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Old 10-15-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Miles to the gallon ?

Just wondering if anybody would know roughly how many miles to the gallon an 32ft motor home would get ?,, It has the 460 Ford motor in it with a 4 barrel,, 1988 Bounder,, I was just thinkin about 6 to 8 miles to the gallon but not sure at all,, Wife talking about takein a trip in the motor home an I was just wondering about the gas mileage,,lol,, Motor runs great with no probs at all an has about 47,000 miles on it,,
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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Our '98 35' Santara got 5.0 to 6.5 mpg, depending on if we towed the '95 Ody (on a dolly). Even after the Banks kit it never got any better although it did have more power.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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I won't be towing nothing thats for sure,,lol,,
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:40 PM   #4
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My 32' Pace Arrow with the F-53 chassis, and FI 460 gets around 7-9. I have gotten 6ish at worst (Heavy at 70 MPH with no favorable winds) and have gotten 9 (light, 60 - 62 MPH flat ground). For planning purposes I always go with 7, then I'm usually not disappointed. The biggest factors I have found seem to be weight, winds, and getting in a hurry. Usually I try to set the cruise at 62 MPH, it seems like it just likes to run there, goes along at about 2400 RPM's and gets us on down the road. I also try to run low on fresh H20, and black/grey, at 6 to 8 ponds a gallon, fuel, water, and waste adds up!
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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My 32' Pace Arrow with the F-53 chassis, and FI 460 gets around 7-9. Usually I try to set the cruise at 62 MPH, it seems like it just likes to run there, goes along at about 2400 RPM's and gets us on down the road.
You must have the E4OD transmission, my '88 Hawkins with the C6 trans turns about 2900 rpm at 62. I haven't put enough miles on mine yet to make an educated guess about mileage, oh and odometer doesn't work. I guess that means I get zero MPG, LOL.
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Now I have no idea what trans I have an not sure how to find out what it is,, An guess you are right about gettin zero miles to the gallon if odometer not workin,,, lol,,
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A 1988 will probably have a 3 speed C-6 transmission. You can expect 6 to 8 mpg in normal driving. Speed ogoes up and hills will get you down to 6 mpg or less even. Flat and easy on the throttle, you may get to 9 mpg.

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Our 94 Bounder 32' with the 460 averaged about 8.5 mpg.
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Just wondering if anybody would know roughly how many miles to the gallon an 32ft motor home would get ?,, It has the 460 Ford motor in it with a 4 barrel,, 1988 Bounder,, I was just thinkin about 6 to 8 miles to the gallon but not sure at all
We had a 88 26' class c on E350 w/FI460 and C6 3spd tranny. It got 8 mpg w/a tailwind, and 6 mpg w/a headwind.
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Hey Russ, since your Bounder has a carburetor and the 3-speed auto, you are probably looking at 5-7 mpg depending on speed and load.
Having fuel injection and the overdrive trans helps but the 460 is just a thirsty beast!
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7.5 @ 62 on the Interstate. I figure 7.0 for scheduling fuel stops.
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29ft 1992 Class C, 460 FI got 6 - 7 mpg towing 3500lb enclosed trailer depending on wind direction.

35ft '99 V10, 7.5mpg, same trailer.
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You know--from reading these posts, looks like all motorhome get bad gas mileage--you know that when you buy one--seems like its between 6 and 10 mpg--thats terrible. I have a 1996 Holiday Rambler Vacationer ES--460 FI--dont know exactly the mpg but I know its between 6 and 10 and thats ok--Love it --Ill try to calculate it-- but even if its 4mpg--gonna keep on RVing--Vince--Its the nature of the Beast!!!
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:39 AM   #14
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Hey all, Thanks for all imfo,, Yea I fig it wouldn't be the best on gas but still love the motorhome,, It's just that my wife was asking how much it would cost to take a 900 mile trip one way then 900 miles back lol,, So I was thinking if I would fig about 6 miles to the gallon then I should come out pretty good an know I need to add a lil extra for hills an wind not in my fav lol,, I am in Corbin Ky. an wife want to try an go to Texas close to Dallas,, Never been there before an have no idea about hills an all,, But sure seems like it would be a fun trip an won't be in a hurry,,,
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