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Old 05-11-2015, 07:42 PM   #21
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I only filled up once driving home, 80 gal fuel tanks on each side, but I figured about 7 mpg at 70 mph. I was no interested in slower, my goal was to get home in shorter time. The engine turns 1500 rpm at 70 mph, and driving a little slower would help mpg some. As pointed out, it is a lot of air and weight to move down the road. I don't worry about the mileage and subsequent fuel costs, it is what it is.

I once had a cruiser with twin inboards that would burn 40 gallons an hour at cruise - roughly three quarters of a mile per gallon. So I agree that "it is what it is", the price we pay for our toys.
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Our school bus got 8 or 9 miles per gallon, but we still took it 29,000 miles around the world.

Fortunately, more than a few of those were "sea miles" where we just had to pay our share of the diesel on the cargo ships!
It is what it is, exactly!
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Our school bus got 8 or 9 miles per gallon, but we still took it 29,000 miles around the world.

Fortunately, more than a few of those were "sea miles" where we just had to pay our share of the diesel on the cargo ships!
It is what it is, exactly!
Interesting that you mention that - used school buses in pretty good shape can be bought all day long for less than $20K. I wonder how wise of a project it would be to turn one into an RV?
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Check out Skoolie.net for some cool ideas. It is a pretty big project to turn one into an RV, but if you are handy and dedicated, the results can be amazing. There are an awful lot of half finished ones out there for sale, which tells me that it isn't easy.

Our bus is a shortie, 23 feet, and is all original, including the wheelchair lift (one of our crew was in a chair, so we kept it operational). The seats are also all the same miserable ones you remember from elementary school, too!

We will likely pull the lift out and replace it with a little kitchen cabinet dealie, for our next trip. We also added a big secure jobsite box bolted through the floor, for tools, parts, and gear.

And yes, they are amazingly durable. No flat tires, no overheating, no mechanical problems of any kind on ours, which is a 1991 Thomas-built bought in NC for $2500.
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