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Old 03-28-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
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1500HD & 31' Excella

Nothing earth shattering here but I'm pretty happy so...

Took the kids to MS over spring break last week. Round trip was right at 900 miles. We just refueled the truck today, and averaged 12.25 mpg for the trip :-) All but about 50 of this was towing. Best fuel economy was
on the way back, warm temperatures, nice tailwind (13.6). Worst was the leg that included part of the Natchez Trace: (10.2), probably a combination of a fairly stiff headwind and a pump that didn't shut off right away. Could also have been some of the traffic around Nashville.

Needless to say, we're pleased.

What's funny is that the best we've ever seen with this truck - without the trailer - is around 14.5. Go figure.

Details... 2003, 6.0 liter, 4x4, 3.73. 2 adults/2 kids plus a bed full of bikes & such.

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Old 03-29-2007, 01:00 PM   #2
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How does your 1500HD pull? Does it do as well as a gas 2500?

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This is a very good article that describes some of the attributes of the 1500HD.

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Thanks for the link.
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:52 PM   #5
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It's my understanding that the 1500hd has most of the same features of the 2500, except it has coil springs compared to leafs on the 2500 and larger. This means to me that the 1500hd and the 2500hd would both have the 6.0L and 4L80e??!! Anyone comment how accurate this is or not?
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:28 PM   #6
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i have pulled my buddy's 31 with my 2500, it pulled very well.

my truck is an early (2000) 2500HD that has the 8600 lb gvwr, in '01 they switched to 9200 gvwr along with the larger hood and a bigger frame.

in todays terms my truck is the same minus the springs as a 1500HD.

the 6.0 liter with 4.10 gears pulls like a locomotive.

don't get me wrong it isn't as powerful as a diesel, but then it don't smell bad smoke and make lots of noise.

i have a 1997 6.5 turbo diesel for that!


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