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SunState Lawn Care inc
07-24-2009, 06:20 PM
How many MPG do you get pulling your trailer loaded while working on average? Just for the guys using pick up trucks pulling trailers and what size truck do you use 1/2 ton or 3/4 or 1 ton?

hockeypro1411
07-24-2009, 06:25 PM
2500HD Silverado with the 6.0. Gets 8.5 empty, and 8.5 pulling a trailer.

Richard Martin
07-24-2009, 06:45 PM
'95 F-150 5.0. 4R70W auto tranny. 3.55 Traction Lock. Flowmaster American Thunder. 18.5 MPG on the highway - no trailer. 11.5 MPG city - pulling a 4500 pound trailer.

unkownfl
07-24-2009, 06:51 PM
97 f-150 4.2 v6 8-11 with 5x10 trailer with a ztr rider and 36 w/b
06 f-350 6.0 Power stroke 15mpg with same trailer.

SunState Lawn Care inc
07-24-2009, 06:58 PM
2500HD Silverado with the 6.0. Gets 8.5 empty, and 8.5 pulling a trailer.

OUCH I have a 2500HD 6.0 crew cab 4x4 and it gets 10.2 pulling a trailer and around 13.9-14.2 without except my camper it only gets 9.2 with it behind it. I was thinking of getting rid of it for a 1/2 ton 2wd but may end up keeping it instead.

unkownfl
07-24-2009, 07:03 PM
Yeah I went from using my 1 ton diesel to getting worst mileage out of a v6 1/2 ton. Only reason I keep using it is my 1 ton is a Lariat and I was tearing it up.

NatesLawnCareLLC
07-24-2009, 07:11 PM
05 Dodge RAM 5.7L I get about 12.5 MPG when I've got my rig on. I'm a real conservative driver.

hockeypro1411
07-24-2009, 07:21 PM
OUCH I have a 2500HD 6.0 crew cab 4x4 and it gets 10.2 pulling a trailer and around 13.9-14.2 without except my camper it only gets 9.2 with it behind it. I was thinking of getting rid of it for a 1/2 ton 2wd but may end up keeping it instead.

Well, it's lifted and sitting on 35's. That's where it suffers. I don't care though. It's my pride n joy.

mowerbrad
07-24-2009, 07:31 PM
I get about 14mpg empty in the city and about 14mpg towing. I've got a 1998 GMC 2500 6.5 diesel.

HighlandLC
07-24-2009, 07:38 PM
2500HD Silverado with the 6.0. Gets 8.5 empty, and 8.5 pulling a trailer.

OUCH I have a 2500HD 6.0 crew cab 4x4 and it gets 10.2 pulling a trailer and around 13.9-14.2 without except my camper it only gets 9.2 with it behind it. I was thinking of getting rid of it for a 1/2 ton 2wd but may end up keeping it instead.


2500HD, with the 6.0 & 6 speed auto. A bit over 10 with trailers, mid teens highway unloaded. These new HD's with the extra gears work much better than the old 6 with the 4 speed.

WVDpoker
07-24-2009, 07:47 PM
Dodge ram 2500 2001 w/ single axle trailer, 1 walk behind 1 rider-8.7 /gallon-I only use it for work

UrbanGreen
07-24-2009, 07:59 PM
06' GMC 2500 6.6l duramax, 6-speed allison - 12mpg no matter what I put behind it. Without a trailer about 15-16mpg around town.

WHIPPLE5.7
07-24-2009, 08:02 PM
Chevy 2500 5.7 with cold air intake and open exhaust. Its always balls to walls like I'm running from the police 16.5 empty, 14 with tandem axle trailer and lawn equipment.
24 Valve cummins dually with 12 foot flatbed 4 inch pipe and Cold air intake. 16.5 empty or pulling 15,000 pounds.

GreenAcresLandscaping
07-24-2009, 08:06 PM
With my 5.4 V8 F-150 i get 11 empty and about 9 loaded down with the trailer.

David Haggerty
07-24-2009, 08:17 PM
1 1/2 ton Topkick with the Duramax Allison gets 10 mpg no matter what. Empty, towing 8,000 lb landscape trailer or towing my 12,000 lb. camper to Florida. 10 if I drive sensibly.
They tell me if I put in a chip it would improve the milage a lot. $400 for a chip set. But tell me, if these chip sets are so great, why don't they put them in at the factory?

ecko
07-24-2009, 08:33 PM
1999 F250 7.3L Diesel
14-15 city, no trailer
18 highway if staying under 70 mph, no trailer

SunState Lawn Care inc
07-24-2009, 08:59 PM
Well, it's lifted and sitting on 35's. That's where it suffers. I don't care though. It's my pride n joy.

That is a good reason LOL......

Keith
07-24-2009, 08:59 PM
2004 F350 4wd CrewCab V10 automatic w/4.30 gears has been averaging about 8.4 mpg for the last year or so. All the driving is in town. My average speed for the day is usually about 18mph. It gets about 1 mpg better without the trailer. Stop and go is the killer. There is surprisingly little difference in mileage between gasoline trucks towing the same loads over the same routes.

vanncann
07-24-2009, 09:00 PM
07 f250 6.0 quad cab 12.8 mpg on the hiway, 10.9 city @12,900 pounds. That keeping it about 75 mph on the highway. I get around 20mpg empty.

topsites
07-24-2009, 09:03 PM
I gave up on that a long time ago, I used to track it religiously, now I still check
it every fill up but more like an eyeball measure than outright doing the math...
Mostly 10-11, 5.9L Mopar 3/4 ton

Yeah I went from using my 1 ton diesel to getting worst mileage out of a v6 1/2 ton. Only reason I keep using it is my 1 ton is a Lariat and I was tearing it up.

LOL my 3/4 ton is an SLT Laramie (same as XLT Lariat except Dodge) but that's just what it's made for,
I didn't buy the truck so it could sit around the driveway while I admired it's luxury.

GracesLandscaping
07-24-2009, 09:08 PM
i get about 13-14 pulling my trailer mostly all in town stop and go driving.... on the highway empty usually 14-15. 2000 ford f-250 superduty 7.3 powerstroke diesel automatic... also i have a ts performance 6 position chip.. without it id be getting like 10

Paul's LC
07-24-2009, 09:15 PM
'06 1/2 ton 4.3 V6 silverado
11 with 10' trailer, 14-15 empty

Roger
07-24-2009, 09:32 PM
2003 F-250 XL, 5.7 V8, auto. I get about 9 mpg with single-axle trailer (rarely ever is without the trailer), pulling around town and neighborhoods. It is never on the highway with the trailer, and rarely on the highway without (perhaps once or twice per year).

I am very displeased with the 9 mpg. I drive very conservatively, and slowly (was ticketed last Winter for driving too SLOW!). What to change to improve? I don't know.

heather lawn sp
07-24-2009, 09:49 PM
06' GMC 2500 6.6l duramax, 6-speed allison - 12mpg no matter what I put behind it. Without a trailer about 15-16mpg around town.

'05 Chev 2500 HD 6.6 litre Duramax 6-speed allison, 6700 lb trailer 11.8 mpg

Elite Outdoor
07-24-2009, 09:54 PM
04 Ford f-150 i get 11 mpg pulling 14ft. double axle, one z, one walk-behind, one push. about 14 mpg without.

unkownfl
07-24-2009, 10:03 PM
2003 F-250 XL, 5.7 V8, auto. I get about 9 mpg with single-axle trailer (rarely ever is without the trailer), pulling around town and neighborhoods. It is never on the highway with the trailer, and rarely on the highway without (perhaps once or twice per year).

I am very displeased with the 9 mpg. I drive very conservatively, and slowly (was ticketed last Winter for driving too SLOW!). What to change to improve? I don't know.

Which engine do you have?

Laner
07-24-2009, 10:42 PM
1995 Dodge 2500 4x4 V10...6-8 mpg all town driving with single axle trailer, 1 rider, 1 push and hand tools. Doesn't change much when on the road, but has a ton of power.
02 F350 CC LB 4x4 V10...9-10 highway pulling tandem axle trailer (10K lb) with 2 riders, 1 push, hand tools and 200 gal spray tank in back. Empty 11-13 mpg.

milo
07-24-2009, 10:42 PM
2000 f150 4.6 v8 like 9 to 10mpg with trailer, 13 to 16mpg without

J & D Greens
07-24-2009, 10:52 PM
My F-150 V-6 runs 18mpg city-no load, 17mpg w/small trailer. and 14mpg w/small trailer and AC blaring!!!!!!!!!

HighlandLC
07-24-2009, 10:53 PM
Looking at all these posts, the Gas 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks are getting very similar fuel economy, but the HD trucks are much happier pulling all day long. I know my HD doesnt know the trailer is there, where my old 1/2 ton wasnt happy. Probably whey the transmission was going with under 100K.

Now I have the extra margin of safety with the HD. Not to mention, the truck is much safer when Im pulling the sled trailers up steep grades in 4 wheel drive during January Blizzards.

FYS777
07-24-2009, 10:53 PM
07 cummins 6.7 12 to 13 pulling 12 foot double axle with my stuff , 19 empty on highway, 9 to 10 pulling my 36 foot 4 slide fifth wheel 16k weight.:weightlifter:

TheC-Master
07-24-2009, 11:00 PM
I was thinking about that. My Mazda B3000 3.0 liter, basically a Ford Ranger, is supposed to get about 18-21 mpg naked. I've put about 200 on it (60 yesterday, 125 today) when I reset the clock and it is approaching E, I believe it holds about 18-20 gallons, I also have dual exhaust.

LouisianaLawnboy
07-24-2009, 11:27 PM
With my 2002 F-150 with a V6 I get 11 pulling a 14 ft trailer with a ZTR, w/b, and handhelds.

I get 21 MPG on the highway though, when I'm not pulling anything.

TheC-Master
07-25-2009, 01:01 AM
It makes a huge difference, I guess you are moving 2x the weight though.

Hawg City Lawns
07-25-2009, 01:32 AM
2000 chevy silverado 4.3l v6 k&n filter and straight pipes 21 hwy 16 cty empty 12 hwy 10 cty loaded

yancylandscape
07-25-2009, 02:22 AM
98 k2500 5.7 10.5 mpg at best, loaded or not 8/

accuratelawn
07-25-2009, 02:27 AM
Old truck - 98 F 150 v-6 stick 7-10 loaded 16 foot open trailer with three mowers

current - 00 F 350 dump bed 16 foot enclosed trailer and three mowers 10 -11 loaded

Rons Rightway Lawncare
07-25-2009, 08:23 AM
Toyota Tundra 2wd, 5.7 liter V-8, 6 speed automatic..... Don't drive it enough without a trailer around town to give a city mpg report. On the highway with a motorcycle in the bed I have seen 20 mpg when driving at or slightly over the speed limit( typically 65-70 mph. )

I tow a 16 x 7 enclosed trailer with two ZTR's inside along with all the other trimmings ( 4 gas jugs, a few trimmers and edger, chainsaw, hedge clippers, coolers, tools, blowers, etc.... etc.... With the trailer and driving the way I do ( not balls to the wall, but not little ole man either ) I am seeing mid to high 11's mpg. It picked up about 1 mpg once the truck had about 8000 miles on it, I guess from the engine breaking in, was only getting 10.5 mpg or so when the truck was brand new.

Funny thing is a friend has a 2004 Ram with the Cummins Diesel and he pulls a simular trailer on the same roads, he gets 9 mpg. And my truck pulls the load with the same authority as his does. So much for diesels being better................

SNAPPER MAN
07-25-2009, 08:55 AM
My '09 F-250 2wd, auto, diesel gets about 12 when pulling and 14 not pulling. Its pathetic.

My '99 F-150 2wd, auto, 5.4L gas gets about 13 when pulling and 16 when not pulling...

TomberLawn
07-25-2009, 09:14 AM
1999 Cummins 2500 pulling 16' trailer with ztr and 2 wb. 3.55 gear ratio, 2wd. I don't know what it gets empty because it's almost always pulling a trailer. Average mileage is 16.5-18mpg depending on how aggressively I've been driving. My brother has a 2002 identical to mine and gets 20-21 empty, combined driving.

The emissions junk on these new diesels is why they don't get the mileage diesels are known for. A friend of a friend has a new F350 King Ranch Powerstroke and was getting about 9-10 mpg empty. After taking off the DPF and chipping it, it gets 18-19mpg.

Sometimes I wonder how much more fuel efficient cars and trucks would be in fuel economy was the number 1 focus instead of ridiculously low EPA-mandated emissions. Wouldn't burning less fuel lead to less emissions? And definitely less dependence on foreign oil.

coolluv
07-25-2009, 09:15 AM
I went from a 5.9 liter Dodge getting 8 to 9 pulling my trailer, to a Duramax getting 13 to 14 pulling that same 16ft trailer. Much more power with the Duramax. The Dodge had power but when towing you could really tell it had a hard time on bigger hills or on longer gradual hills in hwy traffic it was hard to maintain hwy speeds unless I dam near kept it to the floor. Even then it would shift up and down. My diesel pulls it very easily and doesn't constantly shift. I can accelerate from 65 to 85 with a push of the pedal if I need to.

I also have a sloped driveway that I have to back up into with my truck and trailer. Its not a steep slope, but it is enough that would make my dodge struggle and the engine temp and trans temp would get near the red and on occasion the trans temp light would come on. I can back my Duramax and trailer up the same driveway and barely have to give it any throttle. It will almost go up at an idle.

I never worked my Dodge hard until I started using it for landscaping. Then when I did it started to fall apart. Trans started to not want to shift properly, rear end noise and shudder etc. Are diesels going to give you a major difference in Mpg vs a gas? No, maybe 3 to 4 mpg more. But the ease of towing and the ease at which you can stop, is well worth it.

1/2 ton trucks are made for occasional work, picking up a few pieces of lumber and plywood for the do it yourself person. Maybe towing the boat to the lake once a week. Work them everyday and they fall apart.

One more thing to consider that has been talked to death on the diesel truck forums, when dealing with Mpg on a diesel. Driving habits definitely have a major effect on Mpg. I have played around with my diesel and have found it to be true, the faster you drive and the harder you drive the less Mpgs. I can pull my trailer with my Duramax and make my Mpgs fluctuate as much as 3 to 4 mpgs simply by driving one way or another. Statements like Quote: Funny thing is a friend has a 2004 Ram with the Cummins Diesel and he pulls a simular trailer on the same roads, he gets 9 mpg. And my truck pulls the load with the same authority as his does. So much for diesels being better................
Don't mean much because it has alot to do with his driving habits. And to say that your truck pulls with the same authority as a diesel, you need to get a grip on reality. No offense.

Just my opinion.


Dave...

FYS777
07-25-2009, 09:34 AM
1999 Cummins 2500 pulling 16' trailer with ztr and 2 wb. 3.55 gear ratio, 2wd. I don't know what it gets empty because it's almost always pulling a trailer. Average mileage is 16.5-18mpg depending on how aggressively I've been driving. My brother has a 2002 identical to mine and gets 20-21 empty, combined driving.

The emissions junk on these new diesels is why they don't get the mileage diesels are known for. A friend of a friend has a new F350 King Ranch Powerstroke and was getting about 9-10 mpg empty. After taking off the DPF and chipping it, it gets 18-19mpg.

Sometimes I wonder how much more fuel efficient cars and trucks would be in fuel economy was the number 1 focus instead of ridiculously low EPA-mandated emissions. Wouldn't burning less fuel lead to less emissions? And definitely less dependence on foreign oil.

I think you hit the nail on the head, I agree

Richard Martin
07-25-2009, 11:49 AM
Funny thing is a friend has a 2004 Ram with the Cummins Diesel and he pulls a simular trailer on the same roads, he gets 9 mpg. And my truck pulls the load with the same authority as his does. So much for diesels being better................

Put a 10,000 pound travel trailer behind both trucks and you'll see why the diesel is better real quick. :hammerhead:

J&R Landscaping
07-25-2009, 11:50 AM
2006 F250 4x4 6.0L PSD pulling my 6.5x16 trailer. 14mpg towing the trailer. Can't really give much else though one highway trip last year I averaged about 18.5 staying at 65-70 mph. Its primarily a work truck so it don't see much non towing driving except for estimates and such.

mike lane lawn care
07-26-2009, 03:14 AM
2005 2500HD 8.1L V8, empty gets 12.5-13 highway, 9 city. loaded, it gets the exact same, you can always depend on that engine to cost a lot to drive. I still think it's pretty good, that and engine with 496CI of displacement and dam near 500 foot pounds of torque, in a 6500lb truck can go 12 miles on just one gallon of fuel

LCPullman
08-12-2009, 01:12 AM
06 Chevy 2500HD Ext 4wd Duramax 6spd auto - 9mpg towing 5000lb trailer around town, lots of steep hills. 12-13 unloaded around town. 18-20 mpg unloaded on highway. 12-13 towing a 15000 lb trailer on highway.

93 GMC 1500 Ext 4wd with 5.7 TBI 4spd auto - 8 mpg towing 2000 lb trailer around town. 10mpg empty around town. 18 unloaded highway.

Rons Rightway Lawncare
08-12-2009, 07:25 AM
Put a 10,000 pound travel trailer behind both trucks and you'll see why the diesel is better real quick. :hammerhead:

No doubt the diesel would be better..... it comes down to torque and the diesel usually has more, and what it does have it has at low rpms.

The saving grace for my Toyota is the 6 speed transmission, that coupled with the over 400 pounds of torque, is why my truck will pull a simular weighted ( 7500 lbs ) trailer with the same authority as my friends diesel ram.

I love to hear all the diesel junkies try to tell everyone that diesel trucks are far better than gasoline trucks. I used to think the same thing, even owned two Diesels in a row and liked em both. But for my needs I am glad not to have a diesel and do not feel like I am giving up anything by using a gasser

GravelyNut
08-12-2009, 08:46 PM
2005 2500HD 8.1L V8, empty gets 12.5-13 highway, 9 city. loaded, it gets the exact same, you can always depend on that engine to cost a lot to drive. I still think it's pretty good, that and engine with 496CI of displacement and dam near 500 foot pounds of torque, in a 6500lb truck can go 12 miles on just one gallon of fuel

12 empty or loaded on E-10, 14 on 87 octane straight gas. 2001 8.1 Ext cab dually 3500 with 4.10 gears. But it's fun drag racing Dodges up a 5% grade. :D Drop out of 5 into 4 and go.

If you get tired of the 8.1/496, you can always drop in a 572 crate motor. :)

STIHL GUY
08-12-2009, 10:00 PM
i get like 11-12 with the ranger and trailer

Jason Rose
08-12-2009, 10:31 PM
My chevy 3500HD dually dump 454 gets a cool 5 to 6 MPG pulling the 20' lawn trailer. Maybe 1 mpg better w/o the trailer.

My '08 GMC 2500HD gets around 12 in town and 14 on the highway. Haven't really done much towing with it yet, other than my small trailer.