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Guys,

I'm new to the forum, and would appreciate any opinions offered. I have the 05 XE Off-Road truck and I only tow light loads such as my ATV and trailer and a light hunting boat. My problem is the gas mileage goes in the crapper even with these light loads. Is there anything I can do or is that just the way it is?

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First off, welcome to the boards! :) To your question. Yes, the mileage goes down pretty quickly when towing. Having said that, I think the worst I've gotten pulling a 27 foot, 6000 lb. travel trailer is about 7 or 8, and that was pushing a pretty good headwind. Normally I get a little better than that even, if I'm on flat land.

How bad is your mileage? "in the crapper" for me might be something completely different than what you mean. :lol:
 

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Welcome!!!:hat: I am lifted and still tow now thats some scary mileage.:jester:
 

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It also has a lot to do with the profile of the trailer. I have two boats for instance. One is a 22 ft., 5000# ski boat that sits very low on the trailer and is nice and streamlined. On long 300 mile trips it is snuggly covered too. My second boat is a 14 ft runabout that weighs 1000#, sits high on the trailer with a tall windshield, and is never covered. I will get the same mileage towing either boat on that same 300 mile trip. If it was just short trips around town, then the lighter boat would do better.
 

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Thanks for the response.

I guess "the crapper" is subjective. I ususally get 14-16 normal mileage and when I tow even a light load I go down to 10-11. So I guess after talking to you guys that's not that bad.

Thanks,

Kevin
 

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thats not too bad. get 11-12 in town....i towed a 1500lbs trailer w/ an 800lbs buggy, three raptor 700s atvs weighing 420lbs a peice and 4 people, 2 weighing 250 and 2 at 150. then i had gas cans, coolers, gear bags, a big load of fire wood, and i cruised 75 the whole time and got 8.7 w/ maybe a little wind. thats crappy
 

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I tow a 3000 lb pop-up tent trailer(low profile for the wind) and my XR650R in the bed. On flat ground, CC set at 65-67 mph, I'll get right at 13 mpg.
 
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