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Old 02-05-2017
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I get around 9-10mpg even towing a heavy vehicle.
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Just curious,

Is it really possible to get a 250hp 3208, installed, for $12,000?
No,i don't think so.
But spending $18k on a paint job and more on interior more than makes up the engine cost.
Of course paint jobs can be cheaper,and theres cheaper engines too.

The coach i'm talking about has had an $80,000 restoration,all it needs is a 250 cat and it will be great!
31 feet,$80k spent,buy it now for $35k.
Not my listing,but i thought it was a great topic!
I can refer you to the seller.
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Wow, I didn't know you could get that type of fuel millage with a 210NA!!
When I was doing some rough research I was more expecting 5-6MPG from what I was reading. I'm perfectly happy with cruising at 55MPH for that kind of fuel millage
Of-course I will test mine out since my millage may vary

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The simplistic value of a early springer and NA 3208 is worth a lot in the cost of operation and ownership, Not to mention the AWE factor. It seems like everywhere I go, everybody wants to see it , touch it, and talk about it. Thats priceless.
I 100% agree, I got a BB because for two main reasons. One because they are built like absolute tanks and I value build quality a lot
The second reason is the look. I hope to start a lot of conversations over my bus and let people know why BBs are great RVs!

I was quite ok with getting one without air-ride, I heard the ride is quite nice without it anyway and its just extra maintenance.
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Mine has the 4.88 rear end gear like Mike suggested in earlier post. I cruise pretty comfortable at 67mph. This does drop my fuel consumption to 8-9 mpg.
The spring-er suspension is fine, bigger BB with more weight and airbags are smoother, but my spring er is very comfortable. I run My Michelin 22.5 Big tires aired at 95lbs instead of the recommended 110lbs. The tire temps stay good and the ride softens up.
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I have to check what gear ratio the rear end on mine is. Unfortunately since the job thats paying for this BB is in NY and the BB itself is currently at my parents place in MD I can't look at it too much. Oh well, once I figure out if this year long 'internship' of sorts turns into a real job or I go back to college I'll have it payed off

Also I love the paint on your BB Dave! Is that the original paint or did you get it repainted? Once mine is payed off I really want to paint it with that same layout with an orange (since orange is my favorite color), I was considering a blue or green. Though this is down the line a good 4-5 months probably so I have a lot of time to consider it
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I occasionally get 10 MPG - but only under the following conditions:
Engine - OFF
Transmission - in neutral
Tires inflated to 165 PSI
10-12% downhill grade
60 MPH tail wind
Low tide
All the planets align
Otherwise MPG is considerably less
If you don't believe me - just ask me
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Has anybody compared MPG difference between a 3208NA and a Turbo? KC I wonder if the Total Eclipse will help your number?
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Mileage -

We have an '83 35' with the 3208 250HP turbo. I drive it between 53 and 57 (I apologize if you are ever behind me), generally don't use cruise control and play with the hills. Redline is about 65 MPH.

My average for the last 3 winters has been from 7.5 to 8 MPG. Head winds hurt, running the generator an hour or more a day while boondocking hurts, short trips around town hurt.
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Mine was repainted to depict the colors on the Sales brochure in 1977. Colors are a little different because they are not metallic. The colors are straight non-metallic enamels and have a great old school look. The wood grain vinyl decals are also period to the bus and redone.
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Has anybody compared MPG difference between a 3208NA and a Turbo? KC I wonder if the Total Eclipse will help your number?
I'm guessing there would be a significant improvement - but only for a very short time.
Too bad I'm never going to find out - as I plan to park my carcass in a stationary position during the event

For those of you planning on witnessing the "C" clips - don't forget your welding helmet
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