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    That dude from Mississippi notnalc68's Avatar
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    MPG Towing

    Just curious. People are always telling me what great mileage diesels get. What are you towing, what is your tow rig, and how many miles per gallon do you get? You can also add you mpg while not towing.

    This is not just about Diesel engines. Gas burners post up, too.

    Now, I donít have a real tow rig, but Iíll post my experiences. Our Hemi Grand Cherokee 4x4, can get 22 to 23 mpg, just hauling the wife and I. I got as high as 12.4 mpg, hauling my travel trailer (3,446 pounds dry weight) from Mississippi to Ouray, CO. Unbelievably, the worst mpg was in the low country. 9 mpg from Dallas, home. Traffic had a lot to do with that. Iíll add that my Dadís 2003 6.0 L Chevy gets 9 mpg, no matter what terrain, towing the same trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    Just curious. People are always telling me what great mileage diesels get. What are you towing, what is your tow rig, and how many miles per gallon do you get? You can also add you mpg while not towing.

    This is not just about Diesel engines. Gas burners post up, too.

    Now, I donít have a real tow rig, but Iíll post my experiences. Our Hemi Grand Cherokee 4x4, can get 22 to 23 mpg, just hauling the wife and I. I got as high as 12.4 mpg, hauling my travel trailer (3,446 pounds dry weight) from Mississippi to Ouray, CO. Unbelievably, the worst mpg was in the low country. 9 mpg from Dallas, home. Traffic had a lot to do with that. Iíll add that my Dadís 2003 6.0 L Chevy gets 9 mpg, no matter what terrain, towing the same trailer.

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    2017 Rubicon towing a 1200# teardrop 20180719_122918.jpgon the flat 14 mpg as soon as you see a mountain 13ish highway 50 thru Nevada avg. 12.4 ouch when is the diesel JL coming out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonow View Post
    2017 Rubicon towing a 1200# teardrop 20180719_122918.jpgon the flat 14 mpg as soon as you see a mountain 13ish highway 50 thru Nevada avg. 12.4 ouch when is the diesel JL coming out?

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    Edit; towing nothing 16 if the beer gods are looking down on me fyi; I drive at least 70 with trailer

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    Well, no pics, but a couple to share.

    2015 Dodge 1500 4x4 ecodiesel
    Driving 65, gets 29, driving 75 to 80 drops to 26. And it rides great!

    Towing 9,800# tandem axle tilt trailer loaded with a large machine part, averaged 19 at 55 to 60. It was comfortable with this much trailer, but I would not want more.


    Just don't let the hired hand drive it and put DEF in the fuel, or vise-versa. 😠😫


    2016 F-350 6.7L diesel
    Empty, flat cruise, best it gets is 16.5. Normal commuting, about 15, and rides about leaving a buckboard wagon.

    Pulling the same load as above, about 12 to 13

    Pulling 48' gooseneck race trailer, about 8 to 9. Trailer with the Jeep in it is about 16,000#

    With either trailer, it has enough power to go up any hill at a speed that will send you straight to jail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdofmemi View Post
    Well, no pics, but a couple to share.

    2015 Dodge 1500 4x4 ecodiesel
    Driving 65, gets 29, driving 75 to 80 drops to 26. And it rides great!

    Towing 9,800# tandem axle tilt trailer loaded with a large machine part, averaged 19 at 55 to 60. It was comfortable with this much trailer, but I would not want more.


    Just don't let the hired hand drive it and put DEF in the fuel, or vise-versa.


    2016 F-350 6.7L diesel
    Empty, flat cruise, best it gets is 16.5. Normal commuting, about 15, and rides about leaving a buckboard wagon.

    Pulling the same load as above, about 12 to 13

    Pulling 48' gooseneck race trailer, about 8 to 9. Trailer with the Jeep in it is about 16,000#

    With either trailer, it has enough power to go up any hill at a speed that will send you straight to jail.
    Thatís impressive about the Dodge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdofmemi View Post
    Well, no pics, but a couple to share.

    2015 Dodge 1500 4x4 ecodiesel
    Driving 65, gets 29, driving 75 to 80 drops to 26. And it rides great!

    Towing 9,800# tandem axle tilt trailer loaded with a large machine part, averaged 19 at 55 to 60. It was comfortable with this much trailer, but I would not want more.


    Just don't let the hired hand drive it and put DEF in the fuel, or vise-versa.


    2016 F-350 6.7L diesel
    Empty, flat cruise, best it gets is 16.5. Normal commuting, about 15, and rides about leaving a buckboard wagon.

    Pulling the same load as above, about 12 to 13

    Pulling 48' gooseneck race trailer, about 8 to 9. Trailer with the Jeep in it is about 16,000#

    With either trailer, it has enough power to go up any hill at a speed that will send you straight to jail.
    Which race trailer do you run? Itís my five year plan to have one to get me and my family(jeep included) out west. Iíve been looking at them for a little while now.


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    It is a Vintage. As I said, it is 48', which is more than needed for fitting the Jeep.

    Mine is older, I got it in a trade, but it is well built and pulls great, even for it's size.
    For this style of trailer, I would recommend one, and I know they can be ordered in a lot of variations.
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    Our 2006 F250 6.0 diesel (stock, no tuner) gets 13mpg pulling one Jeep on the small trailer (5500lb'ish) and we got 10.5mpg with both Jeeps on the gooseneck (roughly 12,500lb) traveling to Moab and back. I typically tow at 65mph, slower if the speed limit requires it. Unloaded, the truck has seen mid 18's also at 65-70mph. It drops pretty quickly if I set the cruise at 80.

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    Iíve also got a 2005 F-250 6.0l crew cab FX4 that gets about 17 mph unloaded on interstate. I routinely pull the ski boat (4K lbs) to the lake and get about 14-15 mpg.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdofmemi View Post
    Well, no pics, but a couple to share.

    2015 Dodge 1500 4x4 ecodiesel
    Driving 65, gets 29, driving 75 to 80 drops to 26. And it rides great!

    Towing 9,800# tandem axle tilt trailer loaded with a large machine part, averaged 19 at 55 to 60. It was comfortable with this much trailer, but I would not want more.


    Just don't let the hired hand drive it and put DEF in the fuel, or vise-versa.


    2016 F-350 6.7L diesel
    Empty, flat cruise, best it gets is 16.5. Normal commuting, about 15, and rides about leaving a buckboard wagon.

    Pulling the same load as above, about 12 to 13

    Pulling 48' gooseneck race trailer, about 8 to 9. Trailer with the Jeep in it is about 16,000#

    With either trailer, it has enough power to go up any hill at a speed that will send you straight to jail.
    I noticed the eco diesel is no longer available in Ram pickups.


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