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Old 06-27-2017, 12:52 PM   #1
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Short Bus Mileage

Hey everyone!

Can anyone give me the rough mileage they get out of a short bus? Say a 18-20 foot conversion?

My daughter and i plan to travel for a pretty good period of time and will be driving a lot. Wondering if anyone knows what size fuel tank a 2005-2006 blue bird with an international diesel engine would have in it? And a rough estimate on mileage you would get per tank.

Any help you can give is appreciated.

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Old 06-27-2017, 12:57 PM   #2
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Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000 FE
Engine: Cummins 5.9
Rated Cap: 72
My 12500 pound shortie with T444E is getting around 8mpg combined. My range is not great with a ~22 gallon fuel tank!
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Old 06-27-2017, 01:03 PM   #3
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Year: 2002
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: All American RE (A3RE)
Engine: Cummins ISC (8.3)
Rated Cap: 72
2005 E450 Cutaway. 21' long +/-

9.7mpg in town.

11.8 strictly Interstate driving @ 55-60mph.

IIRC I have a 45 gallon tank.

Range/tank: 400+ miles.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:50 PM   #4
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Year: 2000
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: 7.3L 210HP Turbo Diesel T444E
Rated Cap: 28 + 3 wheel chairs.
My little Green Bus is getting about 11.4 mpg- mixed use around town / some highway - during the remainder of my build.

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Old 06-27-2017, 03:56 PM   #5
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Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
I have no idea what I'm getting, but it seems to be pretty decent mileage for my 6 window shorty.
Neither of my internationals have a functional fuel gauge and I've not gotten around to fixing either.
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