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Old 09-25-2016, 11:51 PM   #1
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F-250 6.2 mpg

I'm looking to find real world MPG from folks like some of you who have a new F-250 6.2L gas truck. I'm curious on what you are getting around town when not towing, as well as what you typically are getting when towing.

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How much weight are you towing?
What Axel Ratio do you have, 3.73, or 4.3?

After much research, I have decided a diesel would be just too costly, both in upfront costs, maintenance, and even fuel. There are just so many new and more costly working components with a diesel these days between DEF, DPF, oil changes and others such as fuel injectors that have to be replaced after about 100K. For those costs, I could blow an engine with the 6.2, and it would be cheaper to replace! A truck like this would be my daily driver/grocery getter, and be used for our summer/fall camping trips that are usually less than 200 miles. The power of a diesel is worth drooling over, but the cost for that is at a huge premium/luxury for how I would be using it.
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Old 09-26-2016, 03:52 AM   #2
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Hi,

I typicly get 13 miles driving around. Now to put this in context, I drive 20 miles each way to work and back on a highway, so that and driving around 13 is where it hovers.

I have taken 2 long trips towing my trailer, NH to SC and NH to NC. 11-12k pound trailer. 373 rear end. Both trips I ended up getting 8.1 miles per gallon
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:22 AM   #3
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I have the 4.3 rear axle,towing a 40ft Redwood I get 8-10,solo I get 14-15. I have 18" tires and tow at 65mph. I have plenty of power.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info! My current truck lives at about 35-45 mph for my daily driving, so I'm curious on how much the 4.3 gears would affect mph. Dealers only sell the 3.73, but the 4.3 would give me an additional 3K of towing capacity. Not that I need it, but as I understand, it would be a good improvement on torque from when pulling from a stopped position. My trailer is only 8,000 lbs, but don't want to back myself into a corner if I decide to move up to a 5th wheel in the future.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:48 AM   #5
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Only 1.6 mpg between 3.73 and the 4.30
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:52 AM   #6
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Curious where you found information on the 1.6mpg difference. I test drove a 2017 yesterday with the 3.73 and was getting about 14.5 for a 30 mile drive. Sucked having to bring it back. =(

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Old 09-27-2016, 01:20 PM   #7
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I'm a mechanic at the Super Duty plant.
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:40 PM   #8
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Sorry them numbers are on the '16 model,not sure yet on the '17s yet. One with 4.30's you will have to order, 3.73 would work great if you stay around 12,000lbs or less.
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I have a2015 with 3.73 gears Results about the same as others.
12 to 13 not towing. Pulling a 8,000 lb trailer low of 8.1 in West Virginia mountains, high of 9.9 in flat Flordia.
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Wink Gas v Diesel advice

I had a 2014 Ram 3500 mega cab with 4.10 gears and 6.4 gas engine. This pulled my Rezerve 31BH fully loaded fine several vacation trips per year and many hunting trips, here are the intangibles that you need to consider as I have just upgraded to a 2016 F350 6.7 diesel w/3.55 gears.
1. Towing a 5vr into the wind is hard on a gas engine due to the lower torque numbers. A gas engine will always want to down shift into the wind, the diesel just does what it needs to and maintains highway speeds.
2. Pulling up hill or down hill - This is another intangible that the diesel just has a gas engine beat. Going uphill the extra power & torque is just a dream, you can keep up with a diesel in a gas engine but you will not like how hard you are working the drive train. Try pulling a 6% grade with a gas and you will wish you had the diesel. On the way down you will ride the brakes with a gas engine or watch the engine RPM's wind up as the engine shifts down in tow/haul mode. The diesel has the engine brake option and the grade speed controls. Just push the buttons and relax, much less wear and tear on the drivetrain with the diesel.
3. Gas mileage - into the wind 6 MPG, no wind or helping 8.5-9 best I ever did at highway speeds with the gas. 12+ with the diesel all day long.
3. Range - with the gas options your are looking at 200 miles on a leg, 300 + with the diesel before you have to start looking for a gas station, this may not sound like an issue, however consider the following:
a. When you camp you are going away from civilization, this means fewer options for gas stations, I always carried an extra 5 gallons of gas with the Ram, don't even think about it in the diesel.
b. Maneuvering around gas pumps can be lots of fun at some service stations off the beaten path, but the first time you pull your diesel into truck lane at a truck stop pulling your 5vr you can laugh at the guy trying to pull his TT or 5vr around the unleaded pumps. (I was that guy so now I feel vindicated)
4. Travel time - Fuel stops & inability to maintain highway speeds all cut into your beer and relax time which is why we go camping in the first place. Never underestimate pulling through the mountains on I70 and being able to maintain a safe speed hauling. Think back to the last time you pulled into camp late and how you wish you were there 30 min earlier to set up in day light. Get the diesel so you arrive ahead of the pack and have a beer while you wait on the guy with the gas engine to catch up.

I know there are lots of other reasons for diesel over gas, don't buy it for gas mileage, think of the intangibles above that don't equate into the initial cost of the diesel upgrade or trying to justify it by how much better gas mileage do I need to get before I pay for the diesel. How much $ is that worth?

Happy towing!
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