View Poll Results: What kind of mileage do you get?
3-5 with Gas 11 3.06%
5-7 with Gas 36 10.00%
7-10 with Gas 37 10.28%
10+ with Gas 14 3.89%
3-5 with Diesel 1 0.28%
5-7 with Diesel 23 6.39%
7-10 with Diesel 127 35.28%
10+ with Diesel 111 30.83%
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:49 PM   #151
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Just purchased my 1999 E350 shorty with the 7.3 turbo diesel. Headed from Atlanta to Arizona..about 2 k miles. I have no clue but guessing 5 to 8 mpg..not being a math guy. I'm thinking close to 600 bucks in fuel alone.
Am I even close ??
Appreciate it !! I have a 2 k emergency fund. Not much but time ran out on me. Doing the best I can..Around 30 days and I'm hitting the road.
See ya'll on the other side !
With diesel right around $3 you're looking at $750 at 8mpg and $1200 at 5mpg. I spent near $1500 bringing my bus back from Seattle to Atl., 7mpg at 80mph, 8.9mpg at 70mph, average over 50 gallons.
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:09 PM   #152
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Think I posted here before but I get 9mpg @63 mph going up and down all the biggest passes on the I5 and 10 conservative driving @55mph. 28' international dt360 Spicer 5speed. 15k+/- lbs curbweight
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:54 PM   #153
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Okay then, my bus is short..and I plan on 55-60 mph. However I will be traveling with some weight.
Sounds like its gonna cost me more than I thought..
I really appreciate your comments !
Must sell more stuff !!!
Big Green Egg ..gone
Big Craftsman double decker tool box..gone
Ridding lawn tractor and all other back pack blower etc...gone
thanks again !!
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:21 PM   #154
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My E350 7.3 SRW gets 15mpg at 60mph , 13mpg at 65mph , and 11.5mpg at 70mph. I would expect the duel rear wheels to be less but holds more weight.
Conversion done in US gallons not imperial.
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:36 PM   #155
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George, same srw here, I am right there with your numbers, do you have a 4.1 or 3.55 in the rear Mine has 4.1. We have a e350 7.3 4x4 with 3.55 and that gets about 16 to 19mpg. it is an extended van.


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Old 08-20-2018, 09:04 PM   #156
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Joe,
I have the 4.10 , I understand that’s the only rear end they put in the cutaways. I think if the fella drives his cutaway nice and easy he will pay a lot less for fuel than he thinks.
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:11 PM   #157
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George, I think you are right, I often wonder if I should change the 4.10 to a 3.55 to gain some mpg. May be throw in a locker at the same time. What is your interior height. You think a 3.55 could pull enough?
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:17 PM   #158
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I had three Ford E-350 buses with the 7.3L/E4OD power package. They had the 4.56 rear gears.

Over about 150,000 miles the three buses averaged 11-13 MPG.
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:45 PM   #159
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The interior height is about 5’10” and not the best as I am 6’2”.
However , for our purposes the bus is perfect as We only camp a couple of weekends a year but travel a couple of months alternating between hotels and parking lots. It’s nice to have a big bed , port a potty , stove and sink , and couch but still be able to use a single parking space anywhere ... including a cruise ship terminal !
Personally I would not bother with a rear end change as this little bus is a rocket when I need it to be , handles the Rocky Mountains like a champ , and when driven really lightly on the prairies with light traffic probably could get 17mpg.

Cowltz , according to my owners manual for 2001 , the dual rear wheels had your gearing .... did you have srw on those buses. Also , my bus mpg goes way down in stop and go traffic .
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[QUOTE.

Cowltz , according to my owners manual for 2001 , the dual rear wheels had your gearing .... did you have srw on those buses. Also , my bus mpg goes way down in stop and go traffic .[/QUOTE]

Two were 1990 models and one was a 1994.

All were dual rear wheel models.

The 1994 was one row longer than the 1990 ones.

The 1990 models had 11,900 GVWR's and the 1994 had 13,900 GVWR. Outside of the longer wheelbase I never could determine what was different between them to warrant a higher GVWR. The front and rear brakes used the same parts, the springs had the same number of leaves, the axles used the same bearings, and the power package appeared to be identical.

The 1994 had a different body that wasn't quite as square, as in a little more aerodynamic. It consistently got 1 MPG better than the other two.

With the 4.56 gears top speed was about 70 MPH with the throttle to the wall. Even still, on any sort of hill with a load it was dropping out of OD and even into 2nd if the hill was steep enough and the load was big enough.
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