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Took the Casita Out For First Time

Discussion in 'Towing' started by TacoJonn, May 30, 2017.

  1. May 30, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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    TacoJonn

    TacoJonn [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Towed my Casita 17ft about 200 miles today. From about 6200 ft to 4500 ft and back. Kept it in 4th most of the way and probably went faster than I should (speed limit was 80, I went about 65 to 70).
    Got only about 12 MPG. I am sure I could have gotten more had I kept it around 60 to 65 mph the entire way.
    Really pleased with the tow power on my 2013 4.0 after coming from a 3.4 V6 on my old 2002 Tacoma. My old Tacoma was a manual and got much better towing MPG but had no cajones at all.
    My Casita probably weighs about 3000 to 3500 pounds all loaded up. Would have preferred better MPG but given the infrequency of my towing, I don't mind too much.

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  2. May 31, 2017 at 1:36 PM
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    Jimiller5

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    Good looking rig. I tow a 17SD Casita with my '15 TRD Sport and average 15 mpg. I'd say the bikes don't help your mileage. 4th gear is your friend.
     
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  3. Jun 5, 2017 at 1:24 PM
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    TacoJonn

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    I didn't really think about the bikes. Guess they could be a big cause of the poor MPG.
     
  4. Jun 5, 2017 at 1:27 PM
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    Steves104x4

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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    That's awesome
     
  5. Jun 5, 2017 at 1:29 PM
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    KugelBlitz

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    Bilstein 61112/5160, Dakar EL096R, 285/70-R17 C BFG K02, Level 8 Mk6 wheels, Bestop Softop US. OffRoad Hidden Winch Bumper, ComeUp DV-9s winch, SOS Concepts Sliders and IFS Skid plate, VIAIR 400P Auto compressor mounted in a Expedition Essentials bedside mount, TRD Quick Shifter, TRD Cat-Back exhaust, ,75WX ST CB, Pioneer AVH-X4800BS, and various other mods and things...
    Very nice... My wife and are looking for a 17' Freedom Deluxe to disappear in. What model is yours?
     
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  6. Jun 5, 2017 at 3:12 PM
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    TacoJonn

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    It is a 2006. In the process of giving it a little makeover this season. New wheels/tires, new decals/wax coming, added solar panels and few other odds and ends.

    I love my Casita. I can't tell you how many people have approached me and said "I wish we had a smaller RV like yours".
     

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