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bra0712

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:48:05 AM

I am somebody that lives in an apartment and almost every year we move to a new one lol. I use uhaul for all my moves. I was wondering if it is possible to add Uhaul and other big trucks to the MPG trip caculator???
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:43:25 PM

bra0712:

"You can look up a 2000 Chevy trailblazer mpg. However you can't look up the same vehicle that is pulling a trailer."

It seems like you're asking that, in this case "a 2000 Chevy trailblazer" with numerous possible trailer weight loads (as well as any number of weight loads carried inside the vehicle itself. And, as you're asking about the 2000 Chevy Trailblazer, you'd be wanting the same for every other vehicle that could be moving equipment, loads, and/or towing a trailer.

Somehow that doesn't seem to be a realistic thing to try to come up with, let alone be useful for any significant number of Gas Buddy members.

If I can make a suggestion, why not simply determine how much weight you'll be moving during your annual apartment changes, and when you ask the various truck/trailer rental companies for a price estimate to rent the appropriate size vehicle, also ask the rental company what the various miles-per-gallon estimates for the various types of trucks that would be used to haul your household goods? It seems that they can make a better determination for your specific weight, and that would be more useful than Gas Buddy simply having a list of hundreds (thousands?) of vehicles carrying an unlimited number of weight loads and/or hauling various size trailers carrying an unlimited number of weight loads.
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bra0712
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:31:36 PM

Well I guess to clarify, if gasbuddy could some how get the mpg before a load. For example. You can look up a 2000 Chevy trailblazer mpg. However you can't look up the same vehicle that is pulling a trailer. If this at all makes sense. Just trying to help people out with using the site
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:24:32 PM

It seems likely that the weight being hauled is going to be the dominant factor. I wonder, though, whether anybody has collected statistics for MPG as a function of cargo load, for different vehicles? It might even turn out to be the case that one vehicle has better mileage for light loads while a different one becomes optimal for heavy loads...
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 2:07:28 PM

U-Haul, alone, has various 26', 24', 20', 17', 14', and 10' trucks, as well as a variety of cargo vans, with multiple modifications from stock. Other rental companies have various, and different, configurations. And, their fuel economy isn't dependent on perhaps two people sitting in the front of the truck/van; it's dependent on the one or two or four bedroom cargo that's being hauled, as well as the possible towing of a trailer, vehicle or trailer with vehicle.

Are you suggesting that Gas Buddy take into consider just the standard rental vehicle, or also the various weight loads?

To me, the audience for such an inclusion is too limited to be of significant value to the members, compared to what currently is "off-the-shelf" information. Especially when you consider that you can't simply say Gas Buddy should include "uhaul, budget, and big moving trucks"; that's sounds like you're asking for inclusion of all vehicles. And if you're not including smaller rental companies' vehicles as options, why not?

Sorry, but I don't see value in the suggestion without a lot of work regarding weight hauled, and even then it's for a very limited market.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 11:48:10 AM

Seems like a good idea but in reality I am not sure how accurate it would be. Mpg would vary widely based on the configuration of the truck and how much is being hauled. If renting a truck once a year I would focus on renting the right sized truck for the job and the terms of the rental (flat daily rate/by the mile / or combination) which in my experiance is the bulk of the cost.
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