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Urriellu wrote:

Thank you all very, very much for all the replies.

I just finished a second trip and I made a few changes as suggested:

  • I went from 65-75 mph avg to 55mph.
  • When going uphill I slowed down to 45 mph.
  • I started using premium gas instead of regular.
  • I speed up after stopping veeeeeeery slowly.


My consumption has gone up from 7.5-8.5 mpg to around 12 mpg. Way better!

Just using premium instead of regular also helped a lot, when not towing I went from ~18 mpg (using regular) to 21-22 mpg (using premium).

Thanks again!


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The gas alone on my Excursion made a big difference. With 93 pure gas, no ethanol, I went from 6 to almost 7 and the performance was huge. But finding non ethanol is near impossible!


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goducks10 wrote:

An 8,000lb 3500 SRW truck towing 16,000 lbs is safer than a 4,000lb truck towing 6400 lbs?
Point taken [emoticon] , although I wouldn't want to be anywhere near either one in an emergency maneuver!


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Urriellu wrote:

Thank you all very, very much for all the replies.

I just finished a second trip and I made a few changes as suggested:

  • I went from 65-75 mph avg to 55mph.
  • When going uphill I slowed down to 45 mph.
  • I started using premium gas instead of regular.
  • I speed up after stopping veeeeeeery slowly.


My consumption has gone up from 7.5-8.5 mpg to around 12 mpg. Way better!

Just using premium instead of regular also helped a lot, when not towing I went from ~18 mpg (using regular) to 21-22 mpg (using premium).

Thanks again!


Good job!

Just takes some retraining of old habits and a bit of boost in the octane level and you reap the benefits!

A lot of folks don't bother reading the manual on turbo equipped gas engines and totally miss the small print about using higher octane for certain uses can make a difference.

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goducks10 wrote:

An 8,000lb 3500 SRW truck towing 16,000 lbs is safer than a 4,000lb truck towing 6400 lbs?
What makes you think so? That statement has no basis in fact. In one scenario you have a trailer weighing 60% more than the truck pushing around the truck; In the other scenario you have a trailer that weighs 100% more than the truck pushing around the truck. I'm highly skeptical your claim, and how would you measure "safer" to begin with. Its a pure nonsense statement.

* This post was edited 01/07/22 11:00am by nickthehunter *

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nickthehunter wrote:

goducks10 wrote:

An 8,000lb 3500 SRW truck towing 16,000 lbs is safer than a 4,000lb truck towing 6400 lbs?
What makes you think so? That statement has no basis in fact. In one scenario you have a trailer weighing 60% more than the truck pushing around the truck; In the other scenario you have a trailer that weighs 100% more than the truck pushing around the truck. I'm highly skeptical your claim, and how would you measure "safer" to begin with. Its a pure nonsense statement.


I think he might be right...
Having driven a 7,000lb truck and towing heavy and also driven a small truck and towed light, i still think the big truck is more stable and handles better and controls the weight better than the little one that is not really made for anything except a few tools and 2x4s.
Little trucks are cars with truck beds. 3/4 and 1-ton trucks are built for work.

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There is no basis in fact in his statement. What is the J2807 max rating for each vehicle and then we can have a intelligent discussion instead of this cow pie in the sky discussion with no frame of reference.
P.S. that’s what the J2807 standard is for, to compare what trucks are capable of.

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Umm…didja notice the question mark? Not a statement, maybe a rhetorical question.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

Umm…didja notice the question mark? Not a statement, maybe a rhetorical question.


Yes it was meant to be rhetorical.

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goducks10 wrote:

GrandpaKip wrote:

Umm…didja notice the question mark? Not a statement, maybe a rhetorical question.


Yes it was meant to be rhetorical.


Good catch Kip!

So many just jump in, with no reading comprehension, or skip over posts, and then miss the point of discussion. As threads progress, often times the entire subject may change. All good though, as forums are a source of information and opinions.

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MFL wrote:

goducks10 wrote:

GrandpaKip wrote:

Umm…didja notice the question mark? Not a statement, maybe a rhetorical question.


Yes it was meant to be rhetorical.


Good catch Kip!

So many just jump in, with no reading comprehension, or skip over posts, and then miss the point of discussion. As threads progress, often times the entire subject may change. All good though, as forums are a source of information and opinions.

Jerry

All true, Jerry.
Can be very entertaining, also.

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