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2500 Silverado 6.0 and 6000lb trailer

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by chcav1218, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    I will be towing a 6000lb travel trailer in the near future and was wondering what you guys are getting for mpg's. I obviously know its isnt going to be very good but I'm asking from more of a plannin perspective than anything else. I'm trying to figure out how long the trip is going to take factoring in stops for fuel and driving probably under the speed limit most of the way.
     
  2. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    With 9,000LBS behind my truck I average about 4-5MPG's, pulling up and down hills... MIleage isn't going to be good lol:rolleyes:
     
  3. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    holy horse shi*. i was shootin for around 7-8. i was at about 2500rpms cruisin at 60, and i already had an additional 1000lbs of sand and gear in the bed. i think minus that and along with mine bein 3000lbs less i should be able to make it
     
  4. Racer593

    Racer593 Member
    Messages: 71

    9000 lb Haulmark toyhauler from Toledo Oh to Hedgesville WV and back I averaged mid 9s for the whole trip including 10mph uphills flat on the floor in WV to PA turnpike thru the mtns. In the flat areas I would run about 70. I was actually very pleased with that.
    2004 Chevy 2500 6.0 CC/SB 4x4 on BFG All Terrains.

    Chris
     
  5. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Matt,
    how hard to you hit the pedal trying to accelerate ? Its not that much extra work to keep a 15K lbs load going compared to a 6K lbs load. Law of inertia, a object in motion wants to stay in motion, all you have to do is accelerate it and over come any addition drag and wind resistance.

    My fuel mileage on the highway is only about a gallon or so less then usual when I am towning so around 10-11. However if your trying to put your foot through the firewall, its possible to do a lot worse
     
  6. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    so should i be planning for about 7-8 just to play it safe?
     
  7. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I towed an 8000 pound 5th wheel to Florida. Figure on 200 miles a tank so about 6-7mpg's. Also when that needle gets low it goes down quick. Dont bypass a gas station.
     
  8. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    sounds like its gonna be a long drive
     
  9. Novadiecast

    Novadiecast Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    I pulled my 16 x7 enclosed trailer from Indiana to Las Vegas, empty going out and loaded coming back so probably 4000 going and 7500 back. My 6.0 CCsb got 7.9 mpg going and 7.3 mpg coming back. I had my foot in it pretty good, doing 70-75 most of the time. If you can slow down and keep it around 55 or 60 that would improve a bunch. 8 mpg should be no problem, maybe 9 mpg.
     
  10. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    I will definitly be keeping speeds low to due my lack of experience hauling trailers and not to beat on the truck too much. 1500 miles should be interesting. luckily ill have a copilot
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2010
  11. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Id say 8-10 to keep it safe. I made it from my house (right on lake erie basically) to Dayton on 1 tank, with my trailer behind it. Trailer is 2100 empty and had my car, 3,000 lbs on that. Kept it around 75 the whole time. Not sure how many miles it was, but I know it is 4.5 hrs to Dayton from my house. Then Dayton to Terre Haute Indiana needed more gas, then I filled up again on the Missouri/Illinois state line. That tank made it from St.Louis to Kansas City, then to Joplin Missouri. Got real crap mileage once I started pulling the grades in the Ozarks. Did much better coming back empty. Also keep in mind I barely let the tank get below 1/2. I kept it 70/75 the whole time as well. My best that trip was 20mpg. But mine also has a tune, exhaust, etc so dont expect yours to be as good, lol. Oh and mine is 2000 Silverado 2500 4x4 with the 4.10's and 6.0.
     
  12. josh9410

    josh9410 Member
    Messages: 33

    my 02 chevy pulling my old 14000gvw equipment trailer and vermeer 24x40 boring machine at 75 i was getting 8-9 miles to the gallon
     
  13. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    shouldnt your truck be doing like 18-2000 rpms not 2500?
     
  14. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    idk you tell me lol
     
  15. Evanbrendel

    Evanbrendel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    do a tune up first if its due and that will help if it is due for one anyways.
     
  16. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    all i know is my duramax does 1600 rpm at 65 mph....
     
  17. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    yup it should. I spin about 2200 at 65 on the highway
     
  18. Evanbrendel

    Evanbrendel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    do you pull in od or direct?
     
  19. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    OD with tow/haul. I am always surprised at some of the hills I can pull with out down shifting, and then some times it kicks out of OD for no apparent reason at all. towing is really all about keeping the momentum going
     
  20. RCsLawncare

    RCsLawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 459