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Old 12-11-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Country Coach Lexa with C-15 Cat: 4.9 MPG?

I looked at a 2003 Country Coach Lexa last week. It is one of the nicest coaches I’ve seen. The Coach Command system displays the average mpg for all trips from the time the coach was new. The Cat C-15 has lots of power, but the Coach Command says it is averaging 4.9 MPG for the life of the coach. One trip from San Diego to Phoenix was under 4 MPG. I also read an FMC review on the Lexa that said there test coach averaged 4.9 MPG.

Is this normal operation for the C-15 Cat?

What is normal mileage for the C-13 Cat?

Are the newer Affinity and Magna coaches with the 600 Cummins getting better mileage?
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I can't speak to the C-15, but we have a C-12 in our 2000 Beaver Patriot Thunder and our onboard computer shows an 8.1 mpg average for the first ~72,000 miles of the coach's life. The coach weighs ~33,000 lbs and we tow a car that weighs another ~3,400.
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We have a C12 in our Affinity and we average between 7-8 mpg. I tend to stay under 65 mph.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #4
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I have a CC Magna 2004 42 ft. With a C-15 Cat. I was averaging about the same mpg. It weighs 41,000 dry and Grvw is 47,000. I had the computer set at local Cat shop and running 60 mph with cruise on I can average 7.3 if I'm not in the mtns. Great engine IMO. Lots of power that does well pulling 47,000.
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I have a CC Magna 2004 42 ft. With a C-15 Cat. I was averaging about the same mpg. It weighs 41,000 dry and Grvw is 47,000. I had the computer set at local Cat shop and running 60 mph with cruise on I can average 7.3 if I'm not in the mtns. Great engine IMO. Lots of power that does well pulling 47,000.
That's a great improvement. Thanks
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Driver behind the wheel dictates a lot of the mpg. If you are pushing 43k pounds up and down the hills and maintaining 60mph because you have the hp, or driving 75 mph on the flat, you will indeed average 4.9 or less. To some drivers the cost of fuel just does not matter, it is their choice.

To many others like myself, I cringe at poor fuel mileage and I do my best to stay at 62 on the flat and 45 when pulling hills. Yes, my 525 could go faster but it just bothers me to see that 2.3 mpg pulling a hill. I really like the part about going down a long grade and watching the mpg jump up to 25 + even 40 mpg. That's when I smile again. So it just becomes a game that I play.
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