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Old 05-17-2011, 07:23 PM   #11
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Go diesel....I get about 9-10MPG towing my Jayco 213 (5500lbs Max) with my Traverse.

My dad gets 12-13MPG towing their 32' Fifth wheel (13,000lbs max) with his 2011 Ford F-350.

I'm guessing that if I towed my Trailer with his truck, I would get 14-15MPG. Problem is, I can't convince my wife to buy a $70,000 truck.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:32 PM   #12
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Yes, the Diesel will get better mileage, but the fuel cost more and there's more maintenance. I got 12.5 doing 65-70 hauling our 35' 5th. Empty it gets 21 - 22, of course the $100 oil changes every 5,000 miles makes up for that.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:33 PM   #13
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I thought seriously about the diesel. But at a $10,000 premium over a half ton that would do the job just fine, I figured that 10 grand would buy a lot of gas
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:39 PM   #14
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Amen to that, OkieCamperFisherman and nylyon!
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:49 AM   #15
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Gas vs diesel ??? where is the line that gives the diesel the win 100k,200k,300k?
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:24 AM   #16
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Your mileage depends on a lot of things.. but mainly how fast do you drive? and how fast do you start from a stop? 62 mph seems to be the magic number as any faster than that and the mileage drops by a huge amt.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:43 PM   #17
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Made it home with the trailer. Gonna do a driveway camp this weekend and then head out on an 7 day memorial day weekend shakedown run!! Pulled it about 85 miles home today and averaged 10.8mpg driving 60mph. I think I agree that around 60 is the magic number. When I sped up to 70 the mileage gauge really starting going down, so I went back to driving 60. I think if I drove 70 I would probably drop to close to 9mpg. Thanks for all the input everyone. You guys were spot on as far as what to expect.
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Made it home with the trailer. Gonna do a driveway camp this weekend and then head out on an 7 day memorial day weekend shakedown run!! Pulled it about 85 miles home today and averaged 10.8mpg driving 60mph. I think I agree that around 60 is the magic number. When I sped up to 70 the mileage gauge really starting going down, so I went back to driving 60. I think if I drove 70 I would probably drop to close to 9mpg. Thanks for all the input everyone. You guys were spot on as far as what to expect.
The ST trailer tires are also only speed rated to 65 MPH.
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Good deal - glad you got all home safe and sound! Let us know how the shakedown goes.

I like 60 -- good MPG and also easy driving -- I like I can sit in the lane and not have to shift much. Much more relaxed when I get to the destination and does not save much time going faster in the big scheme of things. Camping is about relaxing - it should start when you leave the driveway
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I agree. Relaxing starts as soon as I leave the driveway. Gonna have a blast with the new trailer!!
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