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Old 12-25-2012, 09:16 PM   #15
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Dick,

I chose the Trac Rac tonneau cover and rack system (easy to install myself), which is high enough to cover the fuel tank, and BTW is also high enough to fit a Honda EU3000 under the cover. I use the (Yakima?) tray on top to carry firewood and things that are OK to haul in the open.

Over the cab I put in a Thule rack system for kayaks. The truck probably looks like Mad Max but it really gives us a lot of flexibility.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #16
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Dick, I tow our 7000 pound trailer with an F250, and the slightly smaller 5.4. 3.73 gears. It gets around 14 not towing, and 11 towing. I have towed our trailer over the mountains of Fancy Gap, VA, and Black Mountain, NC, held to about 50 mph by curves rather than grade.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:08 PM   #17
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I tow a 34' with a V-10 excursion. I have been happy with it so far. 44gal fuel tank is nice too.
I would think you may miss the engine braking in the diesel. I had the 7.3 diesel f250 before the excursion, both are great.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:51 AM   #18
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One thing I don't like about my Duramax is the fuel tank holds only 16gals......not that I don't need to stop before it empties anyhow if you know what I mean.
Curious why you removed the OEM tank and put in smaller?
First time I have heard someone do that...
Most Folks put in a larger fuel tank.

My $0.02...you will totally miss the Duramax/Alli.

Good luck.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #19
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Today I drove from Las Vegas, NV back to Phoenix, AZ in the 2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI that is also my tow vehicle. I saw regular gas for $2.99 a gallon and paid $4.03 per gallon for diesel. That 33% up charge destroys the 30% fuel efficiency gain one usually gets with a diesel over gasoline. Diesel is still nearly the lowest thing in the cracking process. The greed of Big Oil is just unbelievable.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:07 AM   #20
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Today I drove from Las Vegas, NV back to Phoenix, AZ in the 2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI that is also my tow vehicle. I saw regular gas for $2.99 a gallon and paid $4.03 per gallon for diesel. That 33% up charge destroys the 30% fuel efficiency gain one usually gets with a diesel over gasoline. Diesel is still nearly the lowest thing in the cracking process. The greed of Big Oil is just unbelievable.
The high cost of today's Diesel in the USA is not due to "greed of Big Oil", it's due to the high cost of refining to remove the sulphur to meet our own government's EPA requirements.
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Today I drove from Las Vegas, NV back to Phoenix, AZ in the 2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI that is also my tow vehicle. I saw regular gas for $2.99 a gallon and paid $4.03 per gallon for diesel. That 33% up charge destroys the 30% fuel efficiency gain one usually gets with a diesel over gasoline. Diesel is still nearly the lowest thing in the cracking process. The greed of Big Oil is just unbelievable.
Considering that many of today's small block gas motors require/recommend high test...which co$t just as much as diesel... I'll opt for the much greater power, durability, and range of a diesel.
There is no cost savings to be had when comparing towing mpg of gas vs. diesel.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:30 AM   #22
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When I filled up my diesel Mercedes E320 station wagon in the UK at the end of October, the cost after liter to gallon conversion and pounds to dollars conversion was a mere $9.50 per gallon. Most of that is taxes.

Ford & GM make small diesel engine vehicles (both car and truck) everywhere but the US. The equivalent to the Ford Ranger has viable diesel engine choices, not the sick puppy they brought to the states in the 80s or 90s.

I also think the Big three pickup truck makers in the US are very greedy with their diesel engine upgrade prices. And the premium for diesel engine versions of Toyota and other mid sized pickups overseas is typically in the one to two thousand dollar range (after currency conversion).

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Efficency of production is in the numbers of units built....if you build a lot of them, you can reduce the cost, but if you build few, and are required expensive emissions reduction equipments by the government, the costs go up.
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Won't you miss the diesel torque and ease of "pulling"?
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There are stringent emissions requirements in Europe, too. The up charge for my E320 station wagon in the UK to go from a 3.2 liter straight six gas engine to a turbocharged 3.2 liter straight six diesel engine was in the neighborhood of $1,300. The diesel gets at least 30% better fuel economy and actually has a faster 0-60 acceleration time than the gas engine.

There was a similar up charge for the V6 turbocharged diesel engine in my ML 320 CDI with similar performance improvements over the V6 gasoline engine offered in the states.
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