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rgd123

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Posted: 04/09/12 04:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am currently pulling a 5500 lb JAYCO 27 DSRL and getting about 9 mpg.
I am driving a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 Hemi 5.7

If I trade it in for a Ram 2500 would I get better mpg.
I guess it would be easier on the new truck?

While driving on fairly level hwy, the Dodge 1500 keeps shifting up and down Often .

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No, you will not get better fuel mileage unless you go diesel. Nine mpg is pretty good, I wouldn't complain.


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Checked my gas mileage this past weekend on a trip. Speeds were 45 mph here in town, then a back road for several miles, then about 20 miles of interstate driving,speeds 55 to 60, then back onto a two lane road with variable speed. My mpg was running around 12. I am towing a Puma 25RS with a Chevrolet Silverdao, 5.3L, V8. I have the tow package on it. I tried it in D, 3rd, this engaged, not engaged, and whatever. When I got home I checked it again...average 11.4.

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I have a 2000 Ram 2500 cummins with a 5 spd. I pull a Northtrail FX235 through the mountains of colorado and get 16 mpg consitantly pulling at 65-70 mph. Diesels will get you better mileage but it takes a long time recoup the extra cost of a diesel. Diesel is usually a $5000-6000 increase in purchase price.

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rgd123 wrote:

If I trade it in for a Ram 2500 would I get better mpg.
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If it's a diesel! But don't buy a diesel only for the fuel mileage. If MPG is the only complaint you have with your current truck, keep it. MPG isn't why people buy a diesel.

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Same engine in a heavier truck will PROBABLY get a little worse MPG


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When you have an automatic transmission with overdrive
In hilly areas and with heavy loads, it is recommended you lock the transmission "out" of overdrive to prevent excessive gear shifting
Overdrive can be locked out to promote engine braking on downgrades
Use overdrive with lighter loads and in flat terrain to increase fuel efficiency


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The diesel isn't really gonna save money. Maintenance is a lot more money... oil changes are about $85 every 5-10k miles (many will tell you 5-7k if towing), you have to add diesel fuel additives (or at least on the ford's you do), you have to change fuel filters every 10000 miles or so.Any repairs are also a lot more money on a diesel and diesel fuel is more expensive. My ford w/ the 6.4L powerstroke diesel runs about 13-14mpg daily driving and about 12 towing (I am a little lead footed daily driving and not so much when towing). Now I realize you are asking about Rams and I honestly know knothing about diesels other than what I have learned while owning this one but my point is that maintenance is definitely more expensive w/ a diesel with not much recoup from the mileage. We went diesel simply for the longer life of the truck vs a 3/4 ton gasser life expectancy (we bought used so life was important to us).


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Posted: 04/09/12 05:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"While driving on fairly level hwy, the Dodge 1500 keeps shifting up and down Often."

Take it out of overdrive and slow down some.


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You can probably improve that mileage a fair amount by trading for an Ecoboost but it will take a long time (or towing a whole lot of miles) before you'd gain too much. towing over 10,000 lb. on two trips (one to Colorado and one through the flat lands of Kansas and Oklahoma) and averaged just over 10 MPG for the pair. 10.0 through the mountains of Colorado and 10.1 in Oklahoma with lots of strong head winds. If you'd trade for the newer Dodge with the 6 speed tranny I'd expect to see some improvement.
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