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Old 04-20-2011, 02:04 PM   #21
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Those Skylarks have to be a completely different towing experience.That is great mileage for that vehicle while towing. Love that v-nose.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:27 PM   #22
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Buy what you like,,,

You can go crazy debating what to get for towing. Get something you like for interior space as well. We went with the Toyota Tundra Crew Max. For the towing capabilities and the massive space inside for our family.

Diesel trucks are cool too, but prices of diesel off set the MPG you save vs gas.

A simple K&N air filter will help a little as well. I use them in all vehicles even the wifes...
Diesel here is $4.00. I get about 12 M.P.G. pulling a 16,000 lb. 5er.
Gas here is about $3.75. My buddy pulls an 8,ooo lb 5er, with a gas burner, and gets about 8 M.P.G. Lets say 24 gallons of gas till you need a gas station. That would equal 192 miles traveled and $90.00 to fill tank. My diesel would use 16 gallons and cost $64.00 to fill. The price of diesel off sets nothing.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:23 PM   #23
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Another diesel here too. 2011 F250 pulling 9000 fully loaded for a week long trip. At the current prices, we have figured out that we will save about $500.00 on the 2000 mile trip we will be taking this summer. Diesel fuel is higher per gallon, but with the significantly better fuel economy the diesel provides, it comes out cheaper in the end. Of course, if you factor in the initial cost of the diesel equipped vehicle vs. gas, it will take longer to off-set the cost.
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There are other costs associated with owning a diesel. Oil changes take 3 gallons of oil vs 1.5 gal for a gas truck. Fuel filters for a diesel every other oil change vs one every 50k miles. Filters, air and oil cost more. Higher initial cost. The cost of driving an empty truck every day driving most gas trucks will get around 16mpg. Driving an empty diesel truck for around town and some hiway probably around 18mpg.

I like my diesel but they are not for everyone.
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There are other costs associated with owning a diesel. Oil changes take 3 gallons of oil vs 1.5 gal for a gas truck. Fuel filters for a diesel every other oil change vs one every 50k miles. Filters, air and oil cost more. Higher initial cost. The cost of driving an empty truck every day driving most gas trucks will get around 16mpg. Driving an empty diesel truck for around town and some hiway probably around 18mpg.

I like my diesel but they are not for everyone.
You change your fuel filter every other oil change?????
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Owning a diesel is definately more expensive. But, IMO, the pros far outweigh the cons. You're right, diesels aren't for everyone. Fortunately, I don't drive mine everyday, my little 98 Camry has that task. The truck is for towing or runs to the local home improvement warehouse.
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You change your fuel filter every other oil change?????
Seann, I usually go about 20K miles. The owners manual says every other oil change. Geno's Garage, an online diesel parts supplier, sells filters in kits. Two oil filters and one fuel filter for $xxx price. Some people follow the factory recommended schedule.
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Ten seems to be the common number. It is all about drag. My truck got 13 mpg pulling 80 bales of hay on a flat bed plus about 15 or so in the bed, nearly 8000# including the trailer. I got ten, maybe 11, pulling my toy hauler with as little as 5500# without toys. Diesels are great for longevity but aren't much help as far as economy. First, they cost thousands more than gas engines. And somewhere around 1980 the price increased from below regular gas to 40 cents higher than regular. A ripoff, as it's cheaper to produce, but that's another story.
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We just bought our 31 BHS and towing it home, we got about 7.5 MPG. This is 6850 dry weight being pulled by a 2001 Suburban 5.3L 4x4 which was getting 12 MPG to begin with. Looking into upgrading to 4.10 gears and replacing the air shocks, but over all was very nice to pull! Was first time in over 20+ years towing a TT, and was only 89 miles, but I thank the guy at the RV parts house for talking me into spending the money to get a WDH with sway bars...pulled like a dream, even going head on against big rigs!!!
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waiting to see my new 2011 F250 with the 6.7 gets towing my 9000lb TT.....should be around 11 or 12...I get 21 -23 with anything back there now..which I am happy with...
I'll be looking for your mpg. We began towing our 9000# Eagle Tuesday, have driven 325 miles and are averaging 9 at 60 with our 7.3 diesel. The week before we averaged 17 driving 3000 miles, Colorado to Maryland and back to Davenport. The problem is drag due to the 12' height. The solution is to find a low clearance underpass.
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