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Old 04-23-2020, 05:22 PM   #61
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i get about 10. but its half a bus.

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Old 04-23-2020, 06:34 PM   #62
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i get about 10. but its half a bus.
Yours is geared way lower than mine and Natives...

Having eng rpms optimized for your desired hwy speed is the big factor.

For the range of weights on a given bus being a lightly loaded to heavily loaded how often you accelerate the bus vs maintaining a steady speed will be your next factor -- why for any given car you always hear epa city/hwy mph specs.
Greater weight will have more effect on city mpg than hwy mpg for any given bus.
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Old 04-23-2020, 06:58 PM   #63
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Yours is geared way lower than mine and Natives...

Having eng rpms optimized for your desired hwy speed is the big factor.

For the range of weights on a given bus being a lightly loaded to heavily loaded how often you accelerate the bus vs maintaining a steady speed will be your next factor -- why for any given car you always hear epa city/hwy mph specs.
Greater weight will have more effect on city mpg than hwy mpg for any given bus.
I'm geared as HIGH as I've ever heard of a school bus being geared, man. 3.27! its crazy, but I really dig it. The bus likes it.
It rarely revs higher than like 1700 rpm. I've gotten it to like 2000 rpm on the interstate, though. Not for long. It does 65 at around 1700 rpm!
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:10 PM   #64
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It rarely revs higher than like 1700 rpm. I've gotten it to like 2000 rpm on the interstate, though. Not for long. It does 65 at around 1700 rpm!
See, we're closer to 2500 rpm at 65 which kinda sucks down the fuel.
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I'm geared as HIGH as I've ever heard of a school bus being geared, man. 3.27! its crazy, but I really dig it. The bus likes it.
It rarely revs higher than like 1700 rpm. I've gotten it to like 2000 rpm on the interstate, though. Not for long. It does 65 at around 1700 rpm!
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See, we're closer to 2500 rpm at 65 which kinda sucks down the fuel.
Yup. That's why I was so 'cited when I learned my bus had the A2000 in it!
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Old 04-23-2020, 11:46 PM   #66
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It does 65 at around 1700 rpm!
This is what I would want. Don't need to race. Just smooth, steady, solid acceleration and ability to cruise with traffic without getting a horn symphony.

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Hi I was wondering about using the metal floor to double the radiant heat… I’m Contemplating putting in electric radiant heat for a stationary bus In the Catskill region of New York… We have a very short summer I wanted to run an electric line to the bus from the house and thought that radiant heat might be a way to go but I would like to maximize the heat of course… And also have a little woodstove and some solar panels for other stuff… I have a 36 foot school bus and almost don’t see the need to remove the whole floor… Can’t I just add layers to the existing floor? I see that your comment about the metal and radiant heat was an older one and I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions…?
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