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Old 12-17-2012, 01:53 AM   #21
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I have a 2010 Ram 2500 CTD. I track every bit of fuel in it via a fleet management program. My lifetime average for the truck (city, highway, towing) is 15.4 mpg. I average 12.4 mpg when towing my camper ( 8,000 lbs). The fleet management program is great for tracking all expenses for the vehicle, although it sometimes hurts to look at the totals. Since buying truck new in 3/10 I have put on 48,800 miles and have used 3,152.7 gals for a total of $11,175
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:58 AM   #22
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I have a 2010 Ram 2500 CTD. I track every bit of fuel in it via a fleet management program. My lifetime average for the truck (city, highway, towing) is 15.4 mpg. I average 12.4 mpg when towing my camper ( 8,000 lbs). The fleet management program is great for tracking all expenses for the vehicle, although it sometimes hurts to look at the totals. Since buying truck new in 3/10 I have put on 48,800 miles and have used 3,152.7 gals for a total of $11,175
Well I guess I'm not the only one that does this, I started about 8k miles ago. For me the best tank was 16.46mpg, worst 7.81 with an overall average of 10.53, ouch!
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:03 AM   #23
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I have a 2012 F250 6.2L gas. I tow a Crusader 320RLT at 11,400 lbs and get 9 mpg towing in Louisiana traveling 65 mph. Mileage empty is 13 in and around town and 15 on the highway.
So you actually are driving the vehicle I am considering, how do you like it? Honestly, the main reason I am drawn to the Ford is the interior, namely the front seats. There are six of us and someone will have to ride up front in the middle, Ford is the only HD truck to offer a real front middle seat with a shoulder belt.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:08 AM   #24
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We are new to camping and just started pulling a Sandpiper 5th wheel around this year. We bought a 2012 F250 Lariat pulling edition which has a 6.7 turbo diesel. When not pulling on the highway we avg about 21mpg but we typically only drive about 55 to 60mph. When pulling our 5th wheel we get about 12.5 mpg. It has a 3.31 rear end (whatever that means) and 400hp. We went to Cherokee NC from Greenville SC and with all the mountains it dropped to 11mpg.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #25
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I had thought about getting either a New 2012 F150 Eco boost, heavy duty payload pkd, max towing pkg or a 2012 F250 6.2 gasser.The prices from the Ford dealer were at $36k "out the door" for both of these. (with my Ford retiree discount ) ..I ended up with a almost new 2012 F250 diesel with 3,300 miles for $33k..i am glad for a few reasons..i can up grade to a heavier 5th wheel.. more payload capacity.. The F250 just feels better when towing.. and.. i get to fuel at the 18 wheelers area at pilot/flying j fuel stops. my truck is not a dailey driver..it should last a long time Click image for larger version

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:17 AM   #26
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I had thought about getting either a New 2012 F150 Eco boost, heavy duty payload pkd, max towing pkg or a 2012 F250 6.2 gasser.The prices from the Ford dealer were at $36k "out the door" for both of these. (with my Ford retiree discount ) ..I ended up with a almost new 2012 F250 diesel with 3,300 miles for $33k..i am glad for a few reasons..i can up grade to a heavier 5th wheel.. more payload capacity.. The F250 just feels better when towing.. and.. i get to fuel at the 18 wheelers area at pilot/flying j fuel stops. my truck is not a dailey driver..it should last a long time Attachment 22367
and...i am getting 20 -25 mpg empty ...13-16 mpg while towing last Labor day weekend..
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #27
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I didn't post best & worst mileage based on my tracking program since the OP wanted real world towing averages. My best ever MPG was 18.6 and the worst was 11.1 towing the trailer in the Appalachians on the way to NY
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #28
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So you actually are driving the vehicle I am considering, how do you like it? Honestly, the main reason I am drawn to the Ford is the interior, namely the front seats. There are six of us and someone will have to ride up front in the middle, Ford is the only HD truck to offer a real front middle seat with a shoulder belt.
I love the truck. The interior of the Ford in my opinion can't be beat. I have captain chairs up front, so I can only ride five. I went from a 2002 7.3L diesel to the 6.2L gas, 3.73 gears. As far as comparing tow quality, its pretty close to the same except when hitting hills. The 6.2L has all the power you will need. Fuel mileage isn't the best, I just couldn't justify the cost for the purpose that I use it for. I only pull once a month and mostly local, so the fuel mileage isn't that big of a deal for me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:16 PM   #29
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Well not the newest Ford F250 but I have a 2004 with the 6.8 (V10) engine and I tow a 5500 lb trailer with it and I get 9.8 mpg almost always for hwy miles and 10-11 mpg unloaded in town and best unloaded hwy is 14.3 mpg. I don't like the mileage but if I was doing it for the mileage I would take our Honda civic (43 mpg fully loaded with people and bags on the hwy) and stay in hotels, costs about the same at the end of the day.

But what I have noticed is my almost 9 year old truck gets the same gas mileage towing, which is what I bought it and use it for, as other new trucks. Not a good argument for dropping 35+K right now on a new truck. And I like having that big engine. Just the other day I rented a small dozer from a yard and they said it would be almost $250 to deliver and pick up, I got to say that's okay I got it.
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I just finished a trip about 330 miles each way to Florida and averaged 8mpg according to the computer (I reset it at the start of the trip and checked it when we arrived). The drive from Atlanta to the Gulf is not much interstate, so had a lot of stop and go on the smaller highways and through towns. I have the Tow package and ran it in Tow/Haul mode the whole way. I normally average about 14mpg in normal city driving unloaded. My TT loaded is probably 6K and I had at least 1.5K of passengers and gear in the truck.
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