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Old 05-06-2016, 11:58 PM   #11
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Saying "gasoline engine towing well in mountains" caused my head to hurt. Those two attributes dont play well together.
My Ecoboost just pulled a 8,000 pound 5er up to the Eisenhower Tunnel at 60 mph.

Just sayin . . . . .
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:07 AM   #12
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I know you said that you wanted facts only but I think that this is going to come down to what truck you like best. If you choose between Dodge, Ford or Chevy/GMC there are all positives and negatives you have decide what truck you like the best. I pull my 26tbud with a 2012 Silverado with the 5.3 it tows just fine, I won't win a race over the Cascade Mt's here in Washington but we will go up it 55 to 60mph with no problems. Our total weight with people, trailer and gear is around 8000lbs and we get 10mpg towing in most conditions.
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:27 PM   #13
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I pull a 26RR (6800 loaded) with an 08 Escalade ESV, and I am a huge fan of the GM 6.2. About to turn 160k and no issues so far with routine maintenance. Comes with a 3.42 G80 rear end, AWD, and I get anywhere from 7-10 MPG depending on terrain while towing, and 17-19 unloaded.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:25 PM   #14
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Hey I'm on a fact finding mission. The DW and I are thinking about upgrading our tow vehicle in the near future and I'm looking for specific info. What I would like from all of you here on the forum is to list what kind of TV you have engine size,axle gear ratio,gas mileage with and without the camper, towing capacity,payload etc. Please let's not give opinions or personal feelings into this I'm just looking for facts so we can come to a decision on what to look for in a truck,thanks
We just upgraded to an F250 Crew Cab 6.5 ft bed. Our TT weight approx. 7000 lbs. I set up the WDH as soon as I drove it off the lot.. Took the TT through the Smokies barely new it was there. This model has the integrated proportional break controller which I found to be super nice. I got 8.4 mpg avg going over the mountains, and 9.5 mpg on the rolling hills going home. I get 11 to 12 unloaded. It has the 6.2 liter gasser. Entry cost for me was pretty low, I didn't need the nicest truck on the lot, I got a plain XL with a few options (cloth seats, cruise control, Bluetooth etc...), I got out for 35K tax, tag, and doc fees. Tow Capacity is about 12K with the gas engine, Weighs: 9900-lb GVW with a 3959-lb Payload. I have the standard 3.73 gear option.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:56 PM   #15
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In 2013 I bought a 2 year-old Ram 2500 CC ST w/5.7 Hemi for only $14K. IMO the newer gas engine/tranny technology handles the eastern mountains just fine. My Hemi had no trouble hauling our combined TV & TT weight of 15,000 throughout the Smoky Mountains last summer. Most of the time the tranny dropped just one gear & I had plenty of peddle left. When we head out West I know I won't be the first one up the hill - but for the money saved I don't care...

Besides a great price, my 2500 has a payload of 3,000 which means it can handle our TT's tongue weight of nearly 1200, family of 5 & 1 dog that weigh-in around 700, plus a fiberglass cap that keeps our firewood, bikes, tools, etc. safe & dry throughout our travels... I get 8-9 mpg towing and 16-17 on my daily commute.

If you drop-down to a 1/2 ton, especially one loaded with extras, you lose so much payload that you have to always monitor how much you are adding to your TT's tongue weight & how much stuff you are hauling in the TV, including people...
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Old 05-12-2016, 04:08 PM   #16
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2013 Ram 2500 CTD, 3.42 rear, Automatic, 4wd. 2375# payload.
31(ish)' Heritage Glen TT. 10,000# loaded or there abouts, TW I also guess at 1100/1200# loaded. Set the WDH right and I dont even know the TT is there.

Its my daily driver. As for fuel mileage, no idea. It has taller and wider tires on it, so that throws things off. Ive never hand calculated the numbers, but on a guess, high teens (unloaded).

FWIW my 2010 F150 Lariat (5.4, auto 4wd SCrew) had a payload of 1050#.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:24 PM   #17
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After driving home with new 13,000 lb 5'er, I'll never recommend anything short of a Kenworth for towing anything.
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Cruiser - I'm not trying to be snarky, BUT.... don't base a $50K purchase on what I or any other internet expert says. Decide how you'll use the truck, how much and how often you'll tow, whether you plan to get a bigger trailer, and your own tolerance for towing at or near max tow ratings. Once you think you have a make/model in mind, search the owner's forums for that brand of truck (most have a towing section). You'll get a lot more specific info on a truck forum regarding axle ratios, engine size, optional equipment, real world fuel mileage, etc.
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Today I had to go to the dealer to pickup my 17FQ after some warranty work was finished.

Below is a screenshot before I entered their parking lot. Sorry it's out of focus but that's showing 32.8mpg over the 22.7 mile trip on I-35 from Austin to Georgetown at an average speed of 66mph.

On the way back towing the 17FQ, I averaged 18.2mph.

This Ram 1500 Ecodiesel amazes me every time I drive it.

Specs: Lonestar Edition 3.0 turbo diesel, crew cab, 3.73 rear axle, 7950 tow rating, integrated brake controller, $33K + TT&L.

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Hey I'm on a fact finding mission. The DW and I are thinking about upgrading our tow vehicle in the near future and I'm looking for specific info. What I would like from all of you here on the forum is to list what kind of TV you have engine size,axle gear ratio,gas mileage with and without the camper, towing capacity,payload etc. Please let's not give opinions or personal feelings into this I'm just looking for facts so we can come to a decision on what to look for in a truck,thanks
No opinions or personal feelings . you have a loaded ? to ask something like about what TV you should get .

if you want a 1/2 then you have a few options Chevy Ford Dodge toyota
all the specs for these will be on their web sites
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