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Old 07-23-2020, 03:34 PM   #1
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What kind of mileage are you getting?

I tried searching to find a discussion on the type of mpg people are getting with their SMBs, but "mpg" is to short of a word and mileage is on every post describing an SMB for sale. I have a 2006 Ford E350 RB with a 6.0 and am getting between 10-12 mpg which I feel is kind of low, but this being the first SMB I have owned, wanted to hear what others are getting if possible.


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Old 07-23-2020, 04:38 PM   #2
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Did you drive that rig to Belize yet? Where are you getting your diesel from?
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Old 07-23-2020, 04:52 PM   #3
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Yes, been driving it here since March. Been performing great, especially the 4x4 and airlocks. Amazing what the air locks have allowed me to do. Getting diesel here in Belize, $8.64bz ($4.32US) per gallon. When I bought the van, the owner said he was getting 16mpg, so was wondering if 10-12 is reasonable. I have been running tire pressure at about 55-60psi. Remember we only have 2 highways so I drive mostly 55-60mph when on those roads, and 30-40moh on the better dirt roads. Have been doing a lot of off-road though which means slow, stop start type driving with deflated tires (20-30psi).
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Old 07-23-2020, 05:33 PM   #4
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I have a 04 6.0L 4x4 E350 w/ CCV high pop top and on a recent trip across Oregon I averaged 12.5-13 avg mpg going over several mountain passes and running about 70 on the interstate. I have noticed that if I keep the speed between 55-60 the mileage goes up to 16-18 avg. I am running 285's. This is based off the Scan Gauge II readings, it seems to be fairly accurate compared to my hand calculations i previously did.
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I have a 2006 SMB RB50 4x4 with Ford 6.0 diesel and get 15.8mpg average (freeway, city and trails). I checked it for the first couple of years I owned it and then checked it again a couple years ago, and it was still 15.8.
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I have a 2006 6.0 with 410 gears 35” tires, Been all over the US in it, mileage is so dependent on many variables it’s hard to give you an average. But sea level town driving is 18 to 20’s, Freeway under 5k election is 10 to 12, mainly because 410 gears and speed I cruse at. Elevation 6k+ is 16 to 22. From a MPG perspective the 6.0 seems to loves elevation and hate low gearing.
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I'm in 5.4 Gas and I'm getting 9MPG.....would a vacuum leak account for this?
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03 7.3 eb on 35’s with 4:10 gears. weighs roughly 10,600lbs on most weekend trips. 10-12mpg on winter blend and 12-14mpg on summer blend. Typically lower end number for both blends. Best I’ve seen was 17mpg, but that’s only happened once and I attribute that to a hefty tailwind.

Van has a ts tuner that I run on the 70hp setting with a 4” turbo back exhaust.

We have an 80mph speed limit here. Byways are typically 55-65mph. We usually have time on both for most trips then the 25-35mph dirt roads. I fill up and calculate after each trip just to keep track.
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10-12 for a Powerstroke on the highway is a little on the low side. But that's normal for in-town driving, or highways with a regular stops, where you hit the next light as soon as you're up to speed. Off-pavement, single digits are definitely to be expected.
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I'm in 5.4 Gas and I'm getting 9MPG.....would a vacuum leak account for this?
It could. But so could worn spark plugs... or low tire pressure... or excessive idling... or driving too fast... or towing.... or worn out oxygen sensors... or wrong gearing... or dragging brake calipers...
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