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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a 2500. It has a 3.42 rear. Is this good or not? I'm asking cause I don't know, have a 1500 and the gas mileage sucks. Thanks for any help!
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How much does the trailer weigh?
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It may improve some, but don't expect huge savings. Your trailer is big and a 2500 will last longer pulling it. Don't know what you normally get, but our trip this past weekend across the state we averaged 8.2 mpg.
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Yeah I'm getting 8.5. I'm looking at the diesel 6.7. Trailer with smoker probably around 4-4100 and if I load the other smoker another 6-700lbs. I usually just take 1 smoker though thanks.
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You will probably get better mileage with the diesel. Our trailer is about on par with yours for weight, but our 2500 has the hemi in it. I'd imagine it will cruise pretty effortlessly with the diesel. Pick it up before Chesapeake and let us know how it does on that trip :-)
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Yeah I'm getting 8.5. I'm looking at the diesel 6.7. Trailer with smoker probably around 4-4100 and if I load the other smoker another 6-700lbs. I usually just take 1 smoker though thanks.
I have a 2012 Ford f-250 with the diesel and pull a 14k 5th wheel and I've been getting 10-11mpg and that's in the TN/NC mountains. It's a towing machine.
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Does the trailer have brakes? I always worry more about stopping than pulling!!
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Does the trailer have brakes? I always worry more about stopping than pulling!!
Yup 2 5000lb axles with brakes.
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How timely this topic came up as I am looking for a newer, or heavier duty tow vehicle. We have a 2004 Chevy 1500 extended cab with 120k miles on it. I have begun to notice that it is just not towing as "effortlessly" as it used to. We have a 28' travel trailer and it is started to strain when towing it. I also notice just towing the 5x8 U-Hauls for comps that it is not towing as well.

I just asked my mechanic Saturday if there was anything I cold do to help the Chevy, he said not really as I keep it tuned up and running with good tires, front end aligned, etc....

He showed me his tow truck that he uses for towing his race car. He has a 2001 Chevy 2500 Diesel. He tows a 40', 3 axle trailer that holds his Corvette, tools, sleeping area, etc... That trailer is HUGE! He gets about 11-12 mpg and that is towing up and down the hills in Western VA. Without the trailer, he gets 23 mpg.

That is starting to convince me to trade up for a more heavier duty tow truck.

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My 2011 F150 Lariat Limited 6.2 L is rated to tow 11,000 lbs...my trailer is 4060 and I average 10.5 mpg
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I'm getting between 8 and 9 mpg pulling my 8.5x20 trailer with my 5.7L Tundra.
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I'm getting between 8 and 9 mpg pulling my 8.5x20 trailer with my 5.7L Tundra.
Yeah this is why I'm looking at a diesel.
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Yeah this is why I'm looking at a diesel.
I have a7x16 haulmark and pull it with a 2011 dodge ram 1500 with 3.55 and a hemi. The weight is usually between 4000-6000lbs. It is well within my weight rating and the truck handles the weight fine, but I get between 6 to 8 mpg. I have towed up to 1,200 miles from NY to FL. I am considering jumping to a 2500 diesel as a 2500 gasser would not give me much if any mpg savings, but my issue is diesel fuel cost when NOT towing as this is an everyday vehicle for me.
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I tow my 6x10 Haulmark with my 6-cyl Ford Escape. I estimate the trailer loaded is about 3000-4000 lbs. Last summer I drove it from Buffalo to New Paltz and averaged 12 mpg round trip. My car didn't appreciate the Catskills though lol. She was a screamin' at me!
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Just upgrading to a 2500 will get a much safer towing situation but won't get any better mileage unless you get the diesel. The diesel is the ultimate because it will last longer, use less fuel and have plenty of power as well. The one problem is diesel itself is normally 30 to 50 cents per gallon more and the initial cost of the truck will be a lot more than a similar truck with a gas engine, but will have better resale value. Only you can weigh the pluses and minuses and decide if you'll tow enough to justify the costs.
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