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Old 05-19-2012, 11:09 PM   #11
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Just put on the 4-way flashers and hope for the best.
It's how we do it, when we're speed challenged when climbing grades > 7% in the mountains.
It gets scary when the rest of the traffic and the speeders fly up behind you and you're
wondering if (or praying?) they see your flashers.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:53 PM   #12
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A little under 4 miles to the dollar US.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:21 AM   #13
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What's that work out to in Euros?
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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I have a Savana Condo 2000, and I get 17 US MPG.

I though I would get more, but them's the breaks...
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #15
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That's pretty good. What chassis and engine? Is it a Chevy Savana van? 5.7L V8?
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #16
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I took the R/T 190V w/5.7L motor out yesterday. Camped in the Kaibab Nat'l Forest outside Williams last night at 7,000ft. Nice & Cool.
Drove 133 miles from gas fill-up yesterday to gas fill today. Took 12.00 gallons (US)!
That's 11.08mpg - yikes!
The van was not loaded - no water in tanks not much food on board, no passengers (I went alone).
I drove mostly between 60 & 65 mph. Slower on Forest road!
Only way I can figure is that it's ALL up hill from about 5,000 ft+/- to 7,000 with a long 6% grade on I-40 between Ashfork & Williams. Coming back (down hill) the wind was blowing - gusts to 40 mph on I-40 & head wind most of the time! ALSO I've increased tire size from 245/75-16 to 265/75. With previous (smaller) tires we had usually gotten between 14.5 to 16 p/g. Wind or no.
I'll test again but can't avoid the hills (it's where we live). Maybe the winds will die down.
But how much difference +or- do the larger tires make in MPG calculation vs. actual use??
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That's bizarre. About a 30% mileage difference, 11 versus 15 mpg?
Hard to believe that it could be attributed to a combination of head winds, up hill drive, and
larger tire size, but who knows?
What brand and octane rating of gas were you using? I'm convinced I get slightly better mileage
on the 89 octane, than on 87 or lower. More bang for the buck? Probably just imagine it.
Did you check the parking brake? Maybe it was set.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:14 AM   #18
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In our 2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter, a 170" wheelbase dually we are averaging for all driving over 24,000 miles now about 18.6 US mpg. If we drive 55 mph we will normally hit about 20 mpg. If we drive interstate speeds of 70 mph we will drop down to 17.5. The old I5 Sprinter diesel did not have as much variance between city and highway driving as the V6 does and our old 2005 Pleasure-way Plateau Sprinter diesel had an overall average of 22.5 mpg through 61,000 miles. Same drivers, same driving habits and quite a few of the same places for both vehicles.
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:49 AM   #19
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If I keep complaining about this Chevrolet I just might have to look at a Sprinter. Lady across the street has an MB 5 cyl. I could probably buy. I helped her find it & it's hardly been used in nearly 2 years she has owned it. What a dilemma...
RE. Fuel - I always buy the cheapest/low grade I can find. Maybe a bad habit I learned from my Dad. He was a miser, but always had motor homes & nice cars. Next trip I'll kick it up & try the mid-grade, see if that helps.
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That's pretty good. What chassis and engine? Is it a Chevy Savana van? 5.7L V8?
It is a GMC Savana 1500, it is a six 4.3 liters.

Is it still pretty good??? May be I was expecting 20 MPG.. I know that the newer models (2011-12) have a better MPG. But I could not afford it.
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