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Old 08-10-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Ford F53 Fuel Mileage what's yours

Probably a well beaten topic but I'm curious what is the normal.

If you answer please note with or without toad.


Had my first outing this week overall was 7.3, I was praying for greater than 6.
1996 33ft Pace Arrow Vision, no Toad
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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I bought my 1998 Pace Arrow on a F53 chassis in 2007. I took a trip out west of well over 5000 miles. I averaged 7.84 miles per gallon on the trip. After several mods. I went out west in 2008. This time I averaged 8.33 MPG. We went again in 2009. This time we drove 6500 miles and averaged 8.32 miles per gallon. All three trips were pulling a 2002 Honda Civic.
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I bought my 1998 Pace Arrow on a F53 chassis in 2007. I took a trip out west of well over 5000 miles. I averaged 7.84 miles per gallon on the trip. After several mods. I went out west in 2008. This time I averaged 8.33 MPG. We went again in 2009. This time we drove 6500 miles and averaged 8.32 miles per gallon. All three trips were pulling a 2002 Honda Civic.
Thanks for the input, how much do you gain w/o the Toad?
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Thanks for the input, how much do you gain w/o the Toad?
I can't say. I have never taken a trip without the TOAD. I won't leave home without my wife and car. (both make my trips better)
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In our travels around the east coast, I would say that our average is in the low 6 MPG range. We've seen our low be about 5.2MPG. Typically we are towing our VW on an open trailer.

We did see our best gas mileage so far in early June when we traveled from homebase in CT to Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR weekend. As this was just a weekend trip we left the car and trailer at home. There was a fair amount of mountain climbing on that trip, but on the ride home we got about 7.7 MPG.

We filled the tank in PA just as we were getting on RT84 and after we pulled into home and leveled up, our gas gauge was sitting just above the 3/4 mark. Taking our 73 gallon tank into consideration, and the 135 trip from the fill up I's day we got mileage in the high 7's.

Something else to consider with our travels is that we are usually running the generator while we are traveling, since the dash air can't effectively keep the motorhome cool for us and our 2 Labs.

Over time I have found, as others have noted, that a speed between 55 and 62 seems to generate the best fuel mileage results. Over our later travels, I have worked to keep my speed right around 60 MPH and I do feel that we've incrementally increased our mileage numbers at this speed.

I keep a smooth foot on the throttle, try not to get down into 2nd gear too much when I can. My personal goal behind the wheel, since I can almost see the fuel gauge drop while the mileage markers tick up, is to get at least 100 miles out of a quarter tank. Over time I've been able to reset my goal marker to 125 miles, and now with this last trip, I picked it up about another 10 miles. At some point we'll get a good run in without running the generator and get a more accurate picture of MPG.

This is how we typically travel - right around 26,000 lbs when we're towing the car/trailer combo that in itself is about 4,800 lbs.

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The best I have gotten is 6.9 MPG.
We always have the toad & it is on a tow dolly.
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In our travels around the east coast, I would say that our average is in the low 6 MPG range. We've seen our low be about 5.2MPG. Typically we are towing our VW on an open trailer.

We did see our best gas mileage so far in early June when we traveled from homebase in CT to Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR weekend. As this was just a weekend trip we left the car and trailer at home. There was a fair amount of mountain climbing on that trip, but on the ride home we got about 7.7 MPG.

We filled the tank in PA just as we were getting on RT84 and after we pulled into home and leveled up, our gas gauge was sitting just above the 3/4 mark. Taking our 73 gallon tank into consideration, and the 135 trip from the fill up I's day we got mileage in the high 7's.

Something else to consider with our travels is that we are usually running the generator while we are traveling, since the dash air can't effectively keep the motorhome cool for us and our 2 Labs.

Over time I have found, as others have noted, that a speed between 55 and 62 seems to generate the best fuel mileage results. Over our later travels, I have worked to keep my speed right around 60 MPH and I do feel that we've incrementally increased our mileage numbers at this speed.

I keep a smooth foot on the throttle, try not to get down into 2nd gear too much when I can. My personal goal behind the wheel, since I can almost see the fuel gauge drop while the mileage markers tick up, is to get at least 100 miles out of a quarter tank. Over time I've been able to reset my goal marker to 125 miles, and now with this last trip, I picked it up about another 10 miles. At some point we'll get a good run in without running the generator and get a more accurate picture of MPG.

This is how we typically travel - right around 26,000 lbs when we're towing the car/trailer combo that in itself is about 4,800 lbs.

Thanks, our first trip was 596 miles with a good hour of slow traffic in Homestead Fl (we were lost wrong GPS entry). The dash air is excellent, we close the bath/hallway door and it keeps the whole front good to bearable. My gas gauge is really "hookie", after a fill it is above full about 4 needle widths. It takes a little over 100 miles to get back to full. I always calibrate my odometer prior to mileage checks for a new vehicle. I note the last 3 digits on the odometer at a milemarker (ie; xxxx35.5) then again at a milemarker after ten miles. every 1/10th it is off after 10 miles is a 1% error whether it is + or -, I then correct my driven miles by that percent. My odometer with these tires is only off +1% (1 mile per 100 miles).
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The best I have gotten is 6.9 MPG.
We always have the toad & it is on a tow dolly.
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better than 6 worse than 7
i toad a jeep wrangler 4 door about 4300 #S
i really dont check that close it is what it is
we enjoy our MH and at our age the cost is not that important
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We've got just over 3k on our unit, so I don't really consider it broken in at this point. We got 7.5 towing the '65 on the heavy two axle trailer and 8.5 on the short trip not towing. We use a dolly when towing DWs Focus, but haven't taken it out yet. I try to keep it in the 60 to 62mph range.
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better than 6 worse than 7
i toad a jeep wrangler 4 door about 4300 #S
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we enjoy our MH and at our age the cost is not that important
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We've got just over 3k on our unit, so I don't really consider it broken in at this point. We got 7.5 towing the '65 on the heavy two axle trailer and 8.5 on the short trip not towing. We use a dolly when towing DWs Focus, but haven't taken it out yet. I try to keep it in the 60 to 62mph range.

That seems to be real good, especially considering the low mileage. I ,of course, have the old big block 460 so I'm fishing for a norm. Any big block Fords I have owned in the past have been thirsty, so I'm not expecting real good news. Couple of 390's, a 429, and a 460 in a 18 foot jet boat (curve was 32 GPH at WOT).

BTW, nice Mustang
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This is without towing anything and we have 15k miles on the MH now. Our trips have been up and down the eastern US. Best we have gotten has been 7.9 and worst has been 5.9. I drive it pretty hard. I now have a map in the ECU and has really helped the power and mileage is about the same or .5 better.
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Thanks, our first trip was 596 miles with a good hour of slow traffic in Homestead Fl (we were lost wrong GPS entry). The dash air is excellent, we close the bath/hallway door and it keeps the whole front good to bearable. My gas gauge is really "hookie", after a fill it is above full about 4 needle widths. It takes a little over 100 miles to get back to full. I always calibrate my odometer prior to mileage checks for a new vehicle. I note the last 3 digits on the odometer at a milemarker (ie; xxxx35.5) then again at a milemarker after ten miles. every 1/10th it is off after 10 miles is a 1% error whether it is + or -, I then correct my driven miles by that percent. My odometer with these tires is only off +1% (1 mile per 100 miles).
When I try to fill the tank as high as I can, we will get a small amount of needle movement past the Full mark too. Not sure it's as much as yours though.

I think I'll try out your mile marker routine next time we head out and see what we get.
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