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Old 12-08-2018, 12:43 AM   #1
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MPG Expectations

What kind of MPG can I expect from a DT530 with an unlocked 3060?

How much will towing a flatbed with a van on it hurt me?
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:34 PM   #2
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Gearing and cruising speed will matter a lot. But it is hard to guess wrong for a full size bus if you guess 6-9.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:31 AM   #3
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alot has to do with gearing and terrain.. you DONT want to lug that DT.. ideally you'd like your highway cruise 1700-1900 on that engine in 6th.. and then a downshift to 5 takes it to that 1900-2100 range... lower you'll lug it and kill your MPGs.. too high (above 2300 you make lots of heat and less power) ..


weight plays a part for sure esp if you are climbing and descending grades..



I think 6-9 with your trailer is a good estimate
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:58 AM   #4
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Bummer. I was wanting 20. Jk
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Old 12-11-2018, 11:08 AM   #5
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Bummer. I was wanting 20. Jk



I got 20 once in my red bus.. I was heading to florida right near a massive cold front... the north winds were gusting to 35 and i was headed south.. lol..

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Old 12-11-2018, 11:12 AM   #6
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My Bluebird with the 8.3 and 3060 gets 9-10.5mpg
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Old 12-11-2018, 02:49 PM   #7
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I have a 4.83 gears. No clue if that's good or not.
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:07 PM   #8
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I have a 4.83 gears. No clue if that's good or not.
With OD and full size tires that's a nice ratio.
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:17 PM   #9
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With OD and full size tires that's a nice ratio.
Agreed. I have 5.29's and, at times, I wish for 6th gear or a slightly taller rear.

Without 6th opened up, I think 4.83 is a great highway gearing.

If you are able to get 6th unlocked, 4.83 may be a little tall. In my very humble opinion..... We don't need to go 85mph in our buses....
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6th is unlocked already. Originally ordered as a sports bus so set up for the highway.
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