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Posted: 06/26/20 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Njmurvin wrote:

In the TFL towing tests, the 7.3 got 2.2mpg going up the Ike. The diesels didn't do much better (all were towing 16K lbs). But they used the computer calculated mileage so take those numbers with a grain of salt. The big advantage to the diesels was in the downhill run. Far less touches of the brakes in the diesel trucks.

Interesting. Diesel are not know for good engine braking !


Did I read this wrong, "Diesel are not know for good engine braking!" We had a 6.8L gas and it was not good for mountain driving. A "seat of your pants" type of thing. Fast forward to our current TV - a delight up and down steep mountains - in Tow Haul mode, a touch of the brakes, slows it down, another touch of the brakes, and slows it down even more.


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Dave & Renee plus (Champ, Molly, Paris, Missy, and Maggie in spirit), Mica and Mabel, both Rat Terriers!


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Yeah. I have a PacBrake on my 2004.5 Ram (there was no OEM option for an exhaust brake). With trailer in tow, I just descended a 7 degree grade at 60mph without touching the brakes once. I won't tow again with a diesel without an exhaust brake.

I don't even know if you can buy a new diesel from the big 3 that doesn't have an EB.


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