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Old 07-06-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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<DIV id=post_message_665435>We're on vacation and have towed about 600 miles so far. My fuel mileage stinks! I never got below 10 MPG before, and usually got 11 or 12. Now I'm lucky if I get 9.

My wife has noticed that her mileage in her gas mini van lately has been much lower, by 2-3 MPG. I checked with some other friends and they confirm that their mileage is also running lower than in the past.

Sooo...is the fuel industry tinkering with the fuel make-up in such a way that our mileage is suffering? Did the current federal administration mandate a different fuel mix to meet some new regulation?

I smell a fox in the hen house. Something is up and someone is hoping we don't notice.



BTW - we were in Middlebury, IN last night, about 20 miles from the CrossRoads factory. Unfortunately they are currently shut down so we were unable to visit. Bummer!
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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My wife drives a gas truck and keeps her mileage at every fillup. So far nothing has changed on her mileage or she would have let me know by now.
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Could it be the 10% ethanol the oil companies are using to keep prices down and profit up? You have to read the pump as the label is required when ethanol is being added to the gasoline. Ethanol does affect gas mileage.



Assuming your truck is not diesel?
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Could it be the 10% ethanol the oil companies are using to keep prices down and profit up? You have to read the pump as the label is required when ethanol is being added to the gasoline. Ethanol does affect gas mileage.



Assuming your truck is not diesel?
I got some diesel from a Flying J that had Ethanol in the diesel. We travel to Long Beach each January. I have always noticed about a 10% drop in fuel economy while in California bunring gasoline in my SLS. When we get back to Utah the fuel economy goes back to normal. I avoid the Ethanol blends when possible.
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I have noticed our mileage seems to be better when I can get gas without ethanol. I have also been told that the "summer gas blend" can cause a drop in mileage.
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rcflyer, are you sure it wasn't a biodiesel blend you bought? I have never heard of Ethanol in diesel but I have run 20% biodiesel in my truck several times without any issues.
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The ethonal hurts fuel milage, part off the problem with the new milage regulation, the blend hurts milage while they are demanding an increase. typical fed government that does not play well with other departments

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rcflyer, are you sure it wasn't a biodiesel blend you bought? I have never heard of Ethanol in diesel but I have run 20% biodiesel in my truck several times without any issues.


Google it and you will find they are putting Ethanol in diesel today. I have also run biodiesel and can not say if it was any different than straight diesel. Same for the Ethanol. But it is more difficult to keep alls thing the same when towing a barn door behind you. Wind becomes the bigger factor in the fuel economy. But with my SLS wind is not as much of a factor.
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My truck is a 2001 Chevy Duramax with 161,000 miles. I have always run 10 + mpg while towing my Cruiser. Now I'm running 8-9.



I did have one tank of biodiesel on this trip with no noticable difference in performance.



I am sure my wife's gasser is suffering the ethanol curse.



With diesel hovering around the $3 mark everywhere, the drop in mileage hurts. Thank God this didn't happen during the summer of '08 when we were in the $5 range.
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When was the last time you changed the fuel filter on the Duramax? If you don't run biodiesel on a regular basis it can break stuff loose in your tank and clog the filter. The fuel is cleaner than regular dieseland helps clean your tank as well.
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