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xtremelawn
02-27-2008, 11:13 PM
I was just wondering what kind of gas mileage you guys are getting while pulling your lawn trailer? What are you driving? And what are people doing to save on gas? My gas mileage while pulling my trailer is killing me.:cry::cry::cry:

Thanks

dwc
02-27-2008, 11:22 PM
I get 10-12 pulling my 20' enclosed with 2 walkers and all the other goods in town. I pull with a '05 dodge 3500 4wd diesel. Same set up with a 454 gas Chevy I was getting 5. I bought the diesel to save on some fuel and it has. The enclosed is a heavy duty trailer by the way.

TomberLawn
02-27-2008, 11:23 PM
My Dodge Cummins, 2wd automatic, averages 18mpg during the busy months when I'm towing the trailer more often. That figure includes personal local driving as well. I figure it probably gets about 16-17 while towing, 19-20 while cruising. I need all the mileage I can get with diesel creeping up to and past $3.50 at some gas stations. I really want a biodiesel distiller!
By the way, this is towing a 6.5x16" tandem open trailer with everything in my signature.

timmac
02-27-2008, 11:35 PM
05 dodge ram gas motor, getting about 8-9 pulling my trailor.

LwnmwrMan22
02-27-2008, 11:35 PM
I run 2006 Dodge 2500 CTD 4x4, pulling an all aluminum V-nose 24' enclosed featherlite trailer.

I haul a 48" Ferris DD wb, a 60" Kubota ZD28, a 72" Kubota ZD331, Permagreen Magnum, fuel, multiple trimmers and other needed hand held tools.

I get around 11-13, sometimes a little more, not too often less. If I keep my foot out of the accelerator, I can do much better. If I coast to the stop lights, take 3 miles to get up to 55 and then set the cruise, I can keep it up around 18 mpg pulling the same load.

If I blast out of the stop light and run down the freeway 75-80, then it's dropping down to the 11 mark.

We too had a Dodge 2500 with the 360 in it. Pulling the same trailer we were getting about 5-6.

With no trailer in the same diesel, we can push 23, 24 mpg if we keep the foot out of the accelerator.

kleankutslawn
02-27-2008, 11:46 PM
i get about 9-10 with f250 pulling 20ft enclosed trailer

AmsoilPower
02-27-2008, 11:49 PM
Check into Amsoil synthetic oils. Most everyone has a increase in mpg. Avg is 1-2mpg, slightly higher when changing tranny fluid over as well. Amsoil ATF runs up to 50 degrees cooler that conventional ATF. This helps dramatically w/ life of tranny also.

Drivefaster35
02-27-2008, 11:53 PM
2005 f250 6.0 ps 4x4 pulling a 20 ft open heavy trailer total weight about 8,000lbs i get about 8-9 mpg but i'm on it a lot and it's programmed to. i'd like to be able to get atleast 12 even to where i've been looking into a dodge cummins but i love my ford.

LwnmwrMan22
02-28-2008, 12:11 AM
Check into Amsoil synthetic oils. Most everyone has a increase in mpg. Avg is 1-2mpg, slightly higher when changing tranny fluid over as well. Amsoil ATF runs up to 50 degrees cooler that conventional ATF. This helps dramatically w/ life of tranny also.

This post reminded me. I too run Amsoil in EVERYTHING, change my oil every 10k miles, my tranny once / year.

topsites
02-28-2008, 05:20 AM
D-2500 SLT Laramie club cab long bed, 4000 lbs. curb weight.
Add the trailer and some equipment, 7,000 pounds.
5.9L V8 Magnum engine, 4 speed AOD.

What's been done:
High performance Mr. Gasket Air filter.
High performance Taylor 10.2mm spark plug wires.
Autolite double platinum plugs.
High performance cap and rotor.
High performance breather cap.
Replaced 02 sensor.
Mallory high performance ignition coil.
Oil and filter changed every 3,000 miles, synthetic.
Trans fluid and filter ever 10,000 miles, DYI, takes Dex-IV.
Tires inflated to max.psi. sidewall rating.
Tonneau cover for increased aerodynamics (also keeps eqp't out of weather).
Grease wheel bearings every 24,000 miles.
Replace PCV valve and fuel filter about that time as well.

Carry ONLY equipment absolutely needed for the day, on grass cutting days most of the time 1 mower is all.
Nope, don't even carry fuel cans onboard.

11mpg loaded, and that's with a light foot on the pedals (yes easy on the brakes too).
It definitely varies from one to the next, I used to get 14 in my older D-250.

Travel'n Trees
02-28-2008, 06:27 AM
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zz4guy
02-28-2008, 10:55 AM
I get 10mpg in the city and I'm a happy camper.

3000lbs of trailer, 4500lbs truck, and a tired old 350 TBI engine. Bought the truck for $2000 so I'd be playing a lot of catchup if I had bought a more expensive, more efficient vehicle.

Trucks are made to haul, not set mpg records.

Lawn-Sharks
02-28-2008, 11:39 AM
85' F250 4x4 351w H.O 8 Mpg pulling my 6x12 Enclosed trailer (loaded or Not)

Travel'n Trees
02-28-2008, 04:22 PM
My 87 super duty 460 has gone from 6.25 to 8.85 for under $125 dollars, In 900 miles those mods will pay for themselves. I have the main 5 coming soon.

shovelracer
02-28-2008, 04:31 PM
my 04 f250 gasser gets 9-10 pulling 6K open with about 800lbs in the bed. My 01 chevy 2500 6.0 gets around 12. No load they get around 12, 15 respectively.

Lawn-Sharks
02-28-2008, 05:12 PM
My 87 super duty 460 has gone from 6.25 to 8.85 for under $125 dollars, In 900 miles those mods will pay for themselves. I have the main 5 coming soon.

what kinda mods did you do?

mowinginva
02-28-2008, 05:21 PM
I was just wondering what kind of gas mileage you guys are getting while pulling your lawn trailer? What are you driving? And what are people doing to save on gas? My gas mileage while pulling my trailer is killing me.:cry::cry::cry:

Thanks

We've been driving a '95 3.6L Isuzu Trooper, towing a 4' by 8' trailer w/ mowers, etc. We are only getting around 10 or 11 mpg. This year we plan to be hauling a 16', we'll see how that goes. We're pulling hills where we run.
We've thought (not too seriously) about putting a diesel engine in our Trooper, but that is expensive and could be quite complicated - don't know too much about it.

Lawn Enforcer
02-28-2008, 05:47 PM
'05 Ram 1500, 2wd, auto, 4.7 V8

12 mpg towing 3,500 lbs in the city
13 cruising in town
20 cruising at 60 mph

TLS
02-28-2008, 05:59 PM
Where are you guys finding 4000 and 4500lb fullsize trucks???

gene gls
02-28-2008, 10:09 PM
I drive a 1999 Mitsubishi FE HD, 14500 GVW with a 10' platform dump, tow a 16' open trailer durning the green season. I push an 8' Meyer poly plow and haul a 1.5 SS electric sander loaded with mix all winter. When I head out to plow, the truck runs the whole storm. I don't shut it off when I shovel. On a short storm its about 12 hours, on a long storm its about 20 hours, give or take a couple. For 2007 my adverage mileage came out to 13.5 miles per gallon.

Jason Rose
02-28-2008, 11:59 PM
I have a V-10 Dodge. Everyone can quit your cryin'. I'm getting 5 to 6 mpg tops.

I work SOLO and spent $8,500.00 on gas last year... I figure that $1,500 was in my personal truck, the remainder dividde by half, half for the equipment and half for the truck. And I only drive it about 150 miles a week.

hanson's glc
02-29-2008, 02:36 AM
i have 98 chevy 3/4 on with a 350ci with 230,000. i'm not crying but i got 10 with a 12x6 enclosed. now i have a 18x8.5 enclosed i think i might get 7 if i'm lucky. i would like to only cary the tools i know i will need. but in the long run i spentd more in time and gas to go get things.

TLS
02-29-2008, 10:16 AM
Where are you guys finding 4000 and 4500lb fullsize trucks???:confused:


This is directed at Topsites and zz4guy.

TXNSLighting
02-29-2008, 10:17 AM
2007 Duramax 4x2. pullin 16ft open trailer i get 14, pullin my 16 ft enclosed 11-12. the trailer is very tall and creatives lots of wind pull. alot better compared to my dodge.

TXNSLighting
02-29-2008, 10:18 AM
:confused:


This is directed at Topsites and zz4guy.

i think regular cab shortbed base trucks...maybe

TLS
02-29-2008, 10:22 AM
i think regular cab shortbed base trucks...maybe

Nah...they're 5X00lbs

Heck, a lot of mid-fullsize cars are heavier than 4000lbs!

stroker51
02-29-2008, 10:48 AM
probably off of registration ratings. At least in Kansas the proof of registration slip shows a base weight. My 96 F250 4x4 Powerstroke super cab long bed i think shows a weight of like 4800 lbs??? Across the scales at supply yard, with only my toolbox in the bed and about half full of fuel was close to 7k. This was way before I had plow mounts on the truck or a big weather guard box stuffed full of crap.

grass_cuttin_fool
02-29-2008, 11:14 AM
85 chevy 1500 305

12 foot trailer= 13-14 mpg
16 foot trailer= 11-12 mpg
dump trailer with 8yds of mulch= dont ask

wayne

mowinginva
02-29-2008, 12:19 PM
We've been driving a '95 3.6L Isuzu Trooper, towing a 4' by 8' trailer w/ mowers, etc. We are only getting around 10 or 11 mpg. This year we plan to be hauling a 16', we'll see how that goes. We're pulling hills where we run.
We've thought (not too seriously) about putting a diesel engine in our Trooper, but that is expensive and could be quite complicated - don't know too much about it.


I made a mistake, the trooper's a 3.2L V6.

tamadrummer
02-29-2008, 12:27 PM
Until I can get my hands on a truck I am using my Jeep Liberty and I hate every second of it but I get 16 mpg towing my 5x14 trailer loaded with it. It has the towing package so it is fine to do this but man it is a pure hassle!!

I am looking to get a mid-80's 3/4 ton diesel 4x4 or something like that to last me a couple of years. No frills, just work.

I can't complain about 16 mpg though.

packey
02-29-2008, 05:25 PM
Ok I thought my big block dodge was a gas hog but maybe not. I bet about 8 in town and 12 on the road no matter towing or not. I love my 440 never shy on power and evedently the only wat to do better is to go diesel. Oh those who are complaining about diesel prices being nearly 3.50 a gallon check up here in northwest colorado. regular unleaded is 3.30 and the prememum which my truch runs is well over 3.50 a gallon.

gene gls
02-29-2008, 09:27 PM
I worked up the numbers today on my 1993 GMC 3500, 350 v8 auto, platform dump. Its my spare truck, only drove it 1080 miles last year, 6.5 miles per gallon. Cost me 2 gallons just to go to the gas station and back.

NBI Lawn
02-29-2008, 10:51 PM
06' CTD gets ~15-16 pulling the trailer. Not very heavy though, 20ft car hauler type trailer, 2 ZTRs and the normal gear, blowers,wips...

UrbanGreen
02-29-2008, 11:06 PM
I have a 06' 2500 Duramax and I get about 12mpg pulling and maybe 15mpg if cruising. I pull a 6'x12' open trailer with a navigator, tthp, push mower, and all the normal stuff like blowers trimmers gas. Its maybe 3000lbs. When I bought the truck I was expecting a lot better mpg considering I had a HEMI before that was getting 13mpg pulling the same stuff. Whats going on with my Duramax?

UrbanGreen
02-29-2008, 11:07 PM
Even if I pull my 14' dump trailer loaded i still get about 11-12mpg

lawnboy dan
03-01-2008, 09:44 AM
tundra v6=12mpg-chevy305=10mpg

Duramax8832
03-01-2008, 11:37 AM
My 06 D max...Gets 10-12 with the 18ft enclosed and dump trailer...Goes down to about 6-8 with the Bobcat on the back..

The new 550 is 8mpg empty, loaded, fast or slow..