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Old 10-11-2019, 02:03 PM   #1
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19 or 20 MPG?

Is this important to you?

When we started looking for an RV, fuel economy was a big consideration.....

Was this something you thought of?
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
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Nope, not in a class A, which is what we were looking at.
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Yes. When we were planning an Alaska trip 8 years ago, fuel costs was a make or break for the trip. We bought an older 21ft Toyota Micro-mini class C, it got 14 MPG.

The highest we paid for gas during that trip was $8 a gallon at Deadhorse. Most of the fuel costs were around $5 a gallon in Canada and Alaska. If it wasn't for 14 mpg, we could not have made that trip.

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Today, with our 35ft Southwind, we average about 7 mpg and run about 10k miles a year
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Yeah, it's a Class B "question, and speed makes a difference.., at 60 MPH cruising on the road, I've easily gotten 20 MPG....

Driving at 65 to 70;. It's closer to 18 MPG... still very good.

14 MPG for a gas Class C is pretty reasonable... what speed did you drive to achieve this??

Of course, I didn't expect people in Class A's to respond ....
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RV and high fuel mileage are two things that are not even on the same planet. The faster you drive, the bigger the RV, the worse the fuel economy.

Buy what you like and expect to fill up often.

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in our initial RV's, mileage wasn't an issue in considering (we'd liked to have gotten diesel, but the mileage vs buy-in cost didn't make the diesel premium a consideration). After our last trip in the class A gasser getting 6.7 mpg, DW couldn't stop focusing on that (we were towing our Jeep JLU).

Our friend with a WBGO View towing his Jeep JKU was getting over 13 mpg. If we were to continue traveling as we do, we'd go from over $100/day on gas to just over $50 - depending on the difference between gas and diesel. It's nowhere's near double the cost of gas, the difference is usually less than a dollar a gallon.

So, yes. Fuel mileage has been a consideration, but not initially...but you give up a pretty nice-sized living space, towing capacity and storage to get an improvement. We were looking at a class B, but DW couldn't go that small, so we'll give up a couple of MPG and get a WBGO View for the increased living space and double the fuel mileage of the Class A gasser.....
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Yes to the OP.
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:09 PM   #9
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Fuel efficiency does make a difference....

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Yes to the OP.
Thanks ��.

Over time, fuel consumption really adds up.....

It's arithmetic.... even though the price of the diesel engine and maintenance is more expensive... the difference between 6 MPG and 20 MPG over 100,000 miles is a lot of money...... that's as much as 2/3 more in fuel and at average prices an additional $32,000... more... even with the slightly more expensive diesel fuel..

$32,000 will take care of a lot of maintenance and repairs...

You're still going to have maintenance on any RV...so, the fuel efficiency is a huge factor.... Sorry....
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Is this important to you?

When we started looking for an RV, fuel economy was a big consideration.....

Was this something you thought of?

Yes.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:45 AM   #11
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600 miles to the grandkids.

Colorado truck at 20 MPG and if gasoline is $3 then $180 round trip plus hotel bill at 300 miles (both ways).

Class B at 10 MGP then $360 round trip. We do save the motel bill at 300 miles and don't sleep in their living room on cot/sofa.

Almost the same cost either way.
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I know.... but, if your Class B RV got 20 MPG, it would be better, agreed?

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600 miles to the grandkids.

Colorado truck at 20 MPG and if gasoline is $3 then $180 round trip plus hotel bill at 300 miles (both ways).

Class B at 10 MGP then $360 round trip. We do save the motel bill at 300 miles and don't sleep in their living room on cot/sofa.

Almost the same cost either way.
YES, I understand.

Actually, I have done some calculations for my RV and the car that gets 31 MPG......My RV can get 20 MPG if I'm cruising around 60 MPH.

Really depends on how many days you plan on staying in a hotel. Pretty close to equal on the shorter trips and more expensive the longer you are on the road.. with eating out and lodging.

Then again, you have to figure that you paid "in advance" for the RV over the hotel room.

Again, the more trips for shorter days you take, the more the return is on the RV.....

Finally, there's the cost of maintenance, depreciation, insurance, repairs and fuel. It's not a simple question of this vs. that.
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Better for Environment

Mileage was an issue. Better mileage = less carbon and fewer emissions.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:15 PM   #14
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Ross, that's exactly correct...

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Mileage was an issue. Better mileage = less carbon and fewer emissions.
Agreed, and the impact on the environment is a really big issue. The whole reason I chose a smaller RV and one that got superior mileage was for two reasons and this was one of them.

The other reason was I didn't want poor fuel economy to prevent me from driving the RV anywhere I wanted to go.
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