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Question Should I or should I not?

Where is everybody? I'm looking for advice and getting no answers, PS lovers. I'm looking to buy an '02 (or thereabouts) 7.3 PSD to pull my 7500# travel trailer. I do it with a big block Jimmy gasser at present.

Why should I switch? What mpg should I expect? Does the XLT come with tow package? Where can I find out? I currently get 7-8 mpg with the Jimmy.

I'm looking at two XLTs with less that 90K miles for around $17K. Is this good?

Is there something better out there? I DO want the SUV.

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If you want an SUV look at the Excurission. It has the same drivetrain as the trucks your looking at.

As for the mileage I would think it would be around 12-13 mpg. Maybe better, it all depends on gear ratio, and what mods you do to the truck.


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I'm not looking at any "trucks". I thought this was the Excursion forum. I'm looking at XLT Excursions.

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I'm not looking at any "trucks". I thought this was the Excursion forum. I'm looking at XLT Excursions.
Ok you had me confused with I do want the SUV comment in your posting.


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I nearly settled for a Limited because you can get them for around 15-16K. The XLT's seemed harder to find (especially with cloth seats) but I found mine with less than 90k for 14K. Are they the Silver ones in Colorado on Autotrader? If so, they've been listed for more than a month, make them an offer and see what they'll take.

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You will like the 7.3L alot better than a Gasser. When you actually hit the mountains you will understand why.

As for milage, I think Big C is close. With my 14K lb 5th wheel I get 10 MPG in the mountains and can get 14 going to the dunes (no mountains).

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My Ex is the best thing i have ever pulled with, on a 1,000 trip with some hills mine would avg right at 15 mpg pulling around 5,000lbs. And when we would switch drivers i had a air bed in the back so i could sleep!
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I pull a 10k trailer w/3:73 gears and just completed a 3k trip. Got 11-12mpg with current mods running 75mph......mountains and all!! I am guessing that if I had a gasser, I would have struggled in the WV mountains and gotten roughly 6-8mpg. BTW, it is worth the facial expressions on folks pulling smaller campers up Fancy Gap as fast as they can go and you roll right by them!! Just my $0.02.

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Wifes EX on 37's and 3.73's gets about 14-16 all the time, towing or not...

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Where is everybody? I'm looking for advice and getting no answers, PS lovers. I'm looking to buy an '02 (or thereabouts) 7.3 PSD to pull my 7500# travel trailer. I do it with a big block Jimmy gasser at present.

Why should I switch? What mpg should I expect? Does the XLT come with tow package? Where can I find out? I currently get 7-8 mpg with the Jimmy.

I'm looking at two XLTs with less that 90K miles for around $17K. Is this good?

Is there something better out there? I DO want the SUV.
Do it, you'll love it. Drive a bunch of diesel Excursions before you buy one. You may notice that the lifted ones ride better. Unless you like riding on the bumpstops, plan on putting in U- or V-code front springs and airbags right after you get it.

I love my '02 LTD 7.3. I towed with it for 3 years without powertrain mods...and loved it.

WHEN my tranny went at 133,000 miles (last month), I did the upgrades on the tranny, and got gauges, BHAF, Walker BTM muffler, and DP Tuner. My EGT's are a little high, but I'm working that out.

btw, I had a big block '74 blazer many years ago...great for surprising people at green lights, not as good at towing due to the short wheelbase.

Brett

'02 X: V codes & add-a-leaves, bags, upgraded tranny, 295 Nitto's & 325 Duratracs, pyro & boost, BTM, Stage 2 CAI, DP 60 & 80 high altitude tow, 80 econ...smoke on demand.
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