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Old 03-27-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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The numbers are in.

Just came back from our first trip of the season and the first time pulling the TT with the new truck.

First, i have to say that going from a gasser to a diesel was the best move I have ever made. I will never go back! This thing pulls like a freight train.

Total trip mileage was just around 150. Total average fuel mileage was 11.2 MPG running 65 MPH. It's a little less than I had anticipated, but it's much better than the old truck. I will admit, I was "playing" a little as well. Interstate on-ramps are no longer a problem.

The engine is very smooth and quiet. The tranny shifts very smooth as well. Tow/haul mode activates the engine brake-although it didn't kick in this time around-no significant downhill grades.

The integrated trailer brake control works flawlessly. It slows the combo as if nothing is back there. When tow/haul is engaged, the tranny downshifts as well to helps slow you down. The tranny will downshift faster also depending on how much pressure you have in the brake pedal.

This is the first diesel I have ever owned. I'm like a kid in a candy store right now. I told my wife on Friday as we were going to the campground that I think I have fallen in love all over again.

Here she is at a rest area (6 year old had to take a "potty break")
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A diesel is so much better than a gas burner in the RV world. Not even worth debating. Welcome to the new world. Just wish the gas/diesel price ratio was based on cost of production.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:37 PM   #3
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That milage will get better as you put more miles on that diesel. I was getting 1.5 to 3 mpg better milage at 60,000 miles than I was at 40,000 miles, both pulling and just on the highway w/o the RV. Another hint here, drop your speed even 5 mph and you will see a noticible difference as well...and you will still get there nearly as fast.
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The mileage should improve after about 20k miles. Nice looking combo.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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Great post Dave! Nice combo too. I am curious what you set your trailer brake at. I havent pulled mine yet but now Im more excited than ever after reading your post!
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I'd be interested in what your brake control is set to as well!
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Brake controller is set at 9 now. Works really well there. They say start at 7 and go from there.
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Nice looking combo!
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You set this by basically backing into the number, correct? Do you set it until it looks the trailer brakes then back away from that number?
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The tt looks saweeet with the new tv!
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