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Re: 8.1L propane power

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FC Andy

06-13-2011 18:18:02

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Well, I can't tell you any specifics about that truck, but I was using a c5500? (I don't remember right now, it was a 25,700 gvw truck to be under CDL, anyway.) with a 366 gas hauling dirt a month ago. Truck was tipping scales at 26,000 to 30,000. (Most of the trips were in the 25-27,000 range, one was 30,000.) I made 8 trips that day, 6 miles each way, and used half of a 40 gallon tank of fuel. Works out to about 5 mpg. I hear that 8.1's in 3/4 tons get about 10 no matter what you're doing with them. I'd expect closer to 5, though, in that big of a truck. And propane engines are supposed to burn cleaner and last longer. My concern? Just like another post- Refueling it on a trip. Unless you're going to stay within 50 miles from home no matter what, you'd have fuel issues. And converting that truck to a gasser would defeat the purpose of buying it, as I'm sure you'd have a few $$ into that. I'd find a used diesel if I were you.
Just my $.02 if it's even worth that. -Andy
This post was edited by FC Andy at 18:27:03 06/13/11.

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