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Unread 07-12-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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Tow report 6.0 gasser

We trailered from Indianapolis to Snowshoe WV for the jeep jamboree with my 2005 chevy 2500 6.0 gas automatic. This is the first trip I have pulled out of Indiana with the jeep and 14K trailer. I figure the total GVW was around 12K lbs truck and all. It was about 475 miles each way. The last 80 miles were getting pretty hilly with the last 15 miles extreemly hilly with 7%+ grades. The truck did pretty well crusing 75 mph on the flat ground no problem. When we got into the hills we just ran 3rd gear. Out of the 18 hours of driving there was about 20 minutes where I actualy wanted more power. If I lived out there in the mountians I would get a different truck.

I averaged 11 MPG and gas was $2.58 average for a cost of $221.00 round trip

My 2006 Dodge CTD (I dont owne anymore) would have run 13 MPG same jeep and trailer with fuel averaging $2.93 per gallon = $214.00


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Unread 07-12-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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Does your truck have the Allison tranny? I've been considering different tow rigs, just haven't decided on one yet. My dad has a suburban with the 8.1/Allison combo but he gets about 8 MPG while towing and 11 or 12 unloaded. No experience with the 6.0. Thats in flat Illinois, I'm sure it's worse in mountains or hills.
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People still tow with gas trucks?
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Does your truck have the Allison tranny? I've been considering different tow rigs, just haven't decided on one yet. My dad has a suburban with the 8.1/Allison combo but he gets about 8 MPG while towing and 11 or 12 unloaded. No experience with the 6.0. Thats in flat Illinois, I'm sure it's worse in mountains or hills.
No, the 2005 just has the old 4 speed auto. I get 11 mpg towing the jeep on a trailer and 16 mpg unloaded on the highway.

I used to own a 2006 dodge 5.9 CTD. It ran 13 mpg with the same load and 18 or 19 unloaded on the high way.

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Unread 07-13-2010, 06:02 PM   #5
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Well I tow with this, but have been called an over achiever sometimes too.....
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I seriously doubt anyone would want the payment though
I wouldn't have a problem with a gas powered tow rig myself. Having towed with a diesel 1 ton dually, I know from experience that the claimed fuel savings are 50% BS. Hell my big rig gets more MPG than the 1 ton does....

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I'm curious about what my loaded fuel economy will be on my upcoming road trip... bought an 08 Cummins auto and a 24' Pace enclosed trailer to haul all of our stuff in.

On my way to get the trailer, I got ~23 mpg, on the way back, ~16 mpg. I know I'm leaving some MPG on the table though, the PO put some mud tires on that aren't helping.

Oh, the trailer weighs about 4000 empty, and the truck about 7400 with me and a full tank.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 05:49 AM   #7
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Well I tow with this, but have been called an over achiever sometimes too.....
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I seriously doubt anyone would want the payment though
I wouldn't have a problem with a gas powered tow rig myself. Having towed with a diesel 1 ton dually, I know from experience that the claimed fuel savings are 50% BS. Hell my big rig gets more MPG than the 1 ton does....

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I bet you dont need to stop for fuel very often. LOL
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I'm curious about what my loaded fuel economy will be on my upcoming road trip... bought an 08 Cummins auto and a 24' Pace enclosed trailer to haul all of our stuff in.

On my way to get the trailer, I got ~23 mpg, on the way back, ~16 mpg. I know I'm leaving some MPG on the table though, the PO put some mud tires on that aren't helping.

Oh, the trailer weighs about 4000 empty, and the truck about 7400 with me and a full tank.
23 is pretty good, Are you looking at the trip computer or doing the math? Also, if you dont have the stock tire size any more you will have troubles with geting the real economy. I never got close to 23 with my 06 dodge. Using a GPS for a odomiter, 19 was about the best it would do.
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I have a 2006 GMC 2500HD with the 6.0. Pulling a two horse living quarter trailer I get 8mpg at best. Plenty of power, fuel economy is terrible. About every 150 miles time to pull over and get more gas.

My 99 Dodge CTD would get 16mpg pulling a trailer twice the size. I miss that truck, but don't miss the transmission.
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I bet you dont need to stop for fuel very often. LOL
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23 is pretty good, Are you looking at the trip computer or doing the math? Also, if you dont have the stock tire size any more you will have troubles with geting the real economy. I never got close to 23 with my 06 dodge. Using a GPS for a odomiter, 19 was about the best it would do.

Both overhead display and hand calculating, it's pretty accurate, +/- 1mpg or so. I've got 285/70r17s and the speedo is off about 2mph at 65 according to Garmin.


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My 99 Dodge CTD would get 16mpg pulling a trailer twice the size. I miss that truck, but don't miss the transmission.
The 68RFE is leaps and bounds better than the 47/47RH/RE. DK Diesel here in town said they've got one customer with about 80k miles of hard abuse at the 400+ wheel hp level who hasn't touched his tranny, but has broken the centers out of a couple of sets of wheels and trashed other parts as well.
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