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Old 09-23-2006, 03:31 PM   #21
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Oh, yeah, I also use it on the tranny, and I use it to bleed the brakes by myself.

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Old 11-28-2006, 07:33 PM   #22
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gas mileage of a B 190

I'm looking at a 1994 B 190 that has 40k miles on it and the owner wants $11,000 for it. Ford 460's seem like over kill for this size vehicle. As I don't plan to tow anything with it, what kind of gas mileage can I expect at hiway speeds.
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:02 PM   #23
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I'm looking at a 1994 B 190 that has 40k miles on it and the owner wants $11,000 for it. Ford 460's seem like over kill for this size vehicle. As I don't plan to tow anything with it, what kind of gas mileage can I expect at hiway speeds.
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Trust me, it's not overkill. In fact, they're usually more efficient than the 350s because they don't have to work as hard (you're at, say, half throttle instead of full throttle to get the same speeds).

If I'm light on the gas, on level ground, at 55 mph, I get almost 14 mpg. Towing, I get about 10 mpg.
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Old 01-25-2007, 04:48 PM   #24
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I don't own a 190 class B van but am thinking about buying one. How are they for stability in the wind with that high top? Are they as tippy as they look? Can someone tell the dimensions of the overhead bed? Thanks. Bigbirdguy
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:31 PM   #25
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One thing to remember about the B-van. Don't expect to be able to take it to your regular mechanic. The unit is too heavy for most lifts.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:38 AM   #26
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I don't own a 190 class B van but am thinking about buying one. How are they for stability in the wind with that high top? Are they as tippy as they look? Can someone tell the dimensions of the overhead bed? Thanks. Bigbirdguy
I haven't had a problem in the wind, even with some heavy crosswinds. Obviously you don't want to be doing 70 mph in any case, but if you're sane about it you won't have a problem. If you find it bothers you, it's also fairly cheap to have aftermarket sway bars installed to counteract the problem.

They are a high top (just under 10' with the air conditioner), but most of the weight is still down low, so they aren't as "tippy" as they look (good word, by the way ). Now I don't toss mine into corners as fast as I would my sporty compact car, of course, but they handle better than you'd expect.

If you've never driven a large vehicle before it's going to feel pretty different, and I was nervous about it at first (despite having driven Suburbans and large pickups), but after you drive it a couple hundred miles it'll feel like second nature.

The overhead bed is 72"x76".
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:37 AM   #27
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Smile 190 van

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Thanks for the response to my questions regarding the 190 van. I am happy to report that I did purchase it and now am a proud owner. Hope to c orrespond with more 190 van owners in the future. Bidbirdguy
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:55 AM   #28
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BigBird, we'll be looking for the photos of your new B van. BTW are you a big bird owner? I'm a prior owner of a Blue and Gold macaw. Miss him a lot.
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:59 PM   #29
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Thanks for the response to my questions regarding the 190 van. I am happy to report that I did purchase it and now am a proud owner. Hope to c orrespond with more 190 van owners in the future. Bidbirdguy
Congratulations. I suggest joining the Airstream190 list at Yahoogroups.com, if you haven't already. We have a number of members with all sorts of experiences with them.
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Thanks to both of you for your sharing this oil change info. Now can you tell me: What causes the generator to vibrate so much and is so noisy that one cannot be inside the van when it is running. Several years ago, when I found my 1997 B-Van, 7,000 turned up when I test drove it. The one thing I did not test out before buying it was the generator. (I expected it to be located at the rear of the van instead of under the bed. so this was a big oversite on my part.) Anyway, I haven't used the generator as I would prefer. Recently I obtained the name of someone at Airstream who should be able to help me, but I'm curious how you experienced B-190 owners have resolved such a problem .... if you experienced it in the first place. Thanks for your input.
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Mine vibrates the bed somewhat, and I can hear it running, but it's not that bad for me. I was able to sleep with it running, which is pretty impressive - that sort of thing would usually keep me awake.

Now, mine is a new one (replaced last year); it's possible it's a bit better than the original one. However, I didn't notice a huge difference in how the two of them ran.

But you're not the first to mention this, someone on the Yahoogroups (which is now replaced by the B190.com site mentioned in my sig) mentioned it a while back, too. I'm sure some people are just more sensitive to it, and I'm afraid I really don't know what to suggest to improve the situation - there's really not a lot you can do with the mounting or anything.

Verify that the generator exhaust isn't leaking and isn't loose. That'd be an easy one to check.
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Old 06-09-2007, 11:30 PM   #32
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Thanks, Skater!! I forgot to mention that the generator had only 3 hours on it when I purchased the van. My next effort to resolve the noise/vibration is to get to wherever someone knows what they are doing in removing the generator from the van. I feel that servicing the generator is the urgent step now ... I'm certain it has never been done. Once it is out of the van, perhaps the unanswered question of vibration and excess noise will be evident. Surely hope so. IF & WHEN I get a resolution to the problem, I'll make another post. Till then, Thanks again!
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