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Old 06-10-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle for 2008 Wolfpack 27WP

I'm needing some advice. I pull my 31ft (bumper to hitch) Wolfpack with my Nissan Armada, 5.7l gas engine. I'm getting 6-7 mpg and the heavy tongue weight is taking its toll on my rear suspension. I'm looking to get into a 2500 or 3500 Dodge Cummins. Anyone towing with one of these and if so, what kind of mileage can I expect? Or any thoughts on the Chevy or Ford? Thanks
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:06 AM   #2
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As far as the big three trucks go for deisel 3/4T+ there is not much difference performance wise (not that you would really see at least). Chevy is touted as having the best transmission and engine/exhaust brake, but the cheapest feeling interior and more average stance. Dodge is acclaimed for its top notch interior, beastly appearance and strong Cummins engines, but has a poorly integrated transmission and a little less power than the other two from the showroom floor. The Fords have Good interiors, strong engines, and big towing numbers, but have poor engine/exhaust brakes.

These statements come from various reviews from all types of sources and personal experiences (Dad had a '02 Ram 2500 CTD, but now runs a '11 GMC 2500HD Sierra Denali. I had a '10 Super Duty F250 SCAB for work). Personally, I would say Ram 2500 CTD, then Chevy Silverado 2500HD DM/Allison, then F250 PS, but it comes down to your tastes and test drives. So go outand give em all a 'round the block and decide what fits best.
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Just as an FYI, the previous post was for current generation trucks.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:59 PM   #4
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I tow this same trailer with a 2005 Ford Excursion 6.0 diesel. With the trailer behind it, I get anywhere between 11-13mpg, depending on the conditions and the speed I am traveling. I get 18-20, when im not towing. I have a buddy with a 2012 Dodge Dually diesel. He hasnt towed with it yet, but he averages 10.5, not towing, and the best he has ever seen, not towing is 12.5 He had a 2011, and it got the same mileage, he doesnt have a lite foot though
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I'm running an 08 F-250 Supercab. Its got the 6.4 PSD and I've got it straight-piped (no CAT, no DPF) with a Banks intake and a Superchips tune. Outside of that its pretty much OEM.

Not towing we get an average of 15 mpg in town and about 20-22 on the highway and I don't drive it like a Nancy.

Towing our 19rr to Sturgis last summer, we got 12- 14 across I-80 in Nebraska running a hair under 70mph. (DUH!) When pulling here in MO, where its hillier, we avg between 10-12 with the trailer loaded with an 02 Electra Glide Classic and the rest of our gear. It pulls that trailer like its not even there hinestly.

I thought I overbought when I got it but we both really like it. Its got the heated leather seats that are powered 7 ways from sundown. (niiiiice) It rides like a cadillac on the highway and it will flat haul a** when you need it to. I wouldn't own a GM. (Guvment Motors) The Dodge sounds freakin awesome when its straight piped too so that's tempting. That said - love our 6.4 and will hold on to it for 200,000 or so then look at somethin else.

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Old 06-11-2012, 11:26 PM   #6
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I have a 06 dodge 3500 mega cab 4wd.. empty we get 20-22 and with our 26wp we get 11-13 depending on speed.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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I have a 2012 27WP and when it is loaded down (8000 to 8500 lbs) I get between 9.3 and 9.9 mpg with my Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.3 liter engine running at 60 mph. I have an Equalizer hitch and it rides very smooth. I get about 22 mpg not towing. Whatever you get, make sure you get the right rear end gears for towing. It will make a big difference in towing capacity and gas mileage.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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what year cummins are you looking at? the newer 6.7s are alot different than the previous 5.9s.....

we have constant rolling hills here where i live. the longest flat stretch of road is no more than 1/2 mile (and you dont see that very often). this obviously kills fuel mileage. with my 2012 cummins, i get between 8 and 9 mpg when pulling my 295 wolfpack at 65 mph. it gets 14-15 mpg unloaded.

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Old 07-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #9
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Thanks to all of you for your advice. I ended up getting a 2010 Ram 2500 with the 6.7L Cummins last week. So far, I am very pleased. I'm getting 18.5 highway unloaded. Haven't had the opportunity yet to take the trailer out, but that's coming soon. So now I have another question. With the Nissan, I had to have the weight distribution/sway setup to make it work. I set the trailer, loaded, on the new truck and the suspension drop is barely noticeable. Do you recommend still hooking it up for the sway? BTW, it's a Husky Weight Distribution/Sway hitch.
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Thanks to all of you for your advice. I ended up getting a 2010 Ram 2500 with the 6.7L Cummins last week. So far, I am very pleased. I'm getting 18.5 highway unloaded. Haven't had the opportunity yet to take the trailer out, but that's coming soon. So now I have another question. With the Nissan, I had to have the weight distribution/sway setup to make it work. I set the trailer, loaded, on the new truck and the suspension drop is barely noticeable. Do you recommend still hooking it up for the sway? BTW, it's a Husky Weight Distribution/Sway hitch.
were you going down hill for that whole trip????? the best i have got with mine is 16, and that was only ONCE. if i go 65mph i get between 13 and 14. if i pull my toyhauler 60 mph i get between 9 and 10. anything over 60mph and it gets less as i go faster
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