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Old 08-05-2019, 07:15 AM   #1
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We now have a 2017 Ram 2500 6.4 deisel to tow our WILDWOOD TT that weighs about 6000 lbs. We are taking the truck for our 1st trip from Little Rock Arkansas to Gulf Shores State Park and I'm wanting to figure our fuel stops. Does anyone know about want milage I can expect? Thanks in advance
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:19 AM   #2
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Not sure on the RAM, but my GMC 2500HD 6.6 Duramax got around 14 -15 on the flats...sometimes higher or lower, towing 9500-10,000.
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More than double of a Gasser....

put egg under pedal... when blowing smoke (higher rpms)... your blowing fuel (mileage)

'around' 13-16.....
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Kind of hard to know really. Winds and traffic play a part in it but I would say around 12-14 maybe a little more. I just help my in-laws move their trailer 29’ apex about 6600 lbs about 350 miles with a 2019 Silverado 2500 Duramax and we got around 12-13 but it was pretty windy out. Head wind most of the way and we are in Wisconsin so flat to hilly but nothing to steep.
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Murphy's fuel stops at Walmart centers will almost always have the cheapest price on diesel fuel. I don't have any trouble pulling into them, even with my outfit.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:46 AM   #6
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I got around 15 with mine.
Plan your trip with 13 to be on the pessimistic side of estimates.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:58 AM   #7
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Hi everyone,
We now have a 2017 Ram 2500 6.4 deisel to tow our WILDWOOD TT that weighs about 6000 lbs. We are taking the truck for our 1st trip from Little Rock Arkansas to Gulf Shores State Park and I'm wanting to figure our fuel stops. Does anyone know about want milage I can expect? Thanks in advance
First off you have a 6.7L Cummins in the 2500 Ram.

Fuel mileage will vary by the height of the trailer that you tow behind your truck. For example, I loss between 1 and 2 MPG when I switched trailers from a Cougar to a Cedar Creek. The Cougar was a little over 11" tall and the Cedar Creek is 13'6" tall.

So, the height of your trailer will make a difference on your fuel mileage.

Another point I think the Ram trucks now have a 31-gallon fuel tank from what I have read on other forums. So, leaving a 4 to 5-gallon reserve in the tank you would have between 26 and 27 gallons of fuel. I would figure between 12 to 13 MPG when pulling (this is what I get on my truck). This would provide about 324 mile fill up point for your truck.

I find that 300 miles works great for our needs as this is about 5 to 6 hours of towing a trailer. This is enough for one day worth of driving, this way I am not that fatigued after a day of driving.
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I also forgot to mention that you have a display somewhere on your Ram that will display mileage to empty. Mine is in an overhead display between the driver and passenger. This is extremely accurate as opposed to the MPG display which can be off by as much as 2 to 3 gallons.

I use the miles to empty all of the time, when my wife is trying to find a fuel station for our needs. She will be planning the stop around the 1/2 tank mark using the Next Exit book if we are on the interstate or another book called the RVER's friend for non-interstate driving. Plus, our Rand Mc-Nally GPS unit that displays fuel stops.
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Are you planning on going thru Mississippi on 55 or 22 to 65thru Alabama? Reason I ask, from Mississippi line to bham are a bunch of hills. Where you will get the worst mileage. I know, cause I've traveled that route a few times pulling my camper and before the camper I pulled a pop up to western Oklahoma....
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:52 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info. My TT us 27' Long x 10' 25" tall. We will be going from Little Rock on 65 to Greenville Ms then on a short cut my 98yr old father-in told me about on Hwy 1. Then to Jackson Ms. And down. Think I'll estimate about 12mpg with a 31 gallon tank. I'm going to get on Gas Buddy and see who has deisel between here and there. Any suggestions will be appreciated. I hate getting to low on fuel but the DW hates it more.
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Depends.

We have that truck.

Driving 55 we can get close to 25.

Towing our fifth wheel at #15,000 we get 11 average. 63-65 mph.

So, I would assume you will get 15 mpg. Using 25 gallons, we carry an emergency 5 gallon can, about 375.

Usually some bladder will get in the way!

Have fun. There are some good restaurants at truck stops. Lots of Subways that we like. Grab two sandwiches as we gas up and find a rest area for a picnic with the guard dog.
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Definitely eat at the Fish River Grill in Gulf Shores. Their oyster po-boy is excellent. Also Bahama Bobs is really good. I like Acme Oyster House late in the evening, you can sit outside if it's not too hot. Hazels Nook draws a lot of locals for breakfast. Gulf Shores Seafood will always provide fresh quality food. Lots of great places to eat in GS. If you're camping at the state park, it's nice to have bicycles since it is a very big park and you can ride right to the beach pavilion or the pier. Enjoy!
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