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Old 05-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I have a few questions. I'm planning a camping trip in July with a few friends, and since we're taking my jeep, I have to figure out where to put the things we're gonna bring. Anyways, I'm buying a 2'' receiver hitch in the next few days, so I thought "Why not pull our junk on a trailer?" I'm looking at taking a regular 4x8 steel utility trailer with a wooden bed loaded with maybe 100~200lbs worth of stuff, not much. From a real world standpoint, how much of an MPG drop can I expect when towing this with my 5speed 4banger? I'll be towing from Columbia, SC to near Asheville, NC. Currently, and astoundingly, I get roughly 23 or 24 mpg highway, so should I expect it to drop in the teens towing less than 700lbs and with 3 adults in the jeep?

Also, if anyone tows stuff with their 4banger, depending on how much you tow, how much less "get-up-and-go" do you get?

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Old 05-21-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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If memory serves me Asheville had some pretty decent hills/ winding roads.

You getting 23/24 was most likely with just you in the vehicle.

Now your gong to add 500 pounds+/- of passengers, and drag another 500 pounds +/-
of trailer behind it.

Yeah I'd say down in the teens on a 4 banger. Get up and go shouldn't be too bad, it's the high gears where you will probably notice a big difference. Especially once you hit the hills and such..

Also think about stopping distances, going to much higher.

Lastly, if you haven't towed a trail with a jeep before, I suggest you go out an practice with it. Get the feel for what it's going to do. Make sure you have the trailer loaded properly for weight distribution. Get it wrong and you will have a miserable trip to say the least. The trailer will want to walk side to side on you if you don't have enough or too much tongue weight.

My last trip to Asheville was coming from the north down, and there were some places in my pick up that scared the bajeezes out of me. Steep inclines/hills, sharp bends, and folks thinking 70 mph was the slow lane.

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Old 05-21-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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I'd guess you to be around 15 mpg...

stunned you get 23-24 with your 2.5L....i get maybe 15 with just me in the vehicle and no back seat lol. I get 19 in town though which is fine.
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I don't plan on doing any trail riding, at least with the trailer attached. I'm really just using it to keep things a lot more comfortable in the jeep.

And yeah, I get that mileage driving topless, going at 70, so I'm pretty pleased. I actually decided not to sell it because of that factor alone.
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