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weed wacker 2
02-13-2011, 01:44 PM
I currently have a 06 f250 6.0 4x4. With fuel rising this year and the price difference between gas and diesel I am considering going back to a gas burner. However, In a year my truck will be paid off and I am a firm believer of maintaining debt free equipment. Fuel mileage is a small factor in this because im not use to getting no more than 12.5mpg anyways. We currently use my diesel for pulling a 20ft trailer with 3 mowers and towing a 16 ft spray rig trailer.
I was considering going to a 3/4 ton ford or gm gas burner. Im just scared I will miss the diesel power.

Landrus2
02-13-2011, 01:48 PM
you goanna cry for power

DoetschOutdoor
02-13-2011, 03:44 PM
The several guys at my shop that run gas burners with 18 foot trailers and 3 mowers get used to seeing 8 or 10mpg around town. Thats pretty low.

PLS-Tx
02-13-2011, 04:15 PM
The several guys at my shop that run gas burners with 18 foot trailers and 3 mowers get used to seeing 8 or 10mpg around town. Thats pretty low.

I'm only getting about 9mpg pulling my 8.5X20 enclosed trailer with a diesel. :cry:

I'm thinking of going back to a gas burner also. Difference is, I would get rid of the enclosed trailer and get a box truck.

If I keep the enclosed then I'm keeping the diesel, love the power.

weed wacker 2
02-13-2011, 04:30 PM
Most of the time pulling I get 10-12. I feel like I could get that with a gas burner. I use my truck as my daily driver too so the mileage I put on a year is about a 70/30 split with business being the greater.

Evan528
02-13-2011, 05:04 PM
You will not get 10-12 with a gas truck. I was getting about 8MPG pulling my 16ft landscape trailer with my f-250 5.4 gasser. That was the last of my gas trucks..... all diesel now.

Diesel trucks are no longer more economical to operate anymore.... infact just the opposite. If you need pulling power though, there is nothing like it.

knox gsl
02-13-2011, 05:39 PM
If you have a diesel now keep it, but with a $.50 dif in price per gallon and $8,000 in new vehical upgrade, I would buy gas in the future. The diesel trucks aren't that much better in fuel economy with the EPA crap installed on them and the gas gets better every year.

LibertyFarmLandscaping
02-15-2011, 02:09 AM
No reason to sell it if it's running with no problems. The 6.0 resale value isn't good anyways with it's bad reputation of problems. So you would take a big hit on trade in/sell.

zabmasonry
02-15-2011, 10:30 AM
Why would you get into a new payment to save a small amount on fuel. I doubt that a new gasser would end up costing you really any less in fuel then the diesel. But if you need an excuse to get into a 2011 F250 it this does work pretty good.

AVLC
02-18-2011, 04:54 PM
My fathers chevy 2500 duramax is getting at least 14 mpg towing about 2000 pounds on his tandem axle trailer and with 2 tons of fert in the bed. Our 96 Chevy 350 doing the same gets about 10 mpg.

newboy
03-06-2011, 11:33 PM
I'm only getting about 9mpg pulling my 8.5X20 enclosed trailer with a diesel. :cry:

I'm thinking of going back to a gas burner also. Difference is, I would get rid of the enclosed trailer and get a box truck.

If I keep the enclosed then I'm keeping the diesel, love the power.

I was wondering about your 9 mpg with the diesel. Isn't that low mpg for a diesel when its pulling? I'm thinking of buying an older diesel to replace my gasser but get a little worried when I see a low mpg figure like that.

Grass Shark
03-07-2011, 12:39 AM
I was wondering about your 9 mpg with the diesel. Isn't that low mpg for a diesel when its pulling? I'm thinking of buying an older diesel to replace my gasser but get a little worried when I see a low mpg figure like that.

wow, sounds like that diesel is not running right, I get 15mpg with my 1999 powerstroke pulling a 8x16 enclosed with 2 z's a walk behind, blowers, handhelds and a bed full of grass:confused:

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-07-2011, 01:18 AM
I pull a 22' GN 16,000 trail with 60'' 2 72'' With a Gas F350 5 speed stick still lots of power nothing like power stoke but i get 12mpg pulling for more power drop a gear Have power stoke it sits till we pull the 36' trailer all it does

PLS-Tx
03-10-2011, 12:45 AM
Mine is an 08, I have the EPA to thank for the 9mpg. :hammerhead:

Donald A
03-10-2011, 08:41 AM
If your 6.0 is not giving you problems keep it.
Your mileage seems awful low. I think i would find a good diesel mechanic and have it checked out.

Mowingman
03-10-2011, 02:39 PM
I get 10.5 MPG pulling a trailer around town, with my 2010 F250 V10 gasser. The trailer is loaded to the limit and weighs right at 7000lbs gross.
The V10 has all the power I need, and even gets away from traffic lights better than the 7.3 diesels I used to run. I do not miss the diesel at all.
It is a shame they do not offer the V10 in any F250 or 350 trucks this year.

2Klen4u
03-11-2011, 01:17 AM
I would suggest putting a SCT programmer on. Program it for Fuel saving mode, NOT AGRESSIVE mode... that will help bump your fuel up atleast 3 gallons per mile. I have a 05 f2fiddy, with the unforgiven 6.0. After deleting the egr issue, an replacing the head gaskets. The truck is gotten better fuel millage and hasn't had any more issues. KNOCK ON WOOD!! I wouldn't buy another one for future reference, one and done. Only reason I'm staying with it, it's paid 4

Much Respect,
A-1

360ci
03-13-2011, 11:00 AM
As you have the diesel already, keep it. High fuel prices are temporary until mid summer when the mid east conflict gets sorted out. By the time you change trucks, you'll want the diesel back. Save the time, money and aggravation of changing vehicles when it's not necessary.