We have two trucks - the newest one being a 1988 F-350, 2WD dually with a re-built 460.
My truck is a 1978 heavy 3/4, 4WD with a 1973 re-built 454,
I just had to say that you have awesome trucks, I have envy, especially the '78.
You would probably like the incredible sight I ran into one time in Raleigh -- a mid-80's F-350 with a full 4-door crew cab AND extended cab. Yes, it had THREE rows of seats and a long bed!!!! It was a one-ton suburban with a bed, ROFL, I couldn't stop staring.
I'm trying to wrap my head around this comment. Did you mean newer 2013's?
No, you read correctly. The new trucks coming out this coming year aka the 2015 models. We've already been exposed to the newest emission equipment coming out on these vehicles and have been testing them with various diesel performance specialist shops.
Originally Posted by barka.lounger
h/j riders are used to bending over, every.time they pay their.show bills at the office. event.ers not so mu.ch.
1996 Dodge 3500 dually diesel flatbed with an inline 6 and manual tranny. My truck is much heavier than the standard 3500's simply because the steel flatbed. I average between 8-12mpg hauling, can get up to 15 when not hauling if I baby it. Truck has 200,000 miles on it and it just feels broke in. No major repairs have been needed.
I work in construction and we've been through Ford's and Chevy's. When it comes down to it, Chevy's have held up the longest with the least maintenance when you're dealing with the 4500's or smaller. Get up towards the 650/750's and we've had better luck with the Ford's lasting. We really turned sour on Ford's with the 6.0L engine and that has pretty much turned us off of them since 2003.
That said, if you can get your hands on the 7.3L Ford, do it! Those suckers will never die, I have never understood why they quit making them.
F-250, V-10 gas engine and I haul a 16' GN. Gas mileage is 10-12mpg when hauling. It is influenced by the terrain. Without the trailer it's 12 in the city, closer to 15 on the highway though years ago in South Dakota where the speed limit was like 80mph I swear I got 16mpg.
1999 GMC 2500 6.0 V8, crew cab, 6' bed, 2wd
Gets about 15mpg rolling around town, drops down to about 10mpg towing.
2005 GMC 2500 8.1L, crew cab, long bed, 4wd, single rear wheel
Gets 12 mpg toodling around town, drops down to about 9mpg towing. I plan on chipping it because while the Allison transmission is absolutely bulletproof and does it's job well, it does not like to coast and that hurts the gas mileage.
Trailer is the same for both, a 1987 Trail-Et New Yorker Warmblood w/dressing room, bumper pull.
The difference in power between the 2500 and the 3500 is worth the very small difference in MPGs.
I noticed a difference in fuel mileage with my old truck when the new ultra low sulphur was implemented. That was a 2001 7.3 F-250 that I hauled with for 10 years. It was a real powerhouse but got about 18-20 non-towing, and about 15 towing for several years. With the newer diesel, I was getting more like 15 around town and 10-13 towing....mostly a 20' aluminum GN with 1-2 horses and a lot of gear.
Now we have a 2012 6.7 F-250 and get about 15-16 around town and abut 13ish towing a 22' aluminum GN with LQ and 1-2 horses max. Absolutely love the truck but I've been pretty disappointed with the fuel mileage. That said, you can't beat the torque that a diesel provides for towing, and I suspect a gas truck would get much worse fuel economy with our trailer.