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victory
12-12-2007, 07:45 AM
I am looking at getting a Ford F250 with a 7.3l turbo diesel. I am curious about what MPG people are getting with thier diesels towing their equipment? I am currently getting about 10 with my gas setup. I typically drive about 275-350 miles per week towing the work trailer (16ft enclosed 2 riders and all hand equip).

FIRESCOOBY
12-12-2007, 08:40 AM
I am looking at getting a Ford F250 with a 7.3l turbo diesel. I am curious about what MPG people are getting with thier diesels towing their equipment? I am currently getting about 10 with my gas setup. I typically drive about 275-350 miles per week towing the work trailer (16ft enclosed 2 riders and all hand equip).

I've got the truck listed below and can only manage 9.5-11mpg. It'll be hard to justify the savings. The 7.3 will most likely get better mileage (the Duramax's power comes with a price...that being mileage).

lawnspecialties
12-12-2007, 09:24 AM
10-11 mpg pulling my 20' landscape trailer with my '05 6.0L Powerstroke. 8-9 mpg when pulling my travel trailer on the highways.

Az Gardener
12-12-2007, 09:52 AM
My 04 dodge with the 6 cyl Cummings turbo diesel gets a little over 14 with a 8.5 x16 enclosed trailer loaded and we also haul all our clippings so it comes home every day fully loaded. Plus the 4-6 guys in the cab. It only has 36-k and the mileage has been getting better over the months I have been told I can expect it to get up to about 16-17 when the truck is broken in.

IA_James
12-12-2007, 09:56 AM
11-15 mpg, depending on load, and road/environmental considerations.

TXNSLighting
12-12-2007, 09:57 AM
the cummins will not get 16-17mpg's towing. On average (i pulled with 3 different 7.3's and one 6.0) the 7.3's would average 12-13mpg pulling my trailer. 16'L x 83"W. bout 4000 pounds of trailer and equipment. and my 6.0 was 14mpg consistant. all had the 3.73's and automatic. one was a 350, the rest were 250's

NBI Lawn
12-12-2007, 11:02 AM
the cummins will not get 16-17mpg's towing.

Man you must have gotten a lemon or something. Or you just really hate your Cummins.

My 05' Power Stroke got ~10-11mpg pulling anything. Didnt seem to get any worse or better regardless what was hooked up. Best I ever saw was on a road trip empty, pulled 15mpg

My CTD with an Edge and AFE stage 2 will get ~15-17mpg pulling my 20ft with mowers on it and will still get ~13-14mpg pulling my 20K Felling with my 252B Cat on it. Empty on the highway heading for the cabin it will get 23-24mpg @ 68mph. Anything more than that and it goes down to 20mpg.

TXNSLighting
12-12-2007, 12:34 PM
i dont hate my cummins one bit. but the best i have ever gotten empty was 15.9 mpg. the longest trip i went on was 500 miles. on the way there i got 14.6 cc set on 70 mph. then on the way back was 14.1 cruise on average of 70mph. my 03 cummins got about 17 highway, but couldnt pull a cat. and towing it got 12-13. see your 05 PS got 10-11. mine got 14-16. different trucks do different things. a friend of mine gets new trucks every year. always 350 duallys. his 07 got 10 towing his 06 got 11 his 05 got 9. his 08 gets 6...now unloaded he would average around 15 on all of em. but he wasnt empty alot.

Gravel Rat
12-12-2007, 04:29 PM
My 7.3 in my one F-450 weighed 8400lbs empty the truck got 12mpg loaded or empty didn't matter. My current 6.0 weighs 9300lbs empty gets 12.5 mpg loaded or empty. On the coast it is hilly and steep grades (8-10 percent) you don't really climb them any faster than 49mph empty and 37mph loaded.

Go down a grade too fast you will have brake fade in seconds and glaze your brakes. Take a corner too fast your into the ditch or into the trees which will total your vehical and the Jaws of life will have to cut you out.

My 460 gas powered trucks at best got 6-8mpg didn't matter if they were loaded or empty.

TXNSLighting
12-12-2007, 05:29 PM
o ya gotta love that old 460...such a power house. and drivin down the road you can watch the fuel gauge drop ever so methodicaly...ha!

janb
12-12-2007, 05:45 PM
I would expect 12-14 mpg pulling your stuff.

'93 Cummins 12v 1T dually 4x4 (stock / auto)... ~ $5000 capital investment
18-20 mpg empty
14-15 mpg w/ 5000# flatbed empty
10-11 mpg w/ my equip. 28,800 GCVW (8000 truck, 5000 trailer + 12,000# machine and a few attachments)

I'd try to find a '97 or '98.5 Dodge CTD 12V quad cab. They are rare, but best for ez repair / plenty of power, but... they all need updated auto trannies, and 5 spds aren't too great either.

2k1yzfr1
12-12-2007, 05:55 PM
My 03 w/94k 2wd 6 speed cummins gets 13 in town pulling a 7300 lb 20' enclosed, 15 with the dump trailer and 23 on the highway unloaded at 70. My little brothers 02 7.3 4x4 crew auto gets 10 with the enclosed and 16 on the highway.

TXNSLighting
12-12-2007, 06:00 PM
I would expect 12-14 mpg pulling your stuff.

'93 Cummins 12v 1T dually 4x4 (stock / auto)... ~ $5000 capital investment
18-20 mpg empty
14-15 mpg w/ 5000# flatbed empty
10-11 mpg w/ my equip. 28,800 GCVW (8000 truck, 5000 trailer + 12,000# machine and a few attachments)

I'd try to find a '97 or '98.5 Dodge CTD 12V quad cab. They are rare, but best for ez repair / plenty of power, but... they all need updated auto trannies, and 5 spds aren't too great either.

98.5's are 24v's

mudwisr2
12-13-2007, 12:03 AM
00 Dodge, flatbed, 3500, cummins, 6spd, 4.10 gears
13-14 mpg pulling 18' utility trailer with equipment. Rarely drive it without trailer. Dont think I have ever run a whole tank through it unloaded. Best so far is 16 mpg.

This is my first diesel and I dont think I would have another gas burner to do the same kind of work.

Gravel Rat
12-13-2007, 02:31 AM
With the 460 Ford carburated or injected if you stomped on it you can hear the fuel sucking out of the tank like a tornado :laugh:

Once you go with diesel usually you never go back to a gas pot.

TXNSLighting
12-13-2007, 09:19 AM
ha! thats great.

Gravel Rat
12-13-2007, 01:40 PM
My brother bought a 95 F-350 dually with 460 power I went and took it for a drive. I forgot how much power the old 460 has I stomped on it and the truck took off :laugh:

I have had carburated and injected 460s the injected 460s are great but the one problem they all have is leaky exhaust manifold gaskets.

watatrp
12-14-2007, 12:50 PM
02 Duramax/Allison Combo. Pulling a loaded 16' enclosed trailer I can consistently get 13 mpg. Unloaded highway without trailer I can get 22 mpg at 60mph. At 70 mph It's at 20 mpg.

Andyinchville
12-14-2007, 11:24 PM
1993 W250, Cummins, Auto with DTT 89 Torque converter, 4 " straight through exhaust,
K&N Airfilter gets 20 MPG at 60 MPH, In town mixed route pulling 18' dual axle trailer
(Ferris 3000 Extreme, 48" Exmark TT HP, 2 shind Back Pack Blowers and 2 T270 Weed eaters, 7 gal gas, and my 330 LB helper and misc tools) 13.6 MPGs......Same trailer being pulled with my 1986 W250 auto with 360 V8 4 BBL gets 6.8 MPG.....AARG!
Andrew

lwcmattlifter
12-15-2007, 09:14 AM
I've seen as low as 10 in my PSD and 12 mpg with my 01 24V Dodge. It really depends on the driving conditions. Pulling an open trailer loaded with mowing equipment both trucks get 15+. Towing a 5 ton trailer with an excavator in stop and go traffic will drag the mpg's down quite a bit.

man of stihl
12-17-2007, 09:07 PM
i get around 22 23 mpg driving on the highway daily to school. towing my trailer i get around 17 18. my trailer isnt very heavy to what you guys are towing though. im getting a 16ft open trailer and bad boy lightning z at the end of the month so that will add a little more weight. if i turn my truck down to stock(well the electronics) the mpg goes out the window. its get alot worse gas mileage stock. when it rolls the smokes it actually gets better mileage

oh ya its the ats full billet nv 4500 with a south bend double disk clutch
my rearend is filled with 3.54 gears a detroit locker


lance

SiteSolutions
12-17-2007, 10:04 PM
i get around 22 23 mpg driving on the highway daily to school. towing my trailer i get around 17 18. my trailer isnt very heavy to what you guys are towing though. im getting a 16ft open trailer and bad boy lightning z at the end of the month so that will add a little more weight. if i turn my truck down to stock(well the electronics) the mpg goes out the window. its get alot worse gas mileage stock. when it rolls the smokes it actually gets better mileage

oh ya its the ats full billet nv 4500 with a south bend double disk clutch
my rearend is filled with 3.54 gears a detroit locker


lance

How much did the ats trans set you back? I bet a good trans would help; a high quality aftermarket torque converter would definitely increase efficiency.

man of stihl
12-19-2007, 07:00 AM
i put in in myself. after shipping and everything from colorado to my local truck which was 3 hours away:hammerhead: it was almost 4200. i filled it with 5 quarts syn dodge fluid which was another hundred and i put in a bd short throw shift kid and bud light beer tap shifter why i was down there messing around.


oh ya, the clutch was 2200 for the double disk