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nc gasman

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Hi, greetings from Kernersville, NC. As a camper trailer pulling fool I feel it necessary to move on up into the class A motorhome community. I am doing some homework during my coach search and need just a little down home information on fuel mileages. I am looking for a earlier model 1996 thru 1999 32 to 34 foot coach with a GM chassis. I am a rather conservative driver (read not a lead foot, just speed limit cruising) and have never owned such a vehicle and was just curious about actual mileage figure ranges rather than figures from a salesman. I realize there are many variables to my equation but would appreciate some honest input from fellow rv,ers with class A's in the same length catagory. 
 

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Hi nc gasman and welcome to our forum.

My only experience with a GM motorhome chassis was a 29 foot 1985 Pace Arrow on a Chevy P30 chassis. IIRC gas mileage was something 6 mpg solo and 5.5 mpg towing a 20 foot boat or a Ford Bronco. I'm stretching my memory a little and those numbers might have been 5 and 5.5 respectively. Hopefully someone with the 199x model years can give you a better idea.
 

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Welcome to the RV Forum.  Glad you found us.  Please join in on any of the discussions, ask questions, or start new discussions relting to the RV lifestyle.

Been a long time since we had a Gas motorhome and I don't recall what the milage was.  I do understand that it has improved somewhat in the later models.  Ours was an 88 Bounder.

 

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Hi Gasman,

(read not a lead foot, just speed limit cruising)

Some places in AZ have 75 mph speed limits, but I would never try to maintain that speed :) A lot of the fun is in the travel, and white-knuckling it doesn't add much to the enjoyment.

With a 38-foot '96 Bounder/Ford F53 chassis/460 c.i., I get about 6 mpg. without a toad; 5 1/4 - 5 1/2 with. There are a lot of older coaches out there that will match your needs and wants. Good hunting!
 

Kenneth

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Hi Gasman,

We have a '99 Georgetown 34',F53 ford v10 and get an average of 8 miles to the gallon of gas,driving the speed limit 65+.
 

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Our 2002 35 footer on a Workhorse chassis with a GM 8.1L gas engine gets 7.3 mpg most all of the time but once in awhile ranges as far as  6.8 and  8.1.  That's with a combined weight of about 25,000 lbs.  The Fords will be similar.

Since you are looking at 1996-99 models, I would estimate that the the 1996 end of the range will tend towards 7.0 mpg while the 1999 end will be closer to 8.0.  And in those model-years my personal choice would be a Ford chassis rather than the GM, which was the P30/P32 series at the time.  At the 1999 end, you can get a Ford chassis with the V10, an excellent combination.  If you move up a few years newer, my choice would be the new Workhorse W20/W22 series of chassis, which uses a GM powertrain in a chassis designed for motorhome use. They became available in mid 2001, if I remember correctly.
 

nc gasman

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Thanks for the inputs, the posts will be helpful while searching for my "new ride".
 
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