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Old 04-17-2010, 07:02 AM   #1
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V-10 Gas Milage

We purchased a 1998 Coachman Class C, 31 foot, Motorhome, well cared for and extreamly low milage. (Under 35,000) We are towing a Chevrolet Cavalier. (appox: 2600 dry weight) We are averaging 4 MPG. Does that sound right, or should that be a higher number?
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Old 04-17-2010, 07:16 AM   #2
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Sounds a bit LOW. We drive a V-10 in a 2008 Bay Star. We get here in BC between 8 - 12 MPG, without pulling anything, but lots of Mountain Driving.
MH has 10,600 Miles on the wheels.
Recent Tune-up? Tire pressure checked? What Brand of Oil?
What speed do you travel. I drive around 60 Miles per Hour.

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Old 04-17-2010, 07:20 AM   #3
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We had the same unit in 2000 model and got 8 w/o toad and 7.5 with toad.
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Old 04-17-2010, 07:35 AM   #4
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Kirby, I had a 2000 Class A Suncruiser 37 ft.(V10) and not towing anything I got 8.0 MPG so something is wrong. As I remember Ford had a recall involving the air intake system. It basically was a large shrowd used to redirected the air to the engine. It cost about $2.00 from the Ford dealer and was easy to install. It prevented the rain from soaking and clogging the air filter. I'm not saying that's you problem but it's a start.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:14 AM   #5
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R1Kirby, You didn't say which engine you have, but regardless you should be getting at least double that. I'm getting 7mpg without the toad. It would be to your advantage to have it checked out and maybe tuned up. There are so many variables that can effect mileage. Have it checked out. Good luck. John H...
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:50 AM   #6
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Ours is a 32' with 40k miles and get 8-9 mph without towing if we stayed at 60-62 mph. I would see this drop to 6-7 mpg is we increased the speed to 67-72mph. I would think you should see around 7-8 pulling at 60 mph.
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I had a 99 class a 36 feet and got about double that get it checked out
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We had a 1999 31' Minnie Winnie and got 7 to 8 mpg at 65 mph. Pushing up over 70 mph did make the fuel economy suffer.....

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With our 2004, bought new we have got 7 mpg including generator run time and always towing a 3500 lb CRV. This is over the 15000 miles we have driven it. We drive 60-62 mph.
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We had an '04 Winnebago Minnie 31' with the Ford Triton V10. Towing a 10' utility trailer we got 7 or 8 minimum. So yes I would have it checked out.

It did help to not use cruise control on hilly terrain because it tended to floor it.
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We have a 2000 V-10 chassis, and with a toad, on the level, we get 7; with mountains, much less
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We have a two thousand pace arrow 33 foot modle with a v 10 and we get from seven to nine mpg average. I had the BANKS SYSTEM installed and it did not help the milage as I could see it. The overall milage might be a little better due to my pocketbook being thinner but that is about it as I can tell. I find the trick to milage is your right foot.
Ease out of traffic lights. When you pass, do it going downhill and stay under sixty mph. Remember this...... you are in a motor home and you aint in no hurry. If you are in a hurry sell the coach and buy a plane........
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ps the four mpg definately should be checked into ........
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2004 Coachmen Aurora 36' bus style class A averaged 6.5 mpg not towing.
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Our 30' 98 Shasta Class C V-10 averaged 8 over 40,000. About 1 mpg less when towing.
Our 33' Pursuit Class A with the V-10 has been just about the same over the last 10,000 miles.

I would check out the air cleaner for the water intake problem first.

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