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Old 03-26-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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Best fuel gauge?

Hi from Ontario.
Wondering if anyone has advice on the best mpg gauge to purchase.
Planning a cross-country jog this summer and thought one might come in handy. We run a 97 Bounder with a Ford 460 gas v8.
Thanks.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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With the price of fuel do you really want to know your mpg? It could ruin your trip if you know.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:58 AM   #3
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If you find a gauge that gets better mph please let us know so we can switch to that one! Mine currently gets 4-8mpg. If I can get better mileage through switching gauges I'll do it!

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Old 03-26-2011, 09:13 AM   #4
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its called a pencil.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:25 AM   #5
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Best way to track fuel economy on a Class A with a 460 is to just paste this image next your fuel gauge. Trust me, I have a 460.




Sorry, I know that's not much help, but your money would be better spent by making sure the engine is in good tune and the brakes are not dragging. You could add a vacuum gauge and try to manage your right foot with that but you'll be going mighty slow most of the time.

Enjoy your trip. Thats really what its all about.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:02 PM   #6
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Hi Bounder,

Our previous MH had a Ford V10 and I used a ScanGuage II. It uses the engine computer's ODB II data and was reasonably accurate and definitely showed the gas mileage effects of my foot.

The engine computer was only so accurate - it showed one speed, the speedometer another, and three different GPSs all showed the same. It took a trip or two to "calibrate" gas mileage to Miles / Gallons math and the speedometer to GPS. Since you also have a gas generator, do not forget to include generator gas consumption in Miles/Galloons computations.

Bottom line, I found the ScanGuage invaluable and would never consider a gas motorhome without one. I now use mine on the Toad since it does not work with Diesel engines.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:34 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:38 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input.
Looks like ScanguageII wins.
I've always just driven, ta heck with the cost, but this time, I intend to pay attention.
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We have owned this our 4th coach since last August. Have yet to check the gas millage. I know the v10 is running at it's best, we love our floor plan, 3 slides, paint color, handling etc.so we get what we get and go were we want.
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Camping World has the scan guage ll on sale for $152.99. It is #55455. It works on any motorhome (gas) with OBDll. 1996 and newer.
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ScanGauge would be a great solution, unfortunately, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, all 460 motorhomes were pre-OBD-II. The changeover did not apply to vehicles over 9000lbs gross. ScanGauge thingy won't work on pre-OBD-II.

Old school engines need old school solutions. Vacuum gauge is old school.
It won't tell you your MPG as you drive but it will help you drive efficiently.
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Back in the old days, you used a vacuum gauge to get the best mileage. I don't remember if you wanted to see high vacuum or low vacuum.
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Hi dons2346, thanks for the response. If Scangauge won't work on my 460, I will try the vacuum gauge. I've used one before and I believe the principle is to keep the vacuum as high as possible for maximum economy. But really, I want to know what my current mpg is as I travel. Thanks again.
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