Originally Posted by schrederman
I posted some cost considerations earlier, but sometimes for the pulling power required, cost seems to become secondary to some. I still think the auto makers are mising the boat with this one... My only long pulling trip with an RV had some long uphill climbs, pulling my 4000# Shadow Cruiser 185-BFS. My 1/2 - ton Ford did fine but the altitude wasn't bad. I'm wondering how it will do in September when we go north and west into Colorado and Utah... pulling another 8' of trailer that will weigh about 1000# more...
I read your earlier post about how much more a diesel cost and didn't want to post anything because the diesels they are making right now can't hold a candle to the ones a few years back thanks to the Goberment. They will come around though , it's just a matter of time. Eight to ten thousand dollars is no where near 30% of the cost and diesel is not 15% higher than gas (or at least it's not around here.)
A lot of people say that the weight of the trailer don't have as much effect as the wind drag from the trailer. Let me give you just a little example of what I'm talking about.
I have a 24' pontoon that weighs in a hair over 4,000#. We were going to a lake with my in-laws for a little week-end trip so we ran the 2hrs down with my truck ('05 Ram 2500 QC SB 4X4 diesel) the week before when went so I could show them around the lake because I was taking my bass boat on the weekend trip and didn't want them to get lost.
Anyway, long story short, I achieved 16 MPG @ 70-75 mph on that 4 hr round trip.
The following week my father-in-law pulled the same exact boat down the same exact roads with his truck ('08 Silverado 1500 CC SB 4X4 V8 gas) and he said that it felt like he was running up hill both ways and he actually locked it down a gear to make it pull easier and the best he could do was 10 mpg.
We just got back from a week long trip today that was 220 miles from my house to the lake that we went to. He was pulling the same pontoon and I was pulling my same load (14,000# 5er with a 4,000# bass boat behind that) and it actually cost him more in gas to make the trip than me and I had a 12'6 tall wall behind me weighing 18,000#.