Looking at getting a diesel truck. Would appreciate your feedback on what you have, and what you get.
Please give me a Truck year, make, model, transmission, rear end ratio.
Empty MPG, City/Hwy.
Loaded MPG City/Hwy.
Plus were your at, Mountains, flatland, rolling hills.
Well thanks for all the info everyone. I see this post is not dead and it keeps on giving.
Update. I ended up getting a 2008 Ford F-350 dually Flatbed. And a New 2013 NorthStar Arrow 8.5 Love them both expecially the extra storage compartments on the outside of the camper.
Now these numbers are winter diesel and that tends to be a little less economy I would assume.
Empty 55mph - 15-19
Empty interstate 75mph - 12
T/C loaded - 9.5 any speed
Heres a photo.
2008 Dodge Cummins diesel 6.7L - 350 HP - 6 speed Auto
Empty back and forth to work: 15.6
Empty on the highway - 19 to 22 (according to direction and velocity of wind)
Loaded at 11,000 lbs.: City 15 to 16
Loaded at highway speed 12.5 to 14 (according to direction and velocity of wind)
July 23, 2012 Fayetteville, AR to Broken Bow, OK and back to Fayetteville, AR - 396 miles - I averaged 22 mpg running empty 65 & 75 mph - no wind - and I still have almost 1/2 of the tank of fuel I filled up in Poteau, OK on the way down. Amazed me the fuel mileage because this is the absolute best the truck has ever done. I have averaged 19.8 according to the overhead several times going to Dallas, TX and back.
I have hand calculated many times and the overhead is close, but always under by .2 or .3 mpg.
Truck has 72,700 miles on it and 2/3 of those were loaded.
Pictures are on I-80 Rawlins, WY October, 2011 with a nice tailwind - I never reset the overhead display from the time we left Arkansas to Washington State via Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, down to Oregon and back home through Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. My fuel gauge, overhead MPG, and speedometer are the most accurate I have ever had.
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Only figure my milage by how much fuel is used during a trip.
Last trip of 6456 miles used 475 gallons of diesel.
That's 13.6 miles per gallon.
Two weeks of that trip the camper was unloaded so the truck was running around empty.
The fuel cost me $1864.66.
So the average gallon cost $3.93.
Trip was May and June this year.
I have an 02 F250 with 7.3 and 373 rear end. Running empty, at 55mph i get 20 mpg, normal driving running 72 or so I get mid 17s. With fiver in signature at 65 I get between 10 and 11. Truck has 210,000 miles and has had minimum repairs.
Beautiful wife of 33 years
26 year old son and DIL
Female Yellow Labrador Retriever Puppy
10 year old Amazon Parrot
2002 F250 4 door, 8 foot bed, 7.3 PSD with Hypertech software, timbrens, 3.73 rear axle
2006 Montana Mountaineer 344RET
mostly 2 lane country roads, I average around 17 mpg
Highway (60-65 mph) 19-20
Loaded with camper in sig
On a 4443 mile trip from PA to Yellowstone and back, fuel used, 318 gallons of diesel. Worst mileage, 12.3 mpg (head wind in South Dakota). Best mileage, 16.9, but that was only half a tank with half of that spent driving 35-45 MPH in Yellowstone and the other half the downhill run to the East entrance of the park and into Cody WY. Best all highway tank 15 mpg with a quartering tail wind across Indiana and Ohio. Average MPG, 13.97.