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Old 04-17-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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I've got a 2005 Monaco, 31' with 2 slides, V10. Just got back from Fl towing a Wrangler, 4 down. Adv over 4000 miles was 7MPG. Everyone I talk too says should do closer to 10. I'm driving under the speed limit. Easy on the throttle. Suggestions?
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Your mileage is right in line with that of my 30' Winnebago V10. You'll find that most folks get between 6.5 & 8 for the 6.8L V10, towing or not.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:59 PM   #3
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Your mileage is right in line with that of my 30' Winnebago V10. You'll find that most folks get between 6.5 & 8 for the 6.8L V10, towing or not.
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I would have estimated 8.0-8.5 mpg for your size RV and speeds, but there are a lot of variables. Driving "under the speed limit" where the limit is 70 is still not slow. Your best mpg will probably be around a steady 58-63 mph on an interstate. Any sort of stop and go driving, even driving two lanes roads through smaller towns, will likely decrease the mpg to the range you are seeing.
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My experience has been that the terrain you're driving in can have a big impact too. There are stretches in Texas where the terrain is so flat that you can get amazingly good mileage. Another variable is the wind which can help or hinder things a bunch. I use the cruise control all I can, keep the speed at 65, make sure the tires are properly inflated, hit the economy mode on the Allison, and sit back and enjoy the trip.
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My experience has been that the terrain you're driving in can have a big impact too. There are stretches in Texas where the terrain is so flat that you can get amazingly good mileage. Another variable is the wind which can help or hinder things a bunch. I use the cruise control all I can, keep the speed at 65, make sure the tires are properly inflated, hit the economy mode on the Allison, and sit back and enjoy the trip.
My 2002, 35' Suncruiser loaded to 21,600lbs has averaged 7.3MPG over 70,000 miles in 7 years. This is mostly mountain driving in the west. I drive 60MPH (2100-2300 RPM) towing a 4,000# Jeep. We will be heading out in 2 weeks for another 4000 mile jaunt.
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I've got a 2005 Monaco, 31' with 2 slides, V10. Just got back from Fl towing a Wrangler, 4 down. Adv over 4000 miles was 7MPG. Everyone I talk too says should do closer to 10. I'm driving under the speed limit. Easy on the throttle. Suggestions?
Are you using the tow haul function. It can take 1 mpg off your average. Ask me how I know.
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dwarne,

I had a 2000 Winnwbago 35U with the Ford V-10 and I was always around 7MPG sometimes a bit more and sometimes a bit less. We pulled a 2007 Jeep Wrangler 4 dr too.
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It is funny, no matter what I drive or how I drive, if someone starts talking gas mileage they do much better. I have learned that when I buy gas do not write it down, and no matter what kind of mileage you get I have you beat by at least 2mpg. If I want to save gas I will stay home. If I want to go someplace I will take my own house, bed, and pets. If I run out of gas I will be stuck until I get more money. It has not happened yet, but if it does oh well!
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I had a long thread on this same discussion on my Tradewinds as I thought that I should be getting better than the 7,5,sometimes down to 6,mpg avg. A lot of people told me they were getting as high as 10 on a regular basis. Before we left for our Vegas trip I took it into the local Cat dealer and had them check the belts and to see if I needed any reflashing of the 'puter.I was good on everything and they gave me the 'puter print-out of everything since the rig was new and it showed 7.8 mpg driving mileage for the life of the MH and 7.5 figgering in idling time. SOooo,I just believe what it says and not what other folks wish they got.Man,you can learn a lot about your rig when you get that done. They didn't even charge me for it.
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It is easy to get 10mpg, all you have to do is only go downhill with a good tailwind.
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1st RV was a 31' Class C with the Ford V-10. 7mpg sounds right. Just ain't gonna get 10mpg with that chassis.
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Drove to Little Rive, SC last Thursday and got 7.75 MPG on the way down. Kept the speed at 55 - 62 MPH.

200 Ford V10 37 ft 65 gallons of fresh water 75 gallons of gas, well not for long. 37 ft Pace Arrow.
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My 22ft Class B E350 gets 10-12 with a tail wind and not towing anything. Towing my ATV (1300lbs) in the Mtns. I get 7-9 mpg.
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