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Old 05-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Question 28' - 31' TRAILER, --what truck do you use? Like it? MPG?

We have a 30' Premier TT, dry weight of 5750. Additional weight will include clothing, kitchenware, TV, bathroom items, a little more for my business.

We have pulled it with 2010 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7 liter. MPG is around 13 if we don't go too fast. Stabilizer, full tow package.

We're seriously thinking of getting a different truck. We want to see if we can get better gas mileage...and we want a longer bed--this one is just over 5' and was a mistake.

Would love to hear what truck you use to two your RV around that dry weight/footage, your MPG, and how you feel about your truck's towing capability.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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TT is s flagstaff 31' 2012 , dry weight is 6300

TV is 2009 dodge ram-box 5.7 hemi , crew cab
Equalizer 4 way hitch
On good day I get 10-12 mpg

If we tow it 5-6 times a yr that's good , pulls real good
If I went to a diesel , more money for truck , fuel more ,maintenance a lot more.
Right now we will keep what we have
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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13 mpg is not bad for towing that trailer.

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Old 05-12-2013, 03:06 AM   #4
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I have a 1999 F-250 7.3L powerstroke pulling either my 21ft camper or my flat bed with about 10000lbs worth of equipment i get about 16mpg. and she has plenty of power to pull either one down the highway at 75. truethfully after experincing the power of a turbo diesel i dont think i will ever go back to a gas truck, sure maintenance is a little more $$$ than a gas truck but other oil and filter changes i rarely have to do anything to the truck.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:26 AM   #5
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Towing that load you could get by with a properly equipped F150 with the Ecoboost engine. A four door can be had with a 5.5 or 6.5 foot bed. This motor tows like a monster with gobs of low end torque. This truck will be way nicer then a toyo but 13 mpg will be hard to beat with any gas or most diesel rigs. You can get a longer bed, but better mileage is pretty much a dream. So trade for a longer bed if that is a must, but doing so for fuel mileage is useless and expensive and is not going to happen.
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Be careful of those claiming 16MPGs+ doing 75MPH+.

13MPG is pretty awesome for gas or diesel.
You'd love a diesel's power, but you had better not skimp on anything maintenance wise.
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tt is 30 ft terry 6800 lbs truck nissan titan 5.5 bed MPG=10-13 love the four doors but wish I had the longer bed.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:03 AM   #8
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27ft keystone hideout, 6230 dry(whatever that's worth) and TV is a 07 Expy with 5.7 triton and HD tow package. Also have Reese dual cam weight dist and sway control. Get about 10 mpg :/. Only been a year but no problems at all. One windy day on the thruway was kinda white knuckle but from what I hear you have to deal with that with almost any setup. Good luck!
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:04 AM   #9
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i am having a tough time believing 13mpg (hand calculated, not the dash computer) out of a toyota. i have driven several for a month at a time (old job always had me in rental trucks) and i have driven all various configurations (small v8, big v8, 2wd, 4wd) and they all barely got 13 in town empty and 16 on the hwy. are you hand calculating or using the dash to give you your info?

my chevy half ton got 8.5 towing in FL (flat ground) at 63mph. the duramax gets 12.5mpg at 65mph also in fl. (all hand calculated and with a trailer thats 4600 dry and 6500gvwr)

if you are truly getting 13mpg hand calculated pulling that trailer then i would hold on to that truck for dear life and just buy a utility trailer for when you need to haul something more than your bed will allow...
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I sometimes wonder if people know how to use a calculator with some of the outrageous mileage claims I've seen I have a 2012 F350 6.7 diesel. I tow a 30' trailer that is about 7,500 pounds all loaded including my firewood. I get 10mpg on average. I'd say anything between 10 and 13 is good. Those claiming more must never have any inclines and be traveling at a constant slope downhill
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I sometimes wonder if people know how to use a calculator with some of the outrageous mileage claims I've seen I have a 2012 F350 6.7 diesel. I tow a 30' trailer that is about 7,500 pounds all loaded including my firewood. I get 10mpg on average. I'd say anything between 10 and 13 is good. Those claiming more must never have any inclines and be traveling at a constant slope downhill
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I agree, if you are getting a true 13 mpg it will be very hard to do any better. It will be easy to do worse.

If you have $$$ burning a hole in your pocket a SRW diesel truck will be more stable and carry more stuff.
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diesel definitely made my trips MUCH more enjoyable. no constant down shifting and power to pass at speed to spare. but like i said I "only" (i thought it was great till reading this thread full of 13mpg gas burners) get 12.5mpg at 65 with a 6500gvwr trailer though

edit: just in case there are people who arent sure how to calculate your mileage, its simple and can be handy to verify the accuracy of the dash reading. reset your trip when you fill up (take note of how you fill up. if you stop at the first click, or after the second click or whatever, just take note so that you fill up the same way everytime). drive. at the next fill up you just fill up like normal then its miles driven (per tripometer) divided by the gallons it takes to fill up. thats it. now just reset the trip and repeat! can be a very good habit to get into as paying attention to your mpg can indicate problems/bad fuel etc...
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We have a 2012 F-350 diesel, and we pull a 37' (length from hitch to bumper) Kodiak. The loaded weight is 8500#, and we're averaging 10 mpg. We've gone from MN to Texas over Christmas and MN to the AL gulf coast over spring break with the new truck. Last spring and summer we were towing with a F-150 ecoboost getting 9 mpg, but we were at the limit. Since we're traveling cross country during the winter driving season, we up sized the truck.
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