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Posted: 08/15/12 03:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tenbear, I've gotten no flack at my local Chevy dealer, tho' I've only used them for warranty service. I've had two Chevy-chassised RV's, a 19' class B Express 3500 and the current Tiger (see sig).

However, I was driving the B when I stopped by to make an appointment for some minor warranty work (2nd time I'd been there). I was standing there in the inside drive-thru at the service desk, leaning against the van. The 'tard service writer wrote it up for 8 AM later in the week. When I arrived then, I was told.... "Oh, I didn't realize what it was! You'll need to make another appointment in our truck shop!" Dumb-bass....

Both have been pretty darn reliable, the '06 C even moreso than the '01 B. I've never needed service or repairs on a trip in either one, and only cut one trip short due to an Onan failure.

11-13 mpg with the 8.1.

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No problems with service for my Chevy, the local Chevy dealer for warranty work (only once with turn signal problems - bad ground) and the local truck garage right next store for everything else. Regarding vehicle mileage, what type of RPMs do you guys run on the highway? I always try to keep it around 2100-2200 rpm.


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Posted: 08/15/12 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't have a tach so I don't know the RPMs. I usually drive interstates at about 60 mph.


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Posted: 08/15/12 10:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IAMICHABOD wrote:

But of course the one that mumkin has will get better mileage than the "normal class C" It has no large overhead,it is more areodynamic more on the line of a class B and only has a GVWR of 12300 lbs about a ton less than most class C s. according to their website.

I can see why it gets better mileage,but to compare it to the normal class C is like compareing an apple to a pear.

Kinda the same but NOT.

But it is on a Chevy Chassis so it is keeping with the theme of the thread.

I would disagree with your interpretation. It is the same Chevy cut-away, only with a much better design. After all, I started with a GWV Class B on the Ford E350 with an overhead bed so I chose to buy something more aerodynamic and to get better handling. As far as weight, that is going to go along with length. Naturally if you have 30+ feet, you are going to weigh more. Other than that... a Chevy cutaway is a Chevy cutaway. Many of the RVs being compared here are 22ft.

I suspect that the difference has as much to do with a heavy foot as the overhead cab.

And Jim... I don't have the 6 speed... I got the last of the older platforms.


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mumkin wrote:

So, you are accusing us of lying? I fear that you will have to admit to being wrong on this one. I don't use the vehicle computer and I too have an Excel spreadsheet where I have listed every fill and the mileage. It's simple math and I've got all the numbers if you want to look.

I averaged 12.5 driving from ND to AZ and 12.8 driving back home. It included mountains, two lane prairie flatland with small towns, winds of all directions and speeds. I don't tow... and since it was very early winter, there was no water on board... except in gallon jugs.

I have been very happy with my mileage. Between these two long trips, I used it as a daily driver in AZ. I got between 8.5 and 9.3 mpg in the city on my trips to the gym and shopping... including exercising the generator.


Of course I beleive your figures, but you have to admit that gas mileage is one of those things that you have heard your share of "fish stories". I'm sure you have heard some guy with a diesel pickup tell you he gets 18 mpg towing his 35 foot 5th wheeler.

I'm glad your 6.0 has been fuel efficient for you. Mine is powerful and reliable but has always been thirsty. Solo around town I get around 11, towing the small trailer 10, and towing a 6K equipment trailer maybe 8. It probably makes a difference that the area that I live in is very hilly. Just my driveway is a 22% grade.

To tag onto the last reply, it does seem to me that owners of non-cabover Cs (AKA B plus) motorhomes consistently report better mpg than owners with cabovers, regardless of whether they are Chevy or Ford.


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Posted: 08/15/12 10:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mlts22 wrote:

I wonder how hard it would be to get service on the Chevies though, especially in rural areas.

I have had no problems getting service. I called the local Chevy garage and he said that I was too big for his facility, but he referred me to their truck facility which is also the GMC truck sales.

Most any decent sized town should have service. After all, even if it is a rural area, there are lots of farmers with trucks.

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Posted: 08/17/12 10:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mumkin wrote:

IAMICHABOD wrote:

But of course the one that mumkin has will get better mileage than the "normal class C" It has no large overhead,it is more areodynamic more on the line of a class B and only has a GVWR of 12300 lbs about a ton less than most class C s. according to their website.

I can see why it gets better mileage,but to compare it to the normal class C is like compareing an apple to a pear.

Kinda the same but NOT.

But it is on a Chevy Chassis so it is keeping with the theme of the thread.

I would disagree with your interpretation. It is the same Chevy cut-away, only with a much better design. After all, I started with a GWV Class B on the Ford E350 with an overhead bed so I chose to buy something more aerodynamic and to get better handling. As far as weight, that is going to go along with length. Naturally if you have 30+ feet, you are going to weigh more. Other than that... a Chevy cutaway is a Chevy cutaway. Many of the RVs being compared here are 22ft.

I suspect that the difference has as much to do with a heavy foot as the overhead cab.

And Jim... I don't have the 6 speed... I got the last of the older platforms.


I would have to disagree on a few facts stated,true they are both on a cutaway chasis but that is where the simularity ends.

On the class C- such as mumkin and gene in ne both have and double didget mileage these are both aerodynamic where a typical Class C is not,and they both have a GVWR of 12300 lbs about a ton lighter than most Class C even the short ones. Most of which have a simular 14000lb or more GVWR

Mine is 26 ft and has A GVWR of 14050 not quite a ton heavier but it
has the aerodynamics of a brick. It Is at least a foot taller,I would guess because I cant stand up in one.

Heavy foot or not pushing a Ton more down the road in a vehicle that is aerodynamic as a brick you can not compare them as equal.

As I said before like compareing an apple with a pear they can be put in the same bag but they are not the same.


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

On the class C- such as mumkin and gene in ne both have and double didget mileage these are both aerodynamic where a typical Class C is not,and they both have a GVWR of 12300 lbs about a ton lighter than most Class C even the short ones. Most of which have a simular 14000lb or more GVWR

Mine is 26 ft and has A GVWR of 14050 not quite a ton heavier but it
has the aerodynamics of a brick. It Is at least a foot taller,I would guess because I cant stand up in one.

Heavy foot or not pushing a Ton more down the road in a vehicle that is aerodynamic as a brick you can not compare them as equal.

As I said before like compareing an apple with a pear they can be put in the same bag but they are not the same.

Just what is a "typical C." I see C's from 21 to 35 feet. I expect that the weight variation depends on whether it is fiberglass like mine... or a wood frame like a Born Free... or whatever else a converter comes up with or how one chooses to have them equipped.

But they are ALL apples. This is why mileage threads are pretty much a waste of time. If one asks a general question on it, you will get the range of mileage rates possible within the range of different types of C vehicles. You just can't declare that a more aerodynamic C isn't a C because it isn't as brick-like as yours.

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Posted: 08/17/12 10:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mumkin wrote:


Just what is a "typical C." I see C's from 21 to 35 feet. I expect that the weight variation depends on whether it is fiberglass like mine... or a wood frame like a Born Free... or whatever else a converter comes up with or how one chooses to have them equipped.

But they are ALL apples. This is why mileage threads are pretty much a waste of time. If one asks a general question on it, you will get the range of mileage rates possible within the range of different types of C vehicles. You just can't declare that a more aerodynamic C isn't a C because it isn't as brick-like as yours.


I have to agree to a point that they are all pretty much all Class C and mine IS a Brick

And mileage threads are really a waste of time. Which wasn't my intent.

My original thread was to try and find out if there were any real problems with the Chevy Based Class C that I haven't seen discussed.
Like all of the many many things that the Ford owners seem to have to fix.

It seems that WE don't have many problems.

Or at least no one has come forward with any real problems,so I think
WE are ahead of the game,not having to spend our hard earned money on
fixes. More to spend on Camping

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I thought this discussion on mileage was valuable. I never realized how verious configurations can impact mileage so much on the same chassis. I learned that before you make a purchase decision based upon anticpated mileage ensure that you are making an apples to apples vehicle comparion. By that I don't mean Chevy to Chevy or Ford to Ford although important, but RV size, i.e. 24 foot, vice 31 foot and front cap configuration i.e. brick vice areodynamic.

Just for clarification, the best mileage I ever achieved was 8.3 mpg, on a 31C with brick cap, keeping it a 60-65 mph, doing about 2200 -2300 rpm.

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