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Old 02-05-2012, 09:55 PM   #31
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I run with the traffic. I average between 11-14 depending on traffic.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:20 PM   #32
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I work in a maintenance department and we have had this discussion many times. Their objection to all of this is the lengh of time the engine runs and wear and tear on the engine. I don't say nothing I just listen. I get better mileage with the trailer than my wife does but I don't use the cruise control and I don't drive as fast. We use a 1 ton diesel dually I get 11 mpg or so towing she gets less.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:42 PM   #33
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I know I won't be mister popular here but I ussally only can go camping on 3 day week ends and don't go more then 150 miles 1 way. I have full time job and a 2,4, and 6 year old, so two of them goto school and we can't miss that. Litterly if my sons miss 11 days of school in 1 year they can't move up next year. Any way I have a highly modified 03 dura max and I get the best millage going faster then 70 mph. I try to go slower but I have huge tires and stock rear end so when I'm doing 70 mph I'm only turning 1850 rpm's. The engine is happier at aroung 75 mph then I'm doing 2000 rpm's and get about 11.5- 12 mpg towing. Non towing I get between 18- 22 doing 75. my sow haul button is broke, but one day when I fix it I want to cancel my overdrive and see what kind of mileage I would get. I think if i canceled overdrive and went about 60- 65 mph I would be turning roughly 2000 rpms and get better milage. do to less wind resitense and engine running in powerband better.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #34
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I know I won't be mister popular here but I ussally only can go camping on 3 day week ends and don't go more then 150 miles 1 way. I have full time job and a 2,4, and 6 year old, so two of them goto school and we can't miss that. Litterly if my sons miss 11 days of school in 1 year they can't move up next year. Any way I have a highly modified 03 dura max and I get the best millage going faster then 70 mph. I try to go slower but I have huge tires and stock rear end so when I'm doing 70 mph I'm only turning 1850 rpm's. The engine is happier at aroung 75 mph then I'm doing 2000 rpm's and get about 11.5- 12 mpg towing. Non towing I get between 18- 22 doing 75. my sow haul button is broke, but one day when I fix it I want to cancel my overdrive and see what kind of mileage I would get. I think if i canceled overdrive and went about 60- 65 mph I would be turning roughly 2000 rpms and get better milage. do to less wind resitense and engine running in powerband better.
I have to say that coming from a state with freeway speed limit of 55 mph when towing your 70-75 mph speed sounds very fast to me.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:35 AM   #35
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I have to say that coming from a state with freeway speed limit of 55 mph when towing your 70-75 mph speed sounds very fast to me.
i agree! towing that fast with trailer tires limited to 65mph, with small children, is just wrong, IMHO!
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i agree! towing that fast with trailer tires limited to 65mph, with small children, is just wrong, IMHO!
Have to agree . . .
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:28 AM   #37
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Remember that there are some TT tires rated for higher speeds before jumping on 2003BigSilverado. Wish I had some.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:27 AM   #38
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Remember that there are some TT tires rated for higher speeds before jumping on 2003BigSilverado. Wish I had some.
not OEM that i've ever seen except on really expensive rigs.
still, going that fast with that big of a rig and small children, just isn't good.
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ALL trailer tires (ST), even the 16" E rated, are rated for 65mph. If you had the LT tires, it may be different.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #40
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bigsilverado, if you are only going 150 miles, what does it matter that you might get a little lower fuel mileage by going slower?
Considering the truck you have, I think you like going fast, blowing by everyone else.
And yes, by risking the lives of your little ones, you get to the campground a whole 20 minutes sooner! That is definitely worth the lives of your family.
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