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Old 05-17-2021, 02:00 PM   #71
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my ‘19 tradesman long bed crew cab cummins
mpg empty from Oh to Fl 24 mpg
towing my fifthwheel on flat grains at70 runs 13-18 mpg add that excellent exhaust brake
I bet those mpg figures are what you are seeing on your vehicle's display and not hand calculated. There's a reason that mpg display is referred to as a "lie-o-meter".

Long time Dodge/Cummins owner here - I've owned a couple! Over thousands of miles my mpg average comes out to 18-19 mpg empty and 13-15 loaded with a heavy cab-over camper and towing a Jeep on a trailer.
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Old 05-17-2021, 06:06 PM   #72
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I agree with these guys above. the 3\4 ton is the smart choice. Your life might depend on it and it's not worth the risk. While the 150 would pull it down the road it's the extreme situations you will encounter from time to time even if you use extra caution that can make you or break you. Things like high winds or steep and crooked roads you didn't expect will surprise you.
Also if you are going to tow this rig a lot of miles you ought to consider the diesel. The gas rig will probably suck down a lot more fuel than you'd expect. When you hit the mountains that gas motor will be struggling and the diesel will just "go to work".
Hope you have a great time and be safe.
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Old 05-18-2021, 12:38 PM   #73
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We are in the 'bigger is better' family of towers.

We like big frames, big brakes, big engines, big transmissions, big radiators.
Accordingly, our tow-vehicle is a 1997 Ford CF8000 commercial truck.
The tires are commercial semi-truck, with weight-ratings measured in multiple tons.

An advantage -- beyond the safety of a stouter vehicle -- is the 'million-mile' chassis and power-train.

For the luddites, dinosaurs, and tinkerers [ points to self ] in the audience, our Cummins 8.3 has no need for an *expensive temperamental* computer or *expensive temperamental* 'Exhaust Fluids'.
Two wires, and it goes!
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Old 05-19-2021, 12:57 PM   #74
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As many 'trailer jockeys' will tell you, it is all about weight. The current issue of RV Magazine has a list of all the 2021 trucks used for towing RVs and the amount of weight that each can safely tow. Of course, remember that the actual weight to be towed is the fully-loaded trailer weight - including water tanks (8lb/gal), bins full of gear, personal effects, etc. Add to this the weight of items carried in the truck, plus the driver and passenger's weights. If you think you might want to haul a 5th wheel trailer, you will likely need an F250 or F350 - or equivalent of another brand.
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