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Old 04-04-2022, 10:18 PM   #1
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How Many on Here Down Sized from a Large Class A to a Small Class C

And happy you did with gas at $5 a gallon

I sold my 33 foot 6-7 mpg class A and bought a new 2021 small class C/B+ with a 7.3 V-8 that has a average mpg at 11.5 and no need for a toad.

Everyday I am glad I made the change before prices went thru the roof on small class C's

I paid $75,000 in 02-2021 and today that same RV sells for $95,000

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Old 04-04-2022, 10:31 PM   #2
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I recently went up from a 26 ft C to a 31 ft A. Both use the Ford V10 with six speed trans. Both get 7.5 mpg.
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We downsized from a 45’ DP to 32’ class C. New rig fit what we wanted to do moving forward. Gas prices did not play into decision. No regrets. Safe travels


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I did the exact opposite (could be a mistake) from a F-250 pulling a 5th wheel to a Renagade Super C. My MPG went from 10 MPG pulling my 5th wheel to 8.5 MPG Super C flat towing my F-250. The only problem it that diesel fuel is a dollar more the Gas.
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We went from a 43' Dutch Star to a 24' MVP.

But it had nothing to do with fuel, they both get close to the same mpg. For us it was a full lifestyle change. We stopped living in it for work 10 months out of the year.

I love a lot about our little C, but I do miss a lot about our DS.

I am happy to to be filling 150 gallon tank with $5 fuel though. We did it a lot with $4, so it wouldn't have been to big of a change.
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We went from a 2007 Jayco Seneca 33ss (class "C") Duramax diesel, to a 2004 Pace Arrow 37c (class "A") 8.1 gasser and got a new set of tires and a check for $5K thrown in. Now we pay 40- 80 cents a gallon less for fuel and get the same milage.
Plus, the DW does not have to slither down into the cockpit anymore, and she has a panoramic view out that humongous windshield. I'm a happy camper....

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We've gone from a 40' Class A to a 30' Airstream trailer. Fits our lifestyle now better. The only thing I think we really miss is having a washer/dryer.
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I recently went up from a 26 ft C to a 31 ft A. Both use the Ford V10 with six speed trans. Both get 7.5 mpg.
Wow the 26 ft class C only gets 7.5 mpg ?

I would think it should have done better, I guess the new 7.3 with the 6 speed dose get far better mpg vs the V-10.

My 08 class A with the V-10 and 5 speed only got 7 mpg and about 6 mpg towing at 62 mph.

Now I don't have to flat tow a car and average 11.5 mpg at 68 mph.

I never down sized due to gas cost just got tired of a big class A and having to flat tow, I like to be able to go anywhere with ease and park it so much more areas than before and the driver/passenger door also makes it nice for getting in and out.

But with gas at $5 a gal here in the west sure glad I downed sized.
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Wow the 26 foot class C only gets 7.5 mpg? I would think it should have done better, I guess the new 7.3 with the 6 speed does get far better mpg versus the V-10.
Yes, the older E450 with the 4 or 5 speed transmission and low-gear differential lowers the fuel economy to about that figure.

In contrast, our 2007 E350 with V10 engine, 5-speed transmission and higher-geared differential, our 24 foot aerodynamic rig HERE gets 10.5mpg (trip averaging) when not towing, but drops to 9.3mpg when towing the Jeep Liberty pictured in-tow in the link.

I emphasis "~5000 mile long trip averaging" calculated manually for best accuracy, not a tank-full calculated under optimal conditions, or a number taken off a ScanGaugeII.
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Went from 38ft Dutchstar to 32ft Sunseeker...Mainly due to maintenance costs of older Dutchstar..Looking to retire and wanted something a little newer with lower maintenance. Dutchstar tires over $500 each and with older coach it was always something to fix....MPG is no different between the two.....
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…..or a number taken off a ScanGaugeII.

My ScangaugeD’s average mpg is accurate within a tenth or 2 one way or the other every time I calculate at the pump for comparison.
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Yes, the older E450 with the 4 or 5 speed transmission and low-gear differential lowers the fuel economy to about that figure.

In contrast, our 2007 E350 with V10 engine, 5-speed transmission and higher-geared differential, our 24 foot aerodynamic rig HERE gets 10.5mpg (trip averaging) when not towing, but drops to 9.3mpg when towing the Jeep Liberty pictured in-tow in the link.

I emphasis "~5000 mile long trip averaging" calculated manually for best accuracy, not a tank-full calculated under optimal conditions, or a number taken off a ScanGaugeII.
Maybe it because we don't have that big bulky overhead bed that many class C have, the B+ aero cap does help I guess as well.

I am no way bragging about my mpg was quite surprised how well she does, I thought 9-10 mpg when I bought it was going to be good but never thought it would go above 11 mpg.

Best part about the 7.3 is that it just sits in 6th gear at highway speeds and hardly ever down shifts, even in some hills if they are not to steep, but than again I am only 11500 lbs a tad over 10 foot tall.
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I did, but not for fuel efficiency. It was so my wife would drive it.
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