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Old 06-26-2011, 07:40 AM   #11
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So talking about tow vechiles I have two questions.
1. What is the true gas mileage you typically get towing a 30" TT or Fith Wheel. I tow a 33" 831BDSS Flaggstaff with my 5.7l Seqouia and get around 7 mpg averaging about 60mph. How much better would a diesel (eg Duramax) do?
2. How many miles can you get from a diesel before you start expecting maintanance costs. I can get a 2007 Duramax with 140k miles that was well maintained for a good price. Is 140 k regarded as midlife or high age?
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:46 PM   #12
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So talking about tow vechiles I have two questions.
1. What is the true gas mileage you typically get towing a 30" TT or Fith Wheel. I tow a 33" 831BDSS Flaggstaff with my 5.7l Seqouia and get around 7 mpg averaging about 60mph. How much better would a diesel (eg Duramax) do?My Dodge Cummins towing 12,350 pounds can get 11.5 towing and I have seen 17.9 at 70 MPH on a 570 mile trip a couple of weeks ago. You do have to remember mine is a 1 ton dually 4X2 with 4.10 rear end.
2. How many miles can you get from a diesel before you start expecting maintanance costs. I can get a 2007 Duramax with 140k miles that was well maintained for a good price. Is 140 k regarded as midlife or high age? That is probably mid life for that motor. That is not to say you will not have to put money into it though. Things like front end parts, brakes are going to wear out and need replacing.
If the price was right ( read that as pretty cheap) I would probably go for it. If it was a truck you wanted.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:22 AM   #13
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I have a 2010 F150 with a 5.4L 3.73 rear end. My camper is 30ft. I average bout 13.4 mpg at 65mph.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:58 AM   #14
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I have a 2010 F150 with a 5.4L 3.73 rear end. My camper is 30ft. I average bout 13.4 mpg at 65mph.
pulling a TT? sorry, unless it's an Airstream, i don't believe it.
you're about the only one i've ever seen that can get that kind of towing mpg, without using a diesel or going downhill. especially doing 65mph.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:57 AM   #15
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I have an 03 dodge cummins with a 6-speed manual with 130k and a 03 chevy 1500HD with the 6.0 gas with 194k. We are enroute to colorado from ohio towing our lacrosse 318 (34' 7600 lbs)....and guess what? Im using the chevy for the TV. I bought the dodge because of the diesel, and I love towing with it. But with 4 kids the chevy is so much more comfortable. The diesel gets 21 empty but 12 wen I tow. The chevy gets 14 empty and 7-9 towing the TT. I pull my trailer around 65 mph. I do know this.....if poor fuel mileage wud merit bragging rights on a forum like this....then we wud see a lot lower numbers!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:58 AM   #16
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I just up-graded to the Ford (2011 F-250,6.2 V-8 )(Thanks - Iggy ! -lol) , traded in my 2010 F-150 w/5.4 V-8. I pull a 34'-Rockwood Windjammer 3065. I also thought the wieght of the camper and the passenger tires etc. was a little to much for the F-150. It just seemed to be working hard.... I really wasn't thinking of trading until my buddy who sells Ford's,who sold me this one (F-150) told me about this F-250 they had just gotten in! I'm a sucker..Oh well! I did look at the Diesel, but couldnt justify the $7000 plus for the motor! I just got back from Myrtle Beach,SC with the new truck. I was very impressed with the power this engine puts out! I was a little disappointed with the Gas mileage going down to SC (7.9mph) but coming back I got 9.3 mph. They (Ford dealer) told me the mileage should get better with more miles on the motor. It has 1800 miles on it now! So its just a baby!
On another note I also added a Hensley Arrow Hitch. I tell you weather you get the Pro-Pride or the Hensley Arrow. Its the best investment a person pulling a camper could do !! I replaced my Equalizer 4-pt with the Arrow and I was very happy with the Equalizer....the difference was like night and day! But thats another story! You'll be very happy with the F-250 with the gas or Diesel, I personally as I said couldn't for my use, justify the additional $7000 in cost for the diesel motor ! Good luck!
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:20 AM   #17
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pulling a TT? sorry, unless it's an Airstream, i don't believe it.
you're about the only one i've ever seen that can get that kind of towing mpg, without using a diesel or going downhill. especially doing 65mph.
Ya, I'm calling BS on that one. Theres just no way. I have a Dmax Diesel with a small 23footer thats a tad under 5,000 lbs and I get barely 13 on a good no wind day. And your talking about a 300 Footer on a small gas engine! doubt it.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:27 AM   #18
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Sorry.....I check it all the time while im traveling. Thats what it reads.....No reason to get pissed at me though.....lol! Not sure if it makes a difference or not but I have a 6 speed trans.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:49 AM   #19
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I just got the F250 CC long bed with diesel, March 26, 2011, still only 1,583 miles, so not a true engin test yet. I looked for 7 months at all three, the Dodge has other then engin problems, rear end and trans. I went with the 250 because of price, the best i could do after looking and fighting with dealers was the 250 for $7,275 less than an equal Chev. I have no news on the 6.7 power stroke, yet? I would only get the diesel for towing.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:56 PM   #20
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Sorry.....I check it all the time while im traveling. Thats what it reads.....No reason to get pissed at me though.....lol! Not sure if it makes a difference or not but I have a 6 speed trans.
not pissed at you, just wasn't sure how accurate your reading was, since it's so far from the norm for a gas v-8, while towing a TT.
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