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Old 02-09-2015, 12:54 PM
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I haul it with a '93 4X4 Extended cab with a 5.2 auto.
I add an addition trans cooler, (I figure if 1 is good, 2 is WAY better)!
I haul it from N.E. Pa. to Clayton N.Y. (220 miles give er take).
She does well, like to be run @ 60-65.
On hills or when I see a grade, I'll shut off the O.D.
Gas mileage?
Well, my gauge doesn't work from full to 1/4.
But, at Preble N.Y. rest stop off interstate 81 going north, I add 5 gallons (@ 110 miles).
On the way down at Witney Point, the gauge reads 1/4, so I add fuel there, (@ 130 miles).
I figure I'm getting a lean 10-12 mpg, hauling.
That sell non E, high test in Clayton.
If I drop that in, my truck empty get 20 mpg on the highway! (17 with E gas).
I does tow well, but not a speed demon.
I also towed my buddies 19' fishing boat. Boat n trailer- #1700 and change.
Got pretty much same fuel MPG, but it did much better on the hills!
Joe
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:34 PM
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If you want non ethanol high grade on the way up the exit after Preble, Tully NY, sells it.
Maybe I'll start using it, I only get 17 mpg empty with a tonneau cover on flat highway lol (V6)
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:05 PM
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tanks!
I'll remember that next time! (Fat Nancy's Bait shop sells it also, Polaski? exit).
I usually fill a 5 gallon can er 3, (my wife like that when I carry 15 gallons in her Honda CRV)! haul it home. (gas smuggling)!
When the truck is in Clayton, I only use that fuel, (fill then boat-fill the truck).
I always hoped more stations would sell all the way down here, but noooooooo!
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