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V8nutz 05-23-2017 11:13 AM

HiLo's do tow easier
 
Sold our 17t that we were towing with a 2014 toyota venza v6. You could feel the weight back there but I never felt much buffeting or drag from wind resistance. So we drove to Arizona from Northern CA and towed a Lance 1575 back and I definitely felt the difference. Much more drag and buffeting. When the wind wasn't a factor it actually felt lighter behind the car. My MPG dropped about 3 I would guess with the new trailer, I think we averaged about 11 or 12 going 65.

Luisa48 05-23-2017 02:22 PM

Yes, my 17T tows well whenever I remember to lower the top. ;)

Wife wants a bigger one but we tow with a diesel Jeep Liberty and I am reluctant to go any bigger . . .

Ted

JackandJanet 05-23-2017 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by V8nutz (Post 38753)
Sold our 17t that we were towing with a 2014 toyota venza v6. You could feel the weight back there but I never felt much buffeting or drag from wind resistance. So we drove to Arizona from Northern CA and towed a Lance 1575 back and I definitely felt the difference. Much more drag and buffeting. When the wind wasn't a factor it actually felt lighter behind the car. My MPG dropped about 3 I would guess with the new trailer, I think we averaged about 11 or 12 going 65.

Yup, and I suspect your new trailer MIGHT be lighter than the 17t. Mine is certainly not a lightweight. But, you are definitely going to see a difference in gas mileage due to the increased wind resistance.

- Jack

Shea 05-24-2017 01:28 AM

Ted, be careful. Jeeps have a short wheelbase. Great for four wheeling but bad for towing. A heavier trailer can really rip you off the road. Some of these new vehicles are built for climbing hills but can make it a nightmare on the highway at higher speeds.

Hersbird 05-24-2017 12:21 PM

Once a weight is moving it no longer affects economy. (Well a little bit in increased rolling resistance but thats hardly measurable at the difference we are talking). Actually once it is moving it has more stored potential energy that can be recovered by coasting, not braking at the next stop. So if you were only going sppeds under 45 with lots of stop and go the lighter taller trailer would be better. If you are going down the interstate for hours on end the low heavy trailer will be better. Actually then longer is also better as the air has a chance to settle down. Almost nothing better than an old long airstream for fuel economy down the interstate... except a Hi-Lo!

maestro123 05-24-2017 01:50 PM

LOL :) whenever you remember to lower the top that's funny there! LOL :) yes but the new jeeps have a longer wheel base.
my niece just got a brand new one they extended the front end on them and widened the axle distances I believe. I had a 2000 it always towed open trailers ok never towed a camper with it tho. I did tow a pop up with it one time, it did pretty good. didn't go long distance tho so idk? yeah I wouldn't tow a trailer that weighs more than the jeep for sure. :)

V8nutz 05-24-2017 05:36 PM

I had a blow out on the hilo and had to get new tires. I got some goodyear endurance d rated that run at 65 psi. I did notice a difference in rolling resistance it towed very nice with the new tires.

maestro123 05-24-2017 06:30 PM

that's cool, I still having tire issues. nice to meet you tho! :) I keep forgetting trailers need more psi than passenger tires tho too. lol

JackandJanet 05-24-2017 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by V8nutz (Post 38789)
I had a blow out on the hilo and had to get new tires. I got some goodyear endurance d rated that run at 65 psi. I did notice a difference in rolling resistance it towed very nice with the new tires.

Good! Make sure you inflate those things to 65 psi (cold) and keep that pressure there. Flexing heats the tires up and that leads to failure.

- Jack

V8nutz 05-25-2017 10:41 AM

Well I knew better, the tires were 10 years old, they looked like new but I thought - just one more trip then I'll get some new ones....


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