View Poll Results: What kind of mileage do you get?
3-5 with Gas 11 2.91%
5-7 with Gas 36 9.52%
7-10 with Gas 38 10.05%
10+ with Gas 15 3.97%
3-5 with Diesel 2 0.53%
5-7 with Diesel 23 6.08%
7-10 with Diesel 136 35.98%
10+ with Diesel 117 30.95%
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:06 PM   #161
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Im about to do a similar trip from CT to Orlando. How often did you stop?
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:18 PM   #162
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Bringing a New England bus to FL?


Last time I got a bus was up in the northwest corner of GA and I drove it back to Orlando area in an easy day of driving. I probably stopped 3 times to use the restroom and fuel up the bus.
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:22 PM   #163
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Our first trip under our belts... the ol' 7.3 NA IDI managed 13.1mpg average. Will be throwing some boost down it's throat after the winter which should pick it up a bit yet.


Overall... very pleased.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:59 PM   #164
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Iím averaging about 10mpg and I try to keep my cruising speed between 45-50mph.

I have a 2002 33í flat noise RE Amtran 7.3 t444e approximate weight 17-18k lbs WITH 545 transmission.

I cruise at 45-50mph which is 2000-2300 rpm.... Iím wondering if changing my gearing out to cruise at 55 at 2000 would make a big enough difference to be worth it...
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:06 AM   #165
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it would be well worth it... the 444E likes to run below 2000 at part throttle.. it doesnt like to be loaded down at RPMs below 1700.. with an AT545 you dont have the issue as the converter slip will tend to keep your REVs close to 2000. most of the time under any throttle..



whats the HP / TQ rating on your RE engine? I never knew they put the 545s in the RE's was thinking they got the 230 / 250 version of the 444E with 643's or 3060s..
-Christopher
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:12 AM   #166
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it would be well worth it... the 444E likes to run below 2000 at part throttle.. it doesnt like to be loaded down at RPMs below 1700.. with an AT545 you dont have the issue as the converter slip will tend to keep your REVs close to 2000. most of the time under any throttle..



whats the HP / TQ rating on your RE engine? I never knew they put the 545s in the RE's was thinking they got the 230 / 250 version of the 444E with 643's or 3060s..
-Christopher


195 hp version
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:27 AM   #167
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I know a guy with a 40' RE cummins 5.9/545.
Its ok but the cooling system is marginal and you gotta keep a close eye on the temps.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:17 PM   #168
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93 Amtran Genesis with mechanical DT466 and Allison MT643. Running 55 to 60mph average a about 10mpg. Bump the speed up 65 to 70mph and the mileage drops to about 7mpg. Iím happy running 60 most of the time.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:42 PM   #169
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I just drove our bus (2003 International with a DT466E diesel) home to Denver, CO from where we bought it in Lagrangeville, NY (near Poughkeepsie). This was pre-conversion, with the seats still in, and we did 60-70mph almost the whole time. Averaged about 8.5-9mpg. Hoping we still get at least 6-8 after we convert it *fingers crossed*
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:54 PM   #170
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Just Drove back from CA

Just arrived back early this morning with my 1990 Crown Supercoach with 6-71TA and Allison MT647 that I purchased in CA. Fuel mileage was 9.86 mpg going the southern route through AZ, NM, TX, OK then KS.
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