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Old 09-03-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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Would some of the owners of this unit please chime in about average fuel mileage . Looking at this instead of an MBS. Too many stories of MH being down for long periods of time and limp mode fun and games. Thanks
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:15 PM   #2
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9 mpg. Thats doing 65 to 70 mph. Gets a little better when I slow down. Checked with an OBD bluetooth reader and Torque phone app. 11,000 trouble free miles so far. Starts and runs excellent. It's seen the heat of Florida and the mountains out west, never a hiccup.
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Old 09-06-2015, 08:46 AM   #3
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We also looked a MBS Navion and heavily researched them. Our same conclusion - too many scary,expensive diesel problems. We have a ford f 250 6.8 which has been (51K) flawless. We get 9-10 mpg average towing a light fw. We expect the same or less mileage w/ a toad from our Christmas time delivery of the 2016 2290s ford.
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Old 09-06-2015, 12:36 PM   #4
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good luck with the ford. Too many threads all over the place about suspension issues
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Old 09-06-2015, 12:42 PM   #5
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I would definitely have a ford to pull my TT, but I am staying away from them in my search for a motorhome
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:13 PM   #6
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First and foremost, if you have to worry about a difference of 2-3 mpg between this rig or that rig, you need to rethink what your getting, and more importantly, why your getting it. This is a lifestyle, not a hobby, and lousey gas milage is a fact of the rv experience.
Also, when you really think about it your talking about just a few hundred dollars over a trip of 5000 miles. So, if you have to worry about $200 bucks over a month long 5000 mile trip, look into a Prius and stay at a Motel 6.
Each rig will have it's good and bad, it's likers and haters. If you can make do with a smaller 24-25 foot rig, and won't be towing anything heavy, a MB chassis may be ok.
If you want a larger rig with several slideouts, and towing a car, you need a Ford based 450 rig. It has the power and grunt you'll need.
Yes, you will end up spending a few bucks on the suspension, but once done it's a very comfortable rig to drive. Also, with a Ford (or Chevy) based rig, pretty much any Ford/Chevy dealer can fix/repair a breakdown.
MB, try and find a MB dealer that will repair a motorhome breakdown. Not going to happen. Specialized dealers only, unless your real lucky.
Personally, we have a 28 foot Lexi, towing a Subaru Crosstrek. I have a Scan Guage and average 6-8 mpg. Up hills/mountains, less. Downhill with the wind behind me, more.
But, I'm not concerned with the milage, it is what it is, and there are no magic add-ons that will change that. We bought it when gas was $4.00 a gallon, and didn't worry about milage or cost then. Now gas is $2.00 a gallon, and still don't care about milage or cost.
Milage concerns seem to be the very first thing a new owner thinks about, rather than planning trips, and seeing the sights.
Find a rig that suits your needs, and don't base your decision on whether it gets 7.27634 mpg or 9.8736 mpg.
Gas guage settings...
Full.......just crusin along
3/4.......still crusin along
1/2.......think about getting fuel
1/4.......look for fuel
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:50 PM   #7
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:26 PM   #8
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Gave up on MBS idea. Not much inside storage in the 2401W I was liking. Towing could be an issue. And a host of horror stories. Want something that could be used on those left over 25 foot sites at the state parks and stay out as long as I want. Might squeeze a 2501TS in there. MBS blackwater storage miserable. Then I looked at a 29 foot B+. Same miserable storage tank size. The 25 foot is actually 27 and not very good outside storage. Hard to get everything you want in a smaller MH. Small enclosed car trailer toad will take care of storage. I may never look at mpg, just fuel level. 57 gallon tank will give better range than MBS. Unaware til reading these forums that finding deisel can sometimes be an issue. From experience middle of the night driving can sometimes find closed interstate gas stations. Guess I need to start using the apps out there to prevent these issues. And when I buy the car trailer get a couple of Jerry cans as well
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For every complaint about the Ford suspension there are lots of us (I hope) that never say a word. I've read (never replied or added my 2 cents) all these stores about how bad the E450 handles and all the slop in the steering.

We now have 33,000 on our 2011 3170DS. Ours did not come with the air bags the later models did and we are on our second set of tires. We are a family of 5 and often have our 2 labs with us. Needless to say we are at the GVWR of 14,500 lbs and as of a year ago added a utility trailer to bring even more with us.

All that above and the coach is easily driven by my normally timid wife with one hand on the wheel and cruse control on. Same could not be said about our earlier Dodge 2500 & 28ft TT combo.
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For every complaint about the Ford suspension there are lots of us (I hope) that never say a word. I've read (never replied or added my 2 cents) all these stores about how bad the E450 handles and all the slop in the steering.

We now have 33,000 on our 2011 3170DS. Ours did not come with the air bags the later models did and we are on our second set of tires. We are a family of 5 and often have our 2 labs with us. Needless to say we are at the GVWR of 14,500 lbs and as of a year ago added a utility trailer to bring even more with us.

All that above and the coach is easily driven by my normally timid wife with one hand on the wheel and cruse control on. Same could not be said about our earlier Dodge 2500 & 28ft TT combo.

X2. My 3010DS on Ford E450 drives great and is purely stock.


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