2024 Ram 1500 V6 Fuel Mileage

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My 2024 Ram Bighorn 4 wd, 3.21 rear end, 2,600 mi. just did an 80 mile round trip to retrieve a CJ-5. Averaged 21.4 mpg (70-75 mph highway driveing, mostly flat.) Return trip averaged 14.3 mpg towing a CJ-5. Had air conditioner on during return, average speed 65-70mph).
 

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Just curious, did you use "tow haul" on the return trip. I have contemplated some towing ( very small boat ) with my V-6 and was hoping for better than 14 MPG.
I generally get 22.5 -25 on a trip with speed kept at 70 MPH or under. I am two wheel drive though.
 
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Did not use “tow haul” . Would probably use tow haul if I was going through mountainous or hilly area but seacoast area of NH & MA that i traveled today is relatively flat, interstate highways with moderate traffic that was going at a steady speed. Not sure what effect AC had on return trip but i was surprised that the CJ-5 detracted roughly 7mpg despite an average speed of 5 mph slower.
 

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Did not use “tow haul” . Would probably use tow haul if I was going through mountainous or hilly area but seacoast area of NH & MA that i traveled today is relatively flat, interstate highways with moderate traffic that was going at a steady speed. Not sure what effect AC had on return trip but i was surprised that the CJ-5 detracted roughly 7mpg despite an average speed of 5 mph slower.
Flat towing like that always kills milege,even with both driveshafts removed,you're still turning axles,and those tires on the CJ are gonna take power to rotate.
 
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It appears you are correct, the ‘63 CJ 5 has the original style lug tires, and although CJ was in a “free wheel” mode, there must have been a lot of drag.
 

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