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post #21 of 24 Old 07-07-2010, 11:20 AM
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My husband drives it every day to work about 15 miles and back and it takes him 2 weeks to go through a tank. With the trailer with one horse I have driven it about 290 miles before having to fill up and that was going uphill. Coming back with an empty trailer I only used 3/4 of a tank. I think it has a 30 gallon tank. The thing about diesels are that they are really only good and broke in at around 100,000 miles. We bout ours with that many miles on it and didn't think twice because it was a diesel. Most gas trucks would be close to the end at that point.
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post #22 of 24 Old 07-11-2010, 05:44 PM
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My boyfriend has a '98 Doge 2500 diesel, and he gets around 500-600 miles out of a 35 gallon tank. When hauling, he gets around 14-16 gallons.

I have an '03 F-350 diesel, and I get around 20 mpg. I haven't hauled enough with it to know how it does fuel-wise, but it pulls my 5,800 (empty) trailer with my 1,700 pound horse and 800 pound carriage just fine.
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post #23 of 24 Old 07-11-2010, 07:18 PM
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I have a F250 6.0 diesel and pull a 28ft LQ I get around 10-13 depending on terrrain. I have a 29 gallon tank and get around 275 a tank I usually lose about 50 miles a tank when towing...

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post #24 of 24 Old 07-11-2010, 07:26 PM
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I keep forgetting that we use different measuring systems, and when I saw 10000 in the first post my jaw dropped!

So I don't know equivalent weight but i'll post what we have had/do have.

We had two different two horse floats, pretty light, and we towed them both with a Holden Rodeo with a 2.5T load rating.

We now have a 3 horse angle with a kitchen and we tow it with a Holden Colorado which is rated to two 3.5T. The floats GVM is 3T.

The main thing is to try and get a vehicle that is rated to tow MORE than the trailers GVM or total weight when loaded, even if you aren't going to load it the whole way up.

Diesels are fine for around town, dads Colorado is a Turbo Diesel and he drives it 15 minutes to work every day, and i'm looking at a Patrol TD that I will be driving around town when not towing on the weekends. It will actually cost about the same as my V6 petrol ute does at the moment.

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