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jhef
07-04-2011, 01:16 AM
what are you guys using. i have a03 crew cab f150 and it sucks. without the boat i dont average 15 mpg. with the boat maybe 10. just got a 18 1/2 foot ranger so may be a little bit better then the 21 footer i was pulling.. may look for another ride before long..driving 70 miles a day to work and back sucks...

jimp
07-04-2011, 06:15 AM
I have an 07 Sport Trac V6, average 18/19 without the tracker PT175 w/ a 60. With the boat, I get 14-15 but I only have to tow it 12 miles one way to the ramp so I'm not overly worried about it. Rangers are pretty heavy boats if memory serves, so going down in size of tow vehicle won't end up with anything in your favor imo. My Sport Trac is not my daily driver, have a Mazda 3 5sp that gets 32+mpg, so I would suggest you getting a small used econo box for the daily driver if that's in the budget/possible. Prices of used cars have gone up since the gas went back up, got my Mazda 3 after the last round of $4.50-5.00/gal gas. The sunami in Japan has helped/caused the prices of used vehicles to go up as well since there are not as many new Japanese cars coming in.

Don G
07-04-2011, 06:41 AM
2007 Tundra with a 2010 Bronco camper & 2001 Skeeter 180 SX..Truck averages 17.6mpg unloaded, 14.2 pulling just the boat & 12.9 with camper and boat..Real pleased with this setup..
Hands ClappingHands Clapping
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/Noahsarc/KerrTripoct17-20-2010010.jpg

Downwind
07-04-2011, 07:33 AM
07 GMC pulling a 185 Tracker/90hp. Not much weight and get around 15-16 pulling boat and 16-17 w/o.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s263/welch116/TEXAS%20TRIP/100_4976.jpg

prefers shiners
07-04-2011, 07:40 AM
Don G............very nice......

CrappiePappy
07-04-2011, 07:43 AM
... I'm towing this :

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/crappiepappy/dasboat001.jpg




with this : http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/crappiepappy/DSCF0133.jpg

That's a 1999 Procraft 16' w/90Merc ... pulled by a 2006 Tundra --- estimated @ 15mpg city driving w/o boat ... @ 12mpg w/boat

Sam
07-04-2011, 07:45 AM
Take a look at the various programmers available for your truck. They may be able to improve the mpg, plus performance. Superchips.com is one I am aware of but there are others.

crappieseeker
07-04-2011, 07:56 AM
your boat looks much newer than the year you listed, it must have been well taken care of

CrappiePappy
07-04-2011, 08:31 AM
your boat looks much newer than the year you listed, it must have been well taken care of

Thanks Seeker .... yes, it was obviously carefully used, and garage stored by the previous (2) owners. I don't think it was used much, either, since the motor (under the cowl) looks brand new. Hands Clapping

(note: I removed the pics, from your reply, to save site space Thumbs Up )

... cp :cool:

skeetbum
07-04-2011, 10:22 AM
This is my rig. It's an '88 Bumble Bee 178 that weighs 950 hull weight so you know its a total of 2000lbs at least wet and loaded. I pull it with the 2000 Jimmy with a 4.3 v6 and a tow package that gives me about 20 without the boat and about 12 or 13 with. I have 3 lakes close by, within 30 minutes, and unless I do a road trip it's tolerable. On the highway it likes 65mph better than 70, but that's the only drawback. Does well on the ramp. I want a pickup so bad I can taste it, active word being want. I don't need it, just want it. I drive a good bit to work so I would have to get a hopper for work and use the p/u for around the house and pulling the boat.

talltimber
07-04-2011, 11:05 AM
I drive a 96 Dodge diesel, 5sp, 3/4 ton, 4x4. Gots 258,xxx miles on it. I usually run it 63-65 mph and get 19.5 EVERY tank, sometimes 20, when not pulling or hauling anything. (not allowing additional distance for the oversize tires, just mileage off the odometer, and not in the winter due to excessive idleing) Pulling the boat a trip or two on the weekends, and through the hills to the lake, will drop that tank full down to 18 mpg or so, maybe to 17.5. I've never ran a full tank through it with the boat hooked the whole time. WE 860 DSV w/ Yam. 90, 4 st. I figure it will get around 18 or so, if I keep my foot out of it, on flat ground, with no headwind to speak of, pulling the boat. Never had it hung, and will pull a house down, best truck I ever owned, and that's no BS. They are getting hard to find though that's not tore all to heck. Down-side is stiff springs will beat you to death. Rides like a log wagon.
My grandpa had an 05 Chevy half-ton, 4x4, reg cab that he did use, thoroughly. LOL But he never got any kind of mileage out of it, maybe 13 or so. He had an 09 ext. cab, 2wd that only got 16. I don't guess I know anyone real well that's driving a Ford.
I like the looks of those Toyotas, from back in the day even. I figured if a guy wasn't gonna pull much weight, that one of those "cute" little rigs would be the deal on gas too. Naw, they don't get all that good either.
The newer Cummins (Dodge) diesels don't get all that good either. Sure the overhead display says its "making" fuel. LOL But, you figure it by the numbers and not so great. Probably 14-17 mpg empty. But with a diesel, you at least got the stank to pull something if you needed to, plus the fuel mileage is right around what the rest of the rigs are getting, if not better.
I normally dont get revved up about the truck posts, but I have been trying to decide myself which way I"m gonna go for the next truck. Gas is cheaper, I'll keep my old truck for heavier stuff, but if I wind up with a nice camping trailer I'm not gonna want to ride in the old truck all the way to wherever.

Splitshot82
07-04-2011, 11:53 AM
Pulling an Excel 1860 Crappie with a 2010 Tundra. Not a lot of difference with or without the boat. Sometimes forget its back there Several Tundras on here. This is my 2nd one and I don't plan to stray.

http://tapatalk.com/mu/aefd5038-efa2-f13e.jpg

prefers shiners
07-04-2011, 12:13 PM
This is my rig. It's an '88 Bumble Bee 178 that weighs 950 hull weight so you know its a total of 2000lbs at least wet and loaded. I pull it with the 2000 Jimmy with a 4.3 v6 and a tow package that gives me about 20 without the boat and about 12 or 13 with. I have 3 lakes close by, within 30 minutes, and unless I do a road trip it's tolerable. On the highway it likes 65mph better than 70, but that's the only drawback. Does well on the ramp. I want a pickup so bad I can taste it, active word being want. I don't need it, just want it. I drive a good bit to work so I would have to get a hopper for work and use the p/u for around the house and pulling the boat.

a word of caution about something I learned this year......most trailor tires are only guaranteed up to 65 MPH.....I will not exceed that now....

gabowman
07-04-2011, 12:32 PM
I'm towing with an '04 Silverado which gets about 15 around town and 12 or so pulling the boat. Boat is a '94 Ranger Fisherman 681 with a 90 hp Johnson.

Splitshot82
07-04-2011, 01:53 PM
Don G,
Nice set up. I like that camper!

Hanr3
07-04-2011, 04:09 PM
I too drive a Chevy Blazer, 2000 w 4.3 V6. Last trip 400 miles, I averaged 14.7mpg. Typically I get 16-17 around town and 19 or so on the highway. Truck has 200,000 miles and still going strong. Granted I do maintain it.

smokercraft
07-04-2011, 04:56 PM
I drive a union made 2007 silverado 1500 quadcab 4x4 5.3L I dont know mileage when i pull my boat i figure i have to pay to play

Cray
07-04-2011, 06:04 PM
I've got a 1996 3/4 ton 4/4 I pull my boat with 16 ft alumacraft with a 40. Gets around 15 pulling boat and 17 with out. Got a 2000 Nissan Fronter for running around 25 in town.

Dutch552
07-04-2011, 06:27 PM
I pull my fiberglass boat with a 1997 Chevy K1500 work truck with a 305 and auto trans. No frills, towing package, 148,000 on the clock. Average 18-19 mixed driving and 14-15 with boat in tow depending on terrain. It does the job fine for a $3500 truck and can't justify upgrading.

skunked again
07-04-2011, 07:05 PM
I have an 05 trailblazer, 4wd. Just went to Branson and broke 20mpg on the way down there. Little windier the way back (and my heavy foot) got 17.5. I work and live in the same town, a 8 mile roundtrip commute, average 12-14. I love it. Just did some landscaping around the house, got a ton of rock at a time (what the trailer holds) did just fine.

yankee doodler
07-05-2011, 06:44 PM
'02 Silverado 3500 duramax dually/'02 Wildcat fiver/'02 Bass Tracker pt175 w/ 60 jet....12 mpg w/ or w/o.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/YankeeDoodler1954/100_2928.jpg

crappie4me2
07-05-2011, 06:46 PM
'02 Silverado 3500 duramax dually/'02 Wildcat fiver/'02 Bass Tracker pt175 w/ 60 jet....12 mpg w/ or w/o.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/YankeeDoodler1954/100_2928.jpg

Nice set up brother!!Thumbs Up

crappie4me2
07-05-2011, 07:05 PM
65342Here is a picture of my truck, it is 2003 Dodge. It get's 14 mph pulling the boat and 17 mph without the boat, get it on the intersate and it will average 18.5 mph without the boat. Not the best mileage but I figure you have to pay to play!! I have a 91 Alumacraft crappie Pro 175 with a 40 Hp Johnson.

crappiewisdom
07-05-2011, 07:58 PM
I pull my 17 and a half foot G3 with an '05 Toyota Tundra that I bought new on 2005. Gets about 16 mpg w/o the boat. I traded a '99 F150 to get the Tundra. I like the Tundra better than the Ford. Haven't done anything to it except for brakes, tires and routine maintenance and it hasn't missed a beat. The Ford was built in Canada. The Tundra was built here in Indiana.

jeepguyjames
07-05-2011, 09:44 PM
Only in a jeep......is their any other vehicle????

CrappiePappy
07-06-2011, 07:40 AM
Guys ... this thread is about what you tow your boat with ... pics/descriptions & mileage per gal (if you wish to divulge that info). IT IS NOT for the discussion of political ideologies or their connection to these vehicles. Those discussions belong in the Off Topics arena, as per site rules. See that they start there, end there, and STAY there ... and not on this forum.

... cp :cool:

Hanr3
07-06-2011, 07:57 AM
'02 Silverado 3500 duramax dually/'02 Wildcat fiver/'02 Bass Tracker pt175 w/ 60 jet....12 mpg w/ or w/o.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/YankeeDoodler1954/100_2928.jpg

Nice set-up. Any trouble with the double trailering across state lines?
One day I hope to have a similar set-up.

CP- thanks for cleaning up the thread. :thumbup

fishingpox
07-06-2011, 08:37 AM
pappy quit deleting stuff or I will bring my lab up there to pee on your truck and boat trailer tires. And he pees a lot. I have dead shrubs to prove it....





Guys ... this thread is about what you tow your boat with ... pics/descriptions & mileage per gal (if you wish to divulge that info). IT IS NOT for the discussion of political ideologies or their connection to these vehicles. Those discussions belong in the Off Topics arena, as per site rules. See that they start there, end there, and STAY there ... and not on this forum.

... cp :cool:

flyboy2610
07-06-2011, 05:06 PM
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g80/flyboy2610/John/Truck%20pics/Topper%20pics/Sideshot.jpg
I don't have a boat, YET, but when I do, this is what will tow it: A 1969 Ford F-250 Camper Special. The CS is a heavy duty 3/4 ton, designed for the big heavy boxy slide-in campers of the day. It has a 360 engine with a C6 automatic and a 3.73 limited slip Dana 60 rear end. It will be upgraded to disc brakes, and the rear drums rebuilt. He's a real workhorse. His name is Frodo, a play on Ford.;)
I do have a trailer I built from a '68 F-100, which was the pickup I drove before I found Frodo.
Her's Frodo (before I bought the topper) and the trailer set to take two loads of leaves to the dump.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g80/flyboy2610/John/Truck%20pics/028.jpg
I also have a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager which is rated to tow 5000 lbs. When I put the trailer behind it, it drops in the rear. Maybe I need some air shocks or good heavy springs.

twild
07-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Sweeeeet set up !!!!
2007 tundra with a 2010 bronco camper & 2001 skeeter 180 sx..truck averages 17.6mpg unloaded, 14.2 pulling just the boat & 12.9 with camper and boat..real pleased with this setup..
Hands clappinghands clapping
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/noahsarc/kerrtripoct17-20-2010010.jpg