View Poll Results: What kind of mileage do you get?
3-5 with Gas 11 3.29%
5-7 with Gas 35 10.48%
7-10 with Gas 34 10.18%
10+ with Gas 11 3.29%
3-5 with Diesel 1 0.30%
5-7 with Diesel 21 6.29%
7-10 with Diesel 118 35.33%
10+ with Diesel 103 30.84%
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:14 AM   #121
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Originally Posted by Blueman View Post
I recently purchased a 92 ford b600 bluebird 52 passenger bus. It also has the 6.6 inline diesel in it. I get from 10- 15 mpg with it. Its also a 10 speed manual transmission so maybe that has something to do with it.
A 10-speed or is it a 5-speed with a 2-speed rear end?

I can't say that I have ever seen a medium duty truck with a Road Ranger multi-range transmission. Which is not to say it doesn't have one.

When you say the 6.6L engine I assume you are talking about the Brazilian Ford diesel?

A short bus with the right engine and transmission getting more than 10 MPG is not surprising.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:50 AM   #122
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92 Thomas MPV saftey liner, 34', 202900 miles, 5.9 , 643 alison 12.1MPG
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Old 07-06-2017, 02:06 PM   #123
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1991 chevy 350, gas, carburated Ö two trips from Salt Lake City to Boise and back wrung out at an average of 13mpg! That includes a few little in-town forays looking for other-than-McDonalds-food!
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:28 AM   #124
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Coachwork: Bluebird
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It would appear that the 5.9 folks are leading the pack as far as automatic equipped buses.
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:51 PM   #125
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This is why I am trying to get into a build and a diesel. I now live in a home made tiny home, bolted to a Dodge Ram Gas V10, which I needed to handle the mountains, and I tow a small cargo trailer with me. I get around 8 miles per gallon, sure I got good speed, but just limited.

This is good mileage, from what I hear you can pretty well tow a car, large cargo trailer, etc., and it will not change, and in fact a lot of people fill their truck boxes up with weight and they get better mileage with a diesel than empty, so the more weight it seems the better.

Is anyone using alternative fuels or partial waste oil burning, to keep your costs down?
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Old 07-07-2017, 01:37 PM   #126
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Year: 1991
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Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
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I havent done a measurement yet but im estimating im in a 12-13 MPG bow since the transmission update. definitely much higher than before from a look at the gas gauge for the number of miles ive driven.. ive got yet to measure.

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Old 07-21-2017, 06:52 PM   #127
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TC2000
Engine: Cummins 5,9 12V
Rated Cap: 24 seats, 3 wheelchairs
I just did the calculations while driving from Iowa to Ohio, so relatively flat run. I got just over 12mpg.

Here's my rig:
- 1998 Bluebird TC2000, 28', 18,500lb.
- Cummins 5.9 12v with Allison AT545
- I kept it around 60mph and the RPMs around 1200
- I wasn't running the stock A/C except briefly at a couple stops.

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Old 07-22-2017, 03:37 AM   #128
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this post has gone on forever... think i got 8 mpg with flx when i answered it, n the thomas re is 10+ which is way bettter... not to mention the 318 detroit much more expensive than the 3208

not to mention i always drive 70+
Jesus Christ... Conversion in progress.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:10 PM   #129
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Year: 1991
Chassis: Blue Bird
Engine: 8.3 cummins

So I haven't many trips in our rig under my belt but the trip home was a steady 65 mph for 5 hours, we got 12.4 mpg with it.. 8.3 with Allison.. I was pleased with it..
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Old 01-27-2018, 02:39 AM   #130
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1993 GMC Blue bird 72 Passanger 6.0L gas MPG

I've got a 93 GMC 6.0L (366) gas 72 passenger bus I'm still in the process of converting into an rv. I'll be making a trip from Salt Lake City UT to Charleston SC in a week and will report back with what my average MPG ends up being.
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