View Poll Results: What kind of mileage do you get?
3-5 with Gas 11 3.51%
5-7 with Gas 34 10.86%
7-10 with Gas 30 9.58%
10+ with Gas 10 3.19%
3-5 with Diesel 0 0%
5-7 with Diesel 20 6.39%
7-10 with Diesel 112 35.78%
10+ with Diesel 96 30.67%
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:46 AM   #41
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Anyone pulling a boat or trailer or car with their bus? If so what kind of milage you getting? Thanks
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:58 AM   #42
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Pulling a 2500 pound car behind a bus that is 25000 pounds is a pretty small difference. I never noticed that my Geo Tracker was behind the bus except on corners when I could see it in the rear view. No perceptible difference in acceleration, and I can't think that the weight of the toad made that much mileage difference. The 10,000 pounds of "stuff" packed inside the bus cut me down about 1/2 a mile per gallon......
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:21 PM   #43
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Another propane powered bus in my driveway - this one is a 1975 Carpenter.... National chassis, Ford 534 "Super Duty" engine, and propane powered from the beginning. The 534 Superduty in gas used to get 2 - 3 miles per gallon.... mine just finished a trip from Seattle area to Spokane. 55 to 60 mph (max) with Snoqualmie pass in the middle of the trip - I burned 131 gallons of LPG to equate to 2.68 mpg. The speedo did not work, but I used the trip odometer function of my GPS (which also was the speedo). The only working gauges were tach, and brake air pressure!

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:31 PM   #44
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

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Another propane powered bus in my driveway - this one is a 1975 Carpenter.... National chassis, Ford 534 "Super Duty" engine, and propane powered from the beginning. The 534 Superduty in gas used to get 2 - 3 miles per gallon.... mine just finished a trip from Seattle area to Spokane. 55 to 60 mph (max) with Snoqualmie pass in the middle of the trip - I burned 131 gallons of LPG to equate to 2.68 mpg. The speedo did not work, but I used the trip odometer function of my GPS (which also was the speedo). The only working gauges were tach, and brake air pressure!

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How much a gallon is the propane?
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:34 PM   #45
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Propane fills ranged from 2.78 per gallon to 3.09.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:06 AM   #46
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

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I don’t have a bus anymore …we bought a little motorhome that turns out needs a $4500.00 engine rebuild

So to keep from getting depressed I’ve been collecting links pertinent to fuel & mileage in hopes of one day driving this motorhome .
Here’s a good site where you can find the best price on fuel in your locales.
http://www.gasbuddy.com/

And KOA put out a neat little Fuel Estimator where you enter , the price of fuel ,your MPG and the distance you’ll travel and the estimator tells you how much you’ll pay for that journey.
http://www.koa.com/where/fuelestimator.asp
What engine cost 4500 to rebuild, what exactly is wrong with your current engine?
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:38 AM   #47
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It's a 440 V-8 big block ... and I have'nt seen any better prices for a rebuild here in Eugene....
at least not from a mechanic we would trust.

Looked into buying a rebuilt engine from Auto parts dealers and found out even though theyre a good buy at approx. $1600.00... 3 out of ten fail.
I don't want to be one of those 3.
I also don't want to buy some junkyard engine because there's no way to actually know if theyre any good until you pull them apart.

Since the price surprises you ...Perhaps you can tell us all for future reference how to go about getting a cheap rebuild that can be trusted to run well.
440 so I assume its a dodge?

I rebuild my own engines I assume your price includes removing and reinstalling the engine not just the rebuild?

What exactly is wrong with your current engine?
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:41 PM   #48
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Jasper can get you a rebuilt engine...they do good work (many fleets use them for rebuilds), and many have shops that install their engines.

Alternately, I think Mopar Performance offers rebuilt 440's.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:17 AM   #49
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Just for comparison, I just had my Dodge 361 engine rebuilt by a local machine shop that has been in business for 30 years. I had them pull the engine, complete rebuild including repair of a couple of block cracks, new clutch throwout bearing and reinstall engine. The oil and antifreeze was replaced and the total including $204.00 tax was $3050.00. I got a quote from another local rebuilder before I chose one, of $3000 for just the rebuild alone. I do not think that your guys are really that far out of line at all especially if you are going to feel confident that the shop is that good. I have a friend who is a city mechanic here in the town I live in and he told me I was getting a smokin' deal. I worked as a mechanic myself and after meeting and talking with my guys and seeing their shop and what they do (one of the owner/machinists is a Mopar nut) I feel very confident and that goes a long way with me. Good luck and happy trails....
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:31 AM   #50
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One thing that is always interesting to me is that when folks figure mileage they assume that the pumps are registering accurate gallonage. Well guys, they don't. That is just the truth. In America they are often only checked once a year at best. I have been told that it can be as often as every three years....I don't know about you but I have bought fuel that came through pumps that look older than I am and that is old! It is kind of like meat inspections, the inspectors are far and few between and if they hit a meat packer once in a while, they are doing good. Same with the bureau of weights and measures...when was the last time you saw them checking a station's pumps? Looking at the inspection stamps on the pumps is a good idea but are you going to move to another station if they are last year's stamp?
I read a great book about a very anal Canadian with a Class C motorhome who drove all the way to Panama and back. He had multi-liter sized containers and he would compare the amount pumps were actually giving to what they said they were giving. Not so good here in the US but off the scales in Mexico and Central America....not even close. Your call but I always take mpg claims with a grain of salt....
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