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Old 06-03-2016, 08:01 AM   #15
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yeah.. agree with what Paz said.. I think I heard somewhere that DEF usage is around 2% of fuel use... so you can calculate from there but we are talking pennies when you consider a 2.5 gallon jug will last several thousand miles.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:59 AM   #16
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Thanks Paz. I thought so-- but knew experienced diesel owners would know.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:48 PM   #17
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500 miles no tow is for the gears. Engine is ready right out of the box. Never heard of this extra 500 miles. can you post the verbiage? Also are you reading about the DIESEL engine or gas?
CAUTION!
Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles
(805 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine, axle
or other parts could be damaged.
Then, during the first 500 miles (805 km) that a
trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h)
and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps
the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at
the heavier loads.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:13 PM   #18
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CAUTION!
Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles
(805 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine, axle
or other parts could be damaged.
Then, during the first 500 miles (805 km) that a
trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h)
and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps
the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at
the heavier loads.

What was that taken from?
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:31 PM   #19
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While not a 3500 I thought I'd post what I'm getting with my 2016 Dodge 2500. I have the Laramie model with 3.42 gears. My loaded Arctic Fox weighs in at 6,700 lbs. I drive at 63-64 mph in the tow/haul mode with cruise. I left Colorado last week with only 900 miles on the truck. In the mountains I was seeing 11.5 towing. Empty I saw 22 mpg. Now that I'm headed east and with 2,200 miles on the clock I'm now seeing 13-14 mpg. The terrain isn't as steep and with more miles on it, it's improving. I have gone through 2.5 gallons of DEF. I bought some at Sam's Club for $11. Empty I've been told I can go 11,000 miles on a tank of DEF. I'm very impressed with this truck. I've descended 7% grades with only using the exhaust brake. While my trailer is light compared to the trucks capability, it pulls it very nicely.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:58 AM   #20
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What was that taken from?
owners manual 2016 2500/3500, caution box on page 706. The section is STARTING AND OPERATING, TOWING REQUIREMENTS.

The owners manual is online at Ram Trucks Owners Service Manuals
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owners manual 2016 2500/3500, caution box on page 706. The section is STARTING AND OPERATING, TOWING REQUIREMENTS.

The owners manual is online at Ram Trucks Owners Service Manuals
Thanks! I will see what mine says.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #22
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2015-2016 3500 drw mileage while towing

I have an update now that I put 2200 miles on the 2016 Ram 3500 DRW.

Got 19.4 (compares to 22mpg on the 06 DRW) on a 1100mi trip (4 adults not towing.

My first 150 mi towing our 10k LB bumper pull I got 11.5.mpg (compares to 12mpg in the 06).

Note that the manual says mpg will improve as the vehicle breaks in.

Bottom line, you guys were right the 6 spd tranny and improved efficiency of the 6.7 design offset the epa mandated changes.

Btw. I did notice the engine brake cost 1 mpg not towing. Just a data point.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:42 PM   #23
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MPG is always fun to post about but if it matters you should forget towing a camper. The bigger, taller and heavier it is the less you get.
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Not exactly hung up on mpg per se, but rather range on a tank of fuel. With the reduction to 32gal I was concerned how that would impact trips to Colorado and further north near Canada. I don't look forward to running on fumes. Yes I know there are aux tanks. Just want the same range as I had with the 06 3500.

Sometimes it is a trick Finding...
-Gas stations
--ones with diesel
---ones that I can get my rig in and out of
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That was always a concern with the dually. An in bed tank maybe. I no longer concern with it. 300 gals is nice
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