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Old 01-03-2021, 03:08 PM   #1
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How is the MPG on a 25-27 foot Class C

I am thinking of buying a 2021 BT Cruiser with the new Ford V-8 7.3, was wonder what are you guys getting with a Class C with the V-10, if there is someone with the new V-8 would like to hear from them as well.

My class A gets 7 mpg on a good day, want better MPG but don't want to sacrifice hp/torque..

Selling my class A and moving down into a class C-/B+
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Old 01-03-2021, 04:23 PM   #2
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We have a 26' Phoenix Cruiser B+ with the v10 and get between 8.7 & 9 mpg.
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I have a Winnebago class C 27 1/2 feet OA. I tow a 4500 pound Jeep with Kayaks and storage box on its roof. Best I ever see is 8.75mpg. Worst is 6.5. I average 7.5MPG over 10K miles. I travel at 62MPH usually. Hills don't hurt me that much (always a down to make up for the up, I guess), but headwinds kill me.
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Thanks for the replies it appears the v10 or the v8 does not get much better mpg vs my class A I wonder what the v6 ford cutaway vans are getting
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Class A motorhomes have 10-15% larger frontal area than Class C motorhomes. Gas usage is more about pushing the air aside than it is about the engine doing the pushing.

Assuming a Class A at 60 MPH versus a Class C at 60 MPH the Class C needs 10-15% less energy. Class A's typically get ≈7 MPG and Class C's typically get
8 MPG. Some drivers claim better, some claim worse.

Class C diesel drivers claim better mileage.
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Thanks for the replies it appears the v10 or the v8 does not get much better mpg vs my class A I wonder what the v6 ford cutaway vans are getting

It's a great motor and kicks some butt and gets pretty good mpg numbers, but look at the OCCC numbers. You better man up and tell your wife to leave her purse home


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We just bought a 25 ft 2017 Mercedes Forester. Drives like a dream the V6 diesel is quiet and gets 17-18 MPG without a Jeep in tow
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Have you actually added up how much you spent in the past 3 years for gas for your current motorhome? Unless you drive more than 5,000 miles a year the savings will be tiny. Compare that to what you will pay in sales tax and DMV fees for the new Class C motorhome.

Best way to reduce fuel costs is with a pickup truck pulling a 5th wheel trailer. Friends have been traveling for years with one that is full size and has a loaded weight of 13,500 lbs and the pickp gets 10 mpg when towing and 13.5 mpg when unhitched. They have 3 times the cargo space and 8 times the load capacity of my new Class C motorhome.
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I have a 2019 5255 bt with V-10, 5000 miles. Getting 9 MPG I have a 300 pound motorcycle and 100 pound rack on the hitch. It's 28' long plus 3' for the cycle.
I know you didn't ask about quality of the units. But if you like making something nice out of something that's just thrown together. It turning out to be a nice unit.
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I have a 2019 5255 bt with V-10, 5000 miles. Getting 9 MPG I have a 300 pound motorcycle and 100 pound rack on the hitch. It's 28' long plus 3' for the cycle.
I know you didn't ask about quality of the units. But if you like making something nice out of something that's just thrown together. It turning out to be a nice unit.
Thanks

Was wondering is the BT Cruiser a good rv or basic, is it well built, does it have issues, none for sale in my area have to travel over 300 miles just to go see one.
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Have you actually added up how much you spent in the past 3 years for gas for your current motorhome? Unless you drive more than 5,000 miles a year the savings will be tiny. Compare that to what you will pay in sales tax and DMV fees for the new Class C motorhome.

Best way to reduce fuel costs is with a pickup truck pulling a 5th wheel trailer. Friends have been traveling for years with one that is full size and has a loaded weight of 13,500 lbs and the pickp gets 10 mpg when towing and 13.5 mpg when unhitched. They have 3 times the cargo space and 8 times the load capacity of my new Class C motorhome.
IMO a 5th wheel is too big to drag around. After driving a tractor trailer for too way too many miles I like the VW feel. The class C MB gets close to 20 mpg on the flat ground.
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Class A motorhomes have 10-15% larger frontal area than Class C motorhomes. Gas usage is more about pushing the air aside than it is about the engine doing the pushing.

Assuming a Class A at 60 MPH versus a Class C at 60 MPH the Class C needs 10-15% less energy. Class A's typically get ≈7 MPG and Class C's typically get
8 MPG. Some drivers claim better, some claim worse.

Class C diesel drivers claim better mileage.
Correct, my diesel Class C gets 8-11 depending on the wind. Tow a Ram 1500 behind it at average 65-70. Price of fuel may even it out though unless you get on a rv "trucker" plan like TSD open roads.
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Btouring is just ok. I think in this size a Coach House or Phoenix is a better choice if you can afford them.
Got our rig for 75,000 following is the list of things that were problems from new. Sewer outlet was to low and plastic cutouts clogging sewer drains, water inlet on side of rig lower than water tank, wiring at rear tail lights looked like a rats nest, ford V-10 needed idler pulley, step motor and module replaced, jack levelers tank leaks, Slide loose, shower pan needed caulking, rattles all over the interior. This is just off the top of my head my have missed something.
I've added maxxair vent and fixed all but the step myself. Step was done under warranty. Jack tank still leaks dealer says its doesn't. ( tell that to the oil stain on my driveway).
Still happy with my purchase I'm retired now and have the time and enjoy the challenge of making this RV better than when I got it.
Good luck, see you on the road.
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'05 32' Class A gas 8.9 mpg
'11 36' Class A gas 7.8 mpg
'15 41' Class A diesel 8.8 mpg pulling an Accord
'20 24' Class C gas 9.6 mpg but drive faster, got 11 going 55
Accurate. I'm an engineer. Many thousands of miles.
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