Towing Gas Milage

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by catchem27, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. catchem27

    catchem27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Id like to see what everyones towing Gas mileage is. Hand Calculations only and no high balling ;)

    I have a lifted silverado 2500hd 6.0 gas. I pull a single axle 2000lb Trailer.
    Mix of city highway and street diving with trailer on full time, 6.6mpg.

    Wanting to know if there are any 2011 silverado hd diesel trucks out there and their towing mpg.
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,177

    6.6 , that sucks, I just sold my 04 F250 4X4 regular cab 5.4 3.73 consistently 11.9-12.0. 2500 lbs trailer and load. Just replaced with the new F150 5.0 regular 2wd 3.55 hoping for better , we will see as soon as I get 1K on it.
  3. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 867

    08 F-250 4x4 reg cab long bed with 6 speed manual tranny with 5.4. Pulling my mowing trailer with a 52 and 60 up and down hills running 75-80 I get 9.5 empty I'm geting around 15-16
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  4. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    06 Cummins longbed, get about 11.5-13 with my 16' trailer that tips the scales at about 5500lbs all loaded up. Get about 15 in town when not towing, seen as high as 21 on the hwy.
  5. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    03 chevy 1500 with 5.3L and 33" tires. 15 empty, 9 with a 17' trailer at 2000-3000lbs
  6. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Our 06 250 SD has a 5.4L with a K&N air induction kit and a super chip and it seems to get 10-12 no matter what its doing, even empty. Our enclosed trailer is 24ft long and always loaded with equipment totaling (with trailer) about 8k. Our 05 F350 SRW has a 6.0L PowerStroke and we just got it so I can only guess from what Ive read and heard expect to get mid teens. I think for around town towing and occasional hi way towing your better off with a V-10, Ford's V-10's put out almost 500lbs of torque!
  7. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Screw the V10. I know with my load the mileage would go down at least 3 or 4mpg. Quite a few ppl I know are pulling similar loads with big gas motors and I couldnt take getting 6-8mpg.
  8. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    Dodge HEMI 1500 5.7L Gas 2003 pulling a 7X14 tandem trailer close to 4500 pounds. Mostly city, stop at every lights, etc. 10-11 mpg
  9. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    07 Dmax...20 hwy..15 around town towing 16' trailer...
    Just picked up a '01 chevy 1 ton dump w/6.0...Hope i get better then the OP's 6.6mpg
  10. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Well what are you towing? I'm assumed we're only talking about lawn care trailer's and equipment here. Ford's V-10 is a great motor, I personally don't own one but Ive seen several with 200k plus mileage and running/towing like new. I'm sure if your towing a 9k lb skid steer in a 14gvw dump trailer and the bed of the truck loaded with dirt or gravel then thats a different story and your probably way over loaded to begin with.

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