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Old 07-03-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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Forester MBS Fuel Consumption

We are on the longest road trip in our 2401R, and I being the co pilot am calculating our fuel consumption.
As of this writing, we have traveled 2,121 miles and have consumed 178 gals. of fuel. This is only 11.9 miles per gallon. We started out this trip with 3,520 miles on the odometer.
Wondering how this compares to others.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:37 PM   #2
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Towing?
How fast do you drive


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Old 07-03-2015, 03:47 PM   #3
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We are not towing. Driving average 65-70 miles per hour.
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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your main problem will be winds

there will be a 2-3 mpg diff between head vs. tail wind,
especially at the speeds you are indicating,
and by tail winds I mean only within approx. +/- 45 deg following

with my previous 5-cyl I got 15.2 mpg avg over the 73626 miles I had the vehicle

I've tried to drive 5-cyl style for a few tanks with this 6-cyl:
62 mph top speed anywhere
moderate acceleration always
45 mph on steep upgrades ( ala Semis ) instead of breezing up at 65 mph
result was 14.3 mpg avg, though heavy headwinds meant 13.5 mpg
not bad for the extra 1000 # the new RV weighs

rest of the time is 63 - 65 mph tops

I've now got 11537 miles on the 24S, 9475 miles of my own at 14 mpg avg

my best tankful so far is 15.5 mpg for 259 miles between
Winnemucka, NV & Boise, ID ( calm day & 55 mph Oregon speed limit )
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:40 PM   #5
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If you reduce to 60mph you will gain 2+ mpg. More with a tail wind.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:22 PM   #6
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On our last 3600 mile trip to Yellowstone we got 14.3 mpg overall. On 3 consecutive fill ups in and around Yellowstone we got 17.35, 17.81 and 18.35. We were driving slower then. A couple of lows were about 11.5 heading west into a wind on the Interstates.

Our mileage pretty much has improved on each trip we have taken. We drive a little slower than we did when we first got the RV. This is part of the reason for the improvement however I believe some is due to having more miles on the unit. We now have about 25,000 miles on it.

By the way our RV is a 2014 Solera 24R and we do not tow.
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When towing, I stick at Cali speed limit of 55 and get around 12.8
Why not towing I do 60 (wife doesn't want me to go faster) and get close to 15. Best tank ever was 16 driving through desert.


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Old 07-03-2015, 10:48 PM   #8
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Well, thanks all for the thoughtful input! We were fighting some pretty fierce winds in Alabama and Texas, and no doubt reducing our speed will surely help.
We really appreciate the good advice.
Thanks so much!!!
Hope your summer travels are happy and safe!
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Towing, 11.8 to 12.8. Not towing 14+.
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On a 7k trip we averaged 15 mpg @ 60 mph
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