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Old 11-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Question. we facing retirement and thinking about upgrading from our 1994 holiday rambler navigator (is still in perfect shape) to a 40 F 2004 holiday rambler navigator PBT. Now I like to know what is the MPG for a unit like this and what are the pro and cons (if there are any). Thanks for your response.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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You likely now have a 300hp in your '94. I have a '96 Nav w/ a 400. The '04 will likely have a 450 or 500, and it will weigh more due to the slides. My mpg runs from 6.75 (into a wind or climbing) to almost 10 running east across Kansas or TX on an interstate. My hunch for the '04 will be in the 7.5-8.5 range flat running. It's a guess, but with more HP and more weight. I think you'll be lucky to break 8.5.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:39 AM   #3
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All my research.... reading, friends with coaches, and talking to as many RVrs as I can at the gas stations is to figure your cost at 7mpg. You may have better trips and you may have a some a little less.
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We get about 8 MPG on our Windsor, which is about the same as we were getting on a Ford F250 pulling a 36' 5er.
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The speed you travel will have a significant affect on mileage. On a flat run with nice weather I will get around 7 mpg while cruising with cruise set to 60. At 70 my mileage drops to 5.5 to 6 mpg range.
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I put 2 time more miles on my toad than I do on the MH. Figure your annual MH miles, which is point to point. Do the math on that and dont worry about toad mileage.
If you do 6000/yr on th MH, at 7 mpg and $4/gallon, it is about $3400. Or and avg of $283/month.

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I put 2 time more miles on my toad than I do on the MH. Figure your annual MH miles, which is point to point. Do the math on that and dont worry about toad mileage.
If you do 6000/yr on th MH, at 7 mpg and $4/gallon, it is about $3400. Or and avg of $283/month.

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We got around 10mpg and that was towing a 20ft equipment trailer with a full dressed Harley and a 4Runner on it the last time we did a cross country trip. Haven't checked the smaller few hours runs lately.
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I put 2 time more miles on my toad than I do on the MH. Figure your annual MH miles, which is point to point. Do the math on that and dont worry about toad mileage.
If you do 6000/yr on th MH, at 7 mpg and $4/gallon, it is about $3400. Or and avg of $283/month.

It may not be as bad as you think!
$3400 a year is not bad at all. i got between 7-8mpg depending on road, weather and my mood .
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$3400 a year is not bad at all. i got between 7-8mpg depending on road, weather and the speed i drove.
I only provided an example.
My actual MPG average is about 11, and last season I put 12,000 on the MH, and about 25,000 on the toad. It was our first year of F/T. Slowing down a bit this season. ;-)
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Forgot to mention. We only drive 60 even on interstates!
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I have the 400 Cummins and much less weight than you would have. I am at 32K loaded. I believe realistically speaking one must figure some generator use and the fact you probably will NOT keep it at sixty, speaking of myself, so I find 6.5-6.9 the norm in a fillup.
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I weigh 34k, have a 400 HP ISL, cruise at 60 and average 8 MPG. Seven with a strong head wind and nearly 9 with a tail wind.
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Thanks everybody for your response, it was helpful.
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