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Towing Gas Milage

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

  1. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    Just pulled a 7 x 20 enclosed trailer with two 60" Lazer Z's and got 8.0 MPG exactly. I have the 6.8L V10
  2. DoetschOutdoor

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

    You pulled that trailer for a whole tank or just around town? Hard to get an accurate mileage (not using the overhead computer) if you do not pull that trailer a lot.
  3. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,038

    i just cant believe the low fuel milage numbers you guys are posting on here that would soooo suck
  4. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    My 2000 Durango R/T musters around 12mpg towing 2K. 9-10mpg towing 5-6K with the 4 speed auto and 3.92 axle. Empty in city I get 13-14mpg, highway varies depending on speed but my best tank was 18.3mpg at 55-58mph (not using cruise control).
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I have a 2003 Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0L engine. I don't even check my mileage...I know it's horrible. Just the cost of doing business to me. I need a truck that will tow 10K and couldn't justify paying $6k more for a diesel, so I just accept it.
  6. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    My old work truck (15L DD), I couldn't care about mileage. When my Durango does double duty, checking mileage is more than a number, in terms of cost, it also tells me if my mileage drops exponentially that I could have a mechanical problem and look it into it before it gets worse. When I went from my 13-14mpg empty to around 7-8mpg empty. I found out I had two problems; o2 sensor shot, and I had a bad injector. I wouldn't have known otherwise until the vehicle drove rough enough to illuminate a check engine light.
  7. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Post gear ratios too!
  8. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    I filled up, hooked the trailer up and towed it 20 miles and filled up again. I calculated it myself and it came out to be 8.02 MPG. I know its not accurate, but its pretty damn close i know that. I have the 5 speed Torque shift transmission with 4.10 gears.
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    2004 F350 4x4 Crew, automatic, V10, 4.30 gears. It get's between 8.5-9 mpg towing about 2500lbs, entirely around town. My average speed on a given day is usually about 22mph. Lots of stop and go. On more open road I have seen over 11mpg towing an empty car trailer one way, and a loaded car trailer back. Stop and go is the killer.
  10. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,038

    I wouldnt be using theses trucks for mowing crews at all

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