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Offline harleyman_1000

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How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:41:10 PM »
 I know I know before anyone says " if you can't afford the gas you can't afford a bus", but I am planning on fulltiming and am on a fixed income, and want to do it on a bus rather than a rv, so gas miliage is a factor. Please tell me what your bus is, length, engine, tranny, and miles per gallon.
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 01:11:55 PM »
1965/2000 Eagle 01 with Series 60 / HT754CR /3.33 rear end ratio/ weighing just over 45000 lbs and staying below 62 MPH..last run out from Yuma to Quartzsite return averaged 8.9MPG according to my VMSPC.
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 01:14:34 PM »
Lets say "fuel mileage" to prevent the entire thread going down in flames..... lol

To answer your question:
GM 4106
35 footer
8V71, N65 injectors, Advanced timing, fresh engine
4 speed manual Spicer

Cruising at 65 plus I get right around 10mpg
With a 8k pound 24' enclosed car trailer 7.8mpg

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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 01:14:47 PM »
It will be hard to get a good feel for this. as I have a 1984 Eagle model 10 with a v6 Detroit diesel and a 5 speed stick. It is gutted, has small gas gen, 10 gal of clean that becomes waste water, and a small propane fridge. It gets about 10-12 doing an almost all hwy run from Indy to Nashville. The owner before me was getting around 8~9 with it towing a car trailer. Helped move a friend with it this last year and loaded it full with many heavy items. Had to do a little city driving before hitting the hwy, got about 7 MPG. I just bought a heavy Eagle 10 v6 with auto trans and understand it gets 6-7 mpg. My MCI v6 auto trans was not that heavy, but got about 6 before it stopped running. I'm sure if I had 150 gal of water, a diesel gen, bank of batt's, RV interior, and all I need to live on I would never see 10-12 again...
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 01:31:13 PM »
Well discussed subject.  From past. the older 35ft got best with std trans around 10 .The 40ft 8V-71 auto I had  a little over 6  the 40 ft 8V92  5 mpg.I'M now building a 4-stroke for fuel efficiency like Ken's looking at 8-9 (45ft). The newer converted Prevost running the speed limit guys say 6mpg: running 60mph  maybe 7 or a little over. The emissions after 2000 yr models have really killed mpg.  FWIW  This is the most consistent reports and my experience over the years.   Bob
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 01:36:07 PM »
Well Hammer down 6-7 MPG. NV, MT and ID. MC-9 6V92.

Just Being Honest LOL
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2013, 01:59:13 PM »

Been down this road many times.  It is easy HUGGY will get 6 to 7 going and the same coming back.  That averages out 13 miles per gallon.

All jokes aside several week ago i went to Greensboro ga.  Filled up on 85 at athens ga then to Greensboro ga then back to Chester SC p hy I85. used over 400 dollars worth of the high priced stuff.

But HUGGY had to pass all fofthose old slow tractor trailers rynning up the road on Sunday night.
boy was that fun

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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013, 02:48:57 PM »
always been told, if your not getting between 15-20  mpg, get it fixed.
In the real world 12V-71 5.9,  8V-71 6.8and the8V-92 with the O.D. 7.4 In a MC7
Its like hanger flying, who has the best story  ::)
Generator has a 50 gal. tank, so not to confuse it.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2013, 03:10:40 PM »
Small Cam 855 inch 250 hp non turbo Cummins diesel, RTO-910 Fuller Roadranger, 3.90 gears, 12Rx22.5 tires, about 23,950 pounds stripped.  Never converted, then sold.  From Bakersfield CA to SW Oregon, got right at 9.5 mpg running at 60-65 mph.  Ideal conditions.  HB of CJ (old coot)

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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2013, 03:16:28 PM »
about 8mpg, but I tend to have a heavy foot too......  If I were driving in fuel saving mode, im sure I could get better milage.
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2013, 03:22:33 PM »
Scott, a MCI5A, with an 8V71, allison auto, towing a 3000lb jeep through the mountains of I15 from LV to LA & back 7.5 mpg, on just flat land, without jeep better, not much different from a S&S 35', but much safer, lvmci...
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2013, 03:48:32 PM »
Lol...

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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2013, 03:56:04 PM »
         8-71TA  HT740 auto   MC-8
         towing dodge 2500 4x4---loaded heavy
         speed 55-65
        Milage for my bus/home 5-6.5

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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2013, 04:21:38 PM »
about 8mpg, but I tend to have a heavy foot too......  If I were driving in fuel saving mode, im sure I could get better milage.

David, I would have a heavy foot too, if I put as much into the new power plant as you did.

We have 1995 DL3 S60 Allison B500 and usually get 7-8. We cruise whatever the speed limit is and foot is pretty heavy.
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Re: How many miles per gallon does your bus get?
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2013, 04:40:15 PM »
8V-71NA with MT654 automatic in an MCI-7 towing a GM Trailblazer (4600 lbs curb weight)....about 6 - 6.5 mpg at 60-65mph.

I don't figger thats too terrible....at least, not terrible enough to quit driving it.



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