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MPG Towing.

Im going to need a truck soon and am up in the air between a diesel and a gasser. My payload I have estimated will be around 5-8k in either a 16-20 foot enclosed trailer. This weight includes the trailer weight. I have talked with several people about towing and most say a 1/2 will do just fine. The 09 f150 has a towing capacity of 11300 for example.

The catch is I will be using this truck to tow this trailer 5 days a week in traffic. It will double as a work truck and a personal vehicle so it is going to see a lot of driving and towing.

I have calculated the breakeven point on the added cost of diesel option and it will take over 14 years accoring to my calculations. Now they could be off due to the estimated MPG I used to calculate but regardless it will take many years to see the payoff.

Now I do not know how long I will have this vehicle but I would need to get at least 100k at minimum out of it. More like 150k to 200 possibly. Even so I just am worried about the ability of a gasser or 1/2 ton being able to do this day in and day out 5 days a week which is why I am considering a diesel.

Also what kind of MPG are you guys seeing loaded and unloaded towing. This is another big thing for me.

I am open to suggestions, opinions,..... Fill me in guys. Thanks in advance
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My '06 F250 gets about 18 on the road. Towing my 38' fifth wheel (12,500#) i get anywhere between 10 and 12 mpg depending on terrain and traffic. I would go with the diesel but, I am biased.
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With our Cougar 310 SRX toyhauler and the 6.7 im getting 12-13 hand clac. I was really surprised. with my 18ft depending on load 14ish..(flatbed trailer)

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I see 18 M/T and around 13 pulling my 33' trailer. The mpg isn't the only thing you should look at, there is also the control factor of a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 or 1 ton. Also there is no comparison from gas to diesel in power and potential upgrades in the future if you choose. The extra money is worth every penny in the diesel.

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Thanks guys. How choked up are the new diesels with the emissions crap now? Would I be better off getting an 07 than say an 08-09 mpg wise
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you will get metter mileage our of a pre emissions diesel...i was very surprised that i could get 12 maybe 13 mpg out of my 6.7 towing our 5thwheel this however depends on terrian and other factor by for hwy pulling i am not going to complain...

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Looks like I will try and pick up a low mileage 5.9 CTD or the 6.0 PS.
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I have an 07 6.0l CC SB 2x4 for sale if your around the Ca area. It has about 21K and in excellent condition.

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ive seen alot of 24v cummins get high teens pulling 5'ers but im not sure what are done to them or the size just heard from my dads buddys that have them

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The 5.9 or the 6.0 both are good choices. Both have good and bad points but will do what you want. Honestly if I had it to do over I would have got the 5.9CR. The 6.7 is a great truck but is more of a pain with the emission stuff. good luck.

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