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Old 07-20-2012, 03:26 PM   #61
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Fixed that for ya.

Sorry, I'm skeptical of anyone that says they get 14 mpg towing a camper that isn't a popup.
Come ride with me.
Last trip out I got 16 mpg.
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From South side of Richmond, Va to Natural Bridge, VA
I rode route 60 west doing about 55mph the whole way.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #62
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my fuel mileage increased from 8 in the 6.0 gasser to 11 with the duramax, pulling same trailer at same speeds. not huge, but a welcome sight.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:53 PM   #63
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Come ride with me.
Last trip out I got 16 mpg.
2005 Dodge 2500 5.9L Diesel
2006 Flagstaff 831FKSS
2 Adults, 2 twelve year olds, 2 dogs and all our stuff.
From South side of Richmond, Va to Natural Bridge, VA
I rode route 60 west doing about 55mph the whole way.
Is that what your dash says or did you break down the math with the gallons and mileage between fill ups? If its the later, great, if its the dash, dont believe it......they are commonly wrong and you really need to check the mileage at fill ups and calculate it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:10 AM   #64
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pre emissions diesels seem to to much better all around on fuel mileage than anything after 2007 when emission requirements kicked in.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:18 AM   #65
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I average 13MPG to 14MPG pulling my TT, 18MPG to 19MPG without. Hand calculated with handy phone app at each fill up. Lieometer is a little off, but good to figure on the fly.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:27 AM   #66
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my liieometer is off a little as well, but close enough. it reads a ouple tenths to the good loaded or empty. 15 around town, 20 empty, 11 towing. empty speeds are kept to 70, towing at 60 - 65
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:54 AM   #67
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pre emissions diesels seem to to much better all around on fuel mileage than anything after 2007 when emission requirements kicked in.
Well...don't forget the change in actual fuel from low sulphur to USLD which made diesel more expensive to refine and less powerful per gallon.....
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:33 PM   #68
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The bigger the better, if you have storage for a larger trailer to tow, than max out your budget on the truck. If your like me, you would want to max out your space with the biggest trailer you can afford.

Some hindsight I have on our 2009 2500 Duramax. We have the crew cab(4dr) and the standard size bed. If you get a 5th wheel and have the stnd bed like we have, you have to get a more expensive 5ht wheel hitch, and you will have a 26 gallon fuel tank. So much for towing range. (Upgrading to a Titan 52 gallon under bed tank in the next couple of days.) The slider 5th wheel hitch has to be lubed, and can be removed but is not light. I think some standard 5th wheel hitches that can be removed, MIGHT be lighter.

One plus to the short bed is it is Easier to park
Another plus is it is a 2009, and ours is one of the last Duramax that did not need the diesel NOX reducing fuel system. It injects a liquid into the system so the diesel burns clean. Some call it bluetech, but it is basically urea, yea, urea. Most of the newer cleaner diesels use this fluid system, and it is necessary to drive the truck. Really that is not an issue, BUT if you run out, some vehicles will not start, others go into a limp mode, so always carry extra with you on long hauls. I am not sure how long or how many miles the fluid will last, (ask a forum, not your dealer).

Our 2009 Dmax pulls our rg3210 fifthwheel in all conditions effortlessly. The last tow we did we had a 45 mph head wind that killed the fuel economy and sucked up half of the tank, that is the reason I am upgrading to the 52 gallon tank.
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I have the DEF in my ford, it says it lasts 7500 miles and top off when oil change is done. Mine seems to go quicker when towing but not bad....i carry 2.5 gallon jug with me just in case but non issue really.....just adds about 25 bux to oil change
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I have the DEF in my ford, it says it lasts 7500 miles and top off when oil change is done. Mine seems to go quicker when towing but not bad....i carry 2.5 gallon jug with me just in case but non issue really.....just adds about 25 bux to oil change
X2.....added 2.5 gallons (11$ from ford) at ~ 6800miles.....another who travels with us says he got 4000miles to a full tank of def while towing his 16k plus triple axle 5er....still...4k miles is a ways to go, and nowhere near filling up 'all the time' like many think..

Im not looking to haul my tt 4k miles anytime soon....so im not overly or even remotely concerned....
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