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catchem27
03-26-2011, 12:22 PM
Id like to see what everyones towing Gas mileage is. Hand Calculations only and no high balling ;)

I have a lifted silverado 2500hd 6.0 gas. I pull a single axle 2000lb Trailer.
Mix of city highway and street diving with trailer on full time, 6.6mpg.

Wanting to know if there are any 2011 silverado hd diesel trucks out there and their towing mpg.

dishboy
03-26-2011, 01:06 PM
Id like to see what everyones towing Gas mileage is. Hand Calculations only and no high balling ;)

I have a lifted silverado 2500hd 6.0 gas. I pull a single axle 2000lb Trailer.
Mix of city highway and street diving with trailer on full time, 6.6mpg.

Wanting to know if there are any 2011 silverado hd diesel trucks out there and their towing mpg.

6.6 , that sucks, I just sold my 04 F250 4X4 regular cab 5.4 3.73 consistently 11.9-12.0. 2500 lbs trailer and load. Just replaced with the new F150 5.0 regular 2wd 3.55 hoping for better , we will see as soon as I get 1K on it.

castlerockmo
03-26-2011, 01:15 PM
08 F-250 4x4 reg cab long bed with 6 speed manual tranny with 5.4. Pulling my mowing trailer with a 52 and 60 up and down hills running 75-80 I get 9.5 empty I'm geting around 15-16
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DoetschOutdoor
03-26-2011, 03:29 PM
06 Cummins longbed, get about 11.5-13 with my 16' trailer that tips the scales at about 5500lbs all loaded up. Get about 15 in town when not towing, seen as high as 21 on the hwy.

southgalawns
03-26-2011, 05:27 PM
03 chevy 1500 with 5.3L and 33" tires. 15 empty, 9 with a 17' trailer at 2000-3000lbs

nobagger
03-26-2011, 06:00 PM
Our 06 250 SD has a 5.4L with a K&N air induction kit and a super chip and it seems to get 10-12 no matter what its doing, even empty. Our enclosed trailer is 24ft long and always loaded with equipment totaling (with trailer) about 8k. Our 05 F350 SRW has a 6.0L PowerStroke and we just got it so I can only guess from what Ive read and heard expect to get mid teens. I think for around town towing and occasional hi way towing your better off with a V-10, Ford's V-10's put out almost 500lbs of torque!

DoetschOutdoor
03-26-2011, 06:21 PM
Our 06 250 SD has a 5.4L with a K&N air induction kit and a super chip and it seems to get 10-12 no matter what its doing, even empty. Our enclosed trailer is 24ft long and always loaded with equipment totaling (with trailer) about 8k. Our 05 F350 SRW has a 6.0L PowerStroke and we just got it so I can only guess from what Ive read and heard expect to get mid teens. I think for around town towing and occasional hi way towing your better off with a V-10, Ford's V-10's put out almost 500lbs of torque!

Screw the V10. I know with my load the mileage would go down at least 3 or 4mpg. Quite a few ppl I know are pulling similar loads with big gas motors and I couldnt take getting 6-8mpg.

JFGauvreau
03-26-2011, 08:37 PM
Dodge HEMI 1500 5.7L Gas 2003 pulling a 7X14 tandem trailer close to 4500 pounds. Mostly city, stop at every lights, etc. 10-11 mpg

mybowtie
03-26-2011, 09:24 PM
Dodge HEMI 1500 5.7L Gas 2003 pulling a 7X14 tandem trailer close to 4500 pounds. Mostly city, stop at every lights, etc. 10-11 mpg

07 Dmax...20 hwy..15 around town towing 16' trailer...
Just picked up a '01 chevy 1 ton dump w/6.0...Hope i get better then the OP's 6.6mpg

nobagger
03-26-2011, 10:02 PM
Screw the V10. I know with my load the mileage would go down at least 3 or 4mpg. Quite a few ppl I know are pulling similar loads with big gas motors and I couldnt take getting 6-8mpg.

Well what are you towing? I'm assumed we're only talking about lawn care trailer's and equipment here. Ford's V-10 is a great motor, I personally don't own one but Ive seen several with 200k plus mileage and running/towing like new. I'm sure if your towing a 9k lb skid steer in a 14gvw dump trailer and the bed of the truck loaded with dirt or gravel then thats a different story and your probably way over loaded to begin with.

castlerockmo
03-26-2011, 10:11 PM
Our 06 250 SD has a 5.4L with a K&N air induction kit and a super chip and it seems to get 10-12 no matter what its doing, even empty. Our enclosed trailer is 24ft long and always loaded with equipment totaling (with trailer) about 8k. Our 05 F350 SRW has a 6.0L PowerStroke and we just got it so I can only guess from what Ive read and heard expect to get mid teens. I think for around town towing and occasional hi way towing your better off with a V-10, Ford's V-10's put out almost 500lbs of torque!

I had a 05 6.0 1 ton I put a programmer on it and it would pull a building down! I would put about 25,000-30,000 that thing and run 80 and never miss a beat. UnTIL the dumb thing cracked the head. I would 20 MPG empty no matter were I went.
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nobagger
03-26-2011, 10:22 PM
I had a 05 6.0 1 ton I put a programmer on it and it would pull a building down! I would put about 25,000-30,000 that thing and run 80 and never miss a beat. UnTIL the dumb thing cracked the head. I would 20 MPG empty no matter were I went.
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I was thinking of a programmer but its just a work truck, I hate to even spend a couple hundred bucks on running boards,lol. I heard the 6.0L had weak cyl. head bolts and would crack when you started adding things to it. I keep hearing about a EGR delete kit but have no idea what it will gain. I can see a chip in order to save fuel and gain some more power.

castlerockmo
03-26-2011, 10:37 PM
I was thinking of a programmer but its just a work truck, I hate to even spend a couple hundred bucks on running boards,lol. I heard the 6.0L had weak cyl. head bolts and would crack when you started adding things to it. I keep hearing about a EGR delete kit but have no idea what it will gain. I can see a chip in order to save fuel and gain some more power.

The head mechanic at my dealership couldn't believe I got rid of it. I just didn't want something else to wrong ifi spent the cash to fix it. But he said if I would have put a EGR delete,a straight pipe, and a stud kit it would have last a long time. Wish I knew that then I would have kept that truck.
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Mowingman
03-26-2011, 11:02 PM
My 2010 F250 with the V10 gets about 10.8 MPG pulling my trailer, loaded with a stump grinder, in town. GVW of trailer with grinder is just a little uner 6,900#.

mowerbrad
03-26-2011, 11:19 PM
2007 6.0L Chevy 2500HD (NBS), 4x4, 3.73, ext cab, short bed...I get 17mpg highway (empty), 12-13mpg city (empty) and about 8-9mpg towing an 18' trailer weighing in at about 6000lbs.

Cajun Cleanin'
03-26-2011, 11:47 PM
12 to 14 with a 2010 ford f150 pulling 6 x 12 trailer.

doubleedge
03-27-2011, 01:26 AM
07 Dmax...20 hwy..15 around town towing 16' trailer...
Just picked up a '01 chevy 1 ton dump w/6.0...Hope i get better then the OP's 6.6mpg

You can probably expect 9-10 mpg towing. The OP said that his truck is lifted, and I assume that it has bigger tires on it too.

PLS-Tx
03-27-2011, 01:36 AM
08 Cummins, pulling 8.5X20 enclosed with 9.5mpg. :dizzy:

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-27-2011, 01:53 AM
99 F350 5.4 5Speed stick 373gears Dually Flat bed pulling 7x 22ft 18k axles Goose neck hauling 3 DC mowers 10-12 mpg
Hauling Skid loader and 4600ford with turf shaper 6-8 mpg
Hauling nothing 16-18 mpg
Pushing Snow I dont want to know

buttaluv
03-27-2011, 08:19 PM
99 F350 5.4 5Speed stick 373gears Dually Flat bed pulling 7x 22ft 18k axles Goose neck hauling 3 DC mowers 10-12 mpg
Hauling Skid loader and 4600ford with turf shaper 6-8 mpg
Hauling nothing 16-18 mpg
Pushing Snow I dont want to know

That's not to shabby pulling a trailer!

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-27-2011, 08:27 PM
That's not to shabby pulling a trailer!

Have a 99 F350 7.3 powerstoke 373 gears with a programmer and bigger turbo gets 12-14 pulling the skid-loader +4600 Turf Shaper
Never used it to pull the mowers

sjessen
03-27-2011, 09:49 PM
'03 F150 gets about 17 on the road and 9-10 pulling a 14' tandem axle trailer with two walkbehinds. This truck was in the shop a couple of weeks ago. Rented an '11 F150 from Uhaul for a few days. The computer said it got right at 13mpg pulling the trailer. It had a v-8 but don't know what size.

mow4cash
03-27-2011, 10:21 PM
2500 6.0 towing 7,000 enclosed. I'm hoping for at least 5mpg this year. I'll find out soon enough.

hosejockey2002
03-27-2011, 11:49 PM
I have a lifted silverado 2500hd 6.0 gas. I pull a single axle 2000lb Trailer.
Mix of city highway and street diving with trailer on full time, 6.6mpg.

I get a solid 10 pulling same weight, 6.0 gas 2500HD. Get rid of the lift you should get the same. A lift might look good but there are only disadvantages to having a lift kit in a truck you use for work.

PLS-Tx
03-29-2011, 01:43 AM
2500 6.0 towing 7,000 enclosed. I'm hoping for at least 5mpg this year. I'll find out soon enough.

Wow, that hurts the pocket book.:cry:

Hawg City Lawns
03-29-2011, 03:46 AM
2007 ram 1500 quad cab short bed 4.7l 2wd 3.55 gears 14.6mpg empty 13.8mpg loaded up around 2500 pounds all in town stop and go max speed 40mph

IES
03-29-2011, 07:35 AM
6.0 supercharged gets me 10 if i drive nice but I usually have my foot into a bit much:)
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DSF1983
03-29-2011, 12:17 PM
350 TBI almost 300K miles and I don't want to know MPG but whatever it is it is even out by the reliability of the motor. I did the stock EGR and MAP sensor and it was night and day.

OmegaRed
04-01-2011, 11:38 AM
2010 F150 - 5.4 - 3.55 - Borla Dual Exhaust
Tandem 16ft landscape trailer - equipment and 1800# ZTR I get around 12 - 13mpg

M.M.A. Mowing
04-01-2011, 03:53 PM
05 ram 4x4 QC 1500 with hemi, unrestricted dual exhaust, k and n intake, flashpak setting to towing, pulling loaded enclosed 7x14 (5500lbs) I get 12 all day, unloaded I get 15, unloaded on performance mode I get 10.
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mow4cash
04-01-2011, 08:59 PM
Wow, that hurts the pocket book.:cry:

Yes...but not nearly as much as taxes. My route is also tightly packed.

Big Wes
04-01-2011, 09:46 PM
200 Ford f-250 4x4 5.4 gas eng. 36,000 original miles on it, I tow an enclosed 24' Pace summit and consistently get 8.5 mpg without the trailer about 15 mpg Hwy.

crhoades68
04-03-2011, 10:46 AM
After researching and talking to many people I purchased a 2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic 6.6L diesel. This truck will pull anything. I pull a 7 x 16 tandem trailer that is around 6500# when loaded with my equipment. The truck doesn't have any problems pulling it. I get about 12.5 MPG when pulling. I get around 17 MPG when driving on the highway and in between when mixed driving.

I am currently looking for a gasser. After my large loan payment, expensive oil changes, and $4 diesel, I can afford the lower mileage I will get driving a 2500HD 6.0 or a Toyota Tundra 5.7. Just a quick note. Both of these trucks offer flex fuel on newer models.

I hate the idea of giving up the diesel but its hard for me to justify it economically.

StihlBR600
04-03-2011, 10:52 AM
2007 F-250 V10 gets 8.2 mpg pulling my 6.5 x 14 trailer that weighs 3,300 lbs. fully loaded. But i only drive abbout 20-25 miles on my routes

Hawg City Lawns
04-03-2011, 11:33 AM
After researching and talking to many people I purchased a 2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic 6.6L diesel. This truck will pull anything. I pull a 7 x 16 tandem trailer that is around 6500# when loaded with my equipment. The truck doesn't have any problems pulling it. I get about 12.5 MPG when pulling. I get around 17 MPG when driving on the highway and in between when mixed driving.

I am currently looking for a gasser. After my large loan payment, expensive oil changes, and $4 diesel, I can afford the lower mileage I will get driving a 2500HD 6.0 or a Toyota Tundra 5.7. Just a quick note. Both of these trucks offer flex fuel on newer models.

I hate the idea of giving up the diesel but its hard for me to justify it economically.

flex fuel actually costs more to run if you do the math trust me i know i have one

JPsDuramax
04-03-2011, 10:01 PM
I've got an 04 Duramax with 170,xxx on the clock. She gets about 19-20
On the hwy unl
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JPsDuramax
04-03-2011, 10:04 PM
I've got an 04 Duramax with 170,xxx on the clock. She gets about 19-20
On the hwy unloaded. Recently I've only been getting 12 pulling a 18' trailer and 100 gallon sprayer in the bed. Was getting 14.5....must be getting old! :)
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Travel'n Trees
04-04-2011, 12:42 AM
Duramax lift kits and big tires kill mileage especially on gas motors. The 6.0 needs a tune underdrive pulley and cold air intake. Will greatly improve If you keep your foot out of it.
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bobcat_ron
04-04-2011, 11:25 AM
I get 500 kms to the tank loaded pulling a 20,000 pounds GCVW GN trailer, 115 liter tank, empty no trailer I get 700 kms easy.
Straight pipes, no EGR, no chip.
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HitchC&L
04-04-2011, 10:35 PM
Last time I actually followed my exact MPG on a tow was a few months ago.

I averaged 7.429 MPG towing about 7000# on a 500+ mile trip, the next trip I did I got about 7.53 on a 600+ mile tow with a very slightly lighter trailer

Both of these were almost all highway with 1/2 the trip being with an unloaded 2500# trailer

Ill take an educated guess on regular unloaded in town driving at around 9-10 MPG

Its a 2002 GMC 2500HD 8.1L

Ive been looking into a diesel very heavily for about a year and a half now, but cant find the right one, Im very picky haha. I calculated around 150/month in fuel savings (as of gas prices about 3 months ago)

unkownfl
04-05-2011, 03:34 AM
12.5 three tank average 4000lbs trailer 5x14 open tandem 3500# axles 2010 f150 4.6 3v 6 speed super cab

justanotherlawnguy
04-05-2011, 03:26 PM
02 chevy 6.0 crew cab with 305-70-16 pulling 16 foot vnose enclosed or 14 foot dump and get 195 miles to a tank consistently. 7.5 mpg which blows. Oh well the truck is paid for so there is no sense in trading it in for a diesel, especially with diesel going through the roof.

DoetschOutdoor
04-06-2011, 02:46 PM
What is diesel selling for in you guys area? Regular was 3.79 here, so was diesel 3.79. Almost couldnt believe it.

JPsDuramax
04-06-2011, 08:05 PM
I've seen 3.77 to 3.99 in a 10 mile area. Saw 4.09 on the interstate on Monday.
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StihlBR600
04-06-2011, 08:12 PM
Diesel is 4.05 here as of today

unkownfl
04-07-2011, 12:34 AM
3.92 for diesel 3.65 for 87 with 10%.

South Florida Lawns
04-08-2011, 12:53 AM
I get about 17mpg with the enclosed.

DoetschOutdoor
04-08-2011, 09:41 AM
Found diesel for 3.69 yesterday and regular for 3.79! Only downside is that was right after I just filled the mowers with 4.04 gas :hammerhead:

Tennesseepowerstroke
04-11-2011, 09:02 PM
I get 10.8 to 11.8 mpg consistently, towing a 3500 lb loaded trailer with the Ranger. It is a 3.0V6. I think the F350 diesel would do just as good but is too big to park on the narrow roads I mow on. The Ranger pulls the load good as long as I don't try to use overdrive.

LibertyFarmLandscaping
04-11-2011, 10:02 PM
12 to 14 with a 2010 ford f150 pulling 6 x 12 trailer.

Do you have the 4.6? I get around the same with my 2010 F150 4.6 pulling a 6x12. If I pull my 16x83" it will get 11 to 12.

StihlBR600
04-11-2011, 10:24 PM
Just pulled a 7 x 20 enclosed trailer with two 60" Lazer Z's and got 8.0 MPG exactly. I have the 6.8L V10

DoetschOutdoor
04-15-2011, 01:55 PM
Just pulled a 7 x 20 enclosed trailer with two 60" Lazer Z's and got 8.0 MPG exactly. I have the 6.8L V10

You pulled that trailer for a whole tank or just around town? Hard to get an accurate mileage (not using the overhead computer) if you do not pull that trailer a lot.

XLS
04-15-2011, 03:32 PM
i just cant believe the low fuel milage numbers you guys are posting on here that would soooo suck

360ci
04-17-2011, 11:01 AM
My 2000 Durango R/T musters around 12mpg towing 2K. 9-10mpg towing 5-6K with the 4 speed auto and 3.92 axle. Empty in city I get 13-14mpg, highway varies depending on speed but my best tank was 18.3mpg at 55-58mph (not using cruise control).

Darryl G
04-17-2011, 11:35 AM
I have a 2003 Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0L engine. I don't even check my mileage...I know it's horrible. Just the cost of doing business to me. I need a truck that will tow 10K and couldn't justify paying $6k more for a diesel, so I just accept it.

360ci
04-17-2011, 11:39 AM
My old work truck (15L DD), I couldn't care about mileage. When my Durango does double duty, checking mileage is more than a number, in terms of cost, it also tells me if my mileage drops exponentially that I could have a mechanical problem and look it into it before it gets worse. When I went from my 13-14mpg empty to around 7-8mpg empty. I found out I had two problems; o2 sensor shot, and I had a bad injector. I wouldn't have known otherwise until the vehicle drove rough enough to illuminate a check engine light.

South Florida Lawns
04-17-2011, 09:42 PM
Post gear ratios too!

StihlBR600
04-17-2011, 10:24 PM
You pulled that trailer for a whole tank or just around town? Hard to get an accurate mileage (not using the overhead computer) if you do not pull that trailer a lot.

I filled up, hooked the trailer up and towed it 20 miles and filled up again. I calculated it myself and it came out to be 8.02 MPG. I know its not accurate, but its pretty damn close i know that. I have the 5 speed Torque shift transmission with 4.10 gears.

Keith
04-18-2011, 12:05 AM
2004 F350 4x4 Crew, automatic, V10, 4.30 gears. It get's between 8.5-9 mpg towing about 2500lbs, entirely around town. My average speed on a given day is usually about 22mph. Lots of stop and go. On more open road I have seen over 11mpg towing an empty car trailer one way, and a loaded car trailer back. Stop and go is the killer.

XLS
04-18-2011, 04:16 PM
I wouldnt be using theses trucks for mowing crews at all

XLS
04-18-2011, 04:55 PM
rear end ratio is non important when you consider its your gears final drive ratios that are important each truck has transmission and rear end ratio options avalible i have a truck with 7.+ something pinion gears it means nothing with out the transmission gear ratios .

Darryl G
04-18-2011, 08:06 PM
I filled up, hooked the trailer up and towed it 20 miles and filled up again. I calculated it myself and it came out to be 8.02 MPG. I know its not accurate, but its pretty damn close i know that. I have the 5 speed Torque shift transmission with 4.10 gears.

Too much potential for error with so few miles. The pump may shut off at different times depending on which pump your at, how fast you're pumping, exactly what angle you're holding the nozzle at etc. A small error will make a big difference. Why bother posting if you know it's not accurate????

And to whoever it was that was asking...I don't discuss my rear end on public forums!!!!!!

unkownfl
04-19-2011, 12:19 AM
I wouldnt be using theses trucks for mowing crews at all

What trucks are you using for your outfit?

XLS
04-20-2011, 12:41 PM
we use alot of different truck and none new .... 2 wheel drive rangers pulling light loads to 1500 series chevy trucks pulling light weight rigs. we get 16 when loaded needing spark plugs the chevys get 21 empty and 18 loaded for work .

on our 10 and 14' box trucks we get 16+ all of our trucks have 350 engines and standard running gears and our rangers are 3.0 and stock gears with Over Drives in all of them

jsslawncare
04-20-2011, 04:32 PM
'05 2500 Dodge with a Hemi, 3500lb trailer- 13.5 mpg

Juan91
04-22-2011, 10:29 PM
96 F250 powerstoke 7.3 with 266k, intake, chip, downpipe and 3.5" straight pipe, 12.5 no matter what

unkownfl
04-22-2011, 10:34 PM
96 F250 powerstoke 7.3 with 266k, intake, chip, downpipe and 3.5" straight pipe, 12.5 no matter what

Isn't that MPG kinda low? Are you hard on it? I thought about picking up a 7.3 but not with that mileage. Is it a Manual or Auto?

Jamie22
04-22-2011, 11:49 PM
Isn't that MPG kinda low? Are you hard on it? I thought about picking up a 7.3 but not with that mileage. Is it a Manual or Auto?

I know my 7.3 stroke with chip,exhaust,intake im gettin around 18 mpg loaded 16ft trailer

360ci
04-23-2011, 12:38 AM
Isn't that MPG kinda low? Are you hard on it? I thought about picking up a 7.3 but not with that mileage. Is it a Manual or Auto?

Keep in mind that there are a lot of factors involved with mileage. A few are, but not limited to:

- speeds traveled
- weight/config of truck and/or trailer (ie, open vs closed trailer, dual versus tridem, equipment on trailer, truck, truck box type, cab type, drive type..)
- elevation of operating area
- tire pressure
- synthetic fluids can aid in mileage along with aftermarket parts
- transmission type and overall final drive ratio
- axle ratio
- overall mechanical condition of vehicle
- driving with two feet in an automatic can also cause issues (some folks don't even realize they press the brake while accelerating!)
...things like that..

JDiepstra
04-23-2011, 12:45 AM
I get about 15 mpg no matter what I am doing. If I keep it under 70 on the highway I can get more.

Chris McCrary
04-25-2011, 12:27 PM
Havent towed the work trailer yet, but with the 2011 4wd 5.7 Tundra w/towing package including 4.30 gears, towing the 5th wheel it gets 9mpg at 70mph. 5th wheel weighs about 7200#s. Pulls it like a champ. No need for desiel here.

XLS
04-25-2011, 02:48 PM
I drove one of our trucks today and on the average of 8 gallons of fuel i put in it i ran out at mile 42 and was lost for words

Keith
04-25-2011, 04:03 PM
i just cant believe the low fuel milage numbers you guys are posting on here that would soooo suck


I wouldnt be using theses trucks for mowing crews at all


I drove one of our trucks today and on the average of 8 gallons of fuel i put in it i ran out at mile 42 and was lost for words


Wait. This is too much. You thought 8 or 9 mpg was bad, and you have truck getting 5?

Potomac Lawns Inc.
04-28-2011, 06:51 PM
1996 Chevy 2500 4x4 with 6.5 Turbo Diesel towing 8x20 open trailer around 5000lbs getting 12.5 - 13.2 mpg mix of stop and go and highway

yankeeyardworks
04-28-2011, 10:10 PM
i have a 2011 2500 hd with a duramax and allison tranny,,im getting like 17 hympg and towing i get around 12 mpg best truck going on my own opinion,,ill never go back to gas again ,,,,,,,i have a 04 3500 duramax dump, and my 2011 silverado duramax

XLS
04-30-2011, 07:34 PM
yeah thats right keith but its not a mowing rig just a truck we use its a big differance.
I was just saying i seen some bad numbers when i drove it . its a 73 model 5500 chevy with a 454 i guess and a 2 speed rear end . we only use it in one town for tree removal work on small trees its a 18' flat bed dump ........ I have since located a 1.5 ton ford truck with a 351 and a dump, its a smaller truck overall but the milage differance is alot better at 13 mpg loaded......... I have for sale the old truck 1000 cash