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 on: September 28, 2014, 09:20:11 am 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by Barry-Sue
Rose and Earl

Ron presents some very good points.

We had a 2008 2350 with slide on an E350 chassis and over the first 10,000 miles of usage we averaged 9.98 miles per gallon.

Some of the things we found that help the mileage:

1.  Maintain good tire pressure.  Good is hard to define.  The tires need to be inflated enough to carry the load but not so much as to cause a rough ride and excessive tire wear.

2.  A clean air filter helps .  I added a K&N air filter primarily to increase time between filter changes.

3.   Starting and stopping  in heavy traffic or at stop lights destroys the mileage. 

4.  When towing I usually maintain about 60-62 MPH.

5.  Hills will also greatly affect mileage.  I found that if I am able to keep my speed in the 60+ range I can climb a lot of hills without having the transmission down shift.

On a separate issue the Ford V10 used in some if not all Class A's is slightly different than the V10 used in an E350 Class C.  The Class A would have a 3 valve configuration and the Class C would have a 2 value.  I do not know if this was the case in your previous Class A.

Barry

 42 
 on: September 28, 2014, 07:55:32 am 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by RKS
 Hi,
Take a look on the Good Sam open road forum:  Towing capacity of Sprinter motor homes.
A good amount of healthy discussion on the pros and cons.
Bob


 43 
 on: September 27, 2014, 08:32:55 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by Carol
Hello and Welcome Dale and Cindy.  Have a blast with your new rig.  Won't be long now!

 44 
 on: September 27, 2014, 08:16:17 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Barry-Sue
Welcome Dale and Cindy!!!

As far as checking to see if you can tow your 2005 Hyundia Santa Fe, look first in you owners manual.  They usually will tell you if you can flat tow (4 down) a vehicle.

Next search online for the dinghy towing guide.  I looked at www.lichtsinn.com/PDFs/Dinghy-Guide-2005.pdf. It does not list your vehicle as one that can be flat towed.  Every year motorhome magazine publishes the dinghy towing guide and these can be found online.

But most important is to check the towing capacity of your RV as well as what your hitch is rated to tow.  Phoenix gives you the details about what the GVWR and GCWR for Sprinter.  Then you need to look at the CCC which is on the yellow sticker of the doorframe.  You cannot exceed any of these ratings.   A Hyundai Santa Fe weighs in at 3549 so that has to be calculated into your weights and since you would need a tow dolly that would be another approximately 1000 pounds.

Remco also does a very good job at identifying what vehicles can be towed and how.

Sue

 45 
 on: September 27, 2014, 06:05:53 pm 
Started by aimee - Last post by Dale and Cindy
Hello - We are Dale and Cindy Gentry and we will be taking delivery of our new PC2350 on October 15, 2014.  We are very excited!  We currently have a 34' fifth wheel, but we are looking forward to downsizing and enjoying the flexibility that the Phoenix Cruiser offers.

 46 
 on: September 27, 2014, 05:34:17 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Dale and Cindy
Hello - We are taking delivery of our new PC2350 (Mercedes Sprinter) on Oct 15, 2014. 

Can we tow our 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe?  How do we determine what we can tow?

Newbie - Cindy Gentry

 47 
 on: September 27, 2014, 10:28:05 am 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by ron.dittmer
I guess maintenance means filters and oil, etc. We just changed the oil and only ran the genie for 20 - 30 minutes for maintenance. Husband says he hasn't checked the air filter, so will do that before leaving for Acadia NP this coming Sunday.  I'm guessing with traffic congestion up the east coast things will not improve. We do have the e350 with a slide.  Any other thoughts will be appreciated.
Rose & Earl ThankYou
You are very welcome!

Yep, oil & filters, proper tire inflation, etc.

I have been using 5W-20 full synthetic motor oil since the second oil change.  Around here where we live, Quaker State full synthetic can be purchased occasionally on sale with a rebate for $1.99 per quart at Menards.  That brings the cost down to regular oil.  I would like to think that full synthetic oil helps a little in fuel economy, but I can't say for certain.  It does provide me with a little more peace of mind when engine braking in the mountains, watching the tachometer get near that red mark.

Full synthetic gear oil is available for the rear axle differential.  That too might help mpg a bit.  I would not change that oil until it's time, but am planning to use full synthetic then.

I do wonder if all the mounted RV accessories, roof storage, and things some people hang on their rigs, has a measurable influence on fuel economy.  General "weight" is always a factor too.  Don't bring along heavy things that you find yourself never using......but keep the spare tire and jack.  Smile

 48 
 on: September 27, 2014, 09:40:35 am 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by BuffaloRose
Thanks Ron.  Can always count on you to help out on the forum. I guess maintenance means filters and oil, etc. We just changed the oil and only ran the genie for 20 - 30 minutes for maintenance. Husband says he hasn't checked the air filter, so will do that before leaving for Acadia NP this coming Sunday.  I'm guessing with traffic congestion up the east coast things will not improve. We do have the e350 with a slide.  Any other thoughts will be appreciated.
Rose & Earl ThankYou

 49 
 on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:21 am 
Started by ragoodsp - Last post by ragoodsp
I have heard thru the "grapevine" (very good source) that Born Free will be complimenting their Majestic/Imperial line up with a 33' coach built on the Dodge 5500 with the Cummins engine, that will give the consumer a choice between the F-550 or the Dodge, both exceptional chassis's.  The only issue is $$$, the upcharge for the diesel Ford and diesel gen set will set you back $18,000!.  Would love to see PC offer a 3100 on a Dodge 5500 chassis.

 50 
 on: September 26, 2014, 08:15:28 pm 
Started by BuffaloRose - Last post by ron.dittmer
Every once in a while I will read a post like yours.  I can't explain why a few people get poor mileage.  The only thing I can suggest is to do what you can with driving habits and vehicle maintenance to see if you can influence it for the better.

Do keep in-mind that some people will claim great gas mileage.  I for example could say that our rig gets between 13 & 14 mpg on the open road.  Though true in one sense, it would be very misleading to proclaim.  If we travel on a level interstate highway with no winds and nobody near us (mainly night driving) at a steady 55 mph, our ScanGauge-II will be reading about those figures.  But keeping track of miles driven and gallons of fuel purchased throughout the duration of a vacation, we calculate trip averages of 9.5 mpg when towing our Jeep Liberty, and 10.5 mpg when not.  Also remember that we live in the Chicago area so much of our driving is done in the Great Plains where better mileage is achieved.

One other influence is generator usage.  Because it uses the fuel from the main fuel tank, the more you run the generator, the lower your gas mileage will calculate.

Oh yes, if your rig is built on an E450, most people seem to drop about 1 mpg due to the change in gear ratio in the rear axle differential.

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