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Old 10-20-2013, 09:58 AM
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Pulled our pontoon boat out for the season yesterday and finally got to tow with my Ram. I have the Hemi and 3.55 LS. Towed very good except for a vibration coming from low psi in two trailer tires. I got about 9 mpg and the trip took bout an hour.
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That's a pretty healthy sized pontoon boat, but I wonder how much the the trailer tires affected your mileage?
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I am sure it didn't help. I was still able to maintain a cruise speed of 65mph. There was a steady rain the entire trip also.
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That's a pretty healthy sized pontoon boat, but I wonder how much the the trailer tires affected your mileage?
Wondering the same thing. Good to hear you had a good experience towing.
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Out of curiosity, which transmission do you have?
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For comparsion purposes, I did the same thing--towed a boat to storage for the winter--w/my new 13 Ram a few weeks ago. This was an 18 foot aluminum boat with a cover on a decent trailer.

Conditions could not have been worse--very windy with gusts into the 30's and rain the whole time, most of it strong enough the wipers had to be on full.

I didn't refill to do it the old fashioned way (I have learned this is a must for accurate readings as the computer is not that accurate) but the computed estimate of MPG I got was between 11 and 12 in my hemi/8speed w/3.92's. About 1/2 the trip I was running around 60 mph and the other half 65-70.

I would have liked a bit more than that--my much older chevy ran a few mpg better towing the same boat. Conditions were lousy though, and I did alternate between tow mode on and off a bit to see how the computer instant mileage estimate might change. As well as engine speed. I also tried the top gear limit.

In the end, I think had it not been windy w/rain I could have gotten by just fine without tow mode, which seemed to decrease MPG a bit--and at highway speeds, run the engine tach up about 2-500 rpm. Sure wish these trucks had some readout of which gear you were in!

The top gear limit was neat, not sure I'll have much need for it given the driving I usually do though. If I lived in hilly mountainous country though I could see it being a pretty nice feature.
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Also keep in mind you didn't exactly tow the most aerodynamic setup either. I would say between that and low psi on trailer you did well.
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For comparsion purposes, I did the same thing--towed a boat to storage for the winter--w/my new 13 Ram a few weeks ago. This was an 18 foot aluminum boat with a cover on a decent trailer.

Conditions could not have been worse--very windy with gusts into the 30's and rain the whole time, most of it strong enough the wipers had to be on full.

I didn't refill to do it the old fashioned way (I have learned this is a must for accurate readings as the computer is not that accurate) but the computed estimate of MPG I got was between 11 and 12 in my hemi/8speed w/3.92's. About 1/2 the trip I was running around 60 mph and the other half 65-70.

I would have liked a bit more than that--my much older chevy ran a few mpg better towing the same boat. Conditions were lousy though, and I did alternate between tow mode on and off a bit to see how the computer instant mileage estimate might change. As well as engine speed. I also tried the top gear limit.

In the end, I think had it not been windy w/rain I could have gotten by just fine without tow mode, which seemed to decrease MPG a bit--and at highway speeds, run the engine tach up about 2-500 rpm. Sure wish these trucks had some readout of which gear you were in!

The top gear limit was neat, not sure I'll have much need for it given the driving I usually do though. If I lived in hilly mountainous country though I could see it being a pretty nice feature.
Very good detailed experience but I bet your Chevy didn't have 20" wheels mated to 33" tires either. That kind of mileage is identical to my 545/65RFE when towing in bad weather. It's still better than my 2006 Titan with 6inch lift and 35" tires towing a 6000lb Party Barge which averaged 8-9mpg.
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I towed my boat once this year but it was only 11 km's (7 miles) so I have no idea on mileage etc but I will say, it did tow it better than what my previous 09 Sierra with the 5.3 and 3.73 gears did. (Ram is 6 sp with 3.55)

Also, last week-end, I pulled home a steel utility trailer with my dock tops from our trailer. Total weight was probably around 1500 lbs give or take? (I had other gear, 2 batteries, tools, clothes, water, chain saw etc) and what I noticed right away was how easy it towed that.

One way is about 123 km's with lots of hills etc thrown it and what I noticed most was the truck didn't labor going up those hills, it maintained a pretty constant speed and there was never a need to punch it down like I would have had to do with my 09 Sierra.

My mileage when I got home said I was average 14.2L/100 km's, which isn't great, but that is also better than what my 09 Sierra would have got.

I love this truck the more I drive it, been great so far and is really starting to loosen up in the giddy up and go dept.
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tow a pontoon boat every weekend all summer never a problem I get about 10 mpg but there is little difference between a pontoon boat and a 2500lb parachute
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