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Old 04-17-2010, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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truck guy fuel log?

i just got back from a 1500 mile trip to Florida with my truck. on the way to Florida i had 600 lbs in the bed and on the way back i was towing a 2000 lb trailer. i just entered the trip in my fuel log and it brought my average way down and i was wondering what other truck guys are doing with their fuel log when it comes to towing and carrying heavy stuff? i am up in the air about if i should remove the entries. if i remove these fuel entries from my fuel log it will look allot better but then nobody will be able to learn from my fuel log. i am leaning more toward leaving them in my fuel log because it is a truck and in the real would that is what a truck does. just wondering what other truck owners are doing with their fuel log?

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Old 04-17-2010, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Leave 'em in, note in the comments for each tank what the conditions were, and know that your 90-day average won't use those values in just three short months...
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If you normally only use your truck like others use their cars then you are getting pretty lousy mileage for a car, I tend to use my car like others might use a truck and I write down every gallon of fuel (some day I'll grab my notebook and enter it in the online fuel log), I tend to be more impressed by people who can get good mileage while using their vehicle to the fullest.
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Leave 'em in, note in the comments for each tank what the conditions were, and know that your 90-day average won't use those values in just three short months...
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I just add notes regarding how I used my truck for that tank.

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Old 04-19-2010, 11:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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leave em in. Mileage is mileage. I haul wood and get groceries with mine. It is a truck and gets treated/used as such. You can't save money/increase mileage by leaving bad numbers out. I USE my truck and I use my real mpg numbers. I usually average 20-25 mpg. I have now removed A/C, P/S, SMOG, and shortened the belt. We shall see what happens. So far, so good.

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i justs gott'd an f350 to pull a 14,000 lbs trailer everywhere. i won;t disconnect it. i;ll take the trailer to the grocery store, and to drive to the end of my driveway to check the mail. it;s a diesel, so i gets great mileage no matter what. like an old-school hybrid.
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Filtering entries is akin to stuffing a bra then right? Makes it look better than it really is?
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Yup, its not a contest. I enter the low numbers on mine too and just say why its so low. (Usually pulling something) So what if the average goes down?
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ccrider -

It's best to count everything because your truck is in the real world. However, it's your choice. You do have the option to make a separate garage entry for the same truck, maybe calling it "old red taco with load" or "old red taco at work" or "old red taco punchin the clock". Put all the fuel logs with loads in there. Saving fuel when carrying loads is important too.

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Old 04-20-2010, 03:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i have both trip in my fuel log. i was just wondering what other guys were doing with thier truck fuel log.

i was getting better than the 22mpg combined epa fuel rating for my truck with the trailer with 2000lbs in it

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