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miles per gallon

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by musselman, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. musselman

    musselman LawnSite Senior Member
    from utah
    Messages: 301

    I have a 2003 1 ton dually duramax king cab with a 10 foot flatbed. I pull a 12,000 lbs. rated trailor 18 foot dual axle. In the trailor I have 1 or 2 60 inch hustlers one is a cat diesel. (I always have 1 on the trailor and 2 on when we do large school grounds) a walker, and a 32 inch exmark viking walk behind and various trimmers and edgers, blowers ect. about half the time I full of grass clippings on the truck. I havent checked my milage for awhile and this week I kept track Im getting 14 MPG. Is this about right? I thought I was doing better than that when I first got the truck...but I cant remember if I checked with a load or empty. Anyways just wanted to see if Im in the ball park or If I need to do something to get better. Thanks
  2. 2stroke

    2stroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    im doing good if i can get 10 out of my older Cummins.
  3. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    When I'm loaded for spraying in the bed, have the mowing trailer, and running my A/C - I get a wallet-bleeding 7mpg.
  4. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    On my last fill up - pulling 16 tandum, Hustler Z, Quick 36, couple trimmers, blower, etc. and some stuff in the bed - 22 gal fills it, got 196 miles for a total of 8.9 mpg. Checking on this tank too.

    Seems like I was getting closer to 250 miles the last time I checked, over a year ago.
  5. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,445

    That sounds about right for all the "stuff" your towing. You could find a scale to get your real weight, and then you can better judge your MPG vs weight hauled.
  6. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 273

    I have an 04 Duramax with the Edge chip and am getting only 14 around town pulling a 16 foot trailer with 2 mowers. I would say that you are doing well. Does your truck have a programmer?
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    That sounds a bit on the high side unless it's a diesel ...
    Or maybe if you have LRR tires, possibly on a one ton you do, still sounds kind of high thou.
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    It's a big help if you read the post, unless you don't realize a Duramax is a diesel... :)

    Musselman, I think the only problem you have is that you can do math and tell the truth. 14 mpg sounds about right for a load. If you want to improve your mileage, the easiest and most common way is to just LIE about it!:laugh:
  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,462

    thats real good for all that crap your towin! Thats about what i get towin with my single wheel.
  10. ACE

    ACE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    I have 92 Dodge diesel 250. Use to get 16 to 17 with 16' trailer with equipment. Now Im getting 15 even. Think I need work on engine. I parked the box truck diesel because of higher insurance and 10 MPG. I hate using the trailer and have thought about telling every oe to start coughing up more money.

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