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post #1 of 7 Old 07-16-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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MPG and Towing Question

I've had my new red crew cab 2010 350 for 3 weeks and have 2250 miles on it. I'm getting 14 mpg--is that in the ballpark? (yes, I'm a Newbie!) I traded in a 250 6.0 and was getting about 17 mpg. My husband and I are thinking of upgrading our travel trailer (bumper pull) to a 36' Fuzion 5th wheel--anybody tow a big rig like that? Can my 350 handle it? Ideas on what my gas mileage will be while towing?
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14mpg hand calculated or going by the meter? If it is calculated is pretty good for a stock truck. I get around 11.5-12 on my stock f250 and 8-9mpg towing 9k.

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Hand calculated. I hope we will get 8-9 towing! On my old 250 my average was around 7. We've towed once with my new 350 and got 6.4. Does a 5th wheel improve mpg? I don't know which figure to use for towing. Our current trailer is speced at 6250 dry, 11K gross. We usually haul a couple of full size ATVs as well. Thanks for your response.
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We have a 34' fiver I pull with my 250. I think a fiver pulls better than a bumper pull. Before I put the Spartan on the truck, I got 9.5-10.5 mpg. Now I can get close to 13 if I drive sensible!

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I have a 36' Cougar fiver that is 9700 dry. Loaded with all the essentials I am sure it is pretty close to 11,000.

My 08 6.4 gets 11 mpg hand calculated at 65mph while pulling the fiver. Mine is a completely stock job 3. I am expecting it to break in even more ( only 5600 miles on it as I type) and maybe gain another mpg.

Empty with the wife and kids ( 3 year old and 1 year old) I get about 16.5-17 hand calculated at 70 mph.

The F350 will have no problem with the Fusion. It will pull like a dream. The tow/haul mode really is great.

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I pull a Weekend Warrior SLC3505 with my Jeep in it total weight @ 28k truck included & pulls great! When pulling I get @ 7-8 mpg running @ 65 mph empty I get 13-14 running 60-65 mph! I removed my over loads & installed air bags run @ 40 psi for a smooth ride! Truck pulls the load OK, handles the load great,the only complaint I have is in the mountains I feel I could use more braking power but the Banks Speed Brake is going to fix that, & yes I use Tow/Haul mode! Enjoy your new truck & welcome!
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I pull a 32' Hearland Sundance 5er'. and get @13 mpg on the highway using my SCT and a tow tune from Doug at DJ's. I think I have heard that Vivian is still doing programming. You won't have any trbls towing with a 6.0. See my mods below......Steve


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