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Still picking out the truck I want to buy...but the dealer has one that is perfect, except it has the 26 gal tank.

I know it isn't a good metric - but how many miles per tank are people getting with the 26 gallon tank?

I figure 300 miles a tank may be tough...at 15mpg, 20 gallons = 300miles. I figure 20 gallons, since the low fuel light will likely illuminate at ~5 gallons left.

How many miles do you get out of your 26 gal tank?
 

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I am still finding that out. Only had my truck about 3 weeks and I filled up @over 1/4 tank because gas was going up. I will follow this one as it interests me as well.
 

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how much freeway driving do you do? At one point i was getting a little over 460 miles out of 7/8 of a tank (about 50 miles left on the EVIC before empty) but that was mainly freewayfreeway speed driving with the cruise on.

when its mainly around town i get about 300-325 with the same ammount left in the tank. IT usually took about 19-21G when i filled her up btw
 

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If the truck with the smaller tank fits your bill go for it. The larger tank in the past has had a problem when stopping that the tank sloshes the gas and it feels like someone rear ended you slightly when stopping. Just something else to consider. This typically happened when the tank was around 1/2 full. Do a search on here and you will find a lot of discussions on this.
 

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Depends on engine (4.7L vs 5.7L) and driving (city vs hwy). I have the 26 gallon tank with the 4.7L. City I get let's say 16mpg, highway I get let's say 21mpg, those are pretty conservative. City = 16*26 = 416miles....so say realistically before filling up, 375ish miles. Highway = 21*26 = 546 miles....so say realistically before filling up, 500 miles.

I drive mostly city, and my real avg mpg is almost always 17-18mpg, and I usually go about 350-400 miles before filling up (just under 1/4 tank).
 

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Depends on engine (4.7L vs 5.7L) and driving (city vs hwy). I have the 26 gallon tank with the 4.7L. City I get let's say 16mpg, highway I get let's say 21mpg, those are pretty conservative. City = 16*26 = 416miles....so say realistically before filling up, 375ish miles. Highway = 21*26 = 546 miles....so say realistically before filling up, 500 miles.

I drive mostly city, and my real avg mpg is almost always 17-18mpg, and I usually go about 350-400 miles before filling up (just under 1/4 tank).
Good point. 5.7.

I do mostly city driving on my commute - but I tend to get highway MPG, since the city driving I do is mostly 45mph and traffic lights only every mile.

Something just sticks in my mind about 300 miles or more per tank...being a requirement. I guess it really dosen't matter, but I do enjoy the ~350 I get out of my current vehicle, which allows me to only fill up every other week.
 

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If the truck with the smaller tank fits your bill go for it. The larger tank in the past has had a problem when stopping that the tank sloshes the gas and it feels like someone rear ended you slightly when stopping. Just something else to consider. This typically happened when the tank was around 1/2 full. Do a search on here and you will find a lot of discussions on this.
I've read about that...it is too bad I can't experience it during a test drive to "know" how bothersome it would be.
 

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I don't see any reason to get the larger tank, I fill mine up every 1-2 weeks and it seems like months because I drive so much. I'd rather fill up 3/4 tank at $75.00 than 3/4 tank at $100 lol. I think my credit card shuts off at somewhere between $75 and $100 anyway at gas stations. My dad has the larger tank and has to do two transactions to fill up because it shuts his card off. In his truck though, we can go from Orlando, FL to Pittsburgh, PA with only one stop to fill up (assuming a full tank when leaving).
 

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^That's less than 8 mpg (assuming you run it dry....)! Even if you run it to a 1/4 tank that's 10 mpg.
 

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My truck has the 26 gallon tank if I fill it from when the low fuel light first displays it takes 24 gallons.
It goes 375 miles on a tank with a mix of 50/50 city /highway thats around 15.6 MPG.

My friend has a 2010 RAM 1500 QC 4x4 with the 32 gallon tank I he fills it from when the
low fuel light first displays it takes 28 gallons and he gets around 440 miles per tank.
 

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I went with the 32 gallon tank for those occasions where I'm towing long distance. Just because you get the bigger tank does not mean you're using more fuel. However, it is nice having that extra range between fill ups. Also, for only costing an extra $50 on a new truck, the larger tank is a bargain. I'd bet it will help the resale value as well.

There's a reason Ford made a 36 gallon tank standard on the F-150 Ecoboost for 2012. Customers were asking for the larger tank!
 

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yea my Ram has the 35 gallon tank with the additional 5.5 gallon tank, so if I fill my tank up I have a total of 40.5 gallons of diesel ridin in the belly of my truck. But I can go about 600ish miles on the interstate without having to stop to refuel.
 

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Other than ordering a new truck, my personal experience has been constantly giving up something on your wish list. The cool thing about the 32 gallon tank is that it's only a $75 upgrade so if you want this, it's a small price to pay at the time.

That being said, it would be very low on my wish list of options. 26 gallons is a lot of fuel. Back in the day use to be considered a large tank. My 26 gallon tank I'm getting around 350-375 for range mixed city, and highway. That's about 14 mpg the way I have been driving as I can't seem to keep it off that accelerator with that Hem power. ;) If you bump that up to a realstic highway mpg say 17-18 which is very achievable with these trucks, your easily above 400 miles to the tank...maybe more. That very decent range in my personal opinion. :4-dontknow:
 

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I have the 32 gallon tank, i try to fill up at about 350 miles, not because i really need to, but that is 7 hours behind the wheel while following a loaded semi truck & the truck drivers need to pee once in a while

I have thought about the BUMP that we feel, i used to also think it was fuel sloshing, but i have only felt 1 bump each time & fuel doesn't only slosh once, it is something else
 

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I have a 2012 Big Horn with the 32 gallon tank. I have been following this with interest and have been paying more attention to my tank when stopping. I haven't heard any noise of felt anything with the tank from full to 1/4.
 

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I have a 32 in my truck and haven't noticed sloshing of any sort... Up here in the colder climates it's nice not filling up as much...
 
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