Well thanks for the reply's all, sorry I didn't put the details of the
truck but here they are, 1999 3/4 4x4 w tow/plow pakage, quad cab, V10.
37000mi I use it primarliy for towing my TT. Dodge replaced the engine at
17000 mi [at Dodge's expence] Iv'e had no trouble with it other than that.
I run high test when pulling, regular gas when not pulling, like the manual
says. I pull OUT of overdrive, use OD when not pulling. If I exceed 60 mph
the mileage drops to 6.5 - 7mpg sometimes I don't HAVE to get another truck
just would like to get a little better mileage. I'll take it that there are
no ""chips" for more mileage. I entertained the idea of exchange this engine
for a deisel, Probably expensive but to trade in for a new truck would be
$20 to $25 thousand more. Don't know if either is a good idea. MY goal is to
get better mileage if possible. Anyway this truck sits idle for weeks at a
time, I was told that is not good for a deisel by an OTR driver, Don't know
about that but if I wanted to use it it the winter U couldn't just run out
and start it up after sitting unpluged for a couple of weeks, so I would
have to leave it pluged in for weeks not being used, use #1/2 mix like they
have here in the winter pay $1.00 a gal more for fuel that gets lower milage
ECT. These were the things I had been talking about as problems to deal with
a deisel. BUT back to the point-- form what I can gather there's no way to
get pronounced better mileage than what I get now, it seems. I knew when I
bought the V10 it was not a gas miser but gas was a lot cheaper then
[sniff] Yes I want cheese with that wine. thank's for the replys anyway
Tom, for the miles you put on your truck I don't know if it is worth it to
trade. Save it for pulling the trailer, drive something else when not. If
you averaged allot more than the 5000 miles a year that you are doing now I
would be tempted to go with a diesel. I sure as hell would not go with
something smaller!! As I see it your options are to stay with the truck you
have or go diesel. Trading to another gas of any size seems foolish to me
when the primary use is to tow a travel trailer.
As for having a diesel sitting for long periods between use, our farm trucks
often sat for 11 month a year between use. Did not seem to bother them!
I have a 360, 5 speed, 4X4 and a CTD, 6 speed, 4X4. The Diesel gets better
mileage empty or pulling, and has lots more power. In fact, the Diesel gets
better mileage pulling my race car and trailer than the gas truck gets
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