmyjohn

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    Sounds like you had a good trip. Welcome From Montana If you went up I-15 you were within a stones throw from my place.
     
  4. May 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    BeachBoy

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    I went around by West Yellowstone, I think it was faltter than going !-15 all the way from Idaho Falls. Then got into !-15 to great falls.

    The pass where it's all rocks is awesome, incredible views up there (a little before Great Falls)
     
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