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Old 01-07-2013, 07:55 PM   #31
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An update... On our trip to Florida last week ..i averaged 12 .5 mpg doing mostly 65 mph with My 2012 F250 diesel ..towing our 34 ft 5ver
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #32
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An update... On our trip to Florida last week ..i averaged 12 .5 mpg doing mostly 65 mph with My 2012 F250 diesel ..towing our 34 ft 5ver
Great MPG's...what's the loaded weight of your 5'ver being towed?
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:14 PM   #33
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Great MPG's...what's the loaded weight of your 5'ver being towed?
I can only guess at the weight.. 9,000-9,500lbs... maybe... ( its the 2 of us and a 11 pound dog)...the 5th wheel is 7,700 lbs dry...havent put it on a scale... so...??
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:48 PM   #34
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He's my comparisons
When I owned my 03 Dodge with the Hemi I got 8-9 mpg towing our 25 ft fifth wheel & 14 mpg solo.....
Now I have a 05 Dodge duelly with a Cummins towing a 35.5 ft fifth wheel toyyhauler 12K+ I get just over 12MPG towing & 20 mpg solo..... Those I know get about the same or better with the Cummins regardless of the configuration.......
I would never go back to gas but thats just me & I do not drive it every day.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:48 PM   #35
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An update... On our trip to Florida last week ..i averaged 12 .5 mpg doing mostly 65 mph with My 2012 F250 diesel ..towing our 34 ft 5ver

I get the exact mileage in my 350 towing about the same weight (8200 dry weight), a fully loaded truck bed and with 5 bodies in the truck cab. No complaints!
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:58 PM   #36
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We got 11.3 round trip from Concord(Charlotte),NC to Orlando in July and just made the trip from Concord to Orlando again 27Nov and got 11.3 again on the trip down, will see if the return to NC will be 11.3. Found out the total wt of the rig at a SC state scale was 14,900. Have no idea what the individual weights are, but we usually travel 60 mph +/- 5mph.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:21 PM   #37
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We just got back from Destin fl from tulsa Ok. Right at 800 miles one way. The worst was 12 best was 16.5 . I found a blown turbo hose when we got back to Tulsa. Trailer is 2013 20 foot weighs 3000 dry and about a 750 pounds worth of stuff. Hoping for closer to 20 next time. 27 miles to gallon unloaded. 70 to 75 most of the way.
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I can only guess at the weight.. 9,000-9,500lbs... maybe... ( its the 2 of us and a 11 pound dog)...the 5th wheel is 7,700 lbs dry...havent put it on a scale... so...??
Sounds good, accurate enough for me...just curious where everyone's numbers come in.

I'm just a soda can shy of 12k on camper and watermelon shy of 7700K on truck...avg 10.5 mpg's (uphill or down hill)
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We used to tow our 7000 lb TT with an 04 nissan Armada. It got about 13 mpg on a good day and towing was about 6-8 mpg. We upgraded to a 09 F250 w/ the 6.4 L diesel 1 year ago this month. We get approx 13 mpg not towing (best was 15mpg on a long trip from NC to MD w/o TT). We get approx 11 mpg towing. Not too shabby.

When we upgraded we were not looking at diesels, we were looking at new and slightly used 3/4 ton gassers of all makes. We figured out the gasser we wanted would have to be a special order and we could not find it used anywhere. We started paying attention to the prices of used gassers and diesels. We found a good deal on our truck with only 32,000 miles on it. Doing some research I found diesels live to be around 300,000 to 500,000 miles when properly cared for. Between the better towing mileage, ability for future trailer upgrades, better towing experience (armada struggled w/ our trailer), and longer life span, we decided the extra cost in maintenance and the more expensive fuel was worth it. I have not been sorry, I love driving and towing with my truck. My only regret is it has a lower payload than I thought so I can't get the 5er I really want (should've gone w/ a F350 for not much more money).

The downsides to this truck: lower payload than I thought, more maintenance = more time and money to maintain, long bed w/ super crew (4 door cab)= 22 ft long truck, not easily parked anywhere, need to add fuel additives w/ every tank of fuel.

Positives of this truck: I love driving it. It is a good reliable truck w/ plenty of power for daily driving and towing. It doesn't even really know my TT is behind it. It is very comfortable and roomy. Fuel mileage when towing is better than a gasser (same not towing as my old SUV), longer life span.

I have the lariat package w/ bench back seat and captains front seat. In lariat the seats are leather. They didn't feel comfortable at first but then they broke into me pretty quickly and when the seat heater is on, I just melt into my seat. The radio is average. The integrated brake controller is great for towing. I love being able to scroll through my dash and have little updates on all my systems and it shows me my braking numbers on my screen. It will also alarm and tell me if my wiring gets disconnected (this came loose due to operator error one time). The amount of room in this cab is great. I give the back seat to my Dd and our 70 lb dog. DH and I get the front. It is every bit as comfortable as my old SUV. For you it will be a little more cramped since you need to put an extra passenger in the front. I don't think you will regret the F250 even if you do go gasser. The diesel will give you more power on mountains/hills both going up and engine braking going down. The gasser should do just fine w/ your current trailer size. Just pay attention to the payload on the truck. A gasser may well have a higher payload as the diesel engine is very heavy. My payload is only around 1500 lbs after passengers and fuel. Good luck with whatever truck you get.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:10 PM   #40
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I guess my question is what is the better value, 10-12 mpg with diesel at $4+ per gallon, or 8-10mpg with gas at 3.25 or so per gallon? Diesel seems to run more expensive per gallon. Granted, the diesel can pull more for sure, as I look at some of the large 5th wheels around that my Tundra wouldn't even touch, but we are not into that size of camper.
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