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Old 05-09-2015, 08:34 AM   #1
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Late model Ram 2500 diesel fuel economy towing??

What kind of fuel economy are you folks who have late model Ram 2500 diesels getting towing and not towing? (Late model = 2013 and up)
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:22 AM   #2
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19 highway solo
15-16 around town solo
12-13 towing highway 65-75 mph
Calculated mpg. Not from computer.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:02 AM   #3
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Mine is about the same as AstroBruce's.

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Old 05-09-2015, 06:23 PM   #4
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Mine matches AstroBruce, too, other than the solo highway - I haven't had it solo on the highway yet, so I don't know how it does.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:52 AM   #5
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Make your comparisons with these factors, in this order:

1) TV specification (2WD manual trans, or?)

2). Climate.

3). Terrain

4). Driver motivation towards fuel economy.

Some info about the combined rig. Actual scaled GCW would be good. And whether or not the use of cruise control and at what travel speed.

Without the context, one is fishing a dry stream bed.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:16 PM   #6
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2014 ram 2500 diesel

Solo on the highway 20 mpg

Around town 13-14 but I live 6300' above sea level

Towing a 2012 27' AS 65-70 mph I get 11-13 mpg depending on the wind and terrain.

The computer in the truck is consistantly to optimistic. 90% of the time it calculates higher that I manually calculate.
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I have a 2013 2500 Big Horn Diesel - and tow a 25FB Flying cloud.
When towing without a lot of major passess (i.e. flat of limited hills) - i get between 15.3 and 16.3 MPG. When putting in mountain passes (i.e. mountains) - goes between 13 and 16.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:20 PM   #8
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Old 05-10-2015, 02:44 PM   #9
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Make your comparisons with these factors, in this order:

1) TV specification (2WD manual trans, or?)

2). Climate.

3). Terrain

4). Driver motivation towards fuel economy.

Some info about the combined rig. Actual scaled GCW would be good. And whether or not the use of cruise control and at what travel speed.

Without the context, one is fishing a dry stream bed.
As the OP, I am happy with the original question I asked.

I am sure folks will provide whatever context they like. What is important to me is a wealth of responses.

So folks keep those posts coming. I appreciate those who have responded thus far.
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Old 05-10-2015, 03:17 PM   #10
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2014 RAM 2500 w/6.7L Cummins, 2 wheel drive:
Flat highway driving at 60-65 mph I've gotten 23-24 mpg.
Pulling 34' AS with a light to no wind, flat terrain, I average 12-13 mpg.
With headwinds, it can drop to 11mpg.
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Thank you for all the responses...you saved me $50k. Like most guys I'm always coveting diesel rigs. But my 2012 Tahoe with the standard 5.3L engine pulls my little 20ft FC cross country at 12-13mpg, and hauls me across the country at 19-21 mpg without pulling Daisy. Seeing all your mileages I think I'll be happy with this rig a couple of years more.....before the coveting sets in again. Safe travels. jon
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Old 05-10-2015, 03:54 PM   #12
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Thank you for all the responses...you saved me $50k. Like most guys I'm always coveting diesel rigs. But my 2012 Tahoe with the standard 5.3L engine pulls my little 20ft FC cross country at 12-13mpg, and hauls me across the country at 19-21 mpg without pulling Daisy. Seeing all your mileages I think I'll be happy with this rig a couple of years more.....before the coveting sets in again. Safe travels. jon
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #13
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Sounds just about like our 2013 3.0 liter 3500 for towing, but a little better unladen. If we hold to 60, we can average over 14 towing.
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AnnArbor Bob....you are spot-on....I want one soooo bad. Was trying to make myself feel better. Making diesel noises as I type this. Well...maybe next year. Stay safe. jon
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