Steers with the throttle
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Northern Nevada
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With the 295s and 4.10s, I'm running about 1750 at 75 or so. It's the perfect RPM because it can build boost and is still not running too fast. Plus there is very little downshifting on grades and reasonable throttle response.
Mileage is more based on the amount of work being done, and the efficiency of the engine at that speed, than it is on RPM. It has to make enough power to do the job. And it has to be nice to drive and not lugging all the time.
6th with 295s and 4.10s, is half way between 5th and 6th with 3.42.
I got totally burned out on having no power in 6th, even unloaded. My mileage, not hand calced, will settle in at about 19-19.5 with normal driving on highways with a 60 mph limit. If I drive at 75 with my trailer, it goes down, again, not hand called, but averaged over a few hundred miles, to about 13.
These days, with speed limits of up to 80 as the posted limit, I'm slower than a lot of traffic because I will not tow at that speed. 70-75 max.
I recently drove home from Salt Lake, across Utah and Nevada to near Reno. The limit was 80 a lot of the way and it was 600 miles. It felt weird droning along at 80 MPH, hour after hour.
I only exaggerate enough to compensate for being taken with a grain of salt
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2014 Ram 3500 Std Cab SRW Cummins/Aisin.