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M380 (Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your M380 model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....list your M380 Parts here too.

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Old 09-12-2013
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Default m380 fuel mileage?

What kind of mileage do 380s get?
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I average around (just under) 8 MPG towing my Jeep Wrangler, here in the west...mountain grades encountered on most every trip.
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Brian,

Overall driving I get 8.3 mpg. That number is based upon a trip of 600 miles or more. If I check it after only 100 miles, many of which may be on two lane roads or hilly roads, then it will be 7.9-8.1...interstate driving at 60-70 mph yields numbers north of 8.3.

I hope this helps you.
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I have been getting 7.9mpg. I was gettiing 8 for many years but have started driving 70mph on most interstates, where as before I drove 65mph.
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I'm very early in the M380 experience, with only about 1500 miles so far. Will have a much better handle after we do 8000+ in the next three months.

So far it is 8.09MPG. I use a spreadsheet and input generator and Hurricane hours at each fillup, with the generator figured at 0.5GPH and the Hurricane at 0.46GPH. The former is a guess and the latter is based on the manual. I always have a much better handle on that usage after I've spent a few weeks in Quartzsite - fill at Ehrenburg each way which means only 49 miles of road travel between fillups and a lot of stationary hours.

So by next March I think I will have a fairly definitive figure for this particular coach.
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Like the others here, I get around 8 MPG on average.
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Why is mileage so important? Most birds(of all models and engine combos), average 5/8. Depends upon many conditions, speed, engine weather condition, altitude, etc.
When I started to look at a bird and asked that question, I was told "if you are worried about mileage you can't afford a bird". I thought about that for a while and asked other make owners about mileage and realized that they all get about the same. I think that's why some people drive 55 and others, like me, drive faster. Mileage is not the equation in the picture.
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I mentioned that I am about to undertake an 8000+ mile trip. The difference in fuel between Blue Thunder (~5MPG) and the M380 (~8MPG) will be in the ballpark of 600 gallons, or $2400 for that trip. In the past dozen years I've traveled 70,000 miles in SOBs getting 8 and 40,000 miles in Blue Thunder - if all of them had been in Blue Thunder the difference would have been more than 5000 gallons of diesel.

So, for us, the decision to buy the M380 had a small but not inconsequential mileage component. Just part of the decision making process.
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Am I not allowed to ask questions??? If you think my questions are stupid or inane, as far as I am concerned, keep your blank opinions to yourself. I thought this forum was understanding of someone new to wanderlodges. Guess not. Personally, I think my question was fair and valid, but some don't think so.
You people are unbelieveable. I go a long way to a rally to see wanderlodges, and the only ones that people let me see are the ones that are for sale. I have never heard so many excuses why we could not enter your dang buses.
You might have gotten the idea I am kind of mad about this.
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Brian, I can't speak to the motives of anyone else, but I'm always happy to show my coach(s). I will be in Tulsa for a couple of days in a couple of weeks if you want to look at an M380 that is not for sale.
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