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Old 08-30-2005, 08:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Fuel Mileage ???

I am still looking for a Argosy motorhome 24-28 footer, what I would like to know what kind of fuel mileage are others getting if you drive like you have some scence. Still really like the Argosy .
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Old 08-30-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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hi slow-canoe

these were mostly 454 gm powered on p-30 chassis....they did make a really short one 20-22ft? that is really cute too and was on another platform. mostly these moho's will get 8-9mph tops and maybe a tad better if you only drive 55 on the flats and gather speed reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally slowly....but 8-9 is still the average mph.

highly moded drivetrains will get up to speed, pass and climb better but get the same mileage. it's mostly the result of frontal area and the amount of air pushed by the coach face.....

they really are cool coaches and can be had for a small sum but unless you find a garage queen, they can be full of surprises.....rememeber it's a 30 year old house AND a 30 year old car.....so every system is a potential spending issue. now maybe you're very handy with lots of mechanical skills.

on the plus side this was a really common gm chassis so parts are everywhere and not really expensive.....mostly.

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Old 08-30-2005, 10:06 PM   #3
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I am still looking for a Argosy motorhome 24-28 footer ...
I spotted this one in Arizona last February ... it was in a small town (really small!) ... so it is probably still there. Looked a bit rough to me.
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Old 08-31-2005, 06:52 AM   #4
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the 20' model was the shortest and had a 350. The others with the 454 get 8-9 mpg, although some claim a bit higher. Without much mdification ( carb, exhaust,etc) the 8-9 is realistic.
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Old 09-06-2005, 03:06 PM   #5
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I spotted this one in Arizona last February ... it was in a small town (really small!) ... so it is probably still there. Looked a bit rough to me.
Thanks for the heads up on the motor home, a little out of my way being in Ohio. But for curiosty sake what part of Arizona was it in? Still looking but maybe a little closer to home.
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But for curiosty sake what part of Arizona was it in?
Miami ... ... really ... Miami is located to the southeast of the Phoenix area out on Highway 60 ... near Globe.
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Old 09-06-2005, 03:57 PM   #7
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I was towing south through Canton, TX yesterday on the way home, and what did I see at a gas station? A bright green 20-foot Argosy MH. I only had a short look, but it appeared pristine. The paint job looked absolutely flawless. Had there been a block to go around, I would have stopped for a look, but with 29' behind me and Labor Day traffic, I had to keep rolling.

I usually don't get excited about motorhomes, but this one was a doll!
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Old 09-12-2005, 12:09 AM   #8
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fuel mileage

I have a 28 ft argosy, we averaged 7 to 8 miles per gal, going from Tampa to houston and back a couple of weeks ago, and I was towing a trailer with 3 full size full dress motorcycles, close to 3000 lbs counting the trailer. Trip back was hell, had to pass thru all the hurricane aftermath, but that is another story. Engine is a 454, that has about 3000 miles on it.
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Gas Mileage Update

Hi everyone. I just wanted to send out a word on my gas mileage. I have a '71 29' Ambassador and am pulling it with my 1999 2 door 4x4 Tahoe. It's a short truck, but it pulls great. My last trip I averaged 11 mpg which I thought was great! That included being stuck on some interstates that had some real backup due to construction.

I'm excited and wanted to share! 11 mpg!
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... I have a '71 29' Ambassador ... I'm excited and wanted to share! 11 mpg!
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Just back from NY with our '75, 25' Trade Wind. Averaged 12.5 [mpg]...
You people make me sick!

With four people, and gear/food for 10 days, we averaged around 6 mpg with my Suburban & 26' Overlander on our last long distance trip.

But my '84 Burb is a carbuerated 454, and we were towing at 70 mph with the air conditioning on, so I can't say I was trying to conserve gas.

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You people make me sick!

With four people, and gear/food for 10 days, we averaged around 6 mpg with my Suburban & 26' Overlander on our last long distance trip.

But my '84 Burb is a carbuerated 454, and we were towing at 70 mph with the air conditioning on, so I can't say I was trying to conserve gas.

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hate to pile on here tom. but i got 12+ mpg on my last trip with the silverado.

70 mph, 29 excella in tow, harley in the bed of the truck, and the air on full blast.

i'd bet the 6.0 in the 'rado makes as much or more horses as your 454. 300HP whats yours got?

tuned port fuel injection is a wonderful thing!

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hate to pile on here tom...
I hear you, John

My Silverado performs about the same way when towing the Overlander.

I look at it this way - Gas is [really expensive] per gallon. But putting two, 4 & 5 year old boys in the third seat of an old Suburban with lotsa road noise, i.e., "Did someone scream something?" PRICELESS!!

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nothing says family harmony when travelling like room, lotsa room!

i remember an old chevy station wagon my folks had, we used to ride waaaay in the back. mostly so dad couldn't reach us with the free arm!

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