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Old 10-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #21
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A guy looking at a 1 ton truck should have no reason to look at a 1/2 ton.

Just for fun, count the make of trucks you see on the road pulling fifth wheels.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:30 AM   #22
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[QUOTE=norty1;159621]A guy looking at a 1 ton truck should have no reason to look at a 1/2 ton.

That's what I thought when he showed me the V6 F150. Why would I be interested in a V6 when I came to look at 1 tons?
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #23
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Another question: What kind of mileage are you getting towing with a diesel? Any make/ model. Though I am really interested to know about the F350 owners here. Its probably going to take me all winter before I settle on a truck. So all the info I can get the better. I have started reading diesel truck blogs as well. We have a diesel VW and love it, the mileage and power in the mountains is just amazing.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:32 PM   #24
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I average about 10-11 mpg. Would probably do a lot better at 55mph, but I CAN'T DRIVE 55. One of the biggest towing improvements is a new exhaust system. I went with an MPRP 4" turbo-back exhaust with cat and muffler, live in CA. It will lower your egts and give more towing juice.
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Typical is 12, depending on fast I feel I need to pull the grades it can vary a little but no much more the 1mpg.
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We tow with a 1 ton srw Dodge with the six speed automatic. Towing mileage varies from 10 to 13. 11 and 12 mpg are common with 10 being low and 13 being unusual but happens occasionally.
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My father & I have towed with 4 different Ford engines in the last 15 years. Him- 99' F-250 with the 7.3l Powerstroke. Averaged 11 mpg towing a fifth wheel. Me- 2000 Ford Excursion with a Triton V-10, which Ford still builds, 8.5 mpg towing 8k. Me- 2005 Excursion with 6.0l Powerstroke, 10 mpg towing 8k. My kinda new truck, a 2012 F-250 with a 6.7l Powerstroke, 12 mpg towing 9k. A couple of notes; The Triton V-10 is a great motor. Not many problems with my 05 6.0l Powerstroke in 150,000 miles and is was NOT loud. The 6.7l Scorpion is a beast.
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I average about 10-11 mpg. Would probably do a lot better at 55mph, but I CAN'T DRIVE 55. One of the biggest towing improvements is a new exhaust system. I went with an MPRP 4" turbo-back exhaust with cat and muffler, live in CA. It will lower your egts and give more towing juice.
x2, but get a little better MPG at 12 with my additional edge tuner. Also I can monitor all the critical temps and codes as well as set temp alarms for each. Never had one go off , but it's a second set of eyes. The dash clusters just don't give you the detail you need in the older models.
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For comparison purposes, with our 2500HD gaser, we average 9.5 miles per US gallon when towing. I've heard people say you can expect 2 to 3 mpg better with diesel, given similar gearing and towing load. Running empty with no load is a different story.
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Well I know the OP is looking at used and new ones are outrageously expensive but I just saw a Ram 3500 commercial, 30,000 lb tow rating (they say best in class) and 850 torque. Wow, that`s 3X the tow rating of my poor old 2500HD gasser.
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