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I know I know, Class C is a brick on wheels.
BUT! - from all the nice class C out there, which one has the best gas mileage out of the Class C family?

(I know it's a tough subject but please try to work with me on this one...)

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Smallest box with the smallest engine.


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A lot depends on the driver.

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Lazy Daze Class C's have long advertised that they're RV's are Low Profile. Most of their models measure 10 ft from ground to the top of the roof A/C. Lazy Daze even sometimes refers to them as "coupes"!

The metal aluminum roof also cleans up the air flowing over the top.

By the way....They have been made by the same family, in the same factory in Montclair California for 53 years! One of the first Class C motorhomes made.

"The motorhome body has been designed to cheat the wind which not only helps improve handling but fuel economy as well. The exterior body corners have been rounded over and the lower body panels have a radius corner integrated into its bottom edge. The cab over has been cleanly integrated into the chassis cab roof to eliminate the open "pick- up camper" gap. Rear wheels skirts have been added to help transition the airflow past the normally open rear wheel wells. Even a sleek awning with legs that store inside an enclosed case is included."

They also have very little rear over hang which improves handling, and are made from sheets of aircraft grade aluminum.




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My coach gets 15.2 MPG at the cruising speed of 57 MPH (no dinghy.) By going faster, of course, you consume more fuel (which is diesel, by the way.)


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In late models, the 6.0L Chevy owners report higher mileage, as a group, than the V10 Ford owners. Part of that is because the lower load capacity of the Chevy chassis makes for a coach that's smaller/lighter. The other part is the Ford V10 is a larger engine. The following is NOT scientific. It's based on comments people have made and I believe it to be reasonably accurate.

Ford E450/6.8-V10 6-8
Ford E350/6.8-V10 7-9
Chevy 3500/6.0-V8 8-11

E450 fuel mileage will be less than E350 with the same V10. It's a heavier chassis, with a lower axle ratio, and probably carrying a heavier coach.

Chevy drives better than Ford and the better gas mileage points toward a winner. Only problem, the carrying capacity is lower than Ford and towing capacity is significantly lower.


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I would guess that those on the Sprinter Chassis, with the small diesel would get pretty good mileage, but they are often looked at as "B+" models rather than a "C", though some do have that over-cab bunk.
You may find a "C" with a diesel engine, though most have the Ford Chassis and V-10 gasser.

I know it's great to try and find a rig with better mileage, but honestly, I am more concerned with my comfort and the floorplan of the MH. I'd rather have a larger bed, more room to enjoy inside during rainy days, and not worry about the difference in mileage.
It seems as if all of them get about the same mileage anyway....6-9 mpg. Unless you are going to be doing a LOT of driving, the money you spend to get that better mileage, may not offset the saving you get

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j-d wrote:

In late models, the 6.0L Chevy owners report higher mileage, as a group, than the V10 Ford owners. Part of that is because the lower load capacity of the Chevy chassis makes for a coach that's smaller/lighter. The other part is the Ford V10 is a larger engine. The following is NOT scientific. It's based on comments people have made and I believe it to be reasonably accurate.

Ford E450/6.8-V10 6-8
Ford E350/6.8-V10 7-9
Chevy 3500/6.0-V8 8-11

E450 fuel mileage will be less than E350 with the same V10. It's a heavier chassis, with a lower axle ratio, and probably carrying a heavier coach.

Chevy drives better than Ford and the better gas mileage points toward a winner. Only problem, the carrying capacity is lower than Ford and towing capacity is significantly lower.



So... for just an example -
The same Forest River Sunseeker 2300 on Chevy Chassis will get better gas mileage vs Ford Chassis !?

If that true WHY will someone by the ford Chassis!???


http://www.forestriverinc.com wrote:

Sunseeker 2300 on Ford Chassis:
GVWR > 14,500 lbs.
GCWR > 20,000 lbs.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 10,050 lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 4,450 lbs.

Sunseeker 2300 on Chevy Chassis:
GVWR)12,300 lbs.
GCWR)16,000 lbs.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 9,945 lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 2,355 lbs.




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Posted: 11/22/11 11:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on many factors, to include load and if towing or not and speed normally driven. Driving over 60 mph seems to have a detrimental affect on my unit to the tune of 2-3 mpg. If you are looking at new units, you won't find many, if any, Chevy chassis as they are no longer being offered on new models effective with 2012 model year. Without getting into a Ford-Chevy argument which will probably occur, I liked the drive and handling of the Chevy chassis over the Ford but the higher CCC was not a factor in our decision making. However, I believe that average mpg will be pretty close over the long haul so wouldn't worry about it for the gas units. Diesel will get higher mpg but will have likely have less CCC and towing capacity. It is about tradeoffs.

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PapPappy wrote:


I know it's great to try and find a rig with better mileage, but honestly, I am more concerned with my comfort and the floorplan of the MH. I'd rather have a larger bed, more room to enjoy inside during rainy days, and not worry about the difference in mileage...


And I am the opposite, I like simplicity!
I do a lot of out door activities like Kayaking, Cycling, hiking & etc,
all I need is the basic necessities and 6 beds.
I will probably drive or sleep in it more then I will be "living" in it... so yee... gas mileage is important.

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