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Old 11-17-2014, 03:05 PM   #15
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Slowmover is dead nuts right on with the 70% factor. My Tundra 5.7L 2wd is rated at 18 mpg highway and I get 18-20 highway. I get 13.5-14.5 mpg towing gently at 50-60 mph.

If I were going for a new truck I would look at all three of the 3/4 ton gassers with big V8's and 6 speed minimum transmission with 2 wheel drive. I would get a mechanical limited slip differential also instead of 4wd. You should be able to get 13 mpg towing gently. By ordering one you will get only the options you need and want.

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Old 11-17-2014, 05:37 PM   #16
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So here's my story. We bought an '02 F250 V10, 4x4, extended cab, white with silver trim, all the bells and whistles, about 15 months ago. Nice truck, especially for it's age and mileage (about 155,000 right now). Its last owner was a service manager at the local Ford House, so it seems to be in pretty good mechanical condition. One thing we had to do was have the rear differential seal replaced when we bought it. Also had to replace the right front brake caliper. That's all the money we've had to spend on it, other than routine maintenance. The PO towed a fifth wheel with it. We've only put about 3000-3500 miles on it so far, but all is well (can you tell it's used mostly for towing the 'Stream?) . It's a monster. Pull yer house off the foundation.

MPG is odd with this truck. We get anywhere from 9 to 14 MPG. Actually gets better mileage towing than just around town. Filled up today, 9 mpg, but all in town driving. We're heading out for an extended trip shortly, so I'll check it again and report back.


Pappy19, I'll be sending you a PM shortly. Would love to hear more about yours.

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Old 11-17-2014, 10:19 PM   #17
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Pull a 27FB witn a 2011 F250 SuperDuty 4x4 w/towing package. Sans trailer, 13-17mpg depending on speed and amount of stop and go. Towing in mountains, 10-11mpg. Rolling hills 12mg. Total flat prairie at 55mpg, MAYBE 13mpg. Overall average with tow and everyday gad about, about 12mpg. We've been full-time for a year, generally with 3-10 day stops, travel days of 3-6 hours, 50/50 towing interstate and US/State routes. Facts as best guessed at, your mileage may vary... ;]
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:36 PM   #18
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Ford 250 gas mileage

I have a 2006 Ford F250 V10 purchased new that pulls a 2004 25' Classic Airstream that gets 10 mpg (60-65 mph) on interstate driving, 14+ mpg interstate driving not pulling trailer and maybe 8 mpg in town driving. Truck has 60,000 miles and has only needed front brake caliper replacements this summer after right front one locked up on camping trip to east Tennessee.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:05 PM   #19
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We have the 2012 F-250 Lariat CC 4x4 6.2L gas truck. Got about 36k on it now and have been using it for both towing our 25 ft. Classic and light ranch work. Runs very smooth and mileage is pretty consistent at 13-15 non-towing and 10-12 loaded to the limit and towing the stream. The towing average includes lots of West Texas flat land, the Texas hill country and everything the Rockies has that's paved. Its not a diesel so I don't blow by semi trucks going up grades but it handles them with out a problem. We also drive the speed limit of our tires (65mph). I favor gas because it works for me.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:52 AM   #20
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I pulled our 34 footer at about 8500 pounds with an E-350 passenger van with the V-10 and 4.10 axle ratio. It was a year 2000. We booked 9 to 11 consistantly while towing. And we booked 13 to 15 around town. We had the van for 8 years.

Wind conditions and hills make a huge difference in daily towing mileage.

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Old 12-03-2014, 07:53 AM   #21
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I have to say my numbers are about where David's are. My 2000 F250 now has 180,000 miles on it and runs as well as the day it was new. We did a valve job and new clutch (I have the manual transmission) about 10,000 miles ago and the engine specs, checked at the time, were excellent. I especially like the V10 for mountain work. I've driven the diesels, and they are great for what they do, but I like the low maintenance costs of the gas engine.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #22
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I looked at some new F250s with the 6.2L gas engine and looking at the 6.2L specs its doesn't seem to be a very high tech engine compared to others on the market; 2 valves per cylinder, two spark plugs per cylinder and maximum torque of 405 at 4500rpm. I was hoping to see an engine similar to the Toyota engine specs, 4 valves per cylinder and 401lbs of torque at 3500rpm.

Since you have a 25 why not wait to see how the 2015 F150s pan out regarding payload improvements. There will be still plenty of F250s with the 6.2L available if you feel you need more payload.

Diesel in my area is about $1.15/gal more than Unleaded Reg.

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Old 12-03-2014, 09:25 AM   #23
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The Ford V10 is as reliable as you'll find! It is simple, parts available anywhere. Its no speed demon on thin air hills, however it will pull anything, anywhere, reliably!

In my Excursion, we see a consistent 10-11 towing our heavy 34's, and 15-18 highway not towing.
I'm a slowpoke and can see better if I'm light footed.

I have a ScanGuage II hard wired...... Helps me see where fuel is wasted.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:12 AM   #24
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The V10s are still used on most new Class C MHs. I wonder why Ford just didn't carry it over to the F250s anymore.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:17 AM   #25
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Older designs aren't sexy......
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:22 AM   #26
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Older designs aren't sexy......
Gee, I haven't been sexy for at least 20 years, but I'm still reliable, run on all cylinders, don't complain much, wash up nice, and don't cost a lot to maintain!
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Me too!
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:16 AM   #28
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Even with the somewhat poor mileage, the Ford 6.8 V-10 is probably the most reliable engine made in the past 20 years. There are more Ford V-10's in Class C and Class A gas motor homes than any other gas engines combined. There is a reason for this, they are "cheap-keep", plenty of power and don't have many warranty issues. I have had mine since new in 2007 and wouldn't trade it for any new diesel, even straight across.
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