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MPG while towing a motorcycle?

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I get about 28-30mpg (2014 LWB) when cruising on the highway for long trips. I was curious what it would drop to with a motorcycle trailer behind me? Total would be about 1100 lbs for bike and trailer.

Just wondering if any of you guys have towed a bike long distances and kept an eye on mileage.

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it drops like a rock .........

my atv trailer is a 7 x 12 flatbed with rails and we see 16-19 mpg with it attached

doesn't matter if empty or loaded 16-19 mpg it is .....................

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Omniphil: Can you get the bike inside the van? Or maybe that space is taken up by passengers or something else.

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Omniphil: Can you get the bike inside the van? Or maybe that space is taken up by passengers or something else.

I might be able to, I have the Passenger version so while the seats do fold flat they are still about 8 inches off the floor.

I'd also have to get some sort of ramp to get the bike up there too, seems like quite the chore?

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good luck with that ...............unless it's an itty bitty motorcycle ;)

this is a 650 triumph , which are not that tall of a bike .

I don't have seats , so have the extra 8 inches and it just barely fit .

Also had to sit kitty corner to shut the rear doors

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I've got a BMW scooter, so its probably roughly the same size. Dimensionally it will fit, but getting it up in there would be a serious pain.

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It's definitly not a 1 person effort ..........took 3 of us to shoe horn it in and 4 of us to get it back out 2000 miles later !

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MY Bonnie fits nicely in my 2010, but that's the older style. I put it in myself by backing up against a bank and using a plank. Actually pretty easy if you can find the right spot. It would be more difficult on flat ground.

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I looked at the pictures of Mustangs Atv set up . Very cool.

The Fuel mileage would be better if the trailer was kept in the wind envelope of the van . It should be over 20 .

When I get more time towing my set up I will report back

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I've towed once for a 650 mile trip. I rented the smallest highway trailer you can get at U-haul and put a riding mower on it. It was probably around 2000 lbs total. With the 1.6 ecoboost, air conditioning and driving 65 I got 20 MPG. Never got hot but you could tell it was there. I did this at 1700 miles on the van. It's fully broken in now...

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The brakes on a gen 2 connect are fantastic , If I only had a 5.0 liter pony motor I'd be in heaven

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I bet a Turbo kit for your 2.5 would do the job also !!

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I have towed the uhaul 5x9 open bed trailer several times now. Last trip with furniture I got 21.5 mpg over 250 miles of interstate. Driving 65. That Ecoboost is amazing. My last van (chevy astro V6) would only get 12-13 towing any trailer.

I've been wondering what it would do with a teardrop camper. Maybe I'll rent one.

It would need to be red!!

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The Astro is Thirties technology, it's not supposed to return more than 13 mpg.

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Yes they were, but you could overload it by 100% and not break it

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I towed a small uhaul trailer across Kansas at 75 mph and got milave in the high 'teens/low 20's

I also towed a small flatbed trailer empty and got milage in the low teens because the tailgate/loading ramp stuck up in the air like a huge sail

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Towing through Kansas can be hard on towing mileage going both east and west.

It seems like it is on the nose when ever I have pulled a trailer through there.

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Trailer design is pretty important. I have a Kendon with a shield and towing it behind my car with a smaller cycle(Yamaha Majesty) I actually get better mileage if not pushing it. Making it hump with the K1200 BMW I loose some. It pulls pretty close to the tow vehicle in its wind envelope.

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