Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-13-2016, 05:31 PM   #1
Weekend Camper
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: AZ
Posts: 16
Z-1 Front Deck Foil

Unfortunately, we found out after taking our unit out for a few trips that the gas mileage is horrendous.

When we had a 28' HiLo which was pretty much the same weight as the ZT225TD toyhauler with front deck.

We spent a lot of time researching toyhaulers and decided upon a front deck.

Anyway, with the HiLo we lost about 5mpg, however the toyhauler drops it down another 5mpg.

Realizing it must be the wind resistance and the distance from the truck, is there something we could rig up like a foil? Would it even be economical.

Worse yet, the longest trips were without the toy! Hate to think what another 800 lbs would do to the gas mileage.

Thanks for your input
__________________
2008 Tundra 5.7L V8 double cab
2016 Z-1 225TD front deck
Landmaster 400 UTV
AuntFrahn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:34 PM   #2
Family Vacation Member
 
morphrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 191
Your new trailer has more mass. Taller than hi-lo so more area for wind to hit it as you drive down the road. Really not sure what can be done concerning that though.
__________________
2015 Z-218TD
(2) 100 watt Renogy Solar Panels
30 amp Renogy Wanderer
2001 6.0 2500HD Gasser
morphrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:45 PM   #3
Site Team
 
mark5w's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 4,755
What was and now is your mpg? I know I get any where from 9.5 to 11 mpg towing. That's the same as my previous lighter 5er.
__________________
Mark & Susan
Lehighton, Pennsylvania

'13 Cruiser Patriot 335SS - '13 Ford F150 SCREW - PullRite Superslide - Roadmaster Active Suspension
Member - "Northeast Adventures RV Rally Group" & "Mason-Dixon Bunch"
mark5w is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 05:55 PM   #4
Weekend Camper
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: AZ
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by morphrider View Post
Your new trailer has more mass. Taller than hi-lo so more area for wind to hit it as you drive down the road. Really not sure what can be done concerning that though.
Yes, I should have mentioned that we did expect worse mpg just because the HiLo was low profile, just not this bad.
Thanks
__________________
2008 Tundra 5.7L V8 double cab
2016 Z-1 225TD front deck
Landmaster 400 UTV
AuntFrahn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 06:04 PM   #5
Full Time Camper
 
travelin texans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,068
You didn't say what your mpg is now, but if it's in the ballpark of 8-10 then welcome to the world of rv towing, if you get a bigger truck you'll get a bigger trailer & back to 8-10 mpg, towing or motorhomes.
__________________
Danny & Linda
Sold my '13 Redwood 36FB
Currently rv & truckless
travelin texans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 06:24 PM   #6
Weekend Camper
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: AZ
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by mark5w View Post
What was and now is your mpg? I know I get any where from 9.5 to 11 mpg towing. That's the same as my previous lighter 5er.
With the HiLo, we got average 15 mpg even through Virginia when we traveled Back East.

Now, it's about 10 or 11.
Just checked my spreadsheet for Florence, AZ to Buffalo, WY
Show Low, AZ 12.3 to Gallup, NM through Salt River Canyon
some 11s and 12s then 16.1 from Las Vegas, NM to Walsenburg, CO
Then back down to 10s
Then a big 14 from Cheyenne to Douglas, WY
More 9-11s
Gallup, NM to Snowflake, AZ down to 9.8 which would be through Salt River Canyon where they had construction neat the top coming back out on the way home.

According to the spreadsheet, the average was 12.1855 mpg.
Not quite as bad as I thought, though.
__________________
2008 Tundra 5.7L V8 double cab
2016 Z-1 225TD front deck
Landmaster 400 UTV
AuntFrahn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 06:29 PM   #7
Site Team
 
mark5w's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 4,755
Sounds about right to me. Even a little better than others.
__________________
Mark & Susan
Lehighton, Pennsylvania

'13 Cruiser Patriot 335SS - '13 Ford F150 SCREW - PullRite Superslide - Roadmaster Active Suspension
Member - "Northeast Adventures RV Rally Group" & "Mason-Dixon Bunch"
mark5w is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 04:42 PM   #8
Seasonal Camper
 
2slick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Rockport, TX
Posts: 412
Quote:
Originally Posted by mark5w View Post
Sounds about right to me. Even a little better than others.


Agreed. Better than the 8 mpg we got running into a strong head wind last December. Is that called "pay to play"?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
Will

2013 Chevy 3500HD
2012 Rushmore 38CK
2slick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 06:36 PM   #9
Site Team
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: WI.
Posts: 7,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2slick View Post

Is that called "pay to play"?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
2008 Cruiser CF26RK
2013 Ford Eco-Boost
Heavy duty payload - Max tow
Lloyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2017, 09:43 PM   #10
Weekend Camper
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Utah
Posts: 33
That is very good mpg, I don't get over 10 without my trailer If I get over 6 I'm pretty happy when towing.
__________________
2013 Crossroads Z1-ZT251TD
2008 Ford F350SD, V10 3V, lots of mods. 5.13 gears
2013 Polaris RZR XP
24shofast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 06:52 AM   #11
Full Time Camper
 
Papa-T's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: N.C. Mountains
Posts: 1,504
10-11 isn't bad. Welcome to the Club of big boy campers.
__________________
*2016 CAF25SE Cruiser Aire 5er/*Joined 2010 *Changed Username and lost Post #'s -2012.
*Traded Campers and Left Crossroads -2012.
*Purchased New 5er & Came back May-2016
*Ted & Tricia (Mimi and Boo - Poodles)
I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the Hell they please!” —John Wayne
Papa-T is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Crossroads RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×