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I'm looking at a new van, but I don't want to take the sellers word on mileage.

If any one has an extended van 1 ton please let me know what your getting.

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What kind of van is it? It might make a difference.

FWIW, if you need a van, the gas mileage doesn't matter. Just put gas into it when it needs it. It's a cost of doing business that EVERYONE has.

Unless you are up in the air about a 1 ton van versus a mini-cooper, the gas mileage really isn't going to matter, is it? Think about it...
 

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Dodge 97 3/4 ton B2500 13.5 MPG with the 360 CID consistently and it is loaded to the gills and pulling a dump trailer once a week. I have owned this for all its life so that is actual miles not invented for sales. Has a Topper full length cargo rack on roof that lowers wind resistance I am sure.

I just bought a 97 B3500 1 ton Dodge with a lower gear ration and just a 318 that seems to be getting about he same, with a moderate load and hauling the trailer. Can't drive at 80 mph down the highway with as much ease as the 360 but the lower gear ration keeps it respectable around town.

Neither of these are the super stretched vans that Dodge made for fleets and bus service, just the regular full length service van.

The reason I bought he Dodge was for the better mileage and payload capacity and the 12 year of durability isn't bad considering I'm in the North east.
 

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What kind of van is it? It might make a difference.

FWIW, if you need a van, the gas mileage doesn't matter. Just put gas into it when it needs it. It's a cost of doing business that EVERYONE has.

Unless you are up in the air about a 1 ton van versus a mini-cooper, the gas mileage really isn't going to matter, is it? Think about it...
I bought a 3/4 ton, 4x4, gmc suburban, with a big block, when gas was 3.25 a gallon.:laughing:

I looked for that vechile for 6 months, it is what I needed/wanted.

I don't remember ever checking my gas milage in the 45,000 I have put on it.

I can tell you it has a 45 gallon gas tank.:laughing:
 

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I bought a 3/4 ton, 4x4, gmc suburban, with a big block, when gas was 3.25 a gallon.:laughing:

I looked for that vechile for 6 months, it is what I needed/wanted.

I don't remember ever checking my gas milage in the 45,000 I have put on it.

I can tell you it has a 45 gallon gas tank.:laughing:
Exactly.

There are way too many more things to worry about in life than 2MPG better or worse.

It's like the people that drive 10 miles out of the way to say 3 cents a gallon. :laughing:

You know who you are...:laughing:
 

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FWIW, if you need a van, the gas mileage doesn't matter. Just put gas into it when it needs it. It's a cost of doing business that EVERYONE has.
Listen to this guy; he has a clue. :thumbup:

I have an extended E250, packed to the gills with tools & equipment. I think it gets around 12-13 mpg.
 

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:laughing::laughing: I always have to get a laugh when this question comes up....but in most experienced people's opinion's it's ludicris to put fuel milage and work truck together in the same sentence....you want gas milage, get an office job and a prius, you want a truck that you can work and use to make a living, dont expect much. Even the new diesel's a joke thanks to the EPA, so the old gas vs diesel is'nt even even a valid arguement (cept for pulling nutz) but fuel milage between gasser and diesels cant even be used as a justification strategy.
 

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05 Sprinter 1 ton = 20 MPG + :whistling
 
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05 Sprinter 1 ton = 20 MPG + :whistling
key word '05 it's older and was not bound by the new EPA standards all diesels rolling off the factory floor must abide by. The older cummin's are regularly getting 20+ mpg in the 3/4-1T platforms....the newer cummin's is a long ways away from that and dropping with stricter emission garbage.:censored:

Helll, the best mpg work truck i own is my 89 E-350 cubie, tips the scales at just over 11,000, no overdrive, ridiculously high gearing, no turbo..the ole IDI diesel and the few times i did check it for giggles pulling one of our trailers loaded for bear on an out of town job we averaged 14mpg, i was impressed.

All my 3/4-1T gasser trucks average 5-10mpg depending on load. Plowing i'm lucky to get 2-4mpg from them....but i honestly dont give a chit, i HAVE to have them, so it's no different than me buying a new saw blade...it's part of my "TOOL SYSTEM", so my saw does'nt make me money without a blade, my truck does'nt make me money without fuel...pretty simple concept really:) Big difference buying a vehicle to daily drive that is not needed vs buying a truck/van as a tool, since that is all they are in reality when you buy them and bring them into your workforce....kinda why i get a kick outta these guys buying $50K new pick up's that think they're not going to get beat up...this is construction type work...it's only a matter of time before something happens.

Look at it from another perspective: you get a lighter 1/2T vehicle for a WORK TRUCK vs a heavier chasis (and this all depends on job scope too since a finish carpenter is'nt going to carry nearly as much heavy stuff as a mason per say) but that light chasis is going to be taxed with smaller brakes, lighter chasis, gearing not optimized for the true job at hand which heads up and wears down the tranny sooner/works the engine harder, shocks/springs wear out sooner...all which equate into wearing the truck out sooner, replacing parts more often...and when you start adding all that up...it ends up being cheaper buying a heavier platform from day one. I got my start plowing/salting with a 1/2T...getting the front end rebuilt was a every spring thing to do. Once i stepped upto the heavier trucks, i now get 4 yrs between rebuilds and total costs difference between the two is $0.00 just because of the different front end design on my heavy trucks vs the lighter trucks i used to have.

but no matter what, fuel milleage is never in the equation-ever. :laughing:
 

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IHI, 14MPG in that 86 ford..??????:laughing: are you sure about that?

i think these trucks would be high comodity on ebay if there milage was even close to 10MPG diesel:whistling
 

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IHI, 14MPG in that 86 ford..??????:laughing: are you sure about that?

i think these trucks would be high comodity on ebay if there milage was even close to 10MPG diesel:whistling
Miles were kept track of after i topped it off, and then again when i had to refill it a few days later, unless i forgot how to run a calculator, that's what she's got on the best time i checked it, but getting 12mpg has been the magic number over the years i've owned it (6yrs now) that it "averages" but like i said, it dont make a crap to me...if it's empty, i fill it- i keep life simple like that:laughing: Best my V10 in the F350 EVER got was 12mpg, and it typically averages 8-9mpg on good days, i can squeek out 12mpg if i dont go over 55mph...but i dont have that kind of patience. My old 460 in the F250 i took it to chicago to pick a plow up, 12mph there and back. Blew that up (rod cap fell off of all things) and i put a brand new crate engine 460 in it 3yrs ago but i'm yet to even put 4000miles on it since it's just a back up or additional mobile scaffolding but so far i'm only seeing 4-6mpg with it.
 

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I agree that fuel economy in a work truck is arbitrary but it is important. I keep track of it as it is a good indication of something going sour. If MPG,s start to drop there is normally something wrong that needs attention.
 
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