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MPG Decrease with Trailer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by recycledsole, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    Hello everyone
    i want to get a dual axle trailer with 7k gvwr
    if i usually get about 16mpg with my v8 tundra, how much will that decrease with the trailer empty and full?
    thanks alot!
  2. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Messages: 828

    I'd guess that 10 to 12 would not be surprising.
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    I pull a 7x14 dual axle with my V8 Dakota. Normally get 17-18 MPG. With trailer on and loaded, lucky to get 10.

    You will be in the same boat. Join the 10 MPG club:)
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I get between 8.5 and 10 with my 1/2 dodge with a 318 pulling about 6500 lbs
  5. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,429

    10mpg, had a 1500 chevy big v8 z71 and it got 8 to 10, didnt matter if it was a 5x8 empty, or a 20ft full landscape rig....sucks to get the truth...lol
  6. StrokerTurbo7.3

    StrokerTurbo7.3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    Seems like all these guys are figuring about what you will get.

    I get 11-13 out of my 7.3 Power Stroke.
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  7. Nick's Lawn Care

    Nick's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    I get 10 MPG with out a trailer with my F450 (7.3L Diesel) and around 6-7 MPG with towing a chipper or a trailer (Vermeer BC1000 or 16' deckover with the dingo and logs on it. Its not great but the truck weighs 11k empty
  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    I get about 8.5-9 mpg with my 3/4 Dodge, I pull a 6x12 single axle with a 54" Z and a 36" Walk.
  9. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,104

    Depends on the terrain and load. I pull a 16 foot dual wheel 7k with my Suburban . Suburban gets an avg of 17.6 no trailer, 11.5 with, and not loaded with more than 1500lbs. More load, less mpgs
  10. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I used a 1994 S-10 with a 4.3 pullin a 5x8, got eleven mpg.
    I used a 1988 Z-71 pullin a 6x12, got nine mpg.
    I went to a 1993 Isuzu Npr 4 cyl diesel turbo 7x11 bed with 3 foot dove tail, I now get 13mpg.

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