Originally Posted by mightybus
When you consider diesel costs roughly 20% more than gas, and if you lose your turbo or pump, plus the additional maintenance costs with diesel, keeping in mind a lot of skoolies stay parked, sometimes I wonder if a gasser, tweeked with fuel injection and computer aided economy, coupled with a manual transmission, while savoring the lowered vibration and noise, might be a viable alternative to diesel. How cool would a Ford v10 be in a 40' flat front bus?
I have a V10 in my 2000 Excursion. Sadly, my bus gets about the same fuel mileage.
I averaged about 11 with Farold. - 18,000 pounds
I average about 12 with the Excursion - 7,300 pounds
I have no idea what the ratio for fuel mileage to weight might be but let's say I got 7 mpg with a V10 in Farold, which I bet is an extremely high guess.
Last trip we drove 4248 miles divided by 11 mpg = 368 gallons * (actual) average fuel cost $3.88 per gallon for Diesel = $1427.84
Now with a V10 @ 7mpg - 4248 miles divided by 7 mpg = 607 gallons * average fuel cost $3.29 (this was the lowest price I saw the entire trip) per gallon for gas = $1997.03
The V10 moves the Excursion pretty good but I think it would be pretty doggy in a bus. Anyway, just my 2 cents.