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Old 11-13-2018, 07:40 PM   #1
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dodge ram 1500 fuel mileage

need honest opinions. i pull a 2507s travel trailer with a 2012 ram sport 1500 5.7 hemi 6 speed auto 3:55 gears. total weight of camper loaded towing is approx 6500lbs. fuel mileage on flat road at 105km/hr around 26-28 litres/100km. would this be poor or average fuel economy. anyone tow with same kind of setup have any info on there setup. need honest answers thanks. can i get better fuel mileage than this without putting a bunch of addons in the truck. onlyhave 112,000 kms on truck now.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:51 PM   #2
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All gassers will get 9-12mpg towing. Nothing can be done to improve gas mileage when towing a full height travel trailer. Air resistance is the mpg killer.
Except by towing a low profile popup or A-frame trailer.
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Would one of those truck roof air deflectors work to help fuel mileage
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Would one of those truck roof air deflectors work to help fuel mileage
No. Unless you get it for free, it will never pay for itself
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I wish I got 9-12MPG...I have a lead foot and I get between 5(headwind)-9(tailwind)MPG. If you want better milage slowing down 10MPH will give you 1-2MPG typically.

If Gas is a concern I would have sold the camper. What you are getting seems pretty good to me.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:15 PM   #6
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As i said, there is no trick to improving towing fuel mileage in a gasser. No magic solution.
Unless you change the engine to a diesel.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:19 AM   #7
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I have towed several trailers with the same truck. my first was a large popup and my best was 17mpg, average 15-16. with my current 17rp (small and light) my best is 14, average 11-12. I have a 2009 crew cab f150 5.4L and 3.73 gears, 6 speed.


your numbers sound right on to me. slow down and your mileage will go up a bit. its not the weight of the rig, but the total frontal area of your camper.
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Thks for info all
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If you're getting 26-28, you're doing about the same as I was with my Ram with a similar weighted trailer. Averaged around 8.2 MPG (28.6847 L/100) when towing. With the F250 and fiver, I'm averaging 7.9 MPG (29.774 L/100) when towing.
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I took your liters as 6.8 to 7.4 gallons
and your 105 kilometers as 65 MPH

My 2014 RAM, 8 speed, 5.7 liter with 3.21 gears pulling a 4800# hybrid tandem axle trailer between 62-68 MPH average gets between 8 to 10.5 MPG, usually higher when on flat land and at 8 when pulling in hilly terrain going slower on the climbs, AND a stiff tailwind can improve mileage 1 MPG or hurt 1 MPG as a headwind... I am usually pretty loaded in the truck and the camper when going south for the winter.

I give kudos to the 8 speed ZF tranny for giving me good MPG when towing and 19.5-21 MPG when not towing.

not sure that any add-ons would help mileage... I would bet NOT
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