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That is crazy... 6-10 along with the small gas tanks and I can't get between some fuel spots in my area... As to why go faster, well... Our interstate speed limits are 70, but since there are no points on a ticket for 10 over everyone (including trucks) goes between 75-80. At 70-75, the world is already going around me. Lower and I nearly cause accidents.


It's for that reason I now carry extra fuel. Even at 65mph if I hit a headwind I can't get between gas stations. West Texas and New Mexico even parts of Utah they are just too far apart. Shoot even without my trailer I have trouble getting enough fuel economy to get between gas stations.


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I wonder if some skinnier highway tires on the trailer would help a bit with reducing rolling resistance?

Those are some pretty pitiful MPG towing results. My uncle tows a 28 foot 5th wheel with his Ram Cummins 2500 and can get 12mpg while towing.

Yet another reason why the Cherokee needs a larger tank... 20gals would be about perfect. Even empty, we do good to get 300 miles range on our '15 TH 3.2L. I can easily go over 500 miles in my '17 Subaru Outback with its 18.5 gal tank.
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Oh and here in Texas we have 85mph speed limits. I don't feel at 65 I'm a road hazard. Reason being a good portion of company trucks are limited to 62mph. So I'm just fast enough to pass the limited trucks and slow enough for the ones that aren't to easily pass.


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I would give anything for an extra 10 gallons of fuel. I'd love the extended range fuel tank that's available for the WK2. 15 gallons sucks and having to add fuel on the roadside isn't fun.


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I tow a 7 X 14 utility trailer with an expanded mesh loading ramp that acts as a huge sail. I use this for my 100 pound kayak so it's likely less than 1000 pounds total. This gets pulled through the mountains here in Utah and the speed limits are between 55 and 80. It drops me from just over 20 mpg to as low as 12... For reference I have the 3.2 V6 TH with a Gobi stealth rack and it has lights, Hi-Lift, axe, shovel, two jerry cans, HAM antenna, and my spare tire mounted to it. I barely noticed a change in mpg with adding all of that to the top.
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I should add that once to our destination I still averaged 12.3 on the roads ~45 avg.

I agree on the bearing temp issue and tire pressures. I adjust my tire pressure and my bearings run cool at 70.

This is my beef... The KL was advertised (based on the window sticker) at much better fuel performance. It was the sole reason we opted to buy the KL. We have a MUCH more capable rig for our leisure time but thought the KL would make trips that didn't warrant that capability more economic and allow us to travel more.

Even without towing the KL only barely beats our JKU. With the trailer behind it, it is actually WORSE. It's a bunch of BS that a rig build the way that one is can beat out the KL.... and in truth, is rendering our KL as completely useless.

We a have a large summer trip planned that will take us over 1200 miles of the midwest (ending north-west of Yellowstone) with only 34 of it being on pavement. It has been our plan all along to use the KL, but with it's fuel consumption we have to review our route to add stops or carry more fuel. Alternately, I we may just take the JKU.

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YMMV, and it does. Math doesn't lie on energy needed to tow vs speed. If you want better than 10-12Mph, change your speed.
Or drive a JKU (more box shaped, much heavier, soft top, larger tires, less transmission gears, larger tires).... Seriously, I averaged 15.5-16 towing it with the JKU... :facepalm:

There is no reason the KL can't out perform our JKU.....

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I believe if we want better fuel economy while towing we are going to need to be able to regear. My Cherokee gets 16mpg here in the south without my trailer and 21 up north (for whatever reason). I don't need the gearing to be able to go 120mph. I'd settle for a gear limiting speed of 100 and have more torque available. Assuming of course the ptu could handle it lol.


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I wonder if some skinnier highway tires on the trailer would help a bit with reducing rolling resistance?
It would... as would running highway tires on the KL.... but they will not hold up to our uses.

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