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GarPA
10-29-2005, 03:51 AM
Would like to hear what MPG you get when your are trailering.

I get a whopping 9.5 while pulling a 16ft enclosed with an F250 5.4 engine
/4wd. (all city driving)

Our other vehicle is an F150 which is not used often for trailering but when it is, the mileage is about the same as the other truck.

Please note what veh/eng/and type of trailer you are pulling.

Thanks for your input

Richard Martin
10-29-2005, 04:51 AM
10 mpg city, very short trips. 1995 F-150, 5.0, 4R70W auto tranny, 3.55 gears, 4000 pound open trailer. It was 8 mpg before I swapped the 3.08 gears for 3.55 gears.

khutch
10-29-2005, 06:38 AM
Maybe 18 mpg....But I drive pretty easy on the pedal.
23 mpg 'round town.

Jpocket
10-29-2005, 07:46 AM
I get around 10.9 mpg towing a 4,000lb tandum trailer on the hwy. Chevy 2500hd, 4.10 gears, 6.0 v8

wriken
10-29-2005, 08:03 AM
I have a dodge cummins 2005 dually, pulling my 25' v-nose(3900#'s empty) loades with 4 quads (aprox 2880#'s) total 6780, I get about 13.5-15.5.

grass_cuttin_fool
10-29-2005, 08:27 AM
Im avg 12mpg. 1985 chevy 2wd 305 v-8 with automatic tranny. Pulling an open 16 ft tandem with a tiger cub and a toro proline wb, 4 trimmers and stick edger and a lawnboy push mower and craftsman wb edger, 2 stihl blowers, 1 chainsaw and 1 hedgetrimmer

EGL&L
10-29-2005, 08:33 AM
Have been tracking this the last month.
'01' Dodge 2500 4wd, 5.9 gas, pulling 14' open trailer with either a z-turn and wb, or a z-turn and Kubota 2230. Averaging 9.4 MPG.

TJLC
10-29-2005, 08:55 AM
I get around 12 mpg (all city). Loaded trailer is around 3000#'s. Truck is a 1993 Chevy 1500 4.3v6.

LwnmwrMan22
10-29-2005, 08:59 AM
I have a dodge cummins 2005 dually, pulling my 25' v-nose(3900#'s empty) loades with 4 quads (aprox 2880#'s) total 6780, I get about 13.5-15.5.


I've got a 2005 Dodge 3/4 ton HO Diesel with 3.90's or equivalent, with a 24' V-Nose aluminum trailer, loaded down to 9550 of the 9600 lb capacity, gets about 10.

Loaded down with just 2 ztr's and the rest of necessary equipment, I push about 12ish.

I've also got a 2003, same truck, except with 3.55 rear ends, both auto trannies, and pulling that same trailer I can push out 14ish pulling the 2 zero turns.

I used to have a 2001, same truck except with 4.10's and the 360 gasser, I'd get about 7 pulling that trailer around.

proenterprises
10-29-2005, 09:03 AM
1994 nissan 4x4 pulling 4x8 open trailer, walkbehinds, trimmers, blowers...etc. probably around 12, mix of city with limited highway.

windshadow
10-29-2005, 09:18 AM
I get 12 mpg enclosed 6x10 trailer. back pack blower,edger,weed wacker,21 inch push.48 inch ztr.1998 f-150 big v-8 4x4 super cab

all ferris
10-29-2005, 09:59 AM
I was getting 14.5 before I put the next size bigger tire on my truck...now it's just below 14. This is pulling a 16' open trailer with a total weight around 5000#. The truck is a chevy 2500hd duramax/allison...totally stock except those damn 265 tires.

QualityLawnCare4u
10-29-2005, 10:10 AM
05 Tundra DC, V8, get around 12.5 town pulling a loaded down 6 x 13 with both ztr,s and trimmers, blowers, and lot of other junk.

DSIM
10-29-2005, 10:22 AM
04 Dodge Ram 3.7v6 5sp w 3:55's pulling a 6x10 enclosed weighing in around 2400lbs & getting 15mpg.
Next upgrade will be swapping out the 3:55's for 4:10's.

mowin at the lake
10-29-2005, 10:28 AM
with the crewcab 1 ton, with a big block pulling a 20 foot enclosed loaded i get about 7.6 mpg. empty with no trailer i get 11-12.

last trip to stl with a trencher and dingo, I averaged 8.3

The extended cab small block 3\4 with trailer get 10.3

MBDiagMan
10-29-2005, 10:53 AM
The trend here is exactly what I expected. Loaded the diesels will do significantly better on fuel.

If you're going to use a pickup for a car and run around empty, then a gas engine will be about as economical as a diesel after you consider the added cast of a diesel engine.

For those who tow or haul a significant load, however, a diesel is the way to go for fuel economy.

Have a great day,
Doc

scottishmaximus
10-29-2005, 11:01 AM
The trend here is exactly what I expected. Loaded the diesels will do significantly better on fuel.


There were three posts with diesel fuel mileages. I hardly consider this a trend. Your assumptions may be correct, but if it were a cut and dry answer there would be way more diesels out there.

Mr.Mow-It-All
10-29-2005, 11:09 AM
The trend here is exactly what I expected. Loaded the diesels will do significantly better on fuel.

If you're going to use a pickup for a car and run around empty, then a gas engine will be about as economical as a diesel after you consider the added cast of a diesel engine.

For those who tow or haul a significant load, however, a diesel is the way to go for fuel economy.

Have a great day,
Doc

Thats why I bought my dodge diesel. I bought it in may with 73 miles on it, It now has 18,000 miles on it and probably 16,000 of those is pulling my 20 trailer loaded at around 7,000 pounds. I have been averaging 13.5 to 14.5, and keeps getting better. I have heard it will continue to get better until it hits about 25-30k miles.

The truck I had before, 3/4 ton chevy, with 350 avg about 7 pulling and 14 empty.

AlpineNaturescapes
10-29-2005, 12:28 PM
There were three posts with diesel fuel mileages. I hardly consider this a trend. Your assumptions may be correct, but if it were a cut and dry answer there would be way more diesels out there.

The reason there aren't more diesels is the initial extra cost and some additional inconvenience like hard starting in cold weather. My F250 turbo IDI E4OD does 13.5-14 mpg around town & some highway while loaded with a 14' open trailer at 4000 lb. Without the load it does 18 mpg highway. The best I've seen any of the gas trucks do on this thread was 12 mpgs with a much smaller 10' trailer with only one mower vs. my 2 WBs and other equip. Any 3 speed gas will be lucky to get 9-10 mpg pulling my weight. Mine would get 8 mpg. Thus, even with the extra cost of diesel right now, I come out ahead on fuel cost. Selling the old gas.

Precision
10-29-2005, 06:08 PM
'84 Dodge D250 318 gas 8.5 - 9.5 mpg stock tires

'95 Dodge D2500 5.9L 12V cummings diesel 14 - 14.5 33" sand tires

Both pulling a tandem 16ft trailer with 5-6000 # total weight. 2000# for trailer, tool box loaded 400#, 4 stick tools, 60" Gravely Z 1300#, Scag 36" Z 900# and 21" commercial toro are standard. Also 5 foot high gate that adds some serious drag compared to the 4 footers.

I pulled a 14 foot dump bed trailer with an 8 ft high sides and at the dump my combined GVW was 17800# I still got 10.5 MPG with the diesel. It would have broken the gasser in half. It was only a 30 mile run, but I did fill it up before and after just to see.

CuttingCrew
10-29-2005, 06:40 PM
1989 F250 2X4 300 c.i. straight 6, 4 speed. 10 mpg pulling about 2000# of trailer. Lots of hills, lots.

Island LawnScapes
10-29-2005, 07:11 PM
My previous truck a 1995 2500 diesel pulling an open 13 foot trailer loaded with 50 inch Dixie chopper 36 inch Gravely Pro-G 21 inch Toro and all the necessary two stroke equipment. Being easy on the throttle would get 18mpg. The new 05 ram 2500 heavy duty with Cummins HO Diesel is getting around 17mpg but not yet broken in. Go diesel you will love the power (torque) and much better fuel economy.

sildoc
10-29-2005, 10:22 PM
7x12 trailer loaded weighs in at 4560 give or take 300 pounds of misc crap. all in town stop go I get 14.5-15 with 2004 dodge cummins HO 4 door this includes the 3-900 pounds of grass and crap I haul off every day.

My last truck F-150 supercrew with 5.4 I was getting 12 mpg with a 5x10 that maybe weighed 2800.

topsites
10-29-2005, 10:37 PM
Maybe 18 mpg....But I drive pretty easy on the pedal.
23 mpg 'round town.

That's just bad-azz, must be an efi :)

I get 14+ mpg trailered 6x12 with an '86 D-250 318 2bbl carburetor. That's consistent average over several thousand miles, fuel mileage is tracked, all the time writing down miles and gallons. Also, VERY light on the gas AND easy on the brakes as well, I use the gas pedal as the MAIN means to control vehicle speed, involves a lot of letting off early and coasting.
Also I travel light, one wb, one trimmer, one blower, NO gas cans.
If it's not needed, home it stays.
Yeah, I mean SOME extra stuff but the truck + trailer look nothing like those guys carry the whole store with them.

topsites
10-29-2005, 10:45 PM
There were three posts with diesel fuel mileages. I hardly consider this a trend. Your assumptions may be correct, but if it were a cut and dry answer there would be way more diesels out there.

The variations in fuel mileage on this board are too far spread for me to notice anything other than bad habits lead to higher fuel consumption while careful planning and easy driving get higher fuel mileage.

GarPA
10-30-2005, 06:53 AM
at the risk of being too simplistic, the numbers here do seem to support again that gas pickups pulling moderate amounts of weight, suk from a fuel useage perspective. I'm wanting to consider a diesel for the next truck but I still gag on the sticker price for a diesel. Maybe I wont gag as much after reading these posts..maybe

Precision
10-30-2005, 12:12 PM
at the risk of being too simplistic, the numbers here do seem to support again that gas pickups pulling moderate amounts of weight, suk from a fuel useage perspective. I'm wanting to consider a diesel for the next truck but I still gag on the sticker price for a diesel. Maybe I wont gag as much after reading these posts..maybe

Go used. my "new" diesel has 100k miles but has 100k more easily. 2500 4x4 in very good shape for $11.5K In two or 3 years with 150K miles I can resell it for $5000 easy probably closer to $7500. And you could always start making biodiesel. After you get your set up made cost for fuel should be about $1.25 per gallon processing waste veg oil. And that is a BIG savings. 40-50% better mileage from going diesel and another 40-50% savings from making your own. That cuts effective fuel prices by 75%. My gasser was costing upto $600 / month in peak season. Dropping that to under $200 next season is my goal.

UNISCAPER
10-30-2005, 12:16 PM
Our Chevy 3500 Dmax equipped gets 14MPG while trailering while the Ford gets over 100MPG because it is usually on the trailer after it's transmission blew up.
The 4500-5500 series Dmax equipped gets 12-13 MPG while pulling the 257B, all it's attachments and alike.

Team_Yamaha
10-30-2005, 03:02 PM
2005 F350 FX4 SC, DRW, 6.0L PSD/auto, 4.10 gears pulling 14,000 lbs(5th wheel camper)---12mpg

2003 F350 FX4 reg cab, SRW, 7.3L PSD/6spd, 4.10 gears pulling 14,000-20,000 lbs (transporting construction equipment or building materials)---11-14 mpg

1999 F350 4X4 SC, DRW, 7.3L/6spd, 4.10 gears pulling mostly 14,000-26,000 lbs but up to 34,000 lbs (36' tri-axle with duals gooseneck and D5N Cat)---9-14mpg

1997 F350 4X4 reg cab, SRW 460/5spd 4.56 gears really bad not matter what the truck is doing---5-11mpg

Gravel Rat
10-30-2005, 05:17 PM
I don't pull trailers as truck and trailers can't fit where I go. My 88 F-450 460EFI 5spd used to get 6-8 mpg even carrying 8000lbs of gravel on its back. My 89 F-450 IDI 5spd used to get about 10mpg carrying 8000lbs it got 12.5-13mpg emtpy slow as a snail thou. My current 95 F-450 PSD 5spd gets about 12mpg empty I haven't had a heavy load on it to check what it gets loaded.

My 88 F-450 with 460 power had good power I have had 9000lbs on that truck ya not legal grossing 17,500lbs it climbed out 7-8% grades just fine a little slow mind you. My IDI was good empty put a load on it the truck was pretty slow no where near the power of the 460. If I didn't get 12mpg empty with the IDI with a M/T truck I would have gotten rid of it sooner. I bought a 95 F-450 PSD so far its good more power it seems less than my 460 gas I hope the mpg doesn't drop too much hauling with it.

As for me buying a new diesel light truck probably not the price of diesel isn't going down the guys with 6.0 PSD F-450s are getting terrible mileage and problems with the engine. If I was going with a new F-450 it probably would be V10 power they get about 10-12 mpg loaded or empty pulling our grades.

When you think of it the diesel option on a new truck is 4 grand the price of diesel is significantly higher than gas. Most guys in this area keep a truck for 4-5 years and trade it in once they reach 200,000 km (125,000 mile) mark the truck is starting to need parts trade it in.

The people that buy diesels buy them because they want them the days are gone when they used to get good fuel mileage and diesel fuel was cheaper than gas. Medium duty and bigger trucks benefit from diesel light trucks really don't.

lawnboyblake
10-30-2005, 08:01 PM
1995 Ford F350 Dually flatbed 2wd Powerstroke stick pulling 16' open with ztr and deere 455. Average 15mpg, city and highway. Also has 410 gears in it

captken
10-30-2005, 11:16 PM
Flatbed DRW ton truck.
12-14mpg towing tandem axle trailer loaded with equipment,
flatbed loaded with supplies and more equipment. Don't know total weight. Installed a Super Chips programmer and tuned the power control module to the Trailer Towing Safe performance level.
However, my mileage is about the same as with the stock programming installed. The extra HP and torque this engine produces make mileage a secondary concern for me.

With no trailer, it becomes a diesel hot rod....spooky quick, with the speed limiter turned off, I've had it up to about 110mph....

I also have a 94' F 150 with a 351 [5.8] engine that I worked out of when I started my business and got 7-10 mpg....yikes! Gas pig.

Looking to add intake and exhaust modifications to increase the performance and mileage on my diesel truck.

olderthandirt
10-30-2005, 11:42 PM
2005 Ford 6 liter diesel 410 gears 1 ton dump loaded down weight of 16,700#
9mpg
Same truck towing 22' open trailor with combined weight of 12k 10mpg

slowpoe
11-01-2005, 01:04 AM
90 chevy k5 blazer with 172k on it 5.7 /700r4 auto tranny,3:42 gears
16' trailer w/equip. is about 3k+ .
I get about 10mpg & im easy on the pedal

I would like a diesel but it would probably not be worth it for me because of the light load I haul & that I only put about 12k a yr. on my truck & it is all mostly short trips.