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Old 03-08-2008, 10:25 PM   #43
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I just sold the Hemi today and will now be towing with a Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. I have no idea about gas mileage right now but the boys love sitting in the rear facing rumble seat. I can already imagine it'll pick up the Moss Family Truckster moniker.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:30 PM   #44
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mossy...

this must be a tennessee thang...

we'll now have 2 vols towing with the buick land yacht...

cool!

but i thought u were getting a f-150?

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:37 PM   #45
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mossy...

this must be a tennessee thang...

we'll now have 2 vols towing with the buick land yacht...

cool!

but i thought u were getting a f-150?

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I did buy a Ford f150 and planned to tow with it as well as use it for a work truck for me. Today however I was able to trade the Hemi for the wagon at a favorable exchange and my wife loves the extra room and comfort of the wagon. Now I will probably just use the truck for work and the wagon for towing. We already have the wife's accord that we use for everything else as it gets 34-35mpg on hwy and 31-32 in town.

It's amazing how much power and acceleration the wagon has and better gas mileage than the Hemi or F150 to boot. It's a cool woody wagon.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #46
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silvertwinkie towed with the bowtie sedan version of that boat...

he made a variety of mods to the car and has several posts on the topic...

advance search caprice and his member name and much will appear.

ted will (till) also tows with on of these boats, i think he pulls a 26 ftr with his (and 4-5 kids inside)...

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #47
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My silverado with a 5.3 is getting 11.8 to 12 going 75++. The only time i drove 55 to 65 was coming home from the North Georgia rally. I got 14.5 hand calculated miles per gallon. It seemed like the wind was with me all day, lol. But that was coasting every hill and really paying attention to the flow meter. I will slow down this next trip, so i figure i can get 12.5 or so, until i hit the mountains. What do you guys average in the mountains?
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:47 PM   #48
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You all have forgotten to mention one thing in this GAS versus Diesel mileage and cost thing. Besides the fact that diesel in part of the world (MINE) is 60 Cents a gallon more than gas, witch some of you did mention. The initial cost of 7 GRAND MORE for a diesel than a gas motor. 100 dollar oil changes compared to 30 dollar oil changes for gas. Air filters that cost several times more....etc. These are all cost factors. Don't get me wrong I love diesels and have had many years experience with them in one form or another.

But trading a 07 chevy gas for an 07 Dodge diesel is gonna hit the pocket book so hard it will probably never ...in anyones reasonable lifetime pay with even averageing 30% + better fuel mileage with the diesel. I have 6 million miles of documentation of diesel verses gas trucks of the last 30 years. And yes they are mostly pickups of ONE TON to Cube Vans with 7.3 Navistar and cummins in delivery service of ALL conditions as well as similar trucks with gas. We even had some of the LAME chevy 5.7 and 6.2 garbage.....I DO MEAN GARBAGE, NO power and electrical and transmission problems so bad it was am embarrasment.
OUR break even point in was almost always 30,000 miles a year with very little deviation. At 30 thousand the diesels started to pay off. Thats is figuring a lifetime of 200,000 miles or more with both the gas or diesel...and don't let anyone kid you gas motors will go well beyond 200,000 miles if taken care of. We never wore a motor out in 30 years and virtually all our delivery trucks had well over 250,000 miles. GAS OR DIESEL. Some of them drove mostly hiways miles ...some of them mostly city miles. Hard,,,hard miles for the most part in the city. Brakes lasted anywhere from 40 thousand to 200,000 miles on some of the trucks that were mostly hiway. Tires varyied greatly too. Michelin tires always lasted the longest....period. The only exception the that was a few sets of heavy duty Bridgestones I bought for a few cube vans we had 19.5 tires on. They went 200,000 hiway miles...but were more money than the michelins....you can't buy them anymore...they were 14 ply tires with three steel belts. I know WE are talking towing airstreams here and if it pays to trade for a diesel. Remember tho....this is over 30 years...but....The only significant change is the price of diesel 25 years ago was a bit cheaper than gas....and it stilll took almost 30,000 miles a year to justiy the diesel....but of course it was justified for us cause many of our delivery trucks went 80,000 miles or more a year so diesels were the best for us.

Just the facts ..
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I can remenber my uncle had a 455 olds beach wagon in the 70's i believe. He towed a huge SOB across the country for two months. Two adults and 7 kids, the back end had some serious sagging, lol. I don't know what he got for mileage, but it surely had to have some power. Just thought i'd share that.
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My father towed a 25 foot Terry trailer to Arizona and beyond every winter with a Ford Station wagon with a 429. It had good power and he used Air/ride springs in the back..IT SAT LEVEL. He found out the virtures of Equalizer hitches a few years into towing. He finally bought a 3/4 Ford pickup with a 390. The strange thing is....the pickup with the 390 and the station wagon got almost identical towing mileage. My uncle bought a new terry trailer at the same time and a new Chevy suburban with a 454. MY dad's 390 didnt have quite the power on the hills and the 454,,,,but the 454 burb got 6 mpg gallon towing and my dad would get 9 with the 390 Ford pickup. That was always a hot campfire topic in our family of retired loggers and Farmers.
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'But trading a 07 chevy gas for an 07 Dodge diesel is gonna hit the pocket book so hard it will probably never ...in anyones reasonable lifetime pay with even averageing 30%'

Boy i was so close to doing it, if it had been a 4 door long bed dodge i would have done it anyway. I would have lost 14k on the trade, i lost plenty of sleep thinking about that. I guess sometimes it's more of a want than a need, i have a 5 year 100k warranty so if anything breaks it's covered.
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Old 03-08-2008, 11:19 PM   #52
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'But trading a 07 chevy gas for an 07 Dodge diesel is gonna hit the pocket book so hard it will probably never ...in anyones reasonable lifetime pay with even averageing 30%'

Boy i was so close to doing it, if it had been a 4 door long bed dodge i would have done it anyway. I would have lost 14k on the trade, i lost plenty of sleep thinking about that. I guess sometimes it's more of a want than a need, i have a 5 year 100k warranty so if anything breaks it's covered.
I think you defintiely did the right thing. I was wondering about eating that 14k in neg. equity, woulda made the new truck actually 42,000 dollars. That is showing good restraint.
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Just found manufacturer claimed mpg for the Buick Estate Wagon, it's a 96 the last year made, is 17 city and 25 hwy vs my Hemi at 11-12 city and 17 hwy. The wagon has 260 hp with a whopping 335 ftlbs torque.
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You only get 7 mpg while towing with the Suburban according to your figures. That's pretty bad, really bad in fact. My Hemi towing a 24 ft and loaded with crap gets 12mpg.
Well...no.
As noted this was not a calculation of mpg. It is an analysis of usable miles/tank. A tank being defined as that point which I would stop to refuel (about the 3/4 mark).
The 1/2 ton Suburban (5.3l, 3:73 final drive) got about 11 mpg towing. The DA gets about 15.

I think you based your number on using the full tank to arrive at 7 mpg...not what I said...

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Well...no.
As noted this was not a calculation of mpg. It is an analysis of usable miles/tank. A tank being defined as that point which I would stop to refuel (about the 3/4 mark).
The 1/2 ton Suburban (5.3l, 3:73 final drive) got about 11 mpg towing. The DA gets about 15.

I think you based your number on using the full tank to arrive at 7 mpg...not what I said...

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I noticed you said not a full tank so I had to take a guess, and I used your numbers of 250 miles per tank at $3 per gallon and costing you 105.00 to fill, that's 34 gallons at 3 dollars which is 7.3 mpg. 11 is much more normal. That would be much closer to a wash in savings with deisel costing much more and then when you add the extra 7-8 thousand dollars on the cost there is no question which is a better value. Some people however need a deisel for what they tow and for how often, making a gasser impractical for them. If you can tow efficiently with a gasser and it fits your needs it is a much better value.
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See, we live in the mountains, and a turbo charged diesel (with an exhaust brake) is exactly what we need. Non turbo gassers just work too hard at 11,000 feet.

BillTex, thanks for the fuel cost analysis. The timing is prefect for us as we will be getting a new truck in the next week or so.
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