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The box and speed is what's killing your mileage.
Just came back from towing a 2000# Scamp aerodynamic 16' travel trailer 1650 miles in Alaska with a 2008 Base V6 RAV4. With four people plus camping gear we averaged 14 mpg. We drove the Dalton Highway Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay & back at 50-55 mph (mostly dirt or frost heaved pavement) letting the trans go into Drive whenever it wanted which was mostly on the downhills. Most of the time it selected Fourth with Third in the hills. We'd hold it in third uphill to keep it from hunting between 3 & 4. Though we'd get better mileage on the comparitively flat run from Fairbanks to Anchorage but at 60-65 mph we didn't. Again we let it go into Drive when it would but it probably spent 3/4 of the time in Fourth.
I also just came back from Sturgis and I'd say the hills of the Black Hills are a little less steep than the 7-10% grades on the Dalton.
An open trailer would do wonders for your mileage. You could tow in fifth, still run 75 mph which I'd bet is the speed limit most places you travel, and get nearly 20 mpg.
2006 RAV4 V6 4WD Red Limited - wife's
2006 Accord V6 Hybrid - Dr. Dyno's - quick as the RAV but +8 mpg
2003 Odyssey V6 - handy people & cargo mover
1999 F-250 4X4 Diesel - snow plow, Bully Dog chip
2001 F-250 4X4 Diesel - truck camper, TS chip, 20' bike/trike dyno trailer
2004 Suzuki DRZ-400S Dual Sport
1968 Volvo 1800S
It's the pedal (or the handgrip) on the right!!
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