Anything that will haul bikes and get 30mpg?

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  1. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    I've been doing thinking about the options here, and there is no good solution. In the end, a truck is probably my best bet. Or an SUV and limit myself to a hitch carrier. At least that'll keep the gear safer.


    Own a high mpg little car and tow a trailer:
    pros:
    great mileage when not towing
    pretty good mileage while towing

    cons:
    stuck at 55mph in a lot of places
    trailer registration and upkeep
    not fun to get to offroad riding areas, if the car will even get there.


    Own a truck
    pros:
    so-so mileage towing
    can get just about anywhere you want to haul the dirtbike

    cons:
    so-so mileage even when not towing


    Own both a little car and a truck:
    pros:
    do everything

    cons:
    pay for and maintain two vehicles, find parking, insurance, etc.
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  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    OR...

    Drive a car and rent a truck from Enterprise, etc. That way, you have a truck only when you need one. Yeah, it seems more painful to your wallet and its a PITA but you don't have to park it, pay for it daily (taxes, registration, etc) etc.

    Make sure you get the damage policy!

    M
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  3. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    OR -.....

    you can selll your house and get this

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  4. Tinfish

    Tinfish Long timer

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    I think I'd have to sell my house two or three times to afford one of those. :lol3
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  5. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    anyone got a prius and hitched towed a bike? Would like to get advice..

    i have a few mpg I could spare..
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  6. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    i tow up to 3 dirt bikes behind a 97 subaru outback sport, 2.5l / 5 speed.

    i specifically bought this vehicle to tow to the races that are far away, for dirt cheap.

    i built a 3 rail trailer from a jet ski trailer. added 14" wheels. trailer is very very light.

    with 1 dirt bike on i get 28mpg.

    with 2 on i get 26mpg

    with 3 on i get 22mpg

    all at 70mph.

    a friend does the same with a 2011 dodge caliber. he has a very heavy trailer, and pulls 3 dirt bikes behind it also. he gets similar mileage.

    i think the best mpg is gonna be the manual jetta tdi. towing capacity is almost nil, but it will easily tow 1 bike on a small trailer.

    i bet a mid 80's mb 300d (turbo) could easily approach 30mpg and towing a bike or 2 with minor tweaking...then you could travel in style. best highway car ever.





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  7. FireMedicATL

    FireMedicATL Supafly White Guy

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    I use my 1985 Mercedes 300d. It gets 27 mpg empty and pulling my double wave runner trailer I get 27 mpg. The car does not care it is back there.

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  8. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    hell, it even says MAN on the grill! :rofl
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  9. broncobowsher

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    Is that a pusher motor added to the back of your car?
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  10. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Maybe something like this ? From Ratman , think it will get over 30 MPG at 70 ? [​IMG]
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  11. aceluck

    aceluck Been here awhile

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    30 mpg towing two bikes, with 2 more on the roof, 65 mph cruising speed. TDI FTW!
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  12. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    They didn't need fancy diesel cars or Sprinter Vans in the old days.

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    I did learn something while using my SUV to haul bikes. When I went on a trip, I took two small bikes with me. One inside the vehicle and one on the hitch mount. The smell of fuel mixed with two stroke oil was a bit overpowering and had to run on the freeway with the windows opened. Something to think about before you get a Sprinter etc.
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  13. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Those MBZs didn't get as good as you'd think. At least the 5cyl 2.5 NA Diesel in 190D only returned 30 on the hwy unloaded and the Turbo doesn't help mileage any.

    My 280E (Gasoline) only got 18mpg towing an XR on a harbor freight trailer. The low MPG was the main driver for to switch over to a pickup truck (well that and I blew the motor).
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    I think 30mpg and towing at highway speeds is still just a dream.

    I still think a tall geared 2wd 6cyl truck or a maybe a van would return the best mileage
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  14. Hastelloy-X

    Hastelloy-X Been here awhile

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    There is a Prius towing group at yahoo.com. Some of them tow 1200 pound tear drop campers cross country.

    :1drink
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  15. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    U.S.-rated towing capacity may be almost nil, but that doesn't mean anything. Get a Westfalia hitch and you can put 1800kg back there (with brakes on the trailer). Get the Euro plug-in harness and convert your trailer to Euro-spec lighting and VCDS can be told to detect the trailer and adjust the ABS automatically.
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  16. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    I do not know exactly which models are available in the USA, but the BMW X series with the 3.0d engines are very capable haulers and get upper 20's with a trailer if you don't stomp on them too hard. I have an X3 with that engine, and I have heard at least you could get the X5 with it in America.

    I just pulled about 800 pounds of cargo in a decent sized trailer and got around 27 coming home, 75mph the whole way.

    Plus side is that when you take the trailer off, the thing is hella fun to drive and gets around 30 on the highway. You also get all wheel drive and decent ground clearance.
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  17. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    The problem with most european cars is that they have to use premium. My Audi and my brother's Mercedes both need super to run and even so, they are both gutless. My Audi only has the 2.8 V6, but only returns 22 mpg. Not really very good. Factor in the cost of premium over regular and may as well say it gets 19mpg, averaging the cost factor. My brother's E series with the straight 3.0L six doesn't do any better. And it's relatively gutless as well.:lol3
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  18. chazbird

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    Try (finding) one of those early 80's Toyota "Space Vans". Some came few with sticks, 30 mpg, and you can fit two bikes in there, low floor height, no trailer needed. Of course they are rare, and most would be run out and (depending on locale) rusted, but they were pretty indestructible. If you found a decent one it would be very affordable. Less van = more bike.
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  19. Wingnut037

    Wingnut037 Two Sheds

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    As stated many times here, we use our '11 Golf TDI as our tow vehicle. Trip from Atlanta to San Diego via Des Moines and Denver (in a snow storm) netted us 38mpg with a loaded trailer. I had to look back several times to make sure it was there due to the car handling it so well. Good upside of the Golf TDI is the standard trim. Full GTI interior and suspension standard. Only remaining options available is the sunroof, cold weather package, GPS, HID, and premium sound. The car handles well enough for the wife to competitively Auto-x it in stock trim. (MPG drops to about 30 for those days.)
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  20. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    This is very true...but in this case I meant the diesels! My X3 has the 6 cyclinder twin turbo diesel, not gas.

    But you're right...one main reason I wouldn't buy most Euro gas cars in the USA though would be what you mention. This is a bit of a hijack, but what blows my mind when I went home to Wisco last time was this issue. My mom needed a new car (she ended up with a Subaru Forester) but looked at BMW cars.

    She had liked my 316i with its awesome drive and 35-36mpg highway mileage. I show up the stealer and he's basically like "we don't do those here, only 328i and up". Can't believe BMW and others can't make money off their small engined models that use standard gas and get upwards of 40mpg these days. I suppose they would import them if they'd make money, but it still kills me when I think the product range available elsewhere.
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