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Old 07-20-2016, 06:37 PM   #1
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2002 Dutch Star 4095 Fuel Mileage

We just purchased a 2002 Dutch Star 4095 (stored inside with 56k miles) with a Cummins 350ISC and Allison 3000 transmission. As we did with our previous dp 15 years ago, we will work to determine the most fuel efficient highway speed. I am guessing it to be in the 55 - 65mph range.
I will appreciate any feed back from owners of the same or similar Newmar dps on what you found to be the most fuel efficient highway speed. This will give me a reference with which to start.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:59 PM   #2
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Airlifter...... My '02 DS has the 330 Cat on a FL chassis. When we're moving we are towing our car, so we're moving 35000 Lbs. I don't search for the best economy speed, but rather the speed where the coach seems to run most smoothly, the best apparent balance of HP and torque. I cruise at 1650-1700 rpm, which yields 63-65mph. After adjusting for Gen use, our four-year 25000 mile average fuel economy is 7.4 mpg.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:05 AM   #3
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02 Dutch Star 3852 330 Cat Freightliner towing total weight about 32,000 lbs.

Also keep RPM around 1650 to 1700 - around 100 to 150 RPM after it shifts into 6th gear (62 to 65 mph). Fuel mileage is around 7.8 mpg.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:27 AM   #4
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2002 Dutch Star 4095 Fuel Mileage

My normal speed is 55-60 MPH unless I'm on an interstate or four lane highway and then, depending on road conditions I might do 62-65 MPH.

Typical average is 8.5 but can do as high as 9+ as seen in my photo of my TripTec screen. This shot was after traveling through BC in varying mountainous terrain.

Prior to installing the Banks kit, my average was 7.5 MPG. I am pushing 40,000 Lbs.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:40 AM   #5
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Airlifter, different coach, different engine, but a DP with a Cummins none the less. I allow the transmission to shift into 6th gear which for me is at 59 mph, I will run up to 62 ish and hold it there. If we are running a trip which is mostly on flat ground I will average 10.05, if running mountains I will average 8.7. In the mountains when I push it to pull the hills with traffic at 70 mph it will drop to 7.1 mpg (that is the worse I have ever gotten). Coach loaded with toad 34,600 lbs, Cummins ISL400.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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Just checked mine running generator and pulling ford edge. Got 8,6 on 2003 dutch star on highway
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:52 PM   #7
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Just checked mine running generator and pulling ford edge. Got 8,6 on 2003 dutch star on highway

Also have 2003 4005 DSDP 350 HP Cummins, towing a 2013 Ford Edge running genny and getting around the same mileage. If I recon mpg in Imperial gallons I get even better

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