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Old 08-15-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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1st trip with the Skoolie!!

I asked a question about flooring here a couple months ago. Got wayyyyy too busy trying to scramble to get it ready for a very short notice 10 day Creede Colorado camping trip. Our favorite campground is primitive with a pit toilet, only has 4 camp sites and is usually empty and QUIET!!!

I scored free carpet and padding that was less than 1 year old, so its got carpet in it for now.

Everything worked perfectly!!!

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I was peeling off the stickers and HAD to get a picture of this... Thought about leaving it like this, but i dont need a reason to get stopped by the PO-PO...


Alamosa Colorado. Picked up a passinger.







Here is our camp spot.


Packed up, headed home.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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Looks like fun was had ...
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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My fuel mileage got better as i learned how to drive it.
My 1ton van (5.7L vortec) got about 7-9mpg towing the same route no matter how hard i drove it.
The bus (5.9 cummins),,,,,,, not so much. Got 6mpg the first 120 miles! Backed off the throttle a little and got between 8-12 the rest of the trip. Wind makes a HUGE difference with the bus.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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My fuel mileage got better as i learned how to drive it.
My 1ton van (5.7L vortec) got about 7-9mpg towing the same route no matter how hard i drove it.
The bus (5.9 cummins),,,,,,, not so much. Got 6mpg the first 120 miles! Backed off the throttle a little and got between 8-12 the rest of the trip. Wind makes a HUGE difference with the bus.
That's because speed makes a huge difference with a bus. Loaded weight doesn't make as big a difference as some people think, but the fuel mileage can go up radically if you decrease speed just 5MPH. If you maintain a constant ground speed with a headwind on the way out and a tailwind on the return trip, you'll find the drive home much more fuel efficient.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:04 PM   #6
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Would you say a 12 window vs a 6 window will get close to the same fuel mileage, driven the same? What would that be in weight difference, about 4k?
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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Would you say a 12 window vs a 6 window will get close to the same fuel mileage, driven the same? What would that be in weight difference, about 4k?
I don't think a smaller bus would get the same fuel mileage as a larger bus, but the same bus loaded lightly or heavily will usually not get a vast difference in the miles per gallon. That same bus, however, driven a few miles per hour slower, will see a huge increase in fuel efficiency.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
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Idk...my 13 window dog nose gets 9 mpg, with a heavy foot, raised governor, and backed out fuel screw. I think I could substantially raise that (10-11?) if I backed off the throttle. I think the 3 biggest factors are aerodynamics (bad, lol), speed, and transmission. I don't think bus length (with identical drivetrains) will cause much variance.
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Back when I was into bicycling I learned that wind resistance goes up by the square of the speed. This means that in order to double your speed you need to quadruple your power. Vehicle weight effects fuel mileage when you're in stop and go traffic and when climbing hills. Once you get up to speed on level ground most of your power goes into overcoming air resistance. That's why drafting is such a big deal in racing; You're basically driving into the hole the other guy just spent so much energy punching in the air.
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Don't feel bad about the "HO BUS" I think its kind of cool. This coming from someone who has titled his bus the "Bigasspimp Mobile"


Nice bus I really like the interior.


Keep up the good work.
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