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Car makers are very good at publishing optimistic solo mpg figures based on laboratory conditions, but in the real world what do we get towing and solo? We will all benefit from knowing what a particular car consumes when towing, so please respond with the type of car and weight of 'van - I'll kick off with mine:- BMW 525d Touring Auto pulling a Caravelair Eden 472 1300kg, solo = 40 mpg, towing = 24mpg at a steady 60.
 
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Good idea Mike , it would at least give us all an idea if we are getting the same or near to the rest with same tow car.

Vectra 2.0 sri petrol / Abbey Stafford up to 1250kgs

Solo 35 ish / Towing 23-25
 
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Mike,Sorrento 2.5 diesel auto towing lunar delta,1600kgs.25 mpg solo,20ish towing.Dissapointed at the moment.Car is in at Kia today hopefully being sorted.Tom.
 
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Hi Mike I have a three year old BMW 530d manual tourer

the computer tells me that I am getting solo approx 45 towing approx 32mpg with a 1300kg van I have not done any full tank to emtpy maths

so I have my doubts as to the accuracy of trip conputers plus most of the towing was on motorways and

dual carraigeways so I very rarely had to come out of fifth gear
 
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Mike - great idea, see below.

Hyundai Santa Fe CRTD GSi 2004 solo 36-8 mpg, towing 2004 Eccles Sterling Sapphire (1500kg)24mpg.

VW Passat TDi PD130 2002 solo 52mpg, towing same 'van 25mpg.

BMW 320dSE 2000 solo 50mpg, towing 2001 Swift Challenger 530SE (1400kg)27mpg.

Ford Mondeo 2.0 petrol Zetec 2001 solo 38mpg, towing same 'van 22mpg (not a great match so used BMW most of time)

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Top idea. Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDI (90 bhp) 46/48mpg solo at 60-70 mph. Towing a elldis shamal 820kgs 28mpg at 60mph. My Brothers VW Sharon 1.9 TDI (115bhp) Dont know solo. Towing a spritre muskater 800kgs 33mpg at 60mph (that was car 7 passengers van fully loaded)
 
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Mike, great idea! My figures are Cit C5 2.2HDi 45ish solo, with Coachman Amara 450/2 max wt 1300 kgs approw 28 - 30 mpg towing at up to 70 (also in France)

Happy touring all!

JimF
 
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Mike, Mercedes M270 Cdi, Coachman Pastiche 1500kg AUW (and perhaps a bit more with the Spainish gin on board) Combined average over 4K miles 25mpg with 66% of that towing up to the local spped limits.

Not all that wonderful, but much much better than the Disco Tdi before and a much more comfortable tow.
 
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I'm surprised at your very low figure for the Trooper, Dave. I've got a 3.5V6 Monterey (Trooper under another name) and it returns about 21mpg solo, 19mpg when towing 1300kg. It's not running on lpg, though.
 
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Vauxhall Omega 2.2TDi Estate towing Swift Challenger 530 at about 1410 Kg. Towing average 26 MPG (slightly better when in France 27) Solo average about 37 MPG but up to 42 MPG on long runs
 
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Mitsubishi Shogun 2.5td long wb manuall 1992 24mpg solo.

Towing a Bailey Wyoming T/A 21mpg that is filling tank,zero trip counter,270miles then fill up again with van on.
 

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