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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2009-11-20 3:38 PM (#2592)
Subject: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 176

I want to here "YOUR" fuel mileage results. Tell me what YOU drive and what you tow and the fuel mileage you are getting. I am NOT interested in what your friends have or had only what YOU are using or have used in the last few months.

Myself, I have an 2007 DODGE RAM 3500 C/C truck 2 wheel drive with a CM custom hauler bed I pull a 2004 Sundowner 8010 3 horse Signature Series trailer and a 28' gooseneck flatbed with 15 round bales. The truck stock was getting 14 unloaded and 10 loaded. After modifcation I have made I am now getting 17 or better unloaded and almost 14 loaded.

Again, only post your personal results!
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martin531
Reg. Jun 2008
Posted 2009-11-21 9:07 PM (#2593 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





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we have three trucks a 2002 f550 7.3 liter powerstroke and unloaded it gets right around 15 and we usualy just move eqipment with that truck usualy around 25,000 pounds and it gets 10 to 12 with that. 2nd we have a 2006 chevy 2500 it gets around 16 unloaded and pulling a 3 horse gooseneck no living quarters probly gets 14. and lastly we have a 2006 f650 gets 15 or 16 unloaded and with the 3 horse gets 14 i would say and pulling are living quarter trailer that weighs 18,500 unloaded we probly get about 12.
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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2009-11-23 12:15 PM (#2595 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





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What engine and tranny do you have in your F-650? I am looking to up size, but can not figure out what I want. Looking at the 4500 Chevys (because of the price) and looking at used Freightliners and Internationals but they keep going up on price.....
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windy
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2009-11-23 4:16 PM (#2596 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?






Location: Colorado
I've got a 2001 Ford F350, 7.3, 6 speed manual, crew cab 4X4 dual rear wheels. Until recently I mostly pulled a 4 horse head to head - 29' on the floor. Now I've got a 4H cimarron. It stays hooked to the trailer. I'll normally get 11 to 12 mpg. I try to keep it around 70 MPH. 15 or 18 months ago, when fuel was so high, I did a little experiment. On one of my trips, 350 miles one way, I stayed at 63mph. I got 13 to 14.5 mpg (actual mileage, not just what the computer said I was getting). Up here in the winter time, a lot of places will blend thier fuel to help keep it from gelling. With blended fuel my mileage goes down a little. 
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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2009-11-23 4:47 PM (#2597 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





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Have you noticed any difference in fuel mileage with the ULSD vs the regular LSD? My older 97 F-350 does not run as good and the mileage drops unless I put treatment in it.
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windy
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2009-11-23 5:06 PM (#2598 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?






Location: Colorado
I couldn't see much of a difference with the ultralow sulpher- but if it's 1/2 mpg, I probably wouldn't have caught that. My mileage can fluctuate that much normally.
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Painted Horse
Reg. May 2005
Posted 2009-11-23 7:16 PM (#2600 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 493

Location: Utah

I have a 2006 F350 CC, LB SRW, 6.0L Auto.  It currently has 95,000 miles on it. I have upsized the tires one size to 285/75R18 Which added 2" to the diameter of the tire.  I corrected the calibration to reflect the larger tire size. I also live at 4472 foot above sea level

If I get on the freeway and do a steady 70mph the truck gets 19-20mpg.  It doesn't matter so much if I drive 45 miles or 450 miles. Hand calcuation of mileage validates what the computer displays.

Any kind of around town driving, which would involve stop signs, stop lights etc and I drop to 13-14 mpg. 

I tow several trailers.  A logan 4 horse that weighs a little over 6,000lbs empty. Loaded gear and horses, I've gone a little over 12,000 with it. ( I often throw 5 horses in the trailer). A 20' tilt bed equipment trailer. On it I haul a mini excavator or a Skid Loader. I also have a dump trailer that 5000lbs empty and up to 14,0000 lbs loaded. Last year I sod a 4 horse LQ that loaded went 16,000lbs.

Pulling a trailer I get 11.5 to 12.5 mpg.  I found it interesting that I pulled my 16,000lb LQ from Salt Lake to Jackson Hole and got 11.5mpg with a full load.  I picked up my current non-LQ trailer in boise and towed it home empty ( 6,000lbs) and got 11.7mpg.  So a 10,000lb lighter trailer and I got almost the same mpg.  So wind resitance and rolling resitance plays a bigger role in my MPG than does weight.

I have an Edge Evolution programer installed. I almost NEVER change the setting from the stock mode. I use it mostly for the EGT temp gauge.  But the few times I have tried the ecconomy mode has not made any difference in my mileage.


And No I have not seen any difference in my mpg with Ultra Low Sulfer fuel.  I do see a drop in the cold months when the refineries blend  the diesel to prevent gelling.



Edited by Painted Horse 2009-11-23 7:18 PM
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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2009-11-23 10:20 PM (#2603 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 176

I have had a little problem with the ULSD down here with older diesel trucks. Mileage loss, more noise and my older 1992 7.L IDI F-350 injectors start leaking even after new seals. So I have tried a couple of different fuel treatments and the best I have found and the cheapest has been either auto transmission fluid and 2 cycle outborad engine oil TCW3. My 92 has 2 small tanks so I put 1/2 pint of TCW3 in each tank every 4 fill ups. So far NO more leaks, better cold starts, better fuel mileage and a little more take off power.
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bechack
Reg. Mar 2006
Posted 2009-11-23 11:10 PM (#2604 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 71

Location: Coarsegold, CA

Truck is an 06 F350  Crew Cab Dually, 4x4, and empty on the road I have gotten as high as 18mpg.

Towing the 3h bp loaded ( with only a few things in the truck bed probably 12-14.  Trips with the BP are usually local now but that consists of Sierra Foothills at 3000'

Usual load is 3H, GN LQ, 10'sw, fully loaded probably weighs in at 15000 and pulling anywhere around here includes Cajon Pass, or the Grapevine in Southern California and I get 10-12 mpg.

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retento
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2009-11-24 1:49 AM (#2605 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 256

Location: rocky mount nc
   I had a 1988 F-350, 4x4, regular cab, single wheel, with the 7.3 IDI, C-6 automatic that got 11 mpg empty and about 8 loaded.....

   Then I bought a new 2001 Chevrolet 3500 dually, ext cab, 4x4 with the 8.1 gas engine and the Allison automatic. Truck has 4.10 gears and stock 215-85-16lrE tires. I have gotten as high as 13 and change running empty, most of the time it's in the 10-11 range. I pull a 6 horse head to head thats 43' on the floor. Truck and trailer GCW is usually around 21 - 23000# . Just got back from middle Tn. several weeks ago and averaged 8.22 mpg, loaded. Kept my speed at or around 65 mph. Had I run 75 mph the mileage would have been about 7 mpg. Truck is nine years old with 82000 mile and has had no issures other than it's appetite for mass quanities of Benzene laced hydrocarbon!!! I like my "big block"!!
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retento
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2009-11-24 3:26 AM (#2606 - in reply to #2605)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 256

Location: rocky mount nc

Messed up....



Edited by retento 2009-11-24 3:30 AM
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windy
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2009-11-24 12:52 PM (#2607 - in reply to #2605)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?






Location: Colorado
retento - 2009-11-24 12:49 AM    I had a 1988 F-350, 4x4, regular cab, single wheel, with the 7.3 IDI, C-6 automatic that got 11 mpg empty and about 8 loaded.....

   Then I bought a new 2001 Chevrolet 3500 dually, ext cab, 4x4 with the 8.1 gas engine and the Allison automatic. Truck has 4.10 gears and stock 215-85-16lrE tires. I have gotten as high as 13 and change running empty, most of the time it's in the 10-11 range. I pull a 6 horse head to head thats 43' on the floor. Truck and trailer GCW is usually around 21 - 23000# . Just got back from middle Tn. several weeks ago and averaged 8.22 mpg, loaded. Kept my speed at or around 65 mph. Had I run 75 mph the mileage would have been about 7 mpg. Truck is nine years old with 82000 mile and has had no issures other than it's appetite for mass quanities of Benzene laced hydrocarbon!!! I like my "big block"!!


I've often wondered what real mileage the big block gas engines get when pulling. 43' on the floor - holy smokes! I went from my head to head to a slant load because I wanted a little shorter trailer - and it was only 29' of floor! LOL! My trailer I've got now is 24' - I feel like I can get around about anywhere with it, and my wife likes pulling it better too. I sure did like the head to head for long distances, though!
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retento
Reg. Aug 2004
Posted 2009-11-24 5:58 PM (#2608 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 256

Location: rocky mount nc
  Windy, I messed up again... The trailer is 35' on the floor, 43' total.

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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2009-11-24 9:24 PM (#2610 - in reply to #2608)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 176

retento - 2009-11-24 5:58 PM

  Windy, I messed up again... The trailer is 35' on the floor, 43' total.




You did not really mess up, you just wanted to post more since you have been out for a little while.... hee hee

Just messin' with ya'
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martin531
Reg. Jun 2008
Posted 2009-11-28 12:21 PM (#2615 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





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Our F650 has a 5.9 cummins and an allison 3200 automatic
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Jeepplr
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2010-02-06 5:14 AM (#4932 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 16

Location: Pataskala, Ohio
My truck a 2002 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 with supercharged 6.0 GAS pulling a 4 horse Lakota with a 10'LQ.
Unloaded it gets about 14-15 on the freeway, if I stay under 80mph. With the trailer attached it gets 9.5-10 at 65 on the flats and crossing the Rockies my Scan Gauge II said I was getting 5.3MPG at 2-3lbs of boost doing about 30MPH on I 70 in Colorado. I could pass anything but a gas station.
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siseley
Reg. Jul 2006
Posted 2010-11-18 1:39 PM (#5123 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?






Posts: 94

Location: high desert, CA.


WOW!
I just got my 2005, Dodge 3500 srw, quad cab. I went from my home in High Desert area of So. Calif, to Buellton, in Cent Calif, and got 22mpg unloaded!! Then on the way back, with our 2001 Trails West 4 horse w/lq, I was amazed to find i got 16mpg, and part of that was up from Santa Clarita on the 14 fwy at 65mph. I never left overdrive, and I don't think the cummins even shifted down, or struggled a bit.
I am new to having the Cummins, and can't believe why I waited to get a diesel!!!
 My 97 Dodge gas motor would have gotten MAYBE 15 empty, and 8 loaded. Not to mention I would have had to shift down and lug up hill at about 40mph on the 14 grade!


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saddlepalpm
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2011-05-22 8:34 PM (#5238 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 6

We just bought a 2011 Dodge 3500 Dually diesel 6 speed automatic 4x4. We have only towed a two horse 4-star slant with dressing room, hauling two fat horses. We were really surprised how much fuel the thing is drinking! The computer read out 12 mpg the first time we used it. The trip was mostly on flat to slight grades of interstate. Now that may be pretty good as my husband used the cruise and tow mode most of the trip. We have yet to pull our 4 Star 3 horse with 12' LQ. I am not good with figuring, but I know we get an average of 400 miles to one tank of fuel pulling this 2 horse trailer. We got that with our 1997 Dodge diesel 4x4 that was modified, pulling the big trailer. I will post when I get more results.
p.s. I love this forum, so much information!
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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2011-05-23 12:18 AM (#5239 - in reply to #5238)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 176

saddlepalpm - 2011-05-22 8:34 PM

We just bought a 2011 Dodge 3500 Dually diesel 6 speed automatic 4x4. We have only towed a two horse 4-star slant with dressing room, hauling two fat horses. We were really surprised how much fuel the thing is drinking! The computer read out 12 mpg the first time we used it. The trip was mostly on flat to slight grades of interstate. Now that may be pretty good as my husband used the cruise and tow mode most of the trip. We have yet to pull our 4 Star 3 horse with 12' LQ. I am not good with figuring, but I know we get an average of 400 miles to one tank of fuel pulling this 2 horse trailer. We got that with our 1997 Dodge diesel 4x4 that was modified, pulling the big trailer. I will post when I get more results.
p.s. I love this forum, so much information!



You will have to wait until you get around 20-k miles before you start seeing some mileage, then you will only be seeing 15's maybe. FYI when you are towing your small trailer leave the OD on unless you are in town. This will help a ton!

My Dodge is no longer stock and the only time I use the tow/haul mode is when we are pulling hay out of the field or going through town and thats just cause the EB works much better with the tow/haul mode.
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saddlepalpm
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2011-05-24 4:44 PM (#5240 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 6

I agree with leaving the OD on with the little trailer. I pull it with my V10 Dodge and don't have to take the OD off. Sometimes I take it off going up a grade and my rmp's really reve up. My husband really likes the EB, we call it the jake brake! It is the only sound that makes the truck sound like a truck to him. 15 MPG sounds good to me.
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hogtownboss
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2011-05-25 10:51 PM (#5241 - in reply to #5240)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 176

saddlepalpm - 2011-05-24 4:44 PM
My husband really likes the EB, we call it the jake brake! It is the only sound that makes the truck sound like a truck to him.



I agree with your hubby on jake brake.... Mine really sounds good now since I got rid of all the crap the epa had on my truck.

I like going through the little towns that have sign saying "no engine brake", anytime I see one of these I use my tow/haul mode so the brake kick in harder even if I am empty. DPS hates it around here because their little books state "commercial vehicles" does not say anything about some goof off in a 1-ton truck.... Guess there is a loop hole for everything.
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Aqhaczy
Reg. Jan 2004
Posted 2011-06-06 4:11 PM (#5245 - in reply to #2592)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 466

Location: Morgan Mill TX

I must be crazy- I have a 96 Dodge 2500 Ram 4X4 5sp Cummings that gets 18-20mpg on the freeway and 14-16 towing my 3h 10'LQ trailer.  If I keep my boot out of it I can get 1 to 2 miles better.  
I'm now in the process of trying to sale it- With the fuel prices, I should keep it, but I'm tired of shifting.  Someone please shoot me for doing this.....

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saddlepalpm
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2011-06-09 9:15 PM (#5246 - in reply to #5245)
Subject: RE: FUEL Mileage RESULTS?





Posts: 6

Aqhaczy, take it from a wife who is tired of all the complaining about trucks! My husband had the same truck as you except his was a 97. It was cranked up and ran like the wind, even pulling our 3 horse LQ. And we got great fuel milage too. But we didn't have much whoa and wouldn't had any if not for the trailer brakes and being careful. Husband kept that truck in tip top shape, inside, outside, over and under. No rust or scratch or bump. Was garage kept washed and waxed. Then almost 200,000 miles it blew up and needed a new motor. We invested $3000 plus for a new-used stock motor. The truck wasn't fun to drive anymore, he hated his "baby". Going to a town close by he complained about the truck for the last time. There at a Dodge dealer was a 2011 white dually 6 speed automatic. No more shifting! Two hours later we went home with it and left his dear green truck for someone else. Found out it was sold on Ebay for $9600. That made him sick all over. But, he has finally gotten somewhat used to all the power and glitz of the new one and he said he doesn't miss all that shifting. But, it just is not fun to drive, too quite, doesn't sound like a real truck. So take some advise, think really hard if you are quite attached to your "man" truck!
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