View Poll Results: What kind of mileage do you get?
3-5 with Gas 13 3.30%
5-7 with Gas 37 9.39%
7-10 with Gas 39 9.90%
10+ with Gas 17 4.31%
3-5 with Diesel 2 0.51%
5-7 with Diesel 23 5.84%
7-10 with Diesel 142 36.04%
10+ with Diesel 121 30.71%
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:31 AM   #101
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Location: New Hampshire
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: MVP ER
Engine: Cat 3126b 210 HP 605 ftlbs
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On our 9,000 mile trip this summer, the trip average in my 1999 Thomas bus with 3126b CAT (electronic engine) and 6-speed Allison MD3060 (6th gear enabled), cruising at 65 with foot buried most of the trip, weighing in at about 24,500 lbs, we averaged 8.2 mpg. Best was 9.3 going SE through Yellowstone on 287, worst was on PCH (route 1) at about 6.5 (constant hills and stop-and-go letting people pass).

Edit: 4.62 rear gears turning ~2,100 rpm at 65.
Porkchop,

Did your bus come stock with the 4.62 or did you change the carrier?
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:35 PM   #102
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Chassis: Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
Engine: CAT 3126b Rotella-Chugger
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Porkchop,

Did your bus come stock with the 4.62 or did you change the carrier?
I do not know for a fact that it is 4.62 but judging by RPM at 65 and wheel diameter, I calculated it to be 4.62. I did not touch it, it came with it if it is in fact a 4.62.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:55 PM   #103
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Year: 1996
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: All American Rear Engine
Engine: C-8.3-300 Cummins MD3060
Rated Cap: 40 Prisoners
By my calculation if you sixth gear is opened up it is .65 ratio overdrive and you have
11X22.5 tires with a diameter of 41.3 inches and your doing 65 miles per hour at
2100 rpm that would make the rear differential ratio 6.2 or there abouts. My bus has
5.38 differential ratio and 43 inch diameter tires 12X22.5 tires running only 5th gear
which is .75 ratio overdrive, at 2000 RPM I am doing 65 MPH.
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:57 PM   #104
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Chassis: HDX
Engine: Cat C7
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I averaged 7.5 on a trip from Kanakee, IL to Billings, MT.
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:11 PM   #105
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1047 miles from Allenton, WI to Charleston, SC. 7.6 MPG.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:26 PM   #106
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Year: 2000
Coachwork: Bluebird
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 2 elderly children, 1 cat
After almost 5000mi, still at 11.5 mpg. We tow almost always with 2 setups. One is 3200# the other 4500#. Not towing= SAME!
20,000# verified wt, 5.9 185hp w/545. 3:54 ratio and 55-60 mph.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:18 PM   #107
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Chassis: 743
Engine: Cummins Diesel
With my Gillig its gallons per mile
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:52 AM   #108
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fuel mileage

We want to buy a school bus to make a rv. Looking at two the first one is a 8.2 diesel allison trans. The second one is a 454 chevy 5 speed . Can someone give me an estamat on fuel mileage for both?
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #109
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Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Numerous other factors. Size of bus...gear ratios for trans & rear end...tire size...normally aspirated or turbocharged...intercooler (diesel only)...

That said...most any diesel will get better mpg than the 454. Anyone else care to chime in here?
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:03 AM   #110
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FWIW my 454 powered 10,000lb MH got 5-7.
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:38 PM   #111
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FWIW my 454 powered 10,000lb MH got 5-7.
what transmission auto or standard?
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:33 PM   #112
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my last bus was a shortie blue bird with a 454 Chevy in it that I did some work on to make it nice N fresh.. cammed with an RV cam and it got 5-6 on average.. I dont know the exact transmission... 545 maybe? it was a 4 speed auto

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Old 04-04-2016, 02:37 PM   #113
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what transmission auto or standard?
5 speed standard
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:52 PM   #114
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I'd hold out for a better drivetrain than gas or the fuel pincher.
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:56 PM   #115
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what transmission auto or standard?
th400....,
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:05 PM   #116
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Coachwork: Bluebird Mini-Bird 24'
Chassis: Chevy P30
Engine: Chevy 6.2L Diesel
Normally I get ~13-15 mpg, although I'm having a transmission problem with a shift solenoid that's keeping me out of overdrive, so it's 7-8 at the moment.
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:34 PM   #117
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I recently purchased a 92 ford b600 bluebird 52 passenger bus. It also has the 6.6 inline diesel in it. I get from 10- 15 mpg with it. Its also a 10 speed manual transmission so maybe that has something to do with it.
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Old 01-19-2017, 02:00 AM   #118
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Year: 1996
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Engine: Caterpillar 3116
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Around ten mpg with the old Bluebird, 6.6L Caterpillar 3116, auto, empty tanks on the road. Around 65 on the flats, not too shaby.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:08 PM   #119
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Engine: 350 on Propane
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Not an option on the poll: 5-6 on Propane

24 Passenger, 350 with manual 5 speed
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:47 PM   #120
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Chassis: TC 2000 bluebird
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I have a 1998 Bluebird 34' tc2000 with a 6bt 5.9 cummins. I got 9.98mpg driving it from Baltimore Maryland to Saginaw Mi before the conversion.

We will see what it gats after.

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