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Old 09-26-2006, 07:42 PM   #1
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What is the gas milage of the Diesel f-250 crew cab.Also will that be alright to pull a 25'SS Airstream?What I mean is that is the truck to big to pull my trailer. should I go smaller to a F-150.I am just wanting something that is a diesel though.I am still just looking right now.
Also I am looking at the Dodge and Toyota Tundra.Allthough Toyota doesnt have a diesel.Thanks All.
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Old 09-26-2006, 07:51 PM   #2
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I get about 14 mpg while towing. You can pull any airstream with a f-250 diesel if it is set up right.
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Old 09-26-2006, 07:59 PM   #3
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hi devoman

the f-250 psd mpg is reported by users from a high of 18-19 truck alone

to a towing mpg of 10-12 for the biggest airstreams...

your mileage would likely be 11-13 towing, go slower and it goes up.

no it is not too much truck for your trailer...

you would be amazed at the driving comfort using a 3/4 ton.

the longer wheelbase and truck mass are very useful...

yes some truck in the 1/2 ton range would work...

but there aren't any diesels in that range currently.

take some test rides and get used to the size...

this took me several test rides...

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Old 09-26-2006, 07:59 PM   #4
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I have a F-150 4.6L that I pull our 19' CCD with. I'm trading for a Silverado 2500HD extended cab with the Duramax this Saturday. The F-150 just didn't do a good job towing our trailer. It didn't have enough power and wasn't heavy enough.
I've always been a Ford man, but you really should try the Duramax with the Allison trans. The Chevy rides better than the F-250 and the Duramax isn't as loud as the Power Stroke
People I know are getting ~13 mpg towing with either and 18 - 19 mpg not towing. That is better than my F-150 towing.
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We get around 12 towing our Overlander with our F250 diesel.
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:12 PM   #6
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We get 10 mpg towing the 5th wheel, that is close to 12000 lb. Haven't had a chance to check it with the Argosy, just took it to winter storage yesterday about 100 miles but didn't check mileage, sure did tow nice though, could hardly tell it was there. Would never go back to gas.
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Around town = ~13 mpg
@ 65 mph = ~18-20 mpg

Towing the rig:
Around town = not applicable/don't ask
@ 65 mph = ~14 mpg

Keep in mind, this is with biodiesel, which has slightly less energy content than petrodiesel.

I have almost exclusively owned Toyota or Nissan passenger cars, with my prior Ford Explorer being the exception. I find the F-250 TD to be up to the same fit and finish as the imports, but with much more capacity and power. My truck is a "keeper". I am extremely satisfied with its' performance. My daily driver is a Toyota Prius hybrid.

Your mileage may vary.
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What is the gas milage of the Diesel f-250 crew cab.Also will that be alright to pull a 25'SS Airstream?What I mean is that is the truck to big to pull my trailer. should I go smaller to a F-150.I am just wanting something that is a diesel though.I am still just looking right now.
Also I am looking at the Dodge and Toyota Tundra.Allthough Toyota doesnt have a diesel.Thanks All.
Diesels get 0 gas mileage...

Never knew of a truck too big!

My experience with the same size camper; the 3/4 ton is way more relaxing to tow with than a 1/2 ton. It can be done, but you may not enjoy it.

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Old 09-26-2006, 09:45 PM   #9
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I have been told by several people that the good thing about Diesel engines is that they never really are broke in until it hits 100,000 miles then again I dont know if that is just talk or is it just a saying meaning these engines are built to last.If they do that I am will be truly happy with something like this that will last a good ten years for towing the Airstream.That is something I am looking forward to in the future.Plus I have recently started hauling heavier loads on the other trailers I use.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:52 PM   #10
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05 F250 6.0 Diesel

My truck gets 16.5-18 MPG commuting on a mix of 40-50 MPH surface streets and freeway. My truck is stock except for a tonneau cover, the tonneau increased the mileage nearly 1 MPG. My last highway trip (before the tonneau) netted 18.5 MPG running 70-75 MPH.

I average 13 MPG towing my 30' Excella. My worst mileage was 10 fighting a stiff headwind and my best was 15 running 60 MPH on level interstate in CA.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:54 PM   #11
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What about the shocks and suspension.Is it a bumpy ride or fairly smooth.My Touareg drives really smooth with the airsuspension in it and I can tell a difference from my previous Touareg with no Airsuspension.Would I be able to have a smoother ride if I were to add air bags to the F-250?
I did check one out at the dealership and I noticed that it is a pretty heavy vehicle.Really big and a bit higher than mine for sure.
How about a used one?Would it be worth just buying a used one with low miles.truck are selling a lot slower now since the gas rise started.Mabey getting a new one would be best.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:20 PM   #12
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What is the difference in these vehicles with engines?Is there a certain one you can get or are all of these come with the diesel engine?
I see they have the XL,XLT and then the Lariat.The problem I am having is that all my life I have been driving imports and now that I am looking at an american vehicle I can not understand the mumbo jumbo on the specs.I will just have to really hunker down and study it more.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:35 PM   #13
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XL, XLT, Lariet,

As far as I know..the engines on the F-250 are the same...the XL, XLT, Lariet, and KIng Ranch are all about the interior...the XL being very basic, the XLT is the next step up with some leather upgrades, the Lariet is all leather and more luxurious, and the King RAnch is on the top end of luxury, with 4 captiain chiars and better quality leather along with badging on the exterior, the Harley-Davidson model is all about the badging and usually black interior..hope that helps..I have the Lariet and really enjoy it...Ernesto
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hi devo

xl, xlt and lariat are trim/option and convience packages....

along with the more upscale harley davidson and kings ranch editions...

lariat is the trim level that gets leather and many other basic needs...

sort of the middle level but with most useful options for the price point...

stop by a dealer and get a flyer....
all model/trim/options are listed in a table for easy comparison...

the ford was my 1st us made car in 30+ years, so it does take a while to digest the features...

a 05 or 06 used would be ok too and the prices on new ones are very competiive right now...

yes the 100,000 thing is a bit over blown...
but diesels are much beefier engines
and do last several hundred thousand miles...
with proper service and care...

happy hunting, go drive some and there are lots of threads here on the super duties and diesels from ge'em or dodge...

cheers
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hey ernesto are you enjoying that new truck! i agree the lariat is my choice too..
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