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Old 05-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #31
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Fuel mileage concerns.

The newer trucks have fuel mileage "displays". Some are accurate, some not so much. In my 27 years as a Ford tech I always ask for "real" numbers. Gallons used, miles driven. Or liters used, Kilometers driven for everyone north of the border. Very few people do the math. Do not round the numbers off. Every decimal point counts when you are dealing with towing mileage. In my opinion most mileage concerns are unfounded and often occur after an increase in fuel prices. One to two miles per gallon is a large percentage when you are talking about an average of twelve miles per gallon. There are a lot of variables. Wind resistance being the biggest. Getting better mileage while following someone with a comparable tow vehicle and trailer is not uncommon. Try being the leader and compare the numbers. Vehicle modifications is the biggest problem concerning mileage "displays". Try the math thing and try avoiding doing each tank, it will only drive you crazy. Calculate your mileage for the whole trip. Happy camping.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #32
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I just purchased a 2013 Chevy 2500 last week, filled up for the first time yesterday. I got 14.9 on the first tank of fuel. Mostly city with a couple of trips on highway. I am hoping that it will pick up a little more once broken in.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:57 PM   #33
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I also have a 2006 Silverado 2500HD. It is a Crew Cab LBZ Duramax 2WD. Real numbers..... Pulling my Rockwood 8312SS I get around 10-11MPG and cruising on the highway empty I get right at 18MPG. Overall not towing city/highway average about 16.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:34 PM   #34
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I have a 2011 2500hd Chevy with a Duramax. With our old jayco 26bh I was seeing a average of 11.25 a gal. We just took a 150 mile trip with our new 355Qbq we got a little over 9mph and I run my truck 70-90 mph. We had a 2006 f350
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #35
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I don't mean to hijack this thread but if someone could explain why the main choice of diesel is 4 x 4 and not 2wd, unless you do a lot of off-road driving. The 4x4 seems to have more resistance and maintenance issues compared to 2wd. Just looking for some info
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:51 PM   #37
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2005 cc 4x4 with 35" tires
- empty 14-16
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- towing equipment 10.5-12

-4x4 is a must- I found a couple of 2wds used for cheap but with all the weight up front you break traction alot- I've spun tires on gravel trying to get 5er on a pad when dry, and had to engage 4x4
- lot better resaleability- from what I've seen and experianced and percentage wise very low amount of cost difference when new.
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Thanks, makes sense. Just couldn't put two and two together.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread but if someone could explain why the main choice of diesel is 4 x 4 and not 2wd, unless you do a lot of off-road driving. The 4x4 seems to have more resistance and maintenance issues compared to 2wd. Just looking for some info
For those of us that see snow in the winter, 4X4 is nice to have if not a must depending on where you live. Or like me 4wd is almost a must for my job, as some of the roads and driveways to job sites are the last to get plowed after it snows and when it rains they turn to mud.

Heck just today I had to use 4wd, had to back up a hill and the grass had a little dew on it. It went just fine in 2wd for the first 1/2 of the hill then the rear tires broke loose and I left two 12" wide marks in the lawn at my parents house. Turned the knob on the dash and didn't spin a tire the rest of the way.

I had a 2wd truck once, when I was 16. That is the first and last 2wd truck that I will ever have, unless I come across a very nice pre-1979 F-series for a toy.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread but if someone could explain why the main choice of diesel is 4 x 4 and not 2wd, unless you do a lot of off-road driving. The 4x4 seems to have more resistance and maintenance issues compared to 2wd. Just looking for some info
I didn't say but Mine is a 4x4. It makes it easier to move around at home and soft campsites. The fuel difference is less than a half gallon. The new 4x4s aren't the drag of old
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