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Old 12-09-2006, 01:41 PM   #43
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:08 PM   #44
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Stand by for the comps.

Today I traded in the F-250 Powerstroke and went with the '06 2500HD Duramax. I needed a replacement truck anyway and wanted to get the LBZ motor, not available next year, so as not to be fuel restricted. Lots to compare. After using Fords for the past eight years I hope I don't regret going back to GM.

P.S. Don't use those onboard computers to figure your milage.....unless you can't face the truth.
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:30 PM   #45
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My towing average is a computed 14.13 MPG. That is with three different Airstreams (22' CCD, 25' CCD & the 28' Safari). I'v got about 41K miles on the 2500 HD and it has been towing from close to day one. And I stick to 63/64 MPH (on the GPS).
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Old 12-09-2006, 08:18 PM   #46
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Towing a '71 Globe Trotter my '68 Dodge Polara 318 gets 12.5 to 13.5 MPG (18 to 21 solo). Our '99 Durango 5.9L gets 10 to 12 MPG towing and 16 to 18 solo. (all figures are highway miles) They are basically the same engine. It seems the high tech gadgets on the '99 haven't netted any more fuel efficiency ...just a bit more power!

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Old 12-18-2006, 01:20 PM   #47
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Getting 16/17 unloaded - 11/12 towing

Adding my .02 cents -

Kelly (the green TV - 01 2500HD Burb, 4x4, 6L, Schefenecker mirrors, Line-Of-Fire LED, Brush Bar with Pilot Driving lights ) gets about 16/17 driving around town with mixed urban/highway driving, hauling me and the kids x3. Am pretty reasonable with the throttle/ brake inputs, which I know helps. Still on OEM brakes at 69K - still 50% left.

When it gets to towing, Kelly gets about 11/12 with the 34' SilverToy, full loaded behind her. As above, the inputs become even more reserved, but remember that there are quite a bit of mountain up and down in this part of the US. LONG uphill stretches will drop it to 9.5/10 with the corresponding 14/15 on the reciprocal downhill stretches. No, those are not computer generated numbers.

They are due to what my friend calls my "Auto Anal" thinking.... Guess I am a BIT particular about my truck, but then it seems to be treating me as well as I treat her. Bulletproof so far! Go ANYWHERE, anytime! Can't get better than that.

Getting ready for an escape between X-mas and New Years...! Carlsbad last N.Y., thinking about Silver City, NM for this one. Any recommendations? Anything to stay away from?

Happy Holiday Season to all of you!

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Old 12-18-2006, 04:31 PM   #48
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Anything to stay away from?

If you're going down to Silver City, check the height on your trailer......the bridges on NM 152 west of I-25 are too low for most tractor-trailers (13'6").
I think they're about 12'5". If that's a problem, you can go down to Hatch, over to Deming, and up to Silver City....or, go west of Socorro(past the VLA) to Datil (eat at the cafe in Datil), down through Reserve, and then to Silver City. If you go this way, be sure to check out the catwalk at Glenwood. happy trails.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:03 PM   #49
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11-12mpg at 65mph. Our TV isn't really broken in yet at 19K miles. Around 25K we should see a change if our history with the old Duramax is any indicator. The new low sulphur fuels may hold us down a bit.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:17 PM   #50
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:52 PM   #51
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"empty" (2 adults, 2 kids, a dog and a weekend's worth of sundries) pretty typically around 14, maybe 14.5

Pulling the 31' AS at 60 on interstates or fairly level ground: generally anywhere from 11 to 12.5.

Worst observed towing was 9. That was in a fairly hilly area with way too many WOT events. All the other towing tanks have been over 10.5
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:45 PM   #52
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2500 Dodge RAM 5.7 Hemi... 12.5 @ 75 solo... 10.0 @ 75 with the 24' Argosy behind. NP with a 60mph pull on a 7% grade. 0-60 in 11 sec with the Argosy behind.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:56 PM   #53
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Originally Posted by JakBluMule
If you're going down to Silver City, check the height on your trailer......the bridges on NM 152 west of I-25 are too low for most tractor-trailers (13'6").
I think they're about 12'5". If that's a problem, you can go down to Hatch, over to Deming, and up to Silver City....or, go west of Socorro(past the VLA) to Datil (eat at the cafe in Datil), down through Reserve, and then to Silver City. If you go this way, be sure to check out the catwalk at Glenwood. happy trails.
JBM,
One great thing about Airstreams is the relative low overhead clearance mine is just under 10' I have towed some of those monster fifth wheels, the newest generation of them are right around the 13' tall mark and have seen a few at 13'6"

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