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jerem0621

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Posted: 11/23/20 08:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I get about 170 miles on a tank with my Tahoe and I start hunting for fuel. I tow at 55-60 MPH That that puts me over three hours of travel. I can’t go much longer without a bathroom break and a stretch my legs break and walk around the rig and make sure everything is okay break.

Keep the frontier if it meets your needs, or get a Ram with the 3.6 Pentestar. That is a bullet proof motor.

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jerem0621 wrote:

I get about 170 miles on a tank with my Tahoe and I start hunting for fuel. I tow at 55-60 MPH That that puts me over three hours of travel. I can’t go much longer without a bathroom break and a stretch my legs break and walk around the rig and make sure everything is okay break.

Keep the frontier if it meets your needs, or get a Ram with the 3.6 Pentestar. That is a bullet proof motor.

Thanks,

Jeremiah


The OP posted over 2 days ago that they are getting a Ram 1500 Ecodiesel.


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I have F150 3.5L with 36g tank... LOVE IT

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Don't know about NY but where I live just the transactional costs for a vehicle change (sales tax and registration) alone would be more than a new fuel tank.

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This coming from my username......DO NOT get the Eco diesel! in fact I would skip any small diesel. just too many issues with them that make them unreliable for a vacation vehicle.

Stick with a good reliable V8. I know you can get a 35 gallon tank in a Hemi. also the Eco Diesel can only be had with the small tank in the quad cab because the Def tank takes up the space of the larger fuel tank. you would have to get the crew cab for the larger tank.

As for going with a larger fuel tank, as long as one is made for the truck and the fit is perfect that can be a good way to go!

EDIT.....I see the OP ordered an EcoDiesel. Hopefully he gets a good one and has no issues. I wish him luck, he will need it.


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My 2014 EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee has been great. Not sure of the different size of fuel tanks, but mine is 24.6 gallons, and will go city driving easily 550 miles between tanks. Over 700 miles if I'm on the highway and stay around 70 MPH.

Towing my 3500ish pound Ranger boat, 19 MPG at 70 MPH.


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jerem0621 wrote:

I get about 170 miles on a tank with my Tahoe and I start hunting for fuel. I tow at 55-60 MPH That that puts me over three hours of travel. I can’t go much longer without a bathroom break and a stretch my legs break and walk around the rig and make sure everything is okay break.

Keep the frontier if it meets your needs, or get a Ram with the 3.6 Pentestar. That is a bullet proof motor.

Thanks,

Jeremiah


55-60mph and stopping every 170 miles? That sounds like torture to me! Maybe one day I’ll slow down enough to enjoy the drive.

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No aftermarket gas fuel tanks to replace the factory installed tanks, only diesel fuel tanks. Reason I bought a 3/4 ton with the diesel engine was that with the factory 36 gallon fuel tank I knew I would get at least 30% more miles per tank of fuel when towing, as in 11-13 mpg versus 6-8 mpg with a comparable gas engine in the same truck.

Larger factory gas tanks are available with the Ford and Ram 1500 class pickups along with V-6 engines. Toyota only provides a gas guzzling V-8 at this time although a very large fuel tank is standard. With Chevy you have no option for getting a larger gas tank and so I would not advise buying on of their trucks for towing unless you go for the diesel engine.

Diesel provides greater fuel economy but the total cost of ownership is double that of a gas powered vehicle. You have to decide if it is worth the expense or the added towing capacity is actually needed. More important to get the right gears and that usually means special ordering a pickup.

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Ok, my beautiful new EcoDiesel Ram arrived January 28. But, get this, it was put on the carrier without the manufacturer's statement of origin paperwork or any other paperwork either! My truck was given to a carrier in Michigan with nothing but the keyfob. Oh, and as an added bonus the dealer was being sold and couldn't transact anything for days after it arrived. But, while I couldn't take legal possession of the truck for nearly a week, we did manage to take for "test drives" and put 700 miles on it in four days. It was the most bizarre automotive purchase of my 59 years. Ordered in mid November, COVID delays, then dealer screwed up the initial order and had to reorder. He got an extra red ecodiesel as a result. He sold the other a few days after it arrived. Then this: on January 28 FCA tells me its built, and I'll get on about Feb 15. Within an hour, my dealer calls and says: "Doug your truck's here, but I can't give it to you yet." Say WHAT???!!!

Anyway we are in Texas now. 4,200 miles on the odometer. When towing at 65-70 MPG varies between 11 and 13, far better than the Frontier. Far more power and far steadier riding. When under hard acceleration its far, far quieter than the Frontier, and quieter than the 5.7 Hemi I had 8 years ago in the Durango (which I loved BTW). When towing the truck goes 350 miles when it reads 1/4 full, and that's as far as I've gone on a tank while towing. When not towing we are getting 25-30 MPG. We took a ride out yesterday along the Texas coast without towing. We went 200 miles at speeds of 60 to 80 MPH. The dash computer was telling me we got 31 mpg. Not believing it, I filled it up: it took 6 gallons. Quiet massive pulling power, MPG that's amazing and a nice toy: reverse steering system for backing up a trailer. We've also been on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore. Oh, on sand with the tires at only 20 psi, the mpg computer reads only 15 mpg. I've never calculated MPG while driving on sand, so I've no idea if this good or bad. So far we love it.


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