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Old 12-30-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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Hello all I have a 2019 1500 Hemi towing my 2020 Rockwood 30 foot TT. I was wondering if a 2500 diesel is preferred for better fuel mileage. I went to Ohio to pickup the TT and burned a lot of gas on the way back but I know what I did wrong driving to fast coupled with the hills. My TT is 7600 pounds and was just concerned when I do tow it? Pulling it wasnt a problem.
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Old 12-30-2019, 03:15 PM   #2
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Any gasser towing a TT, will get 8-11mpg, no matter weight or length.
It's the air resistance of the barn door you're pulling.
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Yes. You'll get better mileage with a Diesel. You will pay more for the fuel though. If this is a daily driver you'll want to take that into consideration.
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If you are looking for someone to help you justify buying a diesel, just go buy it. But, you probably don't need it and it will never be a wise financial move.
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Old 12-30-2019, 05:38 PM   #5
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The same folks that advocate for pulling a larger TT with a gasser are typically the same ones that will drop 60k plus on a new vehicle and then turn around and unload it 5yrs later for 20k.. that's 40k of depreciation in 5years in my book. 40k pays for a lot of extras.
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Old 12-30-2019, 05:55 PM   #6
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if your truck is comfortable pulling your set up now don't do it. You will never make up the cost of trade and buying a new truck in gas. I recently went up to a 2500 truck for a bigger 5th wheel and hate it as my daily driver. if I could go back and keep my last truck and camper I would.
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:38 PM   #7
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Welcome to the RV world. Figure 8-9 MPG and you won't be disappointed anymore. It's a shocker, but you will get used to it.
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:21 PM   #8
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I just moved up to a diesel but really had nothing to do with mpg ... towing any camper with gas or diesel in no way will offer fuel economy .... I wanted more truck than I would ever need for the 5th wheel we have or any one we may move up to in the future ... also the easy pull is great .... ask yourself how many days you will tow for the year compared to daily driving .... I traded my 2019 Ram 1500 for a big truck but not for better mpg ... best of luck
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:53 PM   #9
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When I had my last trailer and towed it with a Nissan Titan, I would get around 9 mpg towing on flat ground at 60-65 mpg. Normal total trip mpg was around 8-9 mpg. Trailer was around 6500 lbs loaded.

New trailer is around 8k loaded and I pull it with a 2500 CTD. I average around 15 mpg in flat ground at 60-65. Normal total trip mpg is anywhere from 12.5 to 14, depending on terrain and traffic.

But...the pull is so much better, and throwing the truck into Tow/Haul mode with exhaust brakes is something else. I can tow down a 7% winding grade and never hit the brakes.

Changing trucks for the gas mileage will take you long time to break even, since the engine itself is almost $10K more. Plus, maintenance costs are higher. A good bit higher.

But getting more tow and payload capacity, a longer lasting engine, and the boost in torque are things worth considering, if you can accept the cost.

FYI, I paid as much for my 2500 CTD as Ford was trying to charge me for an F-150 Ecoboost. Wasn't a hard decision.
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:01 PM   #10
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Thank you that's good info
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Any gasser towing a TT, will get 8-11mpg, no matter weight or length.
It's the air resistance of the barn door you're pulling.
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:03 PM   #11
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No its definitely not a daily drive and I'm planning about 14 camping trip next year if not more, for the most part my Rebels because I have a company vehicle I drive 90% of the time. Thank you
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Yes. You'll get better mileage with a Diesel. You will pay more for the fuel though. If this is a daily driver you'll want to take that into consideration.
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:05 PM   #12
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Lol no I'm not looking for justification and definitely not worth the money after researching, what the dealer call the, " WOW PRICE" Thank you
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If you are looking for someone to help you justify buying a diesel, just go buy it. But, you probably don't need it and it will never be a wise financial move.
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The same folks that advocate for pulling a larger TT with a gasser are typically the same ones that will drop 60k plus on a new vehicle and then turn around and unload it 5yrs later for 20k.. that's 40k of depreciation in 5years in my book. 40k pays for a lot of extras.
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Thank you and yes it pulls very comfortably
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if your truck is comfortable pulling your set up now don't do it. You will never make up the cost of trade and buying a new truck in gas. I recently went up to a 2500 truck for a bigger 5th wheel and hate it as my daily driver. if I could go back and keep my last truck and camper I would.
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