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Old 04-09-2005, 07:46 PM   #57
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We are pulling a 30' Safari LS with an 01 F250 CC Powerstroke. This is also my daily driver. I get 14-15 around town and 18-20 on the highway. A solid 14 pulling the Airstream.

Diesel is running around $2.30 in SW Michigan - same as regular unleaded.

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Old 04-09-2005, 08:22 PM   #58
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I am getting about 11 towing the 34 ft.. This is good enough, I think - It would be a lot less, if I had a motorhome, so I am happy.

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Old 04-09-2005, 08:51 PM   #59
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I just returned from a 5 1/2 day trip from near Sacramento to Houston and return. Enroute to Houston I got a very steady 17.75-17.9 running 72-75 MPH (empty) with a very new (started with less than 1500 miles on the truck) Ford F250 Crewcab with a 6.0L Powerstroke diesel.

On the return trip I was towing my 30' Airstream which weighs about 7,800 lbs. West bound with the trailer I was fighting 25-45 MPH headwinds (Ah yes, spring time in the desert southwest!). My worst tank (worst winds!) was 10.27 MPG running 65 MPH in W Texas. Less wind at 65 MPH equaled 12.45 MPG. In CA (running 60 MPH because of the 55 MPH truck/trailer speed limit) I got 12.96 from the CA/AZ border through LA then to the north side of the Grapevine. My trip computer showed between .2-1.1 MPG better than the calculator. From the N-side of the Grapevine home my trip computer showed 14.1 MPG but I haven't filled up yet.
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Old 04-09-2005, 08:54 PM   #60
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Post Diesel Power

Stick with the Ford F-250 Powerstroke. The little more one pays for diesel fuel more than offsets the cost and less mileage of gasoline engines.

I run a 2000 Dodge Ram with Cummins 359 ci engine and 4-speed automatic transmissison. Running solo on the highway at 1875 rpm, which is about 68 or 69 mph, I log in at the 21+ mpg; and on rare ocassions 22 mpg. When towing my 25' Excello, fully loaded, I get about 15+ mpg. When bucking an extremely strong headwind, I got about 12+ mpg. The best I've ever gotton was driving idea flatland interstate highways with no wind, and that was a hair over 17 mpg. Oh, I've got about 84K on the truck now; just broken in.

The Good Sam Club recommends that one not run more than 70% of maximum towing capacity. For example, my truck is rated at 9,990 lbs (10,000 lbs). Therefore, I try not to exceed 7000 lbs. Although my previous SOB was closer to 7800 lbs fully loaded.

From the charts I've seen and read, an internal combustion engine with be down to 70% at 7000ft of its rated power. For every 1000 ft beyond that, it will continue to loose another 10% per thousand feet. (Personally, I think if one runs near the top of your engine's torque curve, you can't go wrong.)

So, for whatever this info is worth, take 79 cents and buy yourself a cup of coffee.

Keep the shiny side up. And good luck.
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Old 04-09-2005, 10:05 PM   #61
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2003 F250, 2-WD, CC, 7.3 PSD w/'04 25' Safari = 14.xxx (xxx=<.5 ) when all is said and done except for long climbs/high altitudes.
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Old 04-10-2005, 11:41 AM   #62
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2005 Suburban, 2500, 8.1 liter gasser, 4WD, 4.10 ratio = 11 mpg city not towing, 9.8 mpg towing a 2005 28' CCD (with a case of Guinness in the fridge)
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Old 04-10-2005, 01:31 PM   #63
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Old 04-10-2005, 02:00 PM   #64
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Does anyone have a Nissan Frontier? The 2005 model has a longer wheelbase (125.9", same as F-150) and a beefier engine (265hp, 284 ftlbs). Tow rating is 6500#. It looks like the Frontier is growing into a half ton pickup.

Would this be a suitable tow vehicle for a 4000# trailer?
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:07 PM   #65
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2001 2500 Suburban with the 8.1. Averaged 9 mpg on a recent 1500 mile round trip to Georgia. Not towing and averaging 80 mph. Just keeping pace with traffic.
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Old 04-10-2005, 07:16 PM   #66
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These things have a gas milage punishement point at about 1800 RPM or 61 MPH
below that 18.1 MPG empty, 16.8 towing our rig.
Above that and you get 15.7 MPG empty @ 70 MPH and 14.7 MPG towing @ 70 MPH. The faster you go the more it eats, and it goes real fast if you push it.
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:54 AM   #67
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Last weekend I pulled our inclosed cargo trailer 20 footer to Ocean Park,Wa with our F250 4X4 Crewcab V-10 gas engine. We averaged 12.0 mpg. The same on the way home. Gas at the beach was $2.47. I filled up at Costco today for $2.29.
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Old 04-12-2005, 08:36 AM   #68
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2005 Suburban, 2500, 8.1 liter gasser, 4WD, 4.10 ratio = 11 mpg city not towing, 9.8 mpg towing a 2005 28' CCD (with a case of Guinness in the fridge)
LOL! I see that one bit of cargo represents most of the major food groups and is a HUGE weight saver! Heck if you had to load food and clothes, you might have only seen 8mpg towing Hut!
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Old 04-12-2005, 11:31 AM   #69
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What's the deal with diesel being $2.50/gallon? I drive a 2003 GMC Duramax crew and it costs over $60 to fill up. I usually use 3 tanks a week, (if I'm lucky). I recently picked up a little Toyota pickup to use as my daily driver because of the rising prices. Anyway, I thought diesel was an unrefined alternative fuel to gas meaning, IT SHOULD BE CHEAPER. Out here where I am there are a lot of diesel trucks and it seams like we are getting screwed, the gas companies raise the price on diesel just to keep up with gasoline. Atleast we finally woke up and realized we need to start drilling in Alaska.
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:12 PM   #70
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You're right it should. When I was looking for a new truck I went gasser cause the prices of fuel were getting near the same. In some cases diesel costs more than regular unleaded.
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