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Old 03-15-2017, 10:11 AM   #1
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Which Diesel Truck to Buy- MPG and Range Critical

Purchased a new travel trailer last Summer and need to upgrade tow vehicle. Almost ran out of gas during first long trip so MPG/Range is important. Which diesel truck has the best MPG? Test drove a 2015 Silverado High Country yesterday. On a short test drive around town, flat terrain it only got 10.6 MPG. A Ford F250 on a longer test drive averaged close to 18 MPG. Also looking at Dodge RAM which was somewhere in between. Pulling a smaller TT so towing capacity is not an issue. Just don't want to stop any more often than I have to.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:17 AM   #2
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My Silverado 2500HD diesel gets around 17MPG when not towing but that's mostly highway. Since I only bought it a couple of months ago, I haven't towed the TT with it yet but the general consensus of people I spoke with said I can probably get 13 - 15MPG while pulling my 8000lb trailer. It has a 32 gallon tank so 400 miles between fills while towing seems doable.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:19 AM   #3
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I have a 2012 RAM 3500 TCD 4x4 pulling a 25' Cruise-Lite. On flat land, at highway speeds, I average 9 mpg.

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Purchased a new travel trailer last Summer and need to upgrade tow vehicle. Almost ran out of gas during first long trip so MPG/Range is important. Which diesel truck has the best MPG? Test drove a 2015 Silverado High Country yesterday. On a short test drive around town, flat terrain it only got 10.6 MPG. A Ford F250 on a longer test drive averaged close to 18 MPG. Also looking at Dodge RAM which was somewhere in between. Pulling a smaller TT so towing capacity is not an issue. Just don't want to stop any more often than I have to.
you need to go test drive all again then buy the chevy . you can't get true fuel economy just by a simple test drive and going off the mpg rating in the cluster . most checy owners will tell you they get between 18 and 22 mpg all will go down to 13 or less when towing
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:27 AM   #5
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My old 2005 Dodge 5.9L 4X4 got 13.6 in 900 mile return trip from Ohio pulling a 10K 5er. I was pleased, but not happy... 16 MPG would have made me happier.

BTW I don't drive fast either...
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:29 AM   #6
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According to Fast Lane truck tests the 2017 Ram 6.7 DRW got the best MPG towing.

2017 Chevy HD vs. Ford SD vs. Ram HD: Highway Towing MPG Review with 22,800 Lbs [Video] - The Fast Lane Truck
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I have had ford and Ram The F350 got good milage and very pleasant ride, the Ram gets great milage not as soft of a ride as the Ford but I sure like the cummins eng better.
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While my chevy is getting 17 with my typical drive, up to 19 when it us mostly highway (did have one time where I got 20 but it was 100% highway) towing I get 10 to 13 depending on the traffic and terrain. I drove from where I am in PA to well into OH on one tank of diesel. Prob somewhere around d the 400 or so miles as well.

I have always heard dodge is the best, then Chevy then Ford for economy. My friend, who has a king ranch 350 only gets at best 16 when highway, that is not towing. I do not know his towing when he is pulling his car trailer.
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I would also look at size of gas tank. My F-250 XLT 4 door 6.7 diesel has the 6' bed and the smaller size tank. If I had bought the 8' bed type it would have had the larger tank. I now looking at the external tank for the bed.
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Good point. Mine is 36 gallons. I can get an aftermarket stock replacement tank with 55 gallons or various bed ones (like everyone else) I am sure other company make the same for each truck. I remember one person posting here with a Ford I think, diesel, and it only had a 20 or so gallon tank...
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