View Full Version : Trailer MPG?

04-02-2007, 12:23 AM
What difference is there in the MPG's when pulling a trailer or loading equipment in bed of truck.

Metro Lawn
04-02-2007, 12:39 AM
No real answer for this question. Depends on size of trailer, vehicle, weight of equipment, style of trailer, ect, ect.

04-02-2007, 01:08 AM
Probly depends too on your p/up truck. I run a Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton. I get about 18-21 mpg -even with equipment in the bed. Now if its loaded to the gills w/ fresh cut firewood itll drop to about 16-17 mpg. Towing a loaded 16" trailer I get about 9-12 MPG....The electronic mpg readout seems pretty accurate...

04-02-2007, 01:38 AM
Dunno, it takes 1-2 months before I can retrieve a solid mpg figure via commercial fleet fueling and this truck I just got going...

But with my '86 D-250 and the 6x12x2 trailer, I used to get 14 mpg taking it nice and easy, most of the time 1 wb and a handheld blower and the stringtrimmer loaded, sometimes heavier but not usually. That was on a carbureted 318 cid, with all high performance ignition and intake parts, and premium fuel.

A light foot on the throttle is the trick, I've gotten up to 15 mpg but never sustained, sometimes as bad as 10-12 lol.
And yes, I've heard 16-18 mpg is possible, but I'm not sure my 360cid engine will do that, the 307 Ford might, the newer 318 cid mopar should, but 350-360's I'm not too sure about, I'll be happy with 14 mpg on mine.

04-02-2007, 02:02 AM
10 mpg for me pulling the open trailer with both mowers on it.

I generally don't "try" to get good mileage, I mean I don't floor it, but I also like to get where I'm going today.

The truck gets anywhere from 11-14 mpg unloaded.

04-02-2007, 02:52 AM
my trailer get good mpg. its my truck that gets crap for milage. Heck all I have to do is spill a little gas on it occasionally and it keeps on going(as long as it is hooked to my truck, which gets crappy milage).

ATL Lawn
04-02-2007, 03:46 AM
Dodge ram 1500, i get about 16mpg empty truck only, 9-10mpg with 6'x12' enclosed trailer

Richard Martin
04-02-2007, 04:33 AM
'95 F-150 with a 5.0. Unloaded around 18+, loaded with a 4,000+ pound trailer it gets around 14.

04-02-2007, 12:52 PM
07 cummins... unloaded i get about 18-19mpg.... with 16ft trailer with both mowers around 16