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Old 07-15-2017, 08:37 AM   #1
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MPG For Converted School Bus

We are considering buying a converted school bus for an RV. This interests us due to the fact that they're usually custom built with higher quality materials than a manufactured RV. We're probably looking at arounbd 30'.
I know that there are a lot of factors that determine fuel mileage and we're not expecting an exact figure. Just wondered what other people who own skoolies are getting in their rigs. If it's too low we can rule it out. Thanks for your help.

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I'd agree with the assumption that a commercial vehicle (ex: BlueBird) will indeed be built on a substantial chassis w/ sturdy coachwork.
You didn't mention the type of fuel used, either of which offers benefits and drawbacks.
Generally speaking the nature of stop and go driving that School buses are subjected to they are probably geared on the steeper final drive side. Meaning at expressway speeds the engine is revving near the upper limits of operation. I'd "guess" 7-10 mpg
But, I wouldn't think any rolling living quarters gets "good" fuel mileage.
We're all subject to compromises. Opting for stout makes good sense.

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Any other skoolie owners that can weigh in here? It's an important decision to make and need feedback from others who own skoolies. We want to make a decision by mid September when they have the RV show in our area. Any other suggestions are welcome as we're not decided on what we want.
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The answer is "depends"...it is based on many factors.

This may help. I found it with a really quick search on google..

What kind of mileage do you get? - School Bus Conversion Resources
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The answer is "depends"...it is based on many factors.

This may help. I found it with a really quick search on google..

What kind of mileage do you get? - School Bus Conversion Resources
Thank you. That was what I was looking for. Very helpful site.
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