On August 20, 2020 we pulled our trailer to Manistee, MI for our vacation and to visit with family. There are just two of us, my wife and myself.
The car is a 2019 Ascent Premium 8 passenger.
The statistics for the Coachmen Apex Nano 187RB.
Total weight with all supplies onboard: 3722 lb.
No water, except in the water heater and water lines and 5 gallons in the black tank.
Tongue Weight: 406 lb.
The temperature was in the mid-80’s on both the trip ‘up’ (we call going north ‘up’ here in Michigan) and back. There was also a 20 plus mile per hour head and front quartering wind on the way ‘up’ and also on the way back on August 26, 2020. Figures!
Travel was on paved, two lane roads, divided highways (not limited access Interstates - parts of US127 and M59) and Interstates I-96 and US127 (not technically an Interstate).
All towing was at 57 mph (cruise control), when permissible.
The terrain between Farwell, MI and Manistee, via M115 and M55, is EXTREMELY hilly and rolling, much like a rollercoaster. The grades are steep, but not real long, but still very significant.
The photo was taken in Arcadia, MI and shows the typical terrain. Note the very tall hills in the background. Roads go up and over that type of terrain.
Here’s the miles per gallon data for the trip.
The trip ‘up’
Commerce Twp., MI to Farwell (at a gas station), MI: 152 miles, 10.51 gallons, 14.5 mpg
Farwell to Manistee, MI: 93 miles, 7.35 gallons, 12.7 mpg
The trip home
Manistee to Farwell: 89 miles (different gas station), 6.98 gallons, 12.8 mpg
Farwell to home: 156 miles, 11.57gallons, 13.5 mpg
‘Up’ to Manistee: 245 total miles, 17.86 gallons for an average mpg of 13.7 mpg.
Home from Manistee: 245 total miles, 18.55 gallons for an average of 13.2 mpg.
Total Round Trip: 490 miles, 36.4 gallons for an average of 13.5 mpg.
While in the Manistee and the Leelanau Peninsula area, we traveled 399 miles without the trailer.
The fill-up before hooking up the trailer and coming back home took 12.97 gallons for an average of 30.8 mpg without the trailer attached.