Thinking of bying ram ecodiesel anyone have towing mpg's - Ram 1500 Diesel Forum
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post #1 of 28 Old 07-01-2014, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of bying ram ecodiesel anyone have towing mpg's

So I am looking to trade my 2013 f350 4x4 in for a eco diesel, i use it for work and tow 3-5000lbs on average everyday with a flatbed trailer, I am looking to save some diesel cost since my f350 averages about 13 mpgs with trailer, please reply with info on your mpgs TOWING, experiences and type of trailer. my current driving is a combined hwy and city probably 60/40.

This will help me decide if the switch will be worth it or not!

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Tough question to answer because of the variables.

You say the flatbed, which I assume has little wind resistance, is 5K. That's an easy pull for the Eco. Flat, hilly, mountains, speeds, city, highway etc. are unknown factors.

You say the F350 does 13 mpg. Under some conditions that would be real good. Don't know the conditions.

I towed a boxed toy hauler about 5K empty with my Eco. at speeds from 65 to 80 mph. I got less than you say you do. Wind resistance and my speeds were big factors.

I know of two guys with Ecos that pulled. 7,000 lbs with lower box trailers and got in the 15-16 mpg range. Again, speed and conditions are unknown.

Would a trade be worth it for you? Chances are you will get better fuel mileage towing. Enough to pay for the new truck in a reasonable time?

You would have to want to get a new truck. Your F350 is nearly new as it is. Think they finally got those engines reliable so it might last. Yours sure is a whole lot more truck than any 1500 would be.

I came from 1/2 million miles on 1/2 tons. The little 1500 suits my needs but is an adjustment. You may not like that adjustment.
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So I live in Oregon but travel the whole NW and norther Cali, I drive perrty much most situations imaginable to the area, my trailer weight is 3k and haul 1-2k on a average rarely more weight but sometimes!

The money part is a write off so not as much a big deal as the fuel savings!
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Take your trailer to the RAM dealer and test drive the new truck with trailer attached and look at the mpg's..
Also, be prepared to go thru DEF very quickly towing with the Ecodiesel
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Rossn2 brought up the DEF issue. My take is your F350 also uses DEF so thought it's an issue, it may not be a new issue with you.

Good idea to test-tow. Doubt a dealer will allow it but you don't know until you ask.

Reality tells me the towing issue is not going to be an issue. Longevity and reliability are still an unknown for BOTH your F350 and the Eco. Remember, your F350 was a new engine to replace the failed 6.0 that preceeded it and turned the world off to Ford diesels. It is big and complex. Don't know how it's reliability history will turn out.

You will like the ride with the Ram 1500 Eco. That another positive worth mentioning.
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I have only had my truck two weeks and have towed this 3500lb 14ft enclosed twice for a 100 miles both times. Got 18.8 the first time mostly highway and 16.2 with a city highway mix 2nd time

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My ride is rough with the 1 ton! To say the least specially when I go to the seattle area 1-2 times a month!

Def I have no concern over, I just go through the semi truck fuel island top off my diesel and get def for less than $3 per gallon on my f350.

I asked my dealer about towing with a eco on there lot they denied my request due to the truck needs a break in before tow!

And at this point I am very interested in trading for multiple reason 1st off if I could save some cost on diesel fuel and 2nd having a shorter wheelbase would help! And many other reason.
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Sounds like you're already halfway into bed. Another variable is the rear diff...

Just do your math first!
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Just pulled a flatbed trailer that weighed in at 3k pounds for 300 highway miles (rolling hills, 65-75 MPH, couple small towns I rolled through) and achieved 21 MPG. Towing my car on the same trailer with a total weight of 6k pounds on similar trips I net 16-18 MPG. Hopefully that info helps.

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I just came back from a small trip of 300Km, towing a 10X6 enclosed trailer, total weight about 2500 lb.

I traveled about 110 Km/h (+/- 70mph) most of the way.

Got 12.5 L/100Km which is about 19 mpg.
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