MPG For Diesel Trucks towing

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by victory, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. victory

    victory LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am looking at getting a Ford F250 with a 7.3l turbo diesel. I am curious about what MPG people are getting with thier diesels towing their equipment? I am currently getting about 10 with my gas setup. I typically drive about 275-350 miles per week towing the work trailer (16ft enclosed 2 riders and all hand equip).

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I've got the truck listed below and can only manage 9.5-11mpg. It'll be hard to justify the savings. The 7.3 will most likely get better mileage (the Duramax's power comes with a price...that being mileage).
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    10-11 mpg pulling my 20' landscape trailer with my '05 6.0L Powerstroke. 8-9 mpg when pulling my travel trailer on the highways.
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    My 04 dodge with the 6 cyl Cummings turbo diesel gets a little over 14 with a 8.5 x16 enclosed trailer loaded and we also haul all our clippings so it comes home every day fully loaded. Plus the 4-6 guys in the cab. It only has 36-k and the mileage has been getting better over the months I have been told I can expect it to get up to about 16-17 when the truck is broken in.
  5. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    11-15 mpg, depending on load, and road/environmental considerations.
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    the cummins will not get 16-17mpg's towing. On average (i pulled with 3 different 7.3's and one 6.0) the 7.3's would average 12-13mpg pulling my trailer. 16'L x 83"W. bout 4000 pounds of trailer and equipment. and my 6.0 was 14mpg consistant. all had the 3.73's and automatic. one was a 350, the rest were 250's
  7. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Man you must have gotten a lemon or something. Or you just really hate your Cummins.

    My 05' Power Stroke got ~10-11mpg pulling anything. Didnt seem to get any worse or better regardless what was hooked up. Best I ever saw was on a road trip empty, pulled 15mpg

    My CTD with an Edge and AFE stage 2 will get ~15-17mpg pulling my 20ft with mowers on it and will still get ~13-14mpg pulling my 20K Felling with my 252B Cat on it. Empty on the highway heading for the cabin it will get 23-24mpg @ 68mph. Anything more than that and it goes down to 20mpg.
  8. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    i dont hate my cummins one bit. but the best i have ever gotten empty was 15.9 mpg. the longest trip i went on was 500 miles. on the way there i got 14.6 cc set on 70 mph. then on the way back was 14.1 cruise on average of 70mph. my 03 cummins got about 17 highway, but couldnt pull a cat. and towing it got 12-13. see your 05 PS got 10-11. mine got 14-16. different trucks do different things. a friend of mine gets new trucks every year. always 350 duallys. his 07 got 10 towing his 06 got 11 his 05 got 9. his 08 gets unloaded he would average around 15 on all of em. but he wasnt empty alot.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    My 7.3 in my one F-450 weighed 8400lbs empty the truck got 12mpg loaded or empty didn't matter. My current 6.0 weighs 9300lbs empty gets 12.5 mpg loaded or empty. On the coast it is hilly and steep grades (8-10 percent) you don't really climb them any faster than 49mph empty and 37mph loaded.

    Go down a grade too fast you will have brake fade in seconds and glaze your brakes. Take a corner too fast your into the ditch or into the trees which will total your vehical and the Jaws of life will have to cut you out.

    My 460 gas powered trucks at best got 6-8mpg didn't matter if they were loaded or empty.
  10. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    o ya gotta love that old 460...such a power house. and drivin down the road you can watch the fuel gauge drop ever so methodicaly...ha!

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