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Old 10-25-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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I'm thinking of loading up a 16ft van (runs on gas, not diesel) and towing a 3,700 lb car.

I've never towed anything so I wonder what kind of gas mileage to expect. I'm hoping to get 8-10 mpg, What are your experiences/ recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm thinking of loading up a 16ft van (runs on gas, not diesel) and towing a 3,700 lb car.
I've never towed anything so I wonder what kind of gas mileage to expect.
I'm hoping to get 8-10 mpg
3400 miles @ 60mph = 57 hours behind the wheel
57 hours @10hours per day = 6 days rolling + weather/rest = no less than 7

3400 miles @ 8mpg = 425 gallons x $3.75/ = $1594.00
plus 6 motel stays @ $50 per and 21 road meals @ $10 per

totals up to $2100... plus the truck & dolly rental expense...
how much is that stuff you're planning to drag across the country worth?

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Chicago, chicago, it's my kinda town
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3400 miles @ 60mph = 57 hours behind the wheel
57 hours @10hours per day = 6 days rolling + weather/rest = no less than 7

3400 miles @ 8mpg = 425 gallons x $3.75/ = $1594.00
plus 6 motel stays @ $50 per and 21 road meals @ $10 per

totals up to $2100... plus the truck & dolly rental expense...
how much is that stuff you're planning to drag across the country worth?
Also, when you go through the rockies you may end up getting less since you will be climbing a lot.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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You'll be lucky to get 8 MPG. Penske trucks will give you the best fuel economy, U-Haul will be terrible.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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3400 miles @ 60mph = 57 hours behind the wheel
57 hours @10hours per day = 6 days rolling + weather/rest = no less than 7

3400 miles @ 8mpg = 425 gallons x $3.75/ = $1594.00
plus 6 motel stays @ $50 per and 21 road meals @ $10 per

totals up to $2100... plus the truck & dolly rental expense...
how much is that stuff you're planning to drag across the country worth?
I came back to this thread to comment on this post. I think it's very under budget.

Fuel consumption increases dramatically in the colder months when the engine needs to work harder not to mention pulling a trailer will eat up another 1-2 mpg. I think best case scenario is 7mpg--that's best case. I also believe that fuel prices will rise again soon and in many areas they are already in the $4/gallon range. I would use that ($4/gallon) as my target. I think the fuel will be closer to $2200.

$50 a night for a hotel room is also unrealistic. Yes, you'll see motels advertising singles at $39 for the night, but they only have one room available at that price, and the odds of getting it are slim. That also doesn't include tax. $75/night is going to be closer to realistic, and in some areas you'll be very lucky to find that in a place that you'll feel comfortable parking a truck with everything you own inside overnight for under $100.

The road meals is probably about right, but it's going to mean a lot of junky fast food. You can save if you stay at a place that offers a free breakfast (more than stale donuts and three day old coffee), take a cooler and stop at grocery stores for lunch meat, bread, and condiments and make some sandwiches. that way you can actually have a decent dinner every night.

I think you also have to plan for an extra two days of truck rental, hotel, and food in case you get stuck someplace due to a blizzard. I would STRONGLY advise that you invest in a CB radio to listen to what the truckers have to say about road closures, weather forecasts, and more. They are also a good resource for where to eat. Some of them are pretty ornery, but my experience is that most are very helpful. Just don't sit at a counter marked "professional drivers only" in a truck stop.
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