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Old 03-07-2008, 06:32 PM   #41
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So happy to see this thread. We just went looking this afternoon at pickups. We have a 1994 F-150 5.7L but would feel better with a newer TV esp. since we have lots of mountains and big hills to pull up. I think we are more confused than before after visiting both Chevy and Dodge dealerships.
We thought we needed at least 2500 but found a Chevy 1500HD Crew Cab with full towing package. It is an 05. Anyone have any experience with this vehicle? Since it seems everyone gets about same gas mileage..our concern is having a vehicle that does not struggle with the hills. Thanks.

I forgot: TT is Salem LE guessing loaded weight to be 7000lbs....still haven't taken "maiden" camping trip yet !!!

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Old 03-07-2008, 09:14 PM   #42
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2000 Ford Excursion; 7.3 L Power Stroke
Hypertech Tunner (adds 100 hp & 165 torque), Motor Latte Fuel Aditive
weight distribution and sway control
Currently towing a 2004 KZ Sportsmen Sportster 26P Toyhauler
6,200 dry
9,000+ loaded
No tuner or fuel aditives 8.5 to 9 mpg
Tuner and aditive 10.5 to 11.5 mpg
Not towing with tuner and aditive avg. 15 mpg town and 18 mpg hwy.

Upgrading to 2008 Forest River XRL (All American) Toyhauler in mid-April
8,600 dry
expecting 11,000+ loaded
installing air bags tomorrow

We will see how the fuel economy does

Go diesel for towing anything larger than a few K lbs.

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Old 03-08-2008, 12:12 PM   #43
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With "lots of hills and mountains to pull up" you propably should go with a diesel for the power. I'm told you can add an additional 100+ horsepower just by adding a programmer. I bought a Chevy 2500HD 6.0 gas burner but I don't expect to get into any big hills or mountains. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:51 PM   #44
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I did have a 30ft springdale (9000 +lbs) that i toed with a
2006 Dodge Megacab 2500 4X4 cummings turbo diesel
avg 16 - 18 mpg going 65mpr
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Hayden (9) Nolan (5) and Ava (3)
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2009 32QBBS wildcat
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(Pullrite 14k super glide)
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:17 PM   #45
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30ft grand surveyor 6500 lbs, 2008 F250 6.4 turbo diesel 13-15 mpg
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:12 PM   #46
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What size is your TT? '31 Rockwood Ultralite
What's your typical TT GVW? ~6900, close to my max.
What tow vehicle? 2001 Dodge Durango with 5.9L/3.92 trans
MPG while towing? 10-12 MPG - flat roads
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:29 PM   #47
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What size is your TT? 2008 Day Dreamer 37rlts
What's your typical TT GVW? gvw= 16000 loaded wt abt 14000 ( need to weigh)
What tow vehicle? 2006 F250 6.0 23500 gcwr 10000 gvw
MPG while towing? abt 12 with the 5er got 10 with a 12000 tt

2006 F250 6.0 Harley Edition
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:49 PM   #48
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:12 PM   #49
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Salem 26tbss 28'9" OAL
GVW is 7,800 lbs.
Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Quad Cab 5.7 Hemi, 3.92 gears

We just brought home the trailer from the dealer last week which is about 35 miles away. Pulling 55-60mph I was able to achieve 8-8.5 mpg. When I jumped up to 65 mph, mileage dropped to 7-7.5mpg.
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:02 AM   #50
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Weight and MPG

Just got back from 3000 mile trip the best and worst was 10.5 mpg and 6.2 mpg.
9.3 mpg actual. Got all the ticket's (Boy do I have all the tickets)
2008 RLSE @ 7642
F150 5.4 tritan, Supercrew 3:73 gears

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