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Old 01-09-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Average MPG for the Minnie Winnie 22M

Maybe looking to move up from our Travato 59K. We usually get between 16-18 mpg on flat interstates. What could we expect with the V-10 in the 22M? I know the Sprinter chassis is very popular, but the Ford is more convenient to get serviced if needed.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:50 PM   #2
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Probably average 8-10mpg
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:01 PM   #3
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We average 8-10 MPG in our 24 foot Itasca on it's optional Ford E450 chassis.

We cruise at only between 57 MPH and 60 MPH to get this mileage. The E450 does have a lower differential ratio than the more common E350 chassis used on most small Ford-based Class C motorhomes. However, we counteract the E450's lower differential ratio by using larger diameter tires than stock for improved ground clearance.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:14 PM   #4
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I had a V10 in 2 RVs. One, an older (perhaps 2003) 24' Thor Four Winds Class C and a 2005 20' Pleasure-Way Excel TS Class B. I believe the mileage in the C was about 11-12 mpg and the mileage in the B was 13-14.5 average. Both were generally driven about 60-65 mph.

The Ford V10 in our Pleasure-Way never gave us a single problem for the 4 1/2 year we used it, and that mileage is an average from about 42,000-44,000 miles.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:24 PM   #5
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MW 22M mileage

I bought a 2018 Minnie Winnie 22M with the E350 Ford chassis with the V10. In the trips Iíve made, Iím averaging between 9.25 to 9.50 miles per gallon, depending on the usual: load, wind, speed and use of the a/c. Iíve gotten as low as about 8mph going up a lot of grades, and as high as almost 12mph, going down those same grades, but 9.25 to 9.5 is about average. I do love the power it has.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:51 PM   #6
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DITTO on the Mcfflyer post. My new 2018 with the E350 gets right about the same as his. I also sometimes tow a small Jeep Liberty and it gets about 1mpg less. But, it does have great power with the V10. You may have been following my posts, I'm the guy with the SEVERE rusting condition under my new 22M. So I encourage all to crawl underneath and check out your belly. I'd really love to know how many of us are out there with this situation. One more thing, be sure your dealers activated the smoke and CO2 detectors by pulling the plastic tape off the batteries. I was on several trips without those safety devices working.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:58 PM   #7
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TonyOIB, I’m glad you agree. I am wondering how it is towing that Jeep behind your rig, something I’m contemplating for the future. How does the V10 handle that?

And I’ll check out the rusting on my rig. Right now, it’s in a storage lot under a cover, but come springtime, I’d do an underbody survey. I have to admit I neve did see any when I was poking around under it this past year. One thing I did note is that the cables to the valves on the holding tanks sure seem to be long and I have to use zip ties to keep them up from possibly snagging on something.

And no worries on the smoke and CO2 detectors. Heck, I can hardly cook anything on the stove without the smoke detector going off, usually from steam! I usually have to remove it while cooking!
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:20 AM   #8
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DITTO on the Mcfflyer post. My new 2018 with the E350 gets right about the same as his. I also sometimes tow a small Jeep Liberty and it gets about 1mpg less. But, it does have great power with the V10. You may have been following my posts, I'm the guy with the SEVERE rusting condition under my new 22M. So I encourage all to crawl underneath and check out your belly. I'd really love to know how many of us are out there with this situation. One more thing, be sure your dealers activated the smoke and CO2 detectors by pulling the plastic tape off the batteries. I was on several trips without those safety devices working.
Your post made me go out right away and check the underside of our RV. I was relieved to find that our RV, unlike yours, does not seem to have this problem. Thanks for posting about it.
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TonyOIB, I’m glad you agree. I am wondering how it is towing that Jeep behind your rig, something I’m contemplating for the future. How does the V10 handle that?

And I’ll check out the rusting on my rig. Right now, it’s in a storage lot under a cover, but come springtime, I’d do an underbody survey. I have to admit I neve did see any when I was poking around under it this past year. One thing I did note is that the cables to the valves on the holding tanks sure seem to be long and I have to use zip ties to keep them up from possibly snagging on something.

And no worries on the smoke and CO2 detectors. Heck, I can hardly cook anything on the stove without the smoke detector going off, usually from steam! I usually have to remove it while cooking!
Mcfflyer, you need have no concern about the V-10 pulling a toad. You are only limited by your chassis load rating and the hitch rating.

The V-10 is used in Class A Rv's and Ford commercial trucks with literally more than twice the GVWR of your rig. Granted the three valve version has a little more power and there are gearing differences between different applications but the fact is the V-10 is strong for a gas engine. It is basically overkill (if there is such a thing) in a 22 foot model class C.

Raxel, Re; MPG I have never gotten less than 8.1 and not more than 10.4 mpg. Most of the time we go 62 mph and use the cruise control as much as possible until the hills dictate otherwise. The E350 is geared slightly taller so highway rpm's will be a little less compared to the E450. This may allow for a slight improvement in fuel economy , perhaps as much as 10%.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:40 PM   #10
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Wow!! Thanks so much for the great posts. My Travato has a “sweet” spot between 65-67 MPH. Once you get over that, the mpg seems to drop. Plus since my Travato does not have dual rear wheels, I feel it’s safer going a slower speed in case of a rear tire blowout. Thanks Again for the info and opinions.
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It will be interesting to see what the new V-8 7Liter engine does when Ford makes the switch. Probably the 2020 model year. Ford says it will have more horses, increased torque and better gas mileage.
Time will tell. I do hate to see the V-10 come to a end in Class C's
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Hi Again Mcfflyer, getting back to you with towing that Jeep. Did a lot of research before buying a nice used 2004 Liberty. So much to learn as a newbie, which toad, tow bars, base plates, breaking and lighting systems. So I feel we did the right thing here in going with the Blue Ox base plate, and the Ready Brute Elite towing and breaking system and I was able to install the entire system myself. You Tube has been my best friend. Best of all, no expensive supplemental braking device to buy. That V10 is awesome, going down the road we can't even tell the Jeep is behind us. Starting and stopping is no problem at all either. Couldn't see buying a new toad to just get pulled and pelted behind the Winnie and we really like the used one so much we actually use it most of the time even at home. Lots of luck on all YOUR decisions.
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I had a V10 in 2 RVs. One, an older (perhaps 2003) 24' Thor Four Winds Class C and a 2005 20' Pleasure-Way Excel TS Class B. I believe the mileage in the C was about 11-12 mpg and the mileage in the B was 13-14.5 average. Both were generally driven about 60-65 mph.

The Ford V10 in our Pleasure-Way never gave us a single problem for the 4 1/2 year we used it, and that mileage is an average from about 42,000-44,000 miles.
Wishful thinking. You'll get that mileage only on a downhill run with the V10. 8-10 is a good estomate for speeds between 55 and 65 mph.
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Old 01-16-2019, 05:22 PM   #14
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Hi Again Mcfflyer, getting back to you with towing that Jeep. Did a lot of research before buying a nice used 2004 Liberty. So much to learn as a newbie, which toad, tow bars, base plates, breaking and lighting systems. So I feel we did the right thing here in going with the Blue Ox base plate, and the Ready Brute Elite towing and breaking system and I was able to install the entire system myself. You Tube has been my best friend. Best of all, no expensive supplemental braking device to buy. That V10 is awesome, going down the road we can't even tell the Jeep is behind us. Starting and stopping is no problem at all either. Couldn't see buying a new toad to just get pulled and pelted behind the Winnie and we really like the used one so much we actually use it most of the time even at home. Lots of luck on all YOUR decisions.
Hey Tony, I hadnít seen you had responded to my question. Thanks for the info. When I replace my current vehicle, a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan with 220,000 miles on it that just keeps going and going and going, Iíll replace it with a vehicle to be towed, but until my Caravan dies, that may not be soon! Again, thanks for the info!

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