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Gas Mileage

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DawsonLC, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. DawsonLC

    DawsonLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    I'm looking at an older model Chevy dually that gets 10 mpg.
    It gets the same in city or hwy. Is this good or can I get better.
    The price is 2000.00
     
  2. DSLS

    DSLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    I have got 3 dodge 3500 diesel trucks and they all average about 10 mpg. One is a 12 valve one is a 24 valve and the 2012 is the 6.7L. Also had 2008 dodge - got 10-11 and a 2011 ford powerstroke that got 8-9. A ton truck pulling a load around town just isn't going to get great mileage. Not saying that 10mpg is good but I just haven't got much better with any of my 1 ton trucks when loaded. Empty on the highway though I can get 15-17 out of the Cummins. The price isn't bad if it runs good and you really can't expect much more mileage than that out of a loaded ton truck around town. If that 10mpg is not loaded then I would expect it to drop a bit once you put something behind it. May drop to as little as 6-8 if its a gas motor.
     
  3. DawsonLC

    DawsonLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    it is a 350 gas engine. I'm using a F150 right now, it pulls good but can not handle the weight of
    the trl and Ztrac unless I move the mower over the trl axles. Still debating on buying the chevy.
     
  4. DSLS

    DSLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    It will certainly handle loads better but keep in mind along with higher fuel costs insurance may be higher, tires are much higher to replace (about 1200.00 a set is cheap) and you may have to have a higher weight class tag so these things can start cutting into your profit when you add them up. The 1 ton will have bigger brakes than your F150 so that is a huge plus on the safety side of things.
     
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,145

    Lose several tons of horsepower, dump the club cab, shake the 4wd = 14 mpg.

    As for tires, the parts Mafia definitely gets into this so I buy and install my own: $400 a set.
    Brand spanking new, Light truck, 16 inch rims.
    Actually, $396.44 with the shipping.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  6. DSLS

    DSLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    Your getting 6 new load range E 10 ply tires for a dually for under 400.0?
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  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,145

    You have to lose a lot of that overburden, the guy wants better than 10mpg and you folks are talking LM2500 gas turbines, these things don't work together.
    Matter of fact I don't foresee a full ton dually even getting 10mpg once you hitch that triple axle trailer.
    7-8 sounds more like it, maybe a diesel but you're not saving money there either.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,087

    What exact tires are you using....
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  9. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    he said LT's not 10ply... i bet thats why they are so cheap
     

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