Towing Gas Milage

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

  1. mow4cash

    mow4cash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Yes...but not nearly as much as taxes. My route is also tightly packed.
  2. Big Wes

    Big Wes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    200 Ford f-250 4x4 5.4 gas eng. 36,000 original miles on it, I tow an enclosed 24' Pace summit and consistently get 8.5 mpg without the trailer about 15 mpg Hwy.
  3. crhoades68

    crhoades68 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 71

    After researching and talking to many people I purchased a 2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic 6.6L diesel. This truck will pull anything. I pull a 7 x 16 tandem trailer that is around 6500# when loaded with my equipment. The truck doesn't have any problems pulling it. I get about 12.5 MPG when pulling. I get around 17 MPG when driving on the highway and in between when mixed driving.

    I am currently looking for a gasser. After my large loan payment, expensive oil changes, and $4 diesel, I can afford the lower mileage I will get driving a 2500HD 6.0 or a Toyota Tundra 5.7. Just a quick note. Both of these trucks offer flex fuel on newer models.

    I hate the idea of giving up the diesel but its hard for me to justify it economically.
  4. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    2007 F-250 V10 gets 8.2 mpg pulling my 6.5 x 14 trailer that weighs 3,300 lbs. fully loaded. But i only drive abbout 20-25 miles on my routes
  5. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    flex fuel actually costs more to run if you do the math trust me i know i have one
  6. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    I've got an 04 Duramax with 170,xxx on the clock. She gets about 19-20
    On the hwy unl
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  7. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    I've got an 04 Duramax with 170,xxx on the clock. She gets about 19-20
    On the hwy unloaded. Recently I've only been getting 12 pulling a 18' trailer and 100 gallon sprayer in the bed. Was getting 14.5....must be getting old! :)
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  8. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Duramax lift kits and big tires kill mileage especially on gas motors. The 6.0 needs a tune underdrive pulley and cold air intake. Will greatly improve If you keep your foot out of it.
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  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    I get 500 kms to the tank loaded pulling a 20,000 pounds GCVW GN trailer, 115 liter tank, empty no trailer I get 700 kms easy.
    Straight pipes, no EGR, no chip.
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  10. HitchC&L

    HitchC&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Last time I actually followed my exact MPG on a tow was a few months ago.

    I averaged 7.429 MPG towing about 7000# on a 500+ mile trip, the next trip I did I got about 7.53 on a 600+ mile tow with a very slightly lighter trailer

    Both of these were almost all highway with 1/2 the trip being with an unloaded 2500# trailer

    Ill take an educated guess on regular unloaded in town driving at around 9-10 MPG

    Its a 2002 GMC 2500HD 8.1L

    Ive been looking into a diesel very heavily for about a year and a half now, but cant find the right one, Im very picky haha. I calculated around 150/month in fuel savings (as of gas prices about 3 months ago)

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