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Old 07-14-2015, 01:39 PM   #1
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RV miles per gallon, who wants more?

Talk about a leading title. Who doesn't want more miles per gallon? As a newby to the RV world, one thing I note whenever I give a friend a "tour" of my 2014
Winnebago Trend. A 24 footer, They always ask without fail ,whats the mileage? Then from there it usually leads to a tale of some person they knew with a class A that was gettin' a rompin' stompin' six miles to the gallon with a hundred gallon fuel tank to keep 'em on the road. I gotta admit it was an issue when I first became interested in RV's. Currently my trend aka HACHI-BEI is inching up to 18 mpg with its new TOYO tires and carefull driving. 62-65 MPH seems to do the trick. Gotta admit rolling along burning six MPG seems painfull to me.
I guess thats why a recent story in the New York Times struck me. The Evironmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issueing new standards that will require large truck manufacturer's to increase fuel efficiency by about 1/3. Thats up from an average 6 miles a gallon, the current rate. This applys to trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds. This to be done between calender years 2019-2027. The EPA's efforts with smaller cars and trucks has been remarkable prompting this effort toward larger vehicles. One example they hold up is the new line of Ford trucks which are now getting 23 MPG or better . With Larger vehicles such as 18 wheelers the savings could be considerable. Imagine in the future a 40 footer with toad getting 12, perhaps 15 MPG instead of 6,7, or 8MPG.
It sure would be nice to see technology make some inroads in the gas mileage wars. Just thought I'd post this here for any comments or what ever. Gas mileage seems to be a subject that draws lots of interest.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:53 PM   #2
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Don't know about A's, but I'm getting between 11.5 and 12.5 out of my '06 F350 6.0 & 5th wheel while grossing up to 22k. It's all in the engine technology and wind resistance (combining streamlining and speed). A couple of people I know with new HDT tow vehicles get much better, but then they've higher maintenance costs.
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We seem to stick to the western states so only about 2500 miles per year following the sun. When gas prices go up to ten bucks a gallon and everyone freaks out, I'll buy a marathon for around fifty thousand.
I can't wait!
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as soon as they get the mileage up, if they do, the gov't will increase fuel taxes and we'll be paying the same as if we were getting 6 mpg. my 40 DP gets about 7.5
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How much MPG do Ford SEMIs get?
Back when I was younger my brother drove a Ken-worth with a Detroit Diesel in it.. the one Penski designed.. he loved that ride.. Seems it did one thing twice as well as other Diesels... It passed fuel stations. Dang thing got double digit MPG loaded and it was plated for not 80,000 but 80 TONS 160,000 pounds (Steel hauler) his bobtail MPG was better than my car!!!!. Yes they can build 'em to eek every erg of energy out of a drop of fuel.... But they do not.
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RV miles per gallon, who wants more?

Some of us are more "seasoned" and won't be in the pasture long nuff to see the end results.
My perspective may be viewed as a a bit tainted. I get about 7.5. But, being full time, we move everything we own an average of 200 miles per move, for less than 100 bucks. The big % of the annual miles is via toad.
My average MH fuel and maintenance cost is about 1/3 what I was paying in R/E taxes.
So, to some of us, it just doesn't matter.
Hey, if I don't see you in the future, perhaps I will see you in the pasture.
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Well i am getting 8.5 miles a galon ( at LPG price 0,28 euro cents here in europe a liter ,thats 1,05 euro a gallon)
Thats a 28 foot Thor 2005 (on michelin camper tyres at 80 psi)
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The bottom line is that if you really have to worry about MPG, you are in the wrong hobby. I keep records and check mine...more out of habit than anything else. I don't like it when the price goes up or my MPG goes down...but I go anyway.
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The bottom line is that if you really have to worry about MPG, you are in the wrong hobby. I keep records and check mine...more out of habit than anything else. I don't like it when the price goes up or my MPG goes down...but I go anyway.
Amen! I'm always amused by the mpg topics. I've yet to hear of someone that got into RVing for the mileage, it's all about the fun for me.
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How much MPG do Ford SEMIs get?
Back when I was younger my brother drove a Ken-worth with a Detroit Diesel in it.. the one Penski designed.. he loved that ride.. Seems it did one thing twice as well as other Diesels... It passed fuel stations. Dang thing got double digit MPG loaded and it was plated for not 80,000 but 80 TONS 160,000 pounds (Steel hauler) his bobtail MPG was better than my car!!!!. Yes they can build 'em to eek every erg of energy out of a drop of fuel.... But they do not.

What's a Ford SEMIs???
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What's a Ford SEMIs???
Today they are Sterling badge instead of Ford.
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Don't know about A's, but I'm getting between 11.5 and 12.5 out of my '06 F350 6.0 & 5th wheel while grossing up to 22k. It's all in the engine technology and wind resistance (combining streamlining and speed). A couple of people I know with new HDT tow vehicles get much better, but then they've higher maintenance costs.
Checking to see if I'm reading this correctly.... your friends with HDT rigs are getting better than 12.5 mpg's?
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