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    Diesel fuel economy Vs. Gas 3/4 ton economy..Ford, Dodge, Chevy

    I am thinking hard the next go around getting a truck with diesel power or a gas truck that is a 3/4 ton. I am pulling trailers all the time for pleasure and work during the summer and I feel like my Toyota Tundra is getting very very poor fuel economy pulling a trailer. Example: pulled my tractor to the farm to do some work, averaged 9.8 MPG pulling it up and back 100 mile round trip and my rear end of my truck was to the ground even with the weight of the tractor on the axles. I could get air bags but it wont solve the entire problem. Average fuel economy running around town is 13.4 MPG, and highway is right at 16 MPG. The toyota tundra 5.7L motor is the strongest, most responsive motor around in my opinion, if it was not for the fact that I need a 3/4 ton truck for pulling heavier loads, I would definitely keep it or if toyota would wake up and put a 3/4 frame and rear end in the trucks! . I will probably cry when I get rid of it but I am shooting myself in the foot.

    Question is this...What does the bigger trucks get for fuel economy pulling trailers, daily driving etc. I have heard rumors that some of the 3/4 ton trucks are getting 20 MPG on the highway...who knows if thats true...your thoughs please. Thanks
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    Just keep in mind Tyson that to be taken seriously as a hunter you have to drive a diesel truck. That way when you stop for a coffee and a some candy while leaving it running at the local qwikee-mart everyone will know you mean business.

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    Ford F250, 6.7 diesel. Real numbers are 17 around town, 12 when loaded heavy, 13-14 pulling boat. The power is unbelievable. When loaded, they shine. You would not believe how fast these trucks really are, just go and drive one! But, with that being said, a diesel is not for everyone.

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    With everything being equal a diesel is 30 to 35% more efficient than a gas engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowtrimmer View Post
    Just keep in mind Tyson that to be taken seriously as a hunter you have to drive a diesel truck. That way when you stop for a coffee and a some candy while leaving it running at the local qwikee-mart everyone will know you mean business.
    That's great! Lol!

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    You might get better mileage with the diesel but you have to factor in the cost of the new vehicle versus the current one getting a bit less mileage. And as far as the rear end sitting down with the trailer loaded with the tractor, an equalizing hitch would solve that and have the truck sitting level.

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    I think in your case, if you really do tow heavy stuff a lot, I'd look more at towing capabilities and reliability over fuel mileage as I'm pretty sure most 3/4 ton trucks get about the same mileage towing (crappy). Also, unless you tow things ALL the time for long distances, a diesel option will probably never pay for itself as they cost more to purchase, cost more to maintain and although generally get better mileage loaded, diesel fuel costs more per gallon.
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    Seems that my F350 6.0L diesel gets about the same highway mileage (17-20mpg) regardless of how I drive it or what I'm hauling. That's pretty good for a 1-ton truck. My gassers would always suffer significantly from towing/hauling or hard driving.

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    I have a diesel, and to get the good mpgs and overall performance out of them you need tuners, exhaust and those sort of things. I wouldnt trade mine for a gasser, but there are some additional things to look at to make them run to their capabilities.

    I have a 95 f350 dually with the 7.3, I get around 18mpg when pulling, and 20-22 on the highway empty. I only have a 6 position chip, with stock exhaust. Tons of power, doesnt shift on hills at highway speed and never worry about any strain on the drivetrain when pulling or having a load of any kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heritage View Post
    Ford F250, 6.7 diesel. Real numbers are 17 around town, 12 when loaded heavy, 13-14 pulling boat. The power is unbelievable. When loaded, they shine. You would not believe how fast these trucks really are, just go and drive one! But, with that being said, a diesel is not for everyone.
    +1....I have a 2011 Ford F250, 6.7 diesel and can't be more satisfied. Be prepared for the sticker shock though....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Al from Canada View Post
    You might get better mileage with the diesel but you have to factor in the cost of the new vehicle versus the current one getting a bit less mileage. And as far as the rear end sitting down with the trailer loaded with the tractor, an equalizing hitch would solve that and have the truck sitting level.
    You also must factor in re-sale, and repairs and length of ownership if your thinking ahead that far.
    You can go out and buy you a typical run of the mill 15yr old Dodge Diesel truck with 250,000 miles on it for around $8,000.00
    Or it's gas counterpart for $800.00

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    i have an 02 duramax 178k with a tuner and exhaust and i get around 22 and about 15 pulling a 520

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    I've been waiting for Toyota to come out with their 3/4 ton Tundra and also their diesel. They were supposed to be out 2 years ago, but with the economy in the tank, they decided not to spend the R&D money and have put them on hold. I know when they were importing their diesel in the Tacoma, it was pretty much bullet proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowtrimmer View Post
    Just keep in mind Tyson that to be taken seriously as a hunter you have to drive a diesel truck. That way when you stop for a coffee and a some candy while leaving it running at the local qwikee-mart everyone will know you mean business.

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    03 DURAMAX 6.6 3500 CREWCAB 4X4 WITH THE BULLYDOG TUNNER I'M AT 25 ALL DAy everywhere i go with the rig behind me 23MPG . spend the green you will never

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    A factors to consider: Cost of the Truck, oil change cost difference, general maintenance cost, cost of the fuel type, and resale value. Do a comparison on both. Example: Per Ebay Resale $26,000 (2008 Crew Cab Diesel 2500) vs $16,000 (2008 Crew Cab Gas 1500); Oil Change $100 Diesel vs $40 Gas; Fuel Cost $4.10 Diesel vs $3.53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumatrac View Post
    I've been waiting for Toyota to come out with their 3/4 ton Tundra and also their diesel. They were supposed to be out 2 years ago, but with the economy in the tank, they decided not to spend the R&D money and have put them on hold. I know when they were importing their diesel in the Tacoma, it was pretty much bullet proof.
    I have been waiting as well...I want one!
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    I need to mention that also want something that is much bigger for my family too. I love the Crew Max Toyota, Dad has one. Al, has a great point as well with a tow bar. We always had diesels when we were kids, miss them but love the new stuff too. I am a comparason/contrast type of buyer...I seem to put everything on paper and think that way.
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    i have a 03 chevy 3/4 truck. recently checked my mileage on a trip and around town. am getting 19.7mpg on trips and 19.1 around town. i am not hard on the truck in town so that may have something to do with the high mileage but when i was pulling a 27 ft. travel trailer out west was still getting 13mpg. not sure about the other trucks but the chevy diesel seems to be the best.

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    I recently made the switch back to gas from an 6.6L duramax motor. Man I miss the power, but I dont do heavy pulling and only pull a boat or a enclosed trailer less than a 100 miles usually on the weekends. The diesel was great on gas at 21 mpg, but I figured up and I actually saved money going back to gas. Sounds like you pulling heavy loads that diesel would be the ticket for you. If you go 3/4 ton dont get gas you will be at 8-10 miles per gallon almost all the time.

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