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Old 08-17-2012, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have an 01 Ram 2500 Automatic essentially stock that I use to cross 4 mountain passes hauling grapes for my winery. At $4.00/gallon fuel economy is heavily on my mind. Any opinions on a device to help with fuel economy? Increased power or other benefits would be nice but my only real concern is the fuel and the cost of the unit.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Running Rv275 Injectors and Edge Comp (Wide open) for 13-14 MPG with a 8K travel trailer.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Slow it down too, you will suck fuel the faster you go. 62 mph is the sweet spot on my truck, I got 17mpg towing two horses down I-15.
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I was going to mention freeing up the exhaust as well. Either cut the stock pipe and put in a straight pipe or get a 4" turbo back.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Straight pipe.
And like Utah said, go easy on the skinny pedal.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I am definitely good with the throttle. I'll look into the exhaust but I really do not want it louder.

Any opinions on: Max Mileage Module for Dodge
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I never tow faster than 55 MPH because of all the up and down hills then all the twist in the road too. But never had a problem hauling 6-8K worth of load and always hitting 13-14 MPG. I just haul a load of scrap metal for a friend down to Payette, ID 240 mile round trip and got 14.2 MPG going down. Then half way home picked up another load and hauled it to New Meadows, ID by the time I hit home I was at 16.5 MPG.

Speed is the number killer of MPG's while towing!

Tires are the second killer of MPG's... More aggressive, wider and taller tires hurt!

Improper use of performance modules.

Good tool to learn how to drive again is a ScanGauge II...

Oh Yeah... Idaho is at $4.229 now and going up quickly...
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All great stuff. I appreciate all the information. Definitely going to look into the ScanGauge II.

Any opinions on this unit? Max Mileage Module for Dodge
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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As a matter of fact price went up again on me... $4.259 now...

Time to tighten up on the driving skills again and push for the long haul numbers once again.

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I did some searching and didn't find much feed back on that chip. A lot of people, myself included, run a power puck. Both are just timing boxes and will help mileage some. I'm sure it's a good product.
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