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Old 03-07-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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New 2300 shakedown cruise (gas Mileage)?

Had a nice camping trip despite storms , wind etc. with our new 2300. All systems worker great.....heat , air, reefer, water heater, elect. Checked gas mileage for the trip and We have the ford V-10 and as far as I can tell driving in the range of 55-60 mph most of the time unless putting along we got a measly 7.5 mpg!!?? I was guessing about 10 with such a small class c but 7??? Now it only has about 1000 miles on it so please tell me that after it is broken in it will get better mileage..anyone with any MPG estimates chime in please.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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Very doubtful it will get better. I kept up a fleet of Ford F350 chassis vans, for a hospital, and the ones with the V10 barley made 8. These were 15 passenger vans, not motor homes. The ones with the 5.4L v8 seldom made 10. Of course they ran all day, never farther than a 3mile trip, and idled while waiting on the next call. Sorry, but I wouldn't expect much more.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:47 AM   #3
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We just picked up our 2300 with the Chevy chassis and engine. Drove 400 miles home on Interstates. There was heavy wind, so I kept speeds down to 55-58 mph. We average 10.8 miles per gallon. Compared to a similar engine in my Chevy Avalanche (when we towed a large TT with it) I only got 8 mpg. So I am very pleased with the 2300 so far. (Sorry I know this isn't apples to apples comparison with the Ford V-10).
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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Had a nice camping trip despite storms , wind etc. with our new 2300.
Lots of head winds will certainly drive the mpg down. Head to Head test comparing Ford to Chevy (testing by Chevy) the Chevy got about 1/2 a mile better per gallon. So if someone is getting 10 on the Chevy, it is promising that you should get close to that.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
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In my experience, you should be able to get around 10 mpg. My wife and I have a 2011 Sunseeker 2300 on a Ford E350 chassis with a V10 engine. We normally drive in the 55-60 mph range over a variety of terrain, including 7,000-ft. mountain passes.

We cannot attest to the mileage during the first 2,000 miles of operation because the motorhome was in transit from Indiana to Spokane, WA during that time. (It had exactly 2,000 miles on the odometer when we took possession.) Since then, we have filled the tank seven times and have a total of 4,344 miles on the odometer. If the highest (12 mpg) and lowest (9 mpg) values are eliminated, we are averaging 10.3 mpg for the other five tank fillings. We have not been pulling a toad, but will start doing so this year so we expect the mpg’s will decrease a bit.

Hopefully your mpg’s will increase after an initial “break-in” period.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:21 AM   #6
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In actuality I filled it up before we went to the OBX and when we returned I again filled it up. I cant recall the exact mileage or gallons but my math is good and I got 7.5. I was HOPING for better but I have some tricks up my sleeve too. I t was very windy on this day too. I don't want to sound like I am excusing the poor mileage LOL
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:42 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if you add the K&N cold air intake and maybe a Cat back exhaust system would that help not only with a little more power but would it help with the MPG any??
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I have a used 2006 Sunseeker 3100 LTD with the Ford E450 and V10 Triton. 31 feet long. Unit had just under 10K miles on the clock when we purchased it October of 2010 and I have no idea as to how previous owner treated it mechanically. I've seen between 7.5 and 8.5 mpg on the trips we've taken. That is usually Interstate running no more than 65mph, usually 60mph. I let the other guys who have more money than I do blow down the road at higher speed and let it catch up to them at the gas pump.
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Angry 6.3 mpg

I have a new Sunseeker 3170DS and so far I am have getting 6.3mpg! I have been running the Generator on and off, so I am sure that will effect it.

BTW, can anyone tell me the Onan Generator Fuel Burn. Somehow I seem to have picked up the figure of .6 gal per hour, but I am not sure where I got that figure.
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Onan website says @ 60Hz - .3 gph no load, .5gph half load, .7gph full load
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