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I took my Cybertruck towing 19' Airstream (~4,500 lbs) to see the eclipse. Total towing miles was 3,400 (out of the 5,400 total miles on the truck). Started in Salt Lake City, Utah and went to Houston, TX and back.

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Miles driven:3,420
kWh used:2,686
Wh per mile:785 Wh
Time Driven:66 hours
Average Speed:52 mph

I'll see if I have the stats for how many of the charging stops required dropping the trailer, but it was less than 50%, and I got the time needed to unhook the trailer to around 3 minutes (I was using a sway control hitch).
EDIT: 30 supercharges when I had the trailer, only had to drop the trailer 10 times. Most of the rest of the time the superchargers were empty, and I could get in and charge across multiple chargers (only blocking 1 or 2 other chargers if I could approach from the left and leave the trailer outside of the supercharging area).

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I took my Cybertruck towing 19' Airstream (~4,500 lbs) to see the eclipse. Total towing miles was 3,400 (out of the 5,400 total miles on the truck). Started in Salt Lake City, Utah and went to Houston, TX and back.

Stats:
Miles driven:3,420
kWh used:2,686
Wh per mile:785 Wh
Time Driven:66 hours
Average Speed:52 mph

I'll see if I have the stats for how many of the charging stops required dropping the trailer, but it was less than 50%, and I got the time needed to unhook the trailer to around 3 minutes (I was using a sway control hitch).
EDIT: 30 supercharges when I had the trailer, only had to drop the trailer 10 times. Most of the rest of the time the superchargers were empty, and I could get in and charge across multiple chargers (only blocking 1 or 2 other chargers if I could approach from the left and leave the trailer outside of the supercharging area).

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Which route did you take? Did you go up through Amarillo, into Colorado and then over to SLC? Or did you take another route? I’m in Dallas and wondering about the drive to Colorado and the stops along that route (in particular, Clayton NM).

Although your average speed shows 52, when you were on the highway, did you keep it to a certain speed? I have a 25’ Airstream. When I drove around DFW for ~27 miles, I had a comparable average energy consumption as you, but I still need more time to get more reliable data.

Also, did the ”Energy” app on the screen give you realistic projected range?
 
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Which route did you take? Did you go up through Amarillo, into Colorado and then over to SLC? Or did you take another route? I’m in Dallas and wondering about the drive to Colorado and the stops along that route (in particular, Clayton NM).

Although your average speed shows 52, when you were on the highway, did you keep it to a certain speed? I have a 25’ Airstream. When I drove around DFW for ~27 miles, I had a comparable average energy consumption as you, but I still need more time to get more reliable data.

Also, did the ”Energy” app on the screen give you realistic projected range?
My speeds varied - on the highway I'd usually cruise between 55 mph and 65 mph, with higher speeds really hurting the efficiency. I had a headwind in Wyoming which destroyed my efficiency, and I ended up driving 49 mph just to make it to the next supercharger.

The "Energy" portion of the trip planner was surprising accurate, dropping to realistic numbers as soon as it was in towing mode. That accuracy was in part due to my driving in response to the estimate - the estimated arrival % would drop as I sped up, so I'd slow down to hit the estimate. The estimated arrival times were way off though, since I wouldn't drive the 70 mph to 80 mph speed limit.

I camped at a winery NW of Austin for the eclipse, and made detours to Houston and Tulsa to see friends. Here's the route; note that the map includes some driving around Houston, Austin & Tulsa without the trailer (~370 miles), but my trailer stats only include the drives I did pulling the trailer.
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Nice. So you got ~42mpge. I am going to surmise an ICE truck would be around 12mpg? Love the efficiency. Sure the trip probably took a tad longer but your wallet was heavier at the destination (depending on supercharger location and time). 🤩
 
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Nice. So you got ~42mpge. I am going to surmise an ICE truck would be around 12mpg? Love the efficiency. Sure the trip probably took a tad longer but your wallet was heavier at the destination (depending on supercharger location and time). 🤩
Yes, if charging at home. But supercharging cost ~$0.33 per kWh, so the entire drive would have cost $886 at supercharger prices - I think a truck getting 13 or 14 mpg would have come in at a similar cost for gas.

It's NOT a better tow vehicle than other trucks, at least on time and money (does handle great though!). It's offset by how great it is handling the day-to-day driving it'll be doing when charging at home.
 

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Yes, if charging at home. But supercharging cost ~$0.33 per kWh, so the entire drive would have cost $886 at supercharger prices - I think a truck getting 13 or 14 mpg would have come in at a similar cost for gas.

It's NOT a better tow vehicle than other trucks, at least on time and money (does handle great though!). It's offset by how great it is handling the day-to-day driving it'll be doing when charging at home.
Would an ICE truck get 13-14 mpg towing your trailer?
 

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Diesel cost is around $4. At 14 mpg, $971. But man that's a lot of stops. Big fan of EV and have a 6000 lb boat, but I'll drive the wife's MB GLS if needed.
 


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I took my Cybertruck towing 19' Airstream (~4,500 lbs) to see the eclipse. Total towing miles was 3,400 (out of the 5,400 total miles on the truck). Started in Salt Lake City, Utah and went to Houston, TX and back.

Stats:
Miles driven:3,420
kWh used:2,686
Wh per mile:785 Wh
Time Driven:66 hours
Average Speed:52 mph

I'll see if I have the stats for how many of the charging stops required dropping the trailer, but it was less than 50%, and I got the time needed to unhook the trailer to around 3 minutes (I was using a sway control hitch).
EDIT: 30 supercharges when I had the trailer, only had to drop the trailer 10 times. Most of the rest of the time the superchargers were empty, and I could get in and charge across multiple chargers (only blocking 1 or 2 other chargers if I could approach from the left and leave the trailer outside of the supercharging area).

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Thanks for the great post, did you use Teslafi to record your trip? I would be interested in $ per charge and individual miles between SC's. much like cgladude did with his CA-MA trip. After your post I don't see any issues for hauling my Golf carts to Wy. from Vegas for my summer migration.
 

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That's still cheaper than my 2k lbs tow with a rubicon... I think came out to around $0.30 / mile. 15 mpg ish. Gas is also extra expensive on west coast :(
 
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Thanks for the great post, did you use Teslafi to record your trip? I would be interested in $ per charge and individual miles between SC's. much like cgladude did with his CA-MA trip. After your post I don't see any issues for hauling my Golf carts to Wy. from Vegas for my summer migration.
I did use Teslafi - let's see how this roadtrip sharing works:
SLC to Houston - Cybertruck dual motor w/ 19' Airstream

Looks like Teslafi says I paid more for supercharging than I expected, since I did charge some off the Supercharging network.
 

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