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Hey. Like anyone else im trying to lower costs. My highest cost is gas and its about on avg 3.40 where im at and diesel is about 3.75. Im always towing everyday a 12ft open trailer with 2 ztrs and relevant equipment. Currently im driving 2 different trucks a 2004 f150 33 gallon tank and a 2007 tundra with 22 gallon tank. On avg I get 280 out of the tundra being full and the f150 about 350-400. Would I be better served in buying a diesel truck to use for work? Whats the avg mpg you guys that have diesels are getting towing? Or perhaps getting a smaller truck such as a 4 cyl tacoma or even 6 cyl small trucks as like rangers, canyons etc.. what are your guys thought.
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Smaller truck will use more fuel as it's working harder. I run my gasser in the winter as winter diesel cost's a bunch. I run my diesel in the summer. Did a 300 mile trip the other day with my 16' dump trailer loaded both ways and averaged 11.8 at 70+ mph. Pulling my 16' landscape trailer i average 15 mpg......
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Some thing like a Nissan Frontier might get close to 20 pulling a very small trailer.

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Cummins 2500 inline 6..... all I gotta say ; )
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Cummins 2500 inline 6..... all I gotta say ; )
yep!
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Cummins 2500 inline 6..... all I gotta say ; )
Agreed.

If they ever put that motor in a truck, i'll buy it!

Iíve already told you more than I know.
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Until Toyota brings a diesel to the states I'll be using gas...
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Agreed.

If they ever put that motor in a truck, i'll buy it!

I'm down with that.

All tho I hear your area has one or two shops that can facilitate a merger.



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Until Toyota brings a diesel to the states I'll be using gas...



Contrary to popular belief there are a couple of good USA made diesels.
You just gotta know what to look for.
Besides why would you want to send a Toy to do a man's work?

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Until Toyota brings a diesel to the states I'll be using gas...
It would be interesting to see what Toyota would bring, but based on the Tundra platform, I would definitely wait for them to prove themselves in the 'big' truck market.

I have a 2008 Sequoia 5.7 and it has been a great vehicle. Tons of power and extremely comfortable. However, it will not safely pull what Toyota says it will pull, by almost half! And, when I pulled my 14' tandem cargo trailer to Denver a few years ago, that 5.7 only cranked out 8.5 miles per gallon. My 2012, 4 door, long box, 4x4, diesel will easily pull that same trailer around the highways at 17 MPG, with much more torque & HP in reserve than the gas rig had.

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Contrary to popular belief there are a couple of good USA made diesels.
You just gotta know what to look for.
Besides why would you want to send a Toy to do a man's work?
A mans job eh? Let me know when your american truck can do this....



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