Originally Posted by bakken
Everyone's situation is different, but most RVers only pull occasionally, and use their TV mostly as an everyday driver. That is where the EcoBEAST is the perfect fit. No diesel will come anywhere close to the EcoBEAST in mpg when empty.
recently on a trip of about 600 miles around, my employee had an average mpg of 23 hand calculated in his 2011 cc, fx4 ecobeast, and i had an average mpg of 20.8 hand calculated...both empty, same road, same trip, same day....so empty mpg was fairly close...obviously with the higher price of diesel and his slightly better milage, his trip was a lot cheaper fuel wise.....
in city driving he has been getting 16mpg and i have been averaging 14.5 with my small apartment of a truck...LOL
we have also hooked up my 8500lb lacrosse 318 to his truck just to get a comparison...the ecoboost has a torque curve VERY similar to a diesel and really pulled well! ....of course my 250 felt way more planted, and stable than his. Although i would not want to tow my trailer with his truck, as i am somewhat spoiled by the 250 and its abilities, i have no doubt whatsoever that his would do the job if necessary! With his smaller trailer at around 5k it tows every bit as good as my 250...(but 5k on my 250 is hardly even noticable)
honestly, i probably did not NEED to buy a diesel, as any way you slice it, they are a lot more expensive to purchase, operate, and maintain vs an ecoboost (about 15k sticker in my case). Not to mention everything else i tow is under 5000k which the ecoboost would have scoffed at...On top of that, my commute 75% of the week is about 20 miles round trip, and towing accounts for about 20% of my mileage yearly.
A lot of my buddies give me grief for my "cadillac", daily driven, sometimes tow truck, and question my thought process on purchasing so much truck....my answer...my money, my toys...and that 20% i do get to let her do her thing and TOW, it makes me
every dang time!! I have other trucks/cars i COULD drive to work....but i LOVE my truck...
sorry for the long rant....second cup of coffee kicked in!