2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Towing Economy
January 11, 2010
Last Friday, I topped up our longterm 2009 Dodge Ram's tank before towing a car on a two-axleopen trailerto Streets of Willow and back to the LA basin. That part of the trip was 216 miles.
Then I drove 37 miles in city slicker mode (i.e. not towing) before remembering that I wanted to refill right after de-hitching the trailer in order to assess the fuel economy of the towing trip. I also have a knack of forgetting to take photos of the complete rig(which explains photo of city slicker mode above). Oh well.
So this tankrepresents mostly towing, but not 100%. Total fuel economy was 12.6 miles per gallon.
When towing, tow/haul mode was engaged and the trip consisted almost entirely of freeway miles. The weight of the car + trailer is about 4000 pounds. Overall, 12.6 mpg isabout what I expected.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 18,240 miles.