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Snowman9000

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Posted: 03/06/12 06:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wills250psd wrote:

If you want fuel milage dont start rving.


That comment gets made a lot. I don't think it helps. RVing is not a one size fits all hobby.

I think the future of RVing is smaller RVs. Time will tell.


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Posted: 03/06/12 06:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wills250psd wrote:

If you want fuel milage dont start rving.


How encouraging. Don't listen to this poster. Get your RV and enjoy it regardless of fuel prices. Happy RVing.....


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I do very well pulling my OFF-ROAD POPUP Camper behind my 2010 F150 5.4 gas with 3:73 gears. The POPUP apparently doesnt push much air when being pulled. The other neat thing is we can still pull into a McDonalds and order a Big Mac from the drive thru window. We consistently get 20-21MPG using Shell gasoline products (for some reason) pulling the 4200lb loaded POPUP.

Plenty of room for the two of us and a pooch... The POPUP has all the toys the big guys have including an indoor potty and sit down shower. We watch HDTV every night and sleep on a comfortable bed... The OFF-ROAD model camper with the front deck I can carry along some serious camping supplies coupled with the bed of the truck.




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Posted: 03/06/12 07:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know it's a real pain to buy fuel at current prices, but think about how much of a premium you might have to pay in order to get better fuel mileage. If you found a really nice, fairly late model Class C that gets 8 to 10 mpg for a really good price, how much fuel could you buy with the money you might save over buying an RV that gets better mileage?

On the other hand, we recently traded a 10-mpg Ford-based C for a Sprinter-based C that gets 15 mpg. Are we better off overall? I'm not going to do that calculation because I'm not sure I really want to know.

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Posted: 03/06/12 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

if you truly want CHEAP, you can't beat a popup or A-frame with a fuel-efficient car as a tow vehicle.

after that, a diesel Class B would be the next but they aren't cheap.


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mavapa has it right. We have an older Class B, purchased heavily used but with good engine and transmission; the main goal was a bit more comfort than a tent and a lot more sanitation than shared chemical toilets with 17000 others at Ren Fairs 20 miles from plumbing.

We looked at paying more for better mileage, but do the math. If it's a $6000 difference to go from 10mpg to 15mpg, and you're thinking six years out, you'd need to save $1000 in fuel per year... or need to drive 7500 miles per year just to break even. (That's all the way across the U.S. and back. We do about 1/3 that in a bunch of short trips.)

Of course newer better-mileage units have other advantages. Ours is functional but the toilet privacy is, well, so 20 years old - basically a curtain. Better than the chemical toilets. If we'd spent another $10K or so, we'd have better mileage and nicer features... but a lot less money in-pocket and probably lose the convenience of a gasoline generator.

So it's all a trade-off, but unless you drive a LOT, the mileage won't be your biggest economic hit.

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thanks everyone for all the comments.
I will take some time to absorb all of them.
And you got me started in the right direction.

Sure glad I found this group !!

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Posted: 03/06/12 11:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mavapa wrote:

I know it's a real pain to buy fuel at current prices, but think about how much of a premium you might have to pay in order to get better fuel mileage. If you found a really nice, fairly late model Class C that gets 8 to 10 mpg for a really good price, how much fuel could you buy with the money you might save over buying an RV that gets better mileage?

On the other hand, we recently traded a 10-mpg Ford-based C for a Sprinter-based C that gets 15 mpg. Are we better off overall? I'm not going to do that calculation because I'm not sure I really want to know.


I'm the most logical guy in the world, but I can't get past the daily pain at the pump when on a long RV trip. And "wasting" anything has always bothered me. So I would pay more for higher MPG, even if it doesn't make sense logically. For me it would be treating myself to something that makes me happy, just like someone else buying an expensive car versus a Kia. It would make me feel good long after the purchase.

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If you want fuel economy above all else, a Roadman Camper (motorcycle tent trailer) is $3500 base. The bed is 50" x 76", which is good enough if you need something to get you off the ground. Weighs 225 pounds dry, 500 max.

It is all about what you want. It might be that a hard sided folding trailer like an A-liner might be a good point. Or, perhaps a Hi-Lo once they get started again.

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Snowman9000 wrote:

PS: 90% of RVers inadvertenly lie about their gas mileage, even here on the forum...


Have to agree, I see numbers posted here on occasion that are unbelievable. My signature shows the average MPG over thousands of miles. Have I gotten better? Sure! What good does it do anyone if I say I got 30 MPG if it was only one time coming down a mountain?


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2006 Weekend Warrior FK1900/1998 Ford E150 4.6L = 8MPG
2009 Aliner Sport/2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L = 22MPG


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