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Old 10-05-2004, 09:39 AM   #43
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Currently getting just under 14 mpg towing - and an honest 21 mpg solo. All interstate mileage on New England's moderate hills and mountains, at about 60 mph. These are recent readings as my prior mileage had gone to pot due to a clogged fuel filter following a bad batch of diesel. Incidentally, I also serviced the truck at 20,000 miles, when the fuel filter was changed, and I switched to synthetic oil. I've been a dino-oil holdout for a long time - but the mechanic who worked on the truck convinced me to make the switch. I don't want to start another synthetic oil discussion - but others have insisted that synthetics provide better fuel mileage.
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Old 02-08-2005, 07:07 PM   #44
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I just returned from a 2400 mile trip pulling a 19 bambi with a dodge 3500 crewcab/automatic/diesel engine. Mileage was 14.5 to 15.5 going 60 mph. At 70, it dropped to 14 even. Truck has only 15,000 miles on it and I service it on regular basis.

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Old 02-08-2005, 10:52 PM   #45
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The 2500 burb with the 6.0 should pull your trailer no problem, don't get anything less than a 3.73 axle. I tow a 96 30' excella with a 1/2 ton Avalanche 4.10 axle, LT BF goodrich tires with 60lbs tire pressure, I got 10-10.8 US gal average over a 1600 mile trip from Florida to Toronto and I'm not a slow driver. My next truck will be a diesel as I will be keeping it for a while, the diesel will hold it's value better over the long term with high mileage. My dream would be a 3/4 ton Avalanche with a Duramax. I wish GM would get their act together and start putting the Duramax in the Avalanche or Suburban.
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Old 02-09-2005, 07:21 AM   #46
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With my '02 Powerstroke, I get 11.3 towing the 34 footer. With my '96 powerstroke I got 10.1 towing that weight, and with my current tug, an '05 Kodiak (medium duty chevy) I get 14.6 solo, and 11.2 towing 10,000 pounds of Airstream. The Kodiak has the 6.6 liter Duramax (Izuzu) diesel. I prefer the Kodiak to tow with, as it's brakes make the Fords brakes look puny. Going down a steep long hill, the Ford's brakes do not instill confidence, as the Rotors distort very easily in that truck, when they get hot.

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Old 02-09-2005, 07:29 AM   #47
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2004 Chevy 3500 Duramax Diesel, towing Hunkajunk, 30 foot Sovereign, got 14 mpg this past weekend bringing it home from Illinois.
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Old 02-09-2005, 08:07 AM   #48
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This past Spring & Summer trip of 16,000+ mile circle route around America and into Canada (Banff) I averaged 10.8 mpg for the total trip. I run a 3.75 gear (two wheel drive). I most always drive the top limit of the posted speed limit.

The scales reflected the following:
Front two axles (Excursion) = 8,420
Rear two axles (Airstream)= 6,280 Total scale weight = 14,700 #'s


In city light I get 11.8 - 12.0 mpg. Best I've seen on highway without towing is 15.8 flat land, 70 mph. More normal highway average is 13.8 - 14. No modifications to engine.
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Old 02-27-2005, 11:39 PM   #49
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This weekend we took our 25 ft AS to Newport, Oregon and back to Battle Ground,Wa. The F250 4x4 crewcab with the V10 gas engine averaged 9.4 to 9.6. Overall 11.4. I feel this is good for our set up. We dry camped and everything worked well. Great waether in the 60's for Feb. With out the trailer the truck averages 13.1.
At this point I am happy I don't own a diesel truck. Fuel today is $2.67 a gallon.
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:16 AM   #50
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Hi there;
About fuel consumptions, I propose you this link that was a thread when I wanted to know, the mileage before buying a pick-up truck . Finally I've bought a F150 4x4, 4,6 liters that I have equiped with LPG. Consumption: about 15mpg;

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ead.php?t=3994

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Old 02-28-2005, 07:39 AM   #51
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Getting between 13-15 Mpg towing my 31 foot Airstream with my Duramax. Get up to 21 Mpg solo. 16-19 buzzing around town. Last fillup was 18.8 mpg, mixture of country and feeway driving.

Truck before was a 2000 3500 SRW with 7.4L. Got around 9.5-10.5 towing the coach. Best tank was 14.7 coming back to Ohio from Florida. 10-12 buzzing around town.
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Old 02-28-2005, 09:53 AM   #52
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Getting 13-14.5 mpg with my 2002 Tundra pulling a '97 25' Excella. Pulled nearly 10,000 miles in '04 and the mileage stayed consistent. Our previous trailer was a 23' Award (3500#) and we actually get slightly better mileage pulling the A/S than the Award. I've experimented a little with varying the the tow weight as much as 600 lbs. and have found it only minimally impacts mpg. I removed some furnishings, water, etc. for one 1200 mile trip and found less than .5 mpg improvement. It gets up to speed easier, but once there, the gas consumption was nearly identical to a loaded vehicle.
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Old 02-28-2005, 05:08 PM   #53
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Took a trip last fall from St. louis to Kentucky land between the lakes. Three guys, 3 motoercycles all our gear, 2001 30' Classic my brothers Duramax= 15 mpg all the power we ever wanted. My 5.7 suburban would get 10-12 but no room for motorcycles. Great trip, good time and great mpg.
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Old 03-01-2005, 05:00 AM   #54
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We have a '75 Trade Wind, '03 5.3 GMC Siearra Quad Steer. From Ohio to NH Through Canada last fall we got 13.5 MPG. Not bad Not towing I get between 15 and 16.
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Diesel fuel I saw at the pumps here today $2.67 Washington State. Saw on the news Oregon is at $2.64 a gallon.
The price of goods will be going up soon.
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If you want to see weeping and gnashing of teeth, they have a "Fuel Price" thread going on over at the dieselplace.com site. Looks like Washington, Oregon and Kal-ee-forn-iya are really getting hit hard.

Filled up for $2.199 yesterday, in High Springs, Florida. Some I75 stations are at $2.299.
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