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Old 02-28-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Best Mileage, Least Price, Tow 7000 lbs., and NOT brand new

Let's face it, I don't want to spend any more money than needed (especially in this economy). So what is the...

Best Mileage, Least Price, Tow 7000 lbs., and produced in the last 10 years for pulling a 27' TT

Ford? Chevy? Yugo?
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My truck is rated to tow 7700 lbs. 5.0 liter V8, 4x4 shortbed with 3.55 gears. Gets about 11 to 14 around town with warm ups on cold mornings and about 22 on the hwy. Spacious cab - nothing luxurious but it's nice.
Plenty of power, 6 speed auto tranny with manual shift, tow mode and engine braking.
It is also a very safe truck. I had a 2006 Ranger b4, the truck is worth twice as much and my insurance premiums went down!
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My truck is rated to tow 7700 lbs. 5.0 liter V8, 4x4 shortbed with 3.55 gears. Gets about 11 to 14 around town with warm ups on cold mornings and about 22 on the hwy. Spacious cab - nothing luxurious but it's nice.
Plenty of power, 6 speed auto tranny with manual shift, tow mode and engine braking.
It is also a very safe truck. I had a 2006 Ranger b4, the truck is worth twice as much and my insurance premiums went down!
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Best fuel economy will be a diesel. Cheapest first cost will be a gas engine unit. For a trailer in your size, I would get a 3/4 ton truck.

Typical gas engine will be in 8 mpg range and a diesel 11 mpg or so.

Some of the newer 1/2 ton truck are rated to pull 10000#.

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Wouldn't trade my Excursion diesel for anything.
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Best Mileage, Least Price, Tow 7000 lbs., and produced in the last 10 years for pulling a 27' TT

You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

MPG? Any vehicle that can safely tow a 7,000 pound TT is going to get lousy MPG. So ignore that requirement.

Least price? For used pickups several years old, the least popular will be the cheapest to buy. So that boils down to a Dodge 2500 gasser. Most half-tons will struggle to tow a 7,000 pound TT, so move up to a three-quarter ton.

The older the cheaper. So it sounds like you need to look for a 2003 Dodge 2500 gasser. Regular cab is the cheapest, and ST trim is the basic, and 2WD is all you need. The 5.7L Hemi engine is std. If you find a clean one with less than 150,000 miles (average 15,000 miles per year), you'll probably pay between $5,000 and $7,500 for it. 4x4 and quad cab will add thousands to the cost. Yeah, it's a POS, but you can brag that "it's a Hemi!"

A much better truck, but a lot more expensive, would be a 2003 Ford F-250 with the 7.3L diesel engine, crewcab body, and less than 200,000 miles on the clock. But expect to pay well over $10,000 for one of those rare finds.

Or even better would be the last of the 2003 Excursions (Huge SUV) with the 7.3L diesel engine. But expect to pay well over $12,000 if you can find a clean one with less than 200,000 miles on it. Don't consider the later Excursions with 6.0L engine.
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Best milage ??
Thats easy. It will be a 3/4 ton GM or Dodge diesel. The '03/'04 305/555 HO Dodge/Cummins nets 20-23 mpgs highway and has a 7500/15000 mile oil change schedule.

Least price ??
Any of the 1500 5.4 to 6.2 gassers will handle that size TT. If you want more load carrying capacity the '01 to '05 1500 HD from GM with a 6.0 4.10 gears E tires and wheels and has a 6000 RAWR for over 3000 lb payload and is basically the old std duty 2500 truck.
The 8200 GVWR F150 is another stout performer with more load carrung capacity.
Look for a 1/2 ton with a least 3.73 or preferable 4.10 gears.
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Best milage ??
Thats easy. It will be a 3/4 ton GM or Dodge diesel. The '03/'04 305/555 HO Dodge/Cummins nets 20-23 mpgs highway and has a 7500/15000 mile oil change schedule.

Least price ??
Any of the 1500 5.4 to 6.2 gassers will handle that size TT. If you want more load carrying capacity the '01 to '05 1500 HD from GM with a 6.0 4.10 gears E tires and wheels and has a 6000 RAWR for over 3000 lb payload and is basically the old std duty 2500 truck.
The 8200 GVWR F150 is another stout performer with more load carrung capacity.
Look for a 1/2 ton with a least 3.73 or preferable 4.10 gears.

Agreed. Take about 40% off of highway mileage (EPA) for an idea of where the towing mileage can be (as a rule of thumb) on the half ton models. But with that 555 Cummins the highway mpg can be higher. I don't fall below 24-mpg (59-mph).

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