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Towing gear and gas mileage
Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum.
I have a 2008 Rav4 Sport with a V6 and towing packing. I use my Rav4 to tow an enclosed 5x8 trailer (900lbs) with my Yamaha Grizzly 700 4-wheeler (650lbs). I typically haul between Western South Dakota to the twin cities of MN or to northern MN near the Canadian border.
The total weight of the load I haul is about 1600-1700lbs and I always tow in 4th gear. However, My gas mileage is horrible! Even with my rear tires inflated to about 40lbs I still only ever get 14-15mpg. Obviously, much of the reduction in gas mileage can be attributed to the fact that I'm hauling a square, enclosed trailer which acts as a significant wind drag, and the fact that when I use 4th gear the engine automatically revs to about 3000rpm's at 75mph, but I was still expecting better fuel economy numbers. How is it anyone on here manages to get 19-20mpg hauling much heavier loads than the one I haul? Might have to trade in the enclosed trailer for an open trailer instead.
The only thing I can guess is that some people are foolish enough to tow in D, rather than 4th?