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Old 07-07-2008, 01:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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veggie oil weight does matter

today i took the Chevy Colorado to go get a hundred plus gallons of vegetable oil.. the best i was able to pull off was 33.5 MPG usually i can break 35 mpg for a round trip.. weight surly matters .. I had the two 55 gallon barrels tucked up next to the cab witch should have helped areo-dynamically.. the barrels weigh about 300 pounds each i was hauling about 600 lbs of raw oil and my MPG surly was hit by the added weight.


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What are you hauling Veggie oil for?

In town, I'll bet it (weight) matters a good bit
On the highway I'd say that the tires would be the primary determining factor . . .

So you are estimating 6 lbs/ gallon? I was thinking it was more like 7~8 lbs/ gallon. Maybe I can haul 100+ gallons with the golf after all.
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Water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon, and most of the things I've read use that same 8 pounds per gallon weight.

I think the OP had 600# of oil in two 55 gallon containers, but they weren't full of 55 gallons each (that would have been 440 pounds each, or 880 total).

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