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Old 06-06-2016, 07:09 PM   #1
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Gas mileage

Just bought 1996 31 ft Holiday Rambler Vacationer SE with 460 gas motor, what kind of mileage can I expect to get?
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:30 PM   #2
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Be happy with 8.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:48 PM   #3
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We can count on 8 mpg, the worst has been 6.5 climbing a lot of grades, and the best was 10 mpg with a little tailwind.
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You can expect what ever you want. Our 35' '98 Santara w/460 would get between 6 and 7.5 on a good day even after the Banks PowerPack installation.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:59 PM   #5
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You can expect what ever you want. Our 35' '98 Santara w/460 would get between 6 and 7.5 on a good day even after the Banks PowerPack installation.
I think that they've come a long way in 18 years in the development of the Gas engine MH's and they get a little better gas mileage, and better power. Not that 8 mpg is great, but on our average trips we get at least that. But it's really all how you drive them too. If you're in a hurry to get everywhere, then your gas mileage will go down as the speed goes up. We generally drive in the 60-65 MPH range.
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The 460 is a beast and like any other beast it is hungry all the time. Since your motorhome is on a shorter chassis than many you may get as much as 8 but don't expect miracles. On my long, heavy 460 F53 chassis I've gotten as low as 5 pulling a steep pass with my toad and as high as 7.5 on easy highway cruising.
If you want good MPG, buy a Prius.
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We have a 32' 1997 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 32CG, also on the Ford F53 chassis with 460.

We're out on a trip now, and we're towing a Tandem Tow XL dolly with Honda GoldWing motorcycle and Honda Accord car. Towing plus running the generator for the air conditioner and in the Appalachian mountains running 65-70mph we got between 6.1 and 6.8.

I can only presume that if you are not towing, not running the generator going down the road, and aren't running full speed in the mountains that you might expect better, presuming you're in a good state of tune and have your tires pressurized appropriately.
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Plan for 6 and anything better than that would be considered a bonus.


97 Bounder 36S 460. Pulling as many quads as I can fit on the trailer or get started!
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I think that they've come a long way in 18 years in the development of the Gas engine MH's and they get a little better gas mileage, and better power. Not that 8 mpg is great, but on our average trips we get at least that. But it's really all how you drive them too. If you're in a hurry to get everywhere, then your gas mileage will go down as the speed goes up. We generally drive in the 60-65 MPH range.
OP specifically asked about his '96 460 so I answered his post using info from our rig of that era, not about what they get today.
We get better fuel mileage with our monster rig/engine than we did with the 460 and as good as the '02 Dutch Star with ISC 350. But so what, that wasn't the OP's question.
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OP specifically asked about his '96 460 so I answered his post using info from our rig of that era, not about what they get today.
We get better fuel mileage with our monster rig/engine than we did with the 460 and as good as the '02 Dutch Star with ISC 350. But so what, that wasn't the OP's question.
Sorry about that I just reread the OP.....maybe my old age kicking in.
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We had a 96 HR Vacationer 32 and averaged around 7 mpg. I would suggest putting a Banks Power exhaust system in including the manifolds. Our manifolds were prone to cracking.
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You can expect what ever you want. Our 35' '98 Santara w/460 would get between 6 and 7.5 on a good day even after the Banks PowerPack installation.
I allways wouldn't expect much, but would hope to make it to the next fuel stop
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