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Wilbus

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Earliest Class C diesel with good MPG?
« on: Today at 02:30:16 AM »
Hi forum,

I have a Toyota Dolphin and love it. I'm planning to go cross country more often and want something that can go 75MPH without freaking out. Dolphin likes to go 50MPH and doesn't love passes.

I'd like to get a powerful replacement for under $20,000 that still gets good gas mileage. I assume I have to get a diesel but don't know for sure. Any recommendations on powerful, economical RVs to replace not so powerful, cheap Dolphin?

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Re: Earliest Class C diesel with good MPG?
« Reply #1 on: Today at 05:27:59 AM »
I'd like to get a powerful replacement for under $20,000 that still gets good gas mileage.
ROTFLMAO - so does every other newby that comes in here. First off driving 75 in an RV is very dangerous in my book. But a powerful RV will not get good gas mileage, in fact no RV gets good gas mileage.
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Re: Earliest Class C diesel with good MPG?
« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:25:29 AM »
Agree with Tom, slow down and enjoy the scenery. Unless there's an emergency at home, there's no need to go 75 mph. It seems to me that getting about 8 mpg is about average for most motorhomes.
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Re: Earliest Class C diesel with good MPG?
« Reply #3 on: Today at 08:49:09 AM »
If you can find a Class C diesel in that rice range (not likely), you can probably get 12-16 mpg at 65 mph. Less, perhaps much less, at 75.

The Class C's based on the Mercedes Sprinter diesel chassis can get 16 mpg in ideal conditions, but 75 mph is well away from ideal. Some examples of a Sprinter based Class C are the Winnebago View, Four winds Sprinter, and Forest River Prism.

You may find a few older Class C diesels in your price range but they will be based on a Ford van chassis (usually the E350) with the big Ford 7.3L Powerstroke diesel. I would guess around 12-13 mpg for those. Something like this one:
https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/1995-Born-Free-PRESIDENT-26--5000470058
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