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Wrobel#1
03-14-2008, 01:17 AM
:cry:I want to save my money on gas these year and looking into getting a 1500 or a f-150. I already got a small trailer just need a pick-up now. Does anyone run any quater ton trucks. If so how are you doing on mpg's. My F-450 gets around 8-12 miles a gallon at $4.00 a gallon I will be hurting.

Raven386
03-14-2008, 01:38 AM
I honestly get better mpg in my 6.0 v8 then I did in my v6 chevy.... you will still be using the same amount of gas with the smaller truck, probably getting 8-12 while towing...jmo..

pj550v12
03-14-2008, 01:48 AM
I honestly get better mpg in my 6.0 v8 then I did in my v6 chevy.... you will still be using the same amount of gas with the smaller truck, probably getting 8-12 while towing...jmo..

Liar lol . . . had too lol

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Raven386
03-14-2008, 01:52 AM
hey bud stop making excuses for your inappropriate forum conduct! haha.

WE MOW IT
03-14-2008, 01:30 PM
I Run A 08 Gmc 1500 With A 5.3 V-8. It Tows My Trailer Just Fine, Plus I Plow Snow With It. It Gets Around 20mpg.

mag360
03-14-2008, 01:37 PM
GM seems to be the way to go if you want good mpg's out of a 4x4. I wouldn't hesitate to use new (under warranty) 1500's with the 4.8l to tow open trailers under 7000 lb's.
Our rigs are a little too heavy but it would be great to buy new trucks for under $20,000 (I think you can get down to the $15,000 range) and not have to pay for repairs.

jstonemo
03-14-2008, 03:22 PM
I use my '99 Silverado with the 5.3L and it gets about 12 mpg when towing my trailer. It is a 4x4, so the mileage is a bit lower than a 2wd. The newer GM fullsize trucks get better mileage.

I just got over 300 miles on a tank, and I did a happy dance. I don't run the tank dry, just to the point where it will take 22-23 gallons to fill it up.

mike lane lawn care
03-14-2008, 03:32 PM
i use a 1500 with a V6, works great. never met anything i couldn't tow. that being said i'm moving up to a new 2500HD, as i'm tired of my truck running out of engine with a load.

jrc lawncare
03-14-2008, 06:14 PM
We have one, good on gas(4.3), gets used a lot. Also have a f-350, & chevy dump truck, though.

4 seasons lawn&land
03-14-2008, 07:22 PM
If your plowing its not worth the few mpgs with a half ton, just get a 3/4, if not plowing half ton for sure! whoever said they get 20 wuth a 5.3 V8 is full of it.

js.lawn
03-14-2008, 07:33 PM
i use a 150 for towing lawn care stuff works great used it for my first yr snowplowing it worked but have to change the ball joints every yr summer trailers its fine get about 15mpg pulling a 7x12 trailer

Wrobel#1
03-17-2008, 11:17 PM
bump..................

grassmanak
03-18-2008, 11:17 AM
If your plowing its not worth the few mpgs with a half ton, just get a 3/4, if not plowing half ton for sure! whoever said they get 20 wuth a 5.3 V8 is full of it.

i have also seen 20-22 at 65-70mph with the 5.3. I hit 20 a couple time when i had my sierra denali with the 6.0 on the highway.

beano
03-18-2008, 11:52 AM
I have seen 19 empty on the freeway keeping my foot out of it....i have the 4.8ltr though

KTM
03-18-2008, 02:24 PM
I had a 2000 4x4 with a 5.3 and always got 20 on the highway.

All_Toro_4ME
03-18-2008, 02:47 PM
I drive a 5.3 ltr '08 1500. Pulls the equipment and trailer just fine. Fully loaded trailer usually averages around 15-16/gallon. W/o trailer 17 and some change.

deere615
03-18-2008, 11:51 PM
I have a 1500 4.8L V8. It is ok on gas, if you get a 1500 I would definetly get a V8

Ramairfreak98ss
03-19-2008, 01:43 AM
I honestly use my 91 5.0L gas f150 the most lol. Yet becuase i pull the 24' enclosed trailer to do the lawn accounts, i only take the 06 diesel F350 out with it. Id rather that truck not be tied up with lawns though and dont want to tie up the trailer with lawns when i have landscape jobs so im looking for a lighter weight hopefully aluminum 18' open landscape trailer that ill take out with the 91 or 03 F150s on the nice sunny days. Any days its gonna "possibly" rain the stuff only goes out in the enclosed trailer.

Gas here in dirty jersey is about $3.00 for regular, its $4.05-$4.15 a gallon for diesel. And honestly, my F350 is sucking at mpg these days, i even upgraded to a full 4" exhaust system and it still seems to not help much. I took out the 14' dump trailer the other day, mostly highway driving with a couple stops, 11.1mpg and only half the time the thing was loaded with 10 yards of mulch.

I think it only was around 12.2mpg empty until i had it filled up :( Sucks, the ULSD just sucks period. I even use the power service $15 a jug additive in each tank and 8oz of veg oil, filters were replaced 1k ago, water drained 200 miles ago b/c of crappy diesel fill up at the local HESS station.

I hardly ever drive it empty and on long highway runs so i cant say what its mpg could get to, i know around 16-17mpg but not much more.

My 91 F150 5 liter with almost 200k gets ~14-15 empty and 10-11mpg pulling something, but still id rather pay $3 a gal to fill up than $4+ even if it got less than 10mpg.

ClippersLC
03-19-2008, 08:51 PM
Im running a 98 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 5.9 V-8 regular cab long bed pulling a 18 foot tandem axle... getting around 12-14 depnding what part of town im in (ie heavy traffic, hills, stop and goes... etc) but yeah I think half tons are pretty sufficient for pulling your everday mowing equipment and mulch and stuff... jmo :waving:

verant
03-19-2008, 09:04 PM
i have a 99 f150..4.6 ltr, pull a 6x12 with ztr, works good for me

lawnboy dan
03-19-2008, 09:20 PM
ypu wont save much if any towing with a 1/2 ton

davedealer
03-19-2008, 09:21 PM
As long as it is not your only vehicle. I used to only have an F-150 as my primary work truck and every so often I had to bring a yard of top soil and I used to cringe and cross my fingers that the leafs wouldn't crack (they never did).