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08-03-2011 10:42 AM
impster Not sure how relevant this is, but we recently went on holiday with 5 in the car, boot and roofbox full, and towing a trailer tent, again, loaded to about 85% capacity. Got around 35mpg on the round trip.

Did the same trip last year, but without the roof box and got closer to 45mpg.

Seems the roofbox and roof bars cost a lot more to lug about with the added wind resistance


06-26-2011 10:06 PM
ca10 Shaz

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06-26-2011 05:01 PM
shaz What engine do you have ca10, can you put the details in your signature box so that everone can see it each time you post.

06-26-2011 04:49 PM
ca10

Off on holidays with the caravan soon will stay in 5th around 2000 rpm and see how it goes.Will have bikes on the roof so if i get 30mpg will be well pleased.

G
06-25-2011 08:14 PM
Richard G
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Originally Posted by ca10
On a similar theme towed an empty trailer to Cumbria, took rear door off to reduce drag and towed in 6th with C control set at sat nav speed of 62mph, filled up at the start of the journey and reset mpg meter and achieved 47.2 mpg. On the return with approx 600kg on trailer plus load in the car i reset mpg meter, set c control at 55mph and stayed in 5th and achieved 53 mpg! I was quite surprised think that 55 mph was at optimum torque ie 2000rpm perhaps this has something to do with the better economy.


What you really need to do this calculation is the road load against specific fuel consumption graph, but that is something that Ford likely keep close to their chest



06-25-2011 01:42 PM
shaz Just back from a holiday towing my caravan to Devon, I got 30mpg on the way down and 32mpg on the way back I put the difference down to a SW headwind. I was towing a bit faster this trip and that would explain the drop from 35mpg last time. All in all the 2.0 Tdci C-max is a great tow car.

03-22-2011 07:40 PM
shaz Interesting figures and for the same journey as well. With the price of fuel what it is now slowing down a bit can cut you bills by a lot.

Ed

03-22-2011 07:17 PM
ca10 On a similar theme towed an empty trailer to Cumbria, took rear door off to reduce drag and towed in 6th with C control set at sat nav speed of 62mph, filled up at the start of the journey and reset mpg meter and achieved 47.2 mpg. On the return with approx 600kg on trailer plus load in the car i reset mpg meter, set c control at 55mph and stayed in 5th and achieved 53 mpg! I was quite surprised think that 55 mph was at optimum torque ie 2000rpm perhaps this has something to do with the better economy.
02-20-2011 06:53 PM
Rolo
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Originally Posted by ca10
Thanks for all your responses.
Just back from a trip from Perth to Aviemore and back, used mostly 5th gear with some 6th when the road was clear and i wanted to get a move on with a speed of 55 to 60 and mpg meter showed 26.5mpg on the way there. The return journey was almost all done in 5th at 50 to 55mph with a few downhill sections in 6th and mpg meter was 27.1. Don't know how you guys get 35mpg.
Hi ca10, Ed is right, just a few mph faster and fuel consumption shoots up. Plus a few mph slower doesn't make a great deal of difference on a journey of around 150miles or less. Try stopping for a few minutes when not towing and see how many of the vehicles you have overtaken are now ahead of you.
The reason I have used your quote is the bit about going downhill in 6th. When I first started towing, many years ago, we were always told -- Never go down a hill in a higher gear than you would go up.
This means the engine is helping to slow the unit, it could ensure that your brakes still work after a long downhill stretch.
Happy towing to all you fellow caravanners,
Rolo.
02-20-2011 03:49 PM
shaz Maybe even a 6 pack ahead .......... I would still be on the M42 having a KFC at the service station LOL

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