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gcbailey
10-15-2012, 08:36 AM
OK, so a few other threads on here have me thinking about putting a ramp or something on one of our trucks. I'm down to me and my two full time guys for the fall, college has started back in full swing, so we can go a little lighter. I've got 2 trucks, identical but one is the 6.0L and the other is the 6.6L duramax.

The duramax gets about 13 mpg no matter if it's empty or has 8k behind it.

The vortec is a different story, loaded up (6.5x16 tandem hauling/54" lazer Z, 48" TT, couple push mowers, trimmers....) it's probably 5k pulling. With the trailer I'm getting about 10, 11mpg.... without and just say a 48" TT and 21" I can get upward of 16.5mpg! Great in my book for a 1 ton.

I am thinking about some kind of ramp, gate, lift, something, but where it's got the higher flat bed standard 8' ramps are out of the question.

Anyone thinks it would be worth it to try to find some type of a gate or long ramp for the increased mpg? If so, any ideas of where to start?
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gcbailey
10-15-2012, 08:46 AM
oh ya... size of the bed is 7.5x9.5

TeamYardsale4
10-15-2012, 09:30 AM
I don't know about the lift gate or ramp but only 13mpg with the duramax! Time to get you foot out of the floor! I'm interested to see the thoughts on the ramp though!

gcbailey
10-15-2012, 09:48 AM
It's an 04 Duramax and we are pretty easy on it...just tons of hills around here
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gcbailey
10-16-2012, 07:56 AM
I don't know about the lift gate or ramp but only 13mpg with the duramax! Time to get you foot out of the floor! I'm interested to see the thoughts on the ramp though!

don't guess you need to get too interested.... must not be any thoughts on the ramp, haha!

ReddensLawnCare
10-16-2012, 08:13 AM
I have a 2011 2500 6.0 and I am getting 8.5 constantly. It's going in the shop next week. I'm easy on the throttle to.
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gcbailey
10-16-2012, 09:00 AM
I have a 2011 2500 6.0 and I am getting 8.5 constantly. It's going in the shop next week. I'm easy on the throttle to.
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I somewhat know what the tow/haul mode button does, but it seems like it's a big part of the problem with killing the mpg, like the truck is constantly running 300 rpms higher, even at idle.

I had a guy mention getting a small utility hoist, but I haven't found anything that wouldn't make it look like a service truck yet.

White Gardens
10-16-2012, 09:04 AM
I don't know about the lift gate or ramp but only 13mpg with the duramax! Time to get you foot out of the floor! I'm interested to see the thoughts on the ramp though!

It's a one ton also, the rear end gearing is probably lower than your standard PU truck, along with being heavier.

That's why I went with a gasser in my 1.5 ton truck. The fuel consumption was going to be too close to see any cost savings in a diesel.


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gcbailey
10-16-2012, 09:26 AM
Both trucks are 1 ton and 4:10 rear ends...the ddiesel has the Allison transmission where the gas doesn't
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DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
10-16-2012, 10:08 AM
Go with a lift gate.
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ReddensLawnCare
10-16-2012, 10:32 AM
I never use the row haul unless I have a Heavy load. I ran a full tank trough hauling 9k and still got 8mpg, just like empty. It's a crew with a service bed on it. What year is your truck gc, sry for getting off topic
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gcbailey
10-16-2012, 01:57 PM
I have a 2011 2500 6.0 and I am getting 8.5 constantly. It's going in the shop next week. I'm easy on the throttle to.
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and.... the 6.0 weighs in right over 7800lbs empty load, w/ both 2x25 gal tanks full. The 6.6 weighs in around 8100lbs, empty load, w/both 2x20 gal tanks full...

BaxtersEssentialLawnCare
10-17-2012, 09:07 AM
What about a two part folding ramp? I've seen them on trailers n box trucks you get a longer ramp but less sticking up.

gcbailey
10-17-2012, 09:51 AM
Redden- they are both'04
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Durabird02
10-17-2012, 10:14 AM
I have an 02 2500HD Duramax and when i bought it, the best i could get out of it was 13. I put a cold air intake on it and a superchip programmer on it and now i get about 19 out of it without a trailer. The superchip is a pretty mild tune, it only adds 75HP but it makes a huge difference in throttle response, not too sure if it would help you when pulling a trailer.

gcbailey
10-17-2012, 02:41 PM
I have an 02 2500HD Duramax and when i bought it, the best i could get out of it was 13. I put a cold air intake on it and a superchip programmer on it and now i get about 19 out of it without a trailer. The superchip is a pretty mild tune, it only adds 75HP but it makes a huge difference in throttle response, not too sure if it would help you when pulling a trailer.

I've heard the chips do pretty good on the diesels, but not much of anything on a gas engine. I know a guy who is a hardcore diesel mod type. Might see what he can do.

I did find a set of 12' 'utv' ramps on epay.... only $600! I don't know if I would be willing put to that kind of money into a set of ramps or put it toward a liftgate. I've been thinking about a Mitsu landscape truck, but we do a lot of brush hogging and I'd hate to be put in a place where one truck might be down and not be able to haul the tractor.

Hause
12-09-2012, 11:15 AM
I'm in a similar situation, did you figure anything out?

Monroe74
12-09-2012, 11:28 AM
Is your trailer open? Is the front of it clear of obstacles?
If so you could load with regular ramps from your trailer to your truck/s.

gcbailey
12-09-2012, 08:06 PM
Hause, no not yet... I'm still thinking. I've found several 12' UTV ramps that are (I think) 18" wide and aluminum, but they are all $500+ I know a guy who has a set and I've been trying to get up with him to see how they work. He has a 1 ton box truck (one of the small Uhaul types) and he can put an ATV in it easily he says.

Monroe, all of our trailers, except my equipment (farm tractor) trailer all has racks in the front.