Gas mileage comparison?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Larson Lawn Care, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 with a 5.3L V8 and 4 wheel drive. I haul two commercial mowers and a 6.5x12 open utility trailer. I was considering buying a new truck in the fall... a 2011 F250 is what I have my mind set on. My question is: Will towing my trailer with a heavier duty truck save on gas because it pulls it much easier than my 1500 Silverado? If not, what other options do you recommend. I have no clue what my MPG is on my current truck, or what it will be for the F250. I would figure my mowers together to weigh around 1500 Lbs and I don't know what the trailer weight is.
     
  2. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 1/2 ton 5.3 is a great platform to tow a single axle trailer. A 3/4 ton will be able to tow more, but might loose a mile or two difference. The big difference is you wont wear out parts so fast and will have a better rig to build off of. I would say a 3/4 ton is the ideal truck.
     
  3. Krumm

    Krumm LawnSite Member
    from CR, IA
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    what motor you want in the f250 makes a big difference too.

    and i dont know if this is true for anyone else but insurance is almost double in my 3/4 ton than in my 1/2 ton.
     
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
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    Weight kills MPG. A lighter 2wd truck will get better mileage than a 3/4 ton ford. Also ford is not putting any efficient gas motors in the 3/4 ton. You have three economy options with the 1/2 ton and feedback is just coming in on which is getting better MPG. Here is a six cylinder comparison pulling a trailer but were they driving like the world drives or like I drive to get MPG? I beat the Ford numbers with my old 4.2 manual hauling the same weight and the modern 3.7 is a much better mileage rig so I think better numbers can be had.
    http://special-reports.pickuptrucks.com/2010-v-6-work-truck-shootout.html
     
  5. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    My truck now has close to 200k on it. I am probably going be buying a truck in the fall, but I am not sure if this thing is going to make it until then. Here's another question for you guys, I have mentioned this situation to friends and they say don't put any money into my truck, but if something goes out and I have to get a new engine or transmission, would it be wise to put money into it or just buy a new truck? I'm sure there are many factors, but I am asking what you would do personally?
     
  6. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Without more financial information it is difficult to advise you. Some will recommend a new truck to get a warranty, better mileage, etc. My last truck was a '98 F150 with 265,000 miles on it that we gave to our daughter and son in law. Replaced it 2 years ago with an '03 F150 for around $9000. Newer truck had 43,000 miles on it at the time. I did some research for the most reliable year of the model I was looking for and then get the one with the lowest miles/best price I could find.

    While you will have lower maintenance costs on a new vehicle the depreciation costs are high. For my needs getting another used truck was the better financial decision.
     
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,014

    You can check KBB to see the value of your truck to see if it would warrant a repair. I would consider a repair if I was keeping the truck as a back up if I could do most of the repair myself cheaply. . Otherwise I would not. Spending $1000 on a 800.00 truck ?
     
  8. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    In this area any truck is worth $2000 if it is running.
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    For mowing i use a F350 5.4 5 speed with 3.73 gears I pull a 22 ' GN trailer with 2 72'' and 60'' part time other part will have 3 60'' with lots room to spare I get 8-10 mpg in town driving
     
  10. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 2,741

    That is what my F150 gets with the same engine, auto and 3.55 gears. Less capability but the same mileage as yours. You must have a good one.
     

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