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Old 10-18-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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MPG...budget

We are retiring soon and need to establish our traveling budget. We will be buying either a 3/4 ton diesel Ford or Gmc to tow a 29 foot 5er (13000 GVWR). What is the approximate MPG I can expect to get with this type of set up?

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Old 10-18-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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From my experience anywhere from 8.5 to 12 MPG. Of course mileage depends of a multitude of factors. My Chevy Duramax, CC, LB, dually towed a 40' 5er that grossed close to 15,000# and saw those figures above. It was hard to believe that the 12 MPG was while traveling on 2-lane highways in the mountains at about 40 MPH. The 8.5 came while driving West through ND on US 2 into a 35-40 MPH headwind. I wondered why the truck stayed in 4 gear. When we stopped for a break, DW could not open her door the wind was so strong.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
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Our ford diesel averaged 10 and our Dodge diesel averaged 12.

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Old 10-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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2002 F250 4X4 6 speed Manual Trans. Pulling 30 ft. Newmar American Star 5th wheel approx. 11000lbs. Average 10 mpg. We routinely run from the Olympic Peninsula in WA to the Sacramento, CA area so we see mountains etc. It's been very consistent mileage.
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I used to get Avg 10 mpg with an 07 Duramax 6.6 pulling a 36' 5er doing 60 -65 MPH.
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My fuel computer says avg of 9 at 60 mph on my 2010 Ford F-250 Diesel 4x4 while pulling my 5er. I rarely tow out of the flat lands so I would expect less in the mountain areas. Not towing it gets a "great" 14 avg. overall city/highway.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
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I averaged 11.7 calculated on a 2000 mile RT from Salem OR to Anaheim CA, mostly 65 mph. Numerous long steep passes and lots of straight flat driving so pretty typical. My DIC displayed 14.2 on the long flat stretches, but DIC is higher than actual. Interesting to note that my older 5W was about 2600 lbs lighter, but I got about 1/2-1 mpg less towing it. The new 5W has a more aerodynamic cap so I think that's the difference. When planning a trip, I budget fuel at $5USD/gallon and I've never gone over budget.....
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I have a class A, and I'm sure my mileage is not as good as a pickup towing.

I have read threads on this site, and now agree wholeheartedly, 50 cents a mile is the easiest. That will take into account for mileage variations due to weather and terrain.

So, just figure how many miles you trip will be and multiply by .50. If you cant afford, or are unwilling to pay that amount on your trip, then another form of transportation should be considered.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:03 AM   #9
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From my experience anywhere from 8.5 to 12 MPG. Of course mileage depends of a multitude of factors. My Chevy Duramax, CC, LB, dually towed a 40' 5er that grossed close to 15,000# and saw those figures above. It was hard to believe that the 12 MPG was while traveling on 2-lane highways in the mountains at about 40 MPH. The 8.5 came while driving West through ND on US 2 into a 35-40 MPH headwind. I wondered why the truck stayed in 4 gear. When we stopped for a break, DW could not open her door the wind was so strong.
I second that, it's a range depending where you are traveling, traffic conditions, etc., etc.
You need to look at it differently (the budget). It's not going to be cheap no matter the truck the trailer, etc., and the differences will fall into the area of a chump change. You need to look at the "big picture" and figure 8-10 mpg (10 mpg for easy calculation). We've been RVing for 42 years and have seen fuel prices from little over a buck per gallon, close to 5 bucks and now over 3 bucks, per gallon. We always RVed long distances (3-4,000 miles trips even on short vacations). People who fulltime will tell you that 5-6,000 miles of RVing per year is a "busy year". We've averaged between 3-6,000 per year and one year we did 12,000 miles but that included a trip clear across the country and back and spanned 4 months. My truck gets 8 mpg.

which means that on that 12,000 miles trip I bought 1,500 gallon of fuel. Diesel back then was around 2 bucks per gallon which meant that in fuel alone the trip cost me $3,000. At today's prices it would cost me close to $6,000, I might reconsider and travel closer to home. We used to travel to Florida in the winter for years 1,600 miles down and 1,600 miles back (now we live there).
Easy, 1,600 miles / 8 mpg = 200 gallons of fuel. Times 4 bucks per gallon meant that I needed to part with $800 to go down and another $800 to get back to New Hampshire. Again, you need to figure out where you want to travel and how much you want to travel. The $1,600 in fuel didn't bother us so much because we would go to Florida and stay there for 3-4 months.
Yea, the truck can get 8.5-8.7 mpg running in the flat part of the country, but in the big scheme of things that difference is chump change.

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I have a 2006 F350 pulling a 32' weighing around 12,000lbs and I get about 10mpg. I live in the west so lots of mountains for me to travel up.
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I have a rig like hjdds, average 8.5>9 mpg but when on a long haul budget $200 a day.
Vancouver BC to Tampa works out to about 1400$, 3100 miles.
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