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Message posted by jknox34a on 13/7/2006 at 10:53pm
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I am a new member and new to caravanning.  I bought the current magazines and read their tow car tests with interest until I realised that they give no clue to the consumption I might expect from these cars.  I appreciate that this is not scientific and would pose a problem or two with the manufacturers who loan the journalists the cars, but the service to mere readers like me is appalling.  I drive a Saab 95 auto estate 2.0 turbo and when pulling my swift challenger 470 I use a gallon of unleaded every 21 miles.  Usually my car averages around 30-35.    Even the Caravan Club lauding its current 'Towcar of the Year' gives no clue as to the consumption of any car whilst towing. I understand about torque and I know that diesel is the preferred option but I am unable to get any figures that might help me choose my next car.  Can anyone give me any information?


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I tow my Ace Jubilee with a Nissan X-Trail 2.2 Dci and the difference in fuel consuption is 30 - 35% less when towing.

#39.8 mpg when solo and 26 when towing



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My 1.8 Almera Tino towing a fairly heavy Van Royce drops from around 33mpg to around 23mpg towing so similar sort of drop.



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2.0tdi mondeo , 50-55 mpg solo , 30-32 towing

Message posted by SilverLiving on 13/7/2006 at 11:53pm
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Merc C200k - 33 mpg usually, 19-20mpg towing at 85% of kerbweight.

Ouch

Thats 25p a mile on petrol......an extra 10p per mile.

Go away for a weekend and this could just about pay for a B&B if you left the caravan behind!

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VW Pasat 1.9TDI 90 usually about 45 solo and 32ish towing



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Quote: Originally posted by SilverLiving on 13/7/2006


Merc C200k - 33 mpg usually, 19-20mpg towing at 85% of kerbweight.

Ouch

Thats 25p a mile on petrol......an extra 10p per mile.

Go away for a weekend and this could just about pay for a B&B if you left the caravan behind!

 


 

How do you work that one out then?  Most people would travel max 100 miles each way for a weekend, and at 10p per mile that would equate to 20 extra on fuel.

Say 15 pn pitch fees.

Where could you find a B&B for 2 nights for a family of 4 for 50?



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How could there be an accurate figure given?

There are 1001 different vans, of different weights, and they will all be loaded differently, and driven by people with different styles of driving, up and down various hills!



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"How do you work that one out then? Most people would travel max 100 miles each way for a weekend, and at 10p per mile that would equate to 20 extra on fuel.

Say 15 pn pitch fees.

Where could you find a B&B for 2 nights for a family of 4 for 50?"

Well obviously I must do things differently from you! Im often a solo camper, and I can get 150 miles away in three hours to some nice locations. I've usually had to pay 10+ per night for my pitch too.

Add in costs of caravan storage, maintenance, depreciation, insurance and caravanning is about lifestyle, choice, and sense of freedom - not cheap weekends away.

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Hi Jknox, Firstly welcome to the UKCS.

Each of the vans will have a different drag affect on the cars.  The Mags won't publish a towing consumption figure because if someone does not get that MPG they will sue them or something silly. I have seen in the Caravaning and Camping Club mag that they say what they have been seeing on their long term test in the write up though.   The rule of thumb from what I have seen is about a 30 percent hit on fuel economy. So you would expect to get about 25mpg from yours.

 

Quote: Originally posted by baileyman on 14/7/2006


VW Pasat 1.9TDI 90 usually about 45 solo and 32ish towing


I see similar figures with my 1.9TDI Passat.  Our old 1.8l petrol Zafira would give us about 34 solo and about 26-28 towing from memory. 



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Citroen C5 2.2 HDi auto - around 40mpg solo, 28-30mpg towing Elddis Hurricane.

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Isuzu Trooper 3.0D,  26-30mpg solo, 22-24mpg towing a 1500kg Burstner S500TS

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I'm getting worried... usually only get about 22 (26 on long trips) without a big white thing behind me (should be collecting it on Tuesday, once my towbar's fitted)!

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