This is my first post. I now have an Escape fifth wheel pulled by an F-150 with the little 2.7 liter engine. On long trips, 3000 to 5000 miles I get 14.5 to 15 miles per gallon. I’m looking to get an Alaskan. I know I need a heavier duty truck, but all the F-250/350’s have big V-8’s that get 15 mpg empty. I was hoping I could get 15 loaded with the truck camper. Any suggestions from you experienced Alaskan haulers?
Steve, welcome to Wander the West! We have great members, and it’s a great place to hang out on the web,
We have a 2014 F350 with the 6.7L diesel, carrying a Northern Lite 10.2. Our mileage varies between 11 and 14+ MPG, depending on terrain, weather and speed. The camper weighs approximately 3,300 pounds, and is nearly 12 tall on the truck. Without the camper, we see mileage in the 16 to 19 MPG range. IMO, you should see better results with an Alaskan on a similar truck.
The downside is the initial expense of the diesel. If doing it again, I would look seriously at another F350, but with the 7.3L gas engine, it’s about $8,000 less expensive than the diesel, and has good torque and horsepower ratings.
I have visited the Alaskan factory twice, and my opinion is that it’s well made by a good crew, and perhaps the most comfortable camper I’ve ever been in. For us, it was a toss up between the Alaskan and the Northern Lite. Because of the wood construction (just like any other camper with lots of wood), I would not store it outside for long periods of time.