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Old 05-08-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm new here. I found this site because I fell in love with a 1991 Airstream 190 which I'm thinking about buying. Does anyone know what type of gas mileage these get while running the dash a/c? Unfortunately because gas prices are so high now, I need to keep this in mind before I buy. It doesn't make sense to buy something if I can't afford to go anywhere!

Any advice for someone who is new to the Airstream Class B world? I'm giving up my pop-up camper and I've decided that for my needs, a class b is what I need to get.

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Old 05-08-2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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I did check and the Airstream that I might purchase has a 7.5 liter Ford engine since I'm sure this can make a difference for the gas mileage. It's a 1991 with 52k miles.

How reliable are these? I'll have my mechanic take a look at it but I'm a single mom of 2 young children (ages 9 & 11) so I need something dependable but I'm also on a budget and can't spend tons of money for a newer model.

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Old 05-08-2008, 10:52 AM   #3
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The 7.5 is a reliable workhorse that has been around for decades. The downside is, they are not the most fuel efficient engines in the world.
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:04 PM   #4
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The 7.5 is a reliable workhorse that has been around for decades. The downside is, they are not the most fuel efficient engines in the world.
That is the old 460 engine - I would not expect more than 10 to 12 mpg out of that setup.

There is not a lot of room in the engine compartment to work around - especially in the front - a '91 (17 years old) could be expected to need new rubber (belts and hoses) and other normal repairs (starter, radiator, alternator, AC) before too long - even with only 52K on the odometer
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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I get maybe 10-11 mpg solo and perhaps 9-10 when towing a 75 Ambassador.

Do also check the B-190 enthusiasts website for some real 90's Airstream B-190 fanatics.

The new sprinter based B-vans will get 20+ solo and 12-15 when towing a few thousand pounds.
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:05 PM   #6
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Yep, that's about what I get with mine - 10-12 mpg, depending on conditions. Note that several people have reported the smaller engine (the 351) actually gets WORSE mileage in the B-vans, probably because they have to work so much harder. The V-10s get around 10-12, too, but that's not an option for a 1991 model.

This thread on the B190 site talks a little bit about people's experience with mileage on these - one guy is up to 14 mpg when conditions are perfect.

Thanks for the plug for the site, Leipper. Fanatics is right!
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Thanks to everyone for replying. I looked at it this afternoon and I didn't get the warm fuzzies with it because of how it drove but I did fall in love with the airstream. They seem to be built solidly with a lot of nice amenities. The interior was in great condition and absolutely beautiful. I'm going to keep looking. I guess I'll have to deal with the low gas mileage because they seem worth it but I think I'm going to look for one that isn't as old. They sure are hard to come by. I'm guessing it's because everyone loves theirs so much!

I do appreciate everyone's help.
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They sure are hard to come by. I'm guessing it's because everyone loves theirs so much!
They only built something like 1100 of them, starting in 1989, so it's a relatively small number to start with, and you have to figure that some are now in junkyards.

That said, RV Trader currently has two listed, a 1994 and a 1997, and it's not unusual to see them pop up on Craigslist or eBay (b190.com has links on the site to eBay and RV Trader that automatically update every day - they're on the left side of the pages). They're around, you just have to look for them.
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Because of gas mileage issues, larger motorhomes are taking a real hit pricewise. I had a 94 B 190 a year ago and sold it. I replaced it with a 33 ft motorhome that was powered by a Cummins 5.9 diesel engine and we just completed our 5000 mile winter trip. It averaged 10-12 MPG and had a lot more room than the B van. You might look for an older unit . Mine was a champion Ultrastar. We decided that due to the economy we wouldn't travel next winter so we sold the motorhome. After 4 tries on eBay and Craigs List we finally got it sold for $15,000 and everything worked. It wasn't a beater. You might want to set your sights on something like this. Mine was a pusher but there are several front diesel units with the Cummins 5.9 that I saw for around $10,000. Don't waste your time with any other diesel engine brand unless it's a Cat. All the Chevy or GMC diesels are a bucket of trouble.

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