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Old 01-26-2011, 09:17 AM   #11
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Here in Eastern Virginia, diesel sells for $3.30 a gal and gas is $3.00 on average. Either way, you gotta have deep pockets to pull a camper.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:22 AM   #12
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Here in Eastern Virginia, diesel sells for $3.30 a gal and gas is $3.00 on average. Either way, you gotta have deep pockets to pull a camper.
Don't go there... Central Idaho is $3.709...

Yes a diesel does get better MPG number over most gassers... Empty I can average 20-21 MPG and high mark of 25.3 MPG but hitch like I said before I'm not too sure yet on the TT numbers...
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:59 AM   #13
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Diesel in So. Calif. ranges from $3.59-$3.79 a gallon. I get 10-12 mpg towing 11k.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:09 AM   #14
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As for the UNLOADED number... This number is meaningless... I don't think you going to drag around a completely empty trailer for show? Because that is what the unloaded number is... So doing you figuring and shopping you want to add both GVWR number and see how close it comes to the TV GCWR... Like I shown above... Like in my setup I can load both to maximum weight and still be well below the limits of the TV.
Re: Dry weight... well said Mopar!

(Regular gas on the central coast of Calif is currently running $3.30-$3.40. I hear it's supposed to sneak up to $5 by 2012)
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:29 AM   #15
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The other thing to consider is that that you will probably get about 2 MPG with that setup.

I bought a new Toyota Tundra to haul my 26BH. Over a 10,000 lb tow rating, but it takes close to 3/4 of a tank of gas just when we go to a spot that is a whopping 3 hour round trip from my house. If I ever decide to tow that thing to Colorado, or something, it is going to cost a fortune in gas! If I had known then what I know now, I would have gone with a 3/4 ton tow vehicle. Don't know how much better the gas millage would be, but the extra power/weight/capacity/stability and other such tolerances would have been nice insurance.

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That's odd, I get 11 mpg with the same TT and TV?????
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:00 PM   #16
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You guy's and girl's think you have high gas and diesel prices you should come up here to Canada. The price here just sucks!!!!! Add about another buck a gallon. I thought I was in heaven being able to fill my dually for under a $100.00 When I went to Florida. Round trip from Canada to Florida and back $800.00.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:48 PM   #17
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Gas here is about 3.06 and diesel about 3.39. I get between 10 and 11 mpg. towing.

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:29 AM   #18
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My brother in law has a Jayco 320RLDS and pulls with a Ford 3/4 ton gas. He gets 8 to 8.5 towing. We have a Jayco 330RLTS and expect to get around 12 mpg with our diesel.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:52 AM   #19
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Re: Dry weight... well said Mopar!

(Regular gas on the central coast of Calif is currently running $3.30-$3.40. I hear it's supposed to sneak up to $5 by 2012)
Thank you...

As for $5 buck a gallon already been there once and know what to do... Just mean you camp longer in one spot...:hihi:
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This question of "how close to maxing out my tow capacity can I go" comes up a lot. And as usual, I'd have you consider whether you're comfortable pulling at max with your light duty brakes. If you fish around different sites you'll learn that even the makers of pickups that are intended to tow monkey around with their towing capacities, often increasing them for no other reason than the competition raised theirs. So if you're close to claimed capability, you're probably already past it, for all practical purposes. The DW drives an Expedition and I'd never pull 8000# with it. Too much stress on suspension, brakes, transmission. Even if you bought the tow package with your Tahoe, I'd never go beyond the Class III hitch that I'll bet came with it, and that has a 5000# rating. But that's just me.
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