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Old 09-05-2014, 01:44 PM   #15
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:23 PM   #16
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I just drove from Napa, CA to Yankton, South Dakota. I'm towing a 25' International with a 2016 F250 6.7 Power Stroke Diesel. One day was rainy and snowy, two days were windy, sometimes headwind, sometimes tailwind. I got 13.4 mpg going 65 mph.
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:41 PM   #17
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18K miles towing 27FB, 65-70 mph, 11.5 average
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:00 AM   #18
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Anyone who is concerned with the extra cost of a tow vehicle to tow their Airstream safely... should either get a lighter, smaller trailer that costs less and can be pulled by about anything with a hitch.

A trailer is a boat out of water. You try to manage costs as well as possible, but do not cut safety and limitations of a less capable tow vehicle.

It is much like those living beyond their ability to pay for what they want. Find an Airstream Dealership that WILL provide you a Hitch that will provide your travels towing a trailer that is not creating a hazard-in-waiting. This is a SECOND step to traveling with your Airstream. The FIRST is your designated tow vehicle...

When you see vehicles with a trailer in tow, the tow vehicle's hood up along the Interstate... make a mental note. The costs will exceed your penny pinching. Same with tires.

If you fly Airplanes... maintenance is number one. Overweight for the ability of an Aircraft is also the same for your trailer or a boat.

Ask the person who has 'overkill' in their tow vehicle their opinion. No complaints.

If you like traveling at the limits of your setup... have someone else roll your parachute.
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:25 AM   #19
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We spent a lot of time studying potential TVs and settled on the F250 diesel. We tow a 30 Classic and there are few things DW does not want to carry in the truck, so the extra capacity was important. During our 8K miles towing over the past 18 months, we have seen as low as 11 mpg towing a big load into a headwind and as high as 14.5 with a good tailwind. Normal rolling hills with load has been consistently 12.2ish at 67 - 70 mph.
Without trailer, but with a decent load of people and stuff, we get around 17.5 at 75mph; if willing to drop speed to 67 - 69, mpg goes way up to 20 and above. Replaced ridiculous stock fuel tank with 50 gal Titan; that was a great move; we seem to do a lot of 400 - 450 mile towing trips and not worrying about a refuel stop is nice. Record DTE to date is 1073 miles! Also added airbags because F250s tend to drop in the rear; I really like to be able to setup the truck with a lot of different loads and it makes hitching to the ProPride easier.
Have driven this truck 47K miles now in 20 months; best riding vehicle and best on the road vehicle we have ever owned.
Best overall plus for it is the confidence we have in knowing we can dance up any grade and safely descend, not to mention handle the inevitable emergency stop from highway speed (we had ours in the first 100 miles of towing). Exhaust brakes are awesome.
Any of the Big Three diesel p/u's will do the job.
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Old 06-25-2017, 01:32 PM   #20
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Can anyone give me real-world fuel efficiency numbers, both towing and not, for their F250 with 6.7 L Diesel engine? We're looking at a 2011 model, but have heard that the mpg isn't so great. Thanks.


We have 2012 F350 6.7 Diesel towing 30ft International. 50000 miles towing average 12 mpg . Non towing can get 19.5 mpg on the highway but with stops/ starts in town etc usually around 17
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boggieshoes: Your assessment of your Super Duty describes our situation very well. I have a Titan fuel tank on my Christmas List, but haven't been good enough to warrant the gift yet. (Or I need a bigger stocking). We have had very good luck with our Super Duty. 13mpg towing is expected, strong headwinds produces 11mpg. And like you said, all three major brands of diesel pick ups will certainly do the job.

Ray makes a good point. We're pinching pennies talking about mileage towing a camper. Towing at 65mph is WORK! Diesels are more efficient than gas engines, but no matter, it takes a lot of energy to tow that trailer.

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Old 06-28-2017, 08:32 AM   #22
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There is a well done study on the five year total cost of ownership for the big three 3/4 tons trucks gas versus diesel. University of MICHIGAN. Basically a push. Diesel costs more to buy and maintain but has higher efficiency and resale. Total costs are close enuf to each other that you can just go w what you want.
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2017 model with 2000 miles gets 16 on its own and 12.6 towing a 25FB where the most recent CAT scales fully loaded for the Rosa were 5920# trailer, 4780# steering axle and 5300# drive axle. Real world.
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MPG towing a 2017 Classic with a 6.7 F350 Diesel is 12.5mpg. Now, there are two of us, two Labradors, a Leer Cap and a Bedslide, plus we have a Titan 50 gallon fuel tank. The truck is usually loaded and we take lots of stuff with us in the Classic. We do not travel light, in either the F350 or the Classic.

We are very satisfied with the performance of the F350 as well as the Classic and would not change anything at this point.

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