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Old 04-09-2012, 10:38 PM   #71
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Oregon requires it to only be sold for aviation, boating or "antique" vehicles in most cases. The ethanol subsidy and tax incentive needs to be repealed. Burning food for fuel just seems inefficient overall, drives up the cost of corn and causes us to burn more fuel per mile anyway. Unfortunately, bad behaviors that caused MTBE to damage water systems in certain areas contributed to the change to ethanol in places like Oregon.

Personally, I think I should get a discount for having to purchase fuel that makes my vehicles run less efficiently.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:42 PM   #72
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Theres a reason dragsters run on alcohol.. Done right, an engine running pure ethanol will whup a gas one all day...

Not saying I like it in my gas.. but...
But the jets used in ethanol engines are huge compared to gasoline.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #73
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But the jets used in ethanol engines are huge compared to gasoline.
They are bigger..

You will use more...

You can get TONs more power from it. Not becuase it has more, but it is just high octane that you can compress the crap out of it before lighting off.. If designed correctly, one can have a pure Ethanol engine that can get more MPG that gas...
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:46 PM   #74
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On basely flat ground, Texas, Oklahoma, no wind, pulling 2000 Park Avenue,
60MPH, 2000 36' V10, 7.5 MPG...Next day, through western Mo., 20MPH
Head Wind, 60MPH, 5.5 MPG..If I could have turned around, that 20MPH
Headwind would have became a 'tail wind' or 40MPH Difference..then I would
have surpassed the 7.5 MPG no wind. I would guess, per 'to mileage, the RV
would beat the Buick...have a 'great day that the Lord has made', gene
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:11 PM   #75
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We have a 2012 Class C Melbourne. Tow a Chevy Equinox all 4down. Powered by a Ford Triton V-10. Just returned from a 1400 mile trip. Got 7.5 to 9.2 mpg. Similar mileage to a previously owned Class A DP. Gas is cheaper than diesel.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:37 PM   #76
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1996 Fleetwood Tioga Montera Class C 460 V8, not towings, just did 3000 miles from Chicago to ElPaso Texas, and we averaged 7.5 MPG, lowest was 6.5 highest was 8.5.
Bad headwinds all the way till Texas, then it was mountains.
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Expensive trip these days!
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8.7 MPG on a round trip to Desert Hot Springs this week, with very strong head/cross wind on the way back, tires at 75 psi when in motion, 60-65 mph freeway
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About 6 years ago, I had a 33 ft Damon Daybreak, Class A with the V10 and Ford Chassis. I got a solid 10 mpg going up hill or down and fast or slow, didn't seem to matter. I just bought a 1999 Lazy Daze, Class C which is lighter with better wind resistance and the same V10 on a Ford Chassis and I saw 9 mpg on a 200 mile trip I just took. I want my Damon back. Note, I am not pulling anything and I do drive fast.
Wanted to know what year was your Damon? I am shopping for a new RV and most of the people that say they have a Damon get 10mpg. I have a 1999 Suburban towing a 23' trailmanor and was getting 16-18mpg. So it seems from all the response on this thread. Wether Class C or A the average is between 7-8mpg no matter what motor you have or what size of coach you have. The only differnce was the Damon's. Question I have Which motor has the most power/torque to get you up and down the road? Easy of driving and towing comes to mind. Since the milage doesn't matter, performance would be my buying termination.
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Down hill GREAT! Up hill POOR, but average is around 10 MPG, 40' Berkshire with tow car, Cummings 340 engine. but we keep the speed down around 65 on the highway.
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Smile V-10 is great engine

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Wanted to know what year was your Damon? I am shopping for a new RV and most of the people that say they have a Damon get 10mpg. I have a 1999 Suburban towing a 23' trailmanor and was getting 16-18mpg. So it seems from all the response on this thread. Wether Class C or A the average is between 7-8mpg no matter what motor you have or what size of coach you have. The only differnce was the Damon's. Question I have Which motor has the most power/torque to get you up and down the road? Easy of driving and towing comes to mind. Since the milage doesn't matter, performance would be my buying termination.

I think the Damon was an 01. I ended up selling (sight unseen) to a fellow in England. I think he may have wreaked it soon after, since I stopped hearing from him a few months after he received it.

I really like the Ford V-10. The Damon had a governer set for 80 mph which stopped me from passing 18 wheelers out in the desert where the speed limit was 75. I had to wait until we got to a hill and then I passed them easily. I drive fast.
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Finally got ours out on the road last weekend and much to my surprise and joy we got an amazing 9.62 MPG's. We only drove at about 58 - 62 MPH's so we weren't killing it but we got no place specific to be and no schedule to get there. Ours is a Chevy 454 and is 31' 10" long.
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From Oceanside to Bakersfield and back pulling a Corolla with 32ft Fleetwood Jamboree averaged about 8.5 mpg. Kept her on cruise @ 60 mph when I could.
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